Date Joined: 12/28/01
Pros: This HX850 has been in my mid-tower case for more than two years. I have opened the PS and cleaned it twice. It has performed flawessly.
Asus WS Evolution P5E
Core 2 Duo @ 3.2
Caviar Black (2)
DVD R/W (1)
Case and CPU fans (5)
Overall Review: My next unit will be completely modular, including mainboard supply cable. Easier to install.
Pros: Contrary to the nay-sayers below, I have had no problem at all with this product. I think they don't know what they don't know; and it is difficult for many to accept that.
Overall Review: SYSTEM CONFIGURATION:
Corsair 750HX P.S.
E8500 Intel CPU @ 3.21GHz
3GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 @ XMP setting
Intel Ethernet Card (I never use the onboard LANs.)
Pros: XMP works without a hitch.
Overall Review: I had 2x1GB but wanted the extra 1GB while still running Windows XP Professional 32-bit.
No problems with manual or XMP setting. Solid!
Asus P5E Evolution
Corsair 750W Modular
XFX 8800 GT
Pros: Needed only one of the modular cables for my three drives, plus one for the video card. Nice! No internal mess.
Overall Review: Lost my former Corsair power supply to a power outage/surge or extreme ambient heat; not certain which. It lasted a while, but began to flake out. I had it for several years without a problem. Went immediately for this new part of the Corsair modular product line. No problems at all.
Corsair, you really need not include the velvet bag. Nice touch, but your power supplies speak for themselves.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Screen flicker, regardless of what I have tried to resolve it: drivers, driver settings, lower clock speeds, monitor frequencies, etc.
My Nvidia 8800 GT performed remarkably better.
Overall Review: This is the first ATI product I have ever purchased, and the last.
Pros: Beautiful board! Love the blue.
Up and running in no time.
Stable; no problems.
Upgraded from a standard P5E.
Cons: Board layout might be better. But, I suppose that is to be expected when cramming so much into one unit. And today's graphics cards are monsters, which does not help the matter.
I disabled the onboard LAN. Always install an Intel Pro 100/1000 desktop adapter in the x1 slot.
Overall Review: I once used AMI motherboards, exclusively, when AMI was still in the retail/consumer marketplace. Since, then, all I have ever used are Asus boards. There was some fall-off in quality when production began on the China mainland; but it seems Asus has made some decent improvements in that regard.
Pros: Installed in new Asus P5E64 Evolution w/ Windows XP 32-bit.
Nice performance gain when compared to my older P5E and E6600 processor, which was a very stable and dependable unit.
Pros: They work at 1333 MHz.
Cons: Do not perform at the advertised effective speed of 1600 MHz.
Modules cause lockup of entire system (XP 32) when advertised speed or XMP profile selected in BIOS.
Overall Review: A search around the WWW reveals the unsatisfactory performance of this memory.
Pros: Perfect complement to the 37 GB Raptor I use up front for my Windows XP 32-bit system drive (C: D: E:).
Caviar Black holds my paging drive and data archives (F: G: H:).
Overall Review: Used HD Tune to test Caviar Black against my Raptor.
Avg. Transfer Rate: 72.1 MB/Sec
Access Time: 8.1 ms
Burst Rate: 115.3 MB/Sec
Operating Temp: 107 degrees F
Avg. Transfer Rate: 72.7 MB/Sec
Access Time: 12.5 ms
Burst Rate: 146.8 MB/Sec
Operating Temp: 87 degrees F
Pros: Comes w/ a 64-bit version of Internet Explorer that is noticeably faster than the 32-bit.
Cons: I noticed no speed gain on my system.
Asus P5E w/ Core 2 Duo
4GB OCZ 800 MHz
WD Raptor newly formatted NTFS.
Pros: see previous review
Cons: see previous review
Overall Review: Installed Intel PRO/1000 PT ethernet card. No more cutting in and out of the LAN connection, as with the onboard Marvel chip.
Purchased card from Newegg, of course.
Overall Review: Forgot to mention I am running Windows XP SP2.
Pros: Fan nearly inaudible.
Appears to be well manufactured.
Plenty of cooling for E6600 Core 2 Duo, overclocked a little.
Overall Review: Kind of nice to scale back a bit from the gargantuan type of heat sinks.
Pros: Asus is still producing great products. I really love this board! Plenty of upgrade potential. Overclocks great. Supreme FX II sound card is MUCH better than I expected; although I did have trouble installing the drivers. Make that installation the last you do.
And make sure you install the FX II in the correct PCI x1 slot -- the black one.
Cons: The Marvel Yukon ethernet implementation sucks out loud! Up, down, up, down, up, down, .... It is on the PCI bus. I thought they learned their lesson with this. I had a P4C800-E with Intel ethernet on a separate bus. Worked like a dream; no sharing of the bus. Intel called it CSA. Now we have PCI x1 as a fast, unshared resource, depending on your add-ons. But nooooooo, Asus has to plant the LAN/ethernet hardware on the PCI x16 bus. So, I purchased an Intel PCI x1-type ethernet card.
I may still run into trouble as the Supreme FX II is also on the x1 bus. Will report back.
Overall Review: The Intel X38 chipset seems a winner. I do 3D design work and audio editing. No games.
I like to use 2 DVD drives. Wish there were 2 discrete IDE channels. Not a biggy, though.
My Other Hardware: E6600 Core 2 Duo, XFX 7600GT (overclocked), 2-2GB OCZ DIMMs.
Cons: If you mount a heatsink on the Southbridge, this cooler mounted on an AGP card may not fit in your mainboard.
Although insulated by a piece of rubber tape, the bracket that mounts beneath the card to hold the cooler in place could short the card's circuitry.
This Vantec cooler is also an adventure to install.
Pros: Looks pretty neat.
Cons: It only moves 3.5 CFM. It will not even cool my Geforce2 Ti.
Overall Review: Unless you have a load of fans in your case, forget it!