Joined on 12/31/01
Pros: I recieved this board a couple days ago and when I took it out of the box I had to just sit and stair.....I havent built very many computers, (4), but the layout is very good. It is a very heavy board with high quality parts and a ton of copper. I pulled the P5E label back and it was previously marked Maximus formula. Both PCIE slots are 2.0 which is nice if you want to Crossfire with the new ATI HD 3870 cards ($219 each) which score above 20,000 3dmark06. comes with 6 sata cables and my Zalman 9700 LED will fit with no problems.
Cons: maybe the price but you get what you pay for with this board.
Overall Review: I'll update when I get everything together I just wanted people to know that the Zalman 9700LED will fit this board. Only thing I'm waiting on is my GPU, I was going to go with the 8800GT but after going to the forums there seem tobe a heat problem with the OC cards so I decided to wait till the new 8800GTS come out, there rummered to come in 2 flavors, 512 and 1g, supposed to be a ultra eater with a price of around $400-$450. If I go with a 1 card set up it will be the new GTS....If I go Crossfire obvesoly it will be the NEW ati 3870 cards that were released today. my new system, P5E X38, e6750, 4g G.Skill (2x2g)PC2-8000, HT Omega Claro plus+, Logitec Z-680 speakers, Corsair 620 modular PSU, Antec P182SE
Best bang for the buck
Pros: NO problems at all, booted up first time great memory for the Asus P53 MB....fast, runs as advertised + some. I bought this for a new build, works so good I just ordered another kit. Excellent price for a 4gb kit (it was 40 bones more when I ordered it. I have had it running for 2 weeks now with not one problem at all, it screams along at 1066 @ 2.1v 5 5 5 15 2T. Cold probably go higher but I'm new to the computer OC'ing and it is running fast and stable where it's at. I had it running stable @ 1132 (566x2) but clocked it back down because my pc froze running 3dMark06, I think it was because I upped my processor to 3600 (450x8) without bumping the volts a little. no errors running memtest
Cons: Not really a con but it defaults to pc6400 1.8v....just manually go in and change the volts to 2.1
Overall Review: My system....Asus P5E, G.Skill 4GB (soon to be 8 GB)@ 1066 2.1v, E6750 running at 3400, Zalman 9700LED, Evga 8800GT SC sata 250gb seagate, HT Omega Claro+ sound card, Asus DVD rom, Adus DVD dual layer dvd burner, Corsair HX620 modular PSU, Antec P182SE case, Logitec Z680 speakers. XP professional X64 OS
best bang for the buck
Pros: These are very good quaility ram, I bought this for a new build and it performs flawlessly. Passed memtest with flying colors. I have it running on a Asus P5E X38 motherboard @ 1066 with 1.9volts. I'm sure I could go higher but I'm happy with the speed right now. I have a e6750 stock speed untill I get time to play. Probably the best price/performance on the market. Everything boot up first time and has been running XP professional x64 rock solid for a week now. I was going to order another set but the price jumped back up to $179 overnight, but as I'm wrighting this review it's back down so I'm going to go ahead and order it.
Cons: Price droped 50 greenback since I bought my first set.
Overall Review: my setup: ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 4M shared L2 Cache ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Evga 8800GT SC ASUS black dvd drive DVD-E616A3T Asus black dvd burner with lightscribe DRW-2014L1T HT OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX modular PSU Antec P182SE Case Logetec Z-680 speakers SCEPTRE X20G-Naga III Black 20.1"
more of a question before purchasing
Pros: I have a question hopefully someone could answere for me. I'm wanting to upgrade to this set, I have been using my Z-680's for 5 years now and they are absolutly incredable with no problems at all. I'm building a new system and want to go with these I've wondering if the new sets have the speaker cables attached like in the pic. I've seen other Z-5500 sets that the speaker cables are removable. I made my own high quality 12 gauge cables and would like to reuse my cables.
Cons: attached speaker cables
Overall Review: I'm teaming these speakers up with a HT omaga plus+ sound card, if there anything like there predisessor (Z-680's) you wont beat them for the price. I know some have complained about white noise, noise in the center chanel and some noise at low volume, thats not secessarly the speakers, make sure you have a sound card, run your digital optical out from your sound card to the controler then use some premium cables, I bought a 100' roll of KLE12BL From KnuKonceptz which is 294 Strands OFC per Conductor, I used some PERFORMANCE 45-DEGREE SCREW-ON SPEAKER CABLE PINS to make my connections and it took the movies and music to a hole nother level. everything is crystal clear at all levels you'll here insterments and lyrics in songs like you were standing in front of the band. Just dont expect the same performance if yur using a $50 dollar card and the stock cables.
great little drives
Pros: I've been running 2 of these in raid-0 since October of 2003 and have never had a problem with them. Very good drive, not real loud. Everything loads fast. My current system that I buile 4 + years ago is: Abit NF7S V2, AMD 2500 + running at 3200 speed, Buffalo 2 x 512 sticks running duell channel. ATI 9800pro flashed to XT, audigy2, Z680 speakers, Sceptre 21", Cooler Master Black ACTS case. and a few other parts. After some soul searching I think I've going to give it to my 11 year old son and start over. Just not sure if I want to stay with these 36r's or move up to the 150's....decisions decisions, lol
Cons: price per gig
Overall Review: New system on my newegg wish list....Asus M2N32 SLI deluxe wireless, AMD 64 x2 5600+, (4GB ram) 2 x 2GB G.Skill PC2 6400, XFX 8800GTS 640MB, ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels PCI, Corsair 620W, ZALMAN CNPS9700 and I'm leaning tword the Raptor 150g hard drives in a raid-0+1 for my OS (64 bit XP Pro all tucked into a Antec P182 SE case.....Most everything from newegg, except the case, zip""zoom''fly has it for less than 2 bones with free shipping.
Pros: I need advise on this moniter, I dont know a hole lot about pc so here is my question. My pc specs are, cooler master case, 2 wd raptor HD run in raid-o, nf7s v-2 mb, oc'd xp2500+ cpu, 1gb patriot pc3200 running duel channel, pioneer dvd burner, audigy2 sound card, and a radeon 9800pro vidio card. I really want to go to a lcd moniter, I currently have a samsung 957mb and its real heavy, my questions and concerns are will I be able to use this moniter? any imput would be greatly appreciated. thanks I know my card has dvi input, but I dont see the required resolution
Overall Review: I know my card has dvi input, but I dont see the required resolution.