Joined on 05/21/03
Pros: I did a lot of research when looking for a CPU, and I ended up choosing this one. I chose the E8500 for gaming, its price and high overclock potential. Why would you buy an E8600 when it costs way too much more? The price per performance ratio is perfect on this CPU. I ended up going against the quad cores since most games as of right now do not support quads and I just could not afford the q9550. I am hoping in 6-12mo when the price of the new x58's and i7's drop so will the older 775's. On to overclocking. I would not have got this if I wasn't certain that it would overclock well. I ended up pairing it with an evga 750i f.t.w. and a zalman 9500. My first overclocking attempt I sent it to 4.1ghz and it booted right to windows. While I was happy with this it wasnt enough to just boot into windows. I ended up running PRIME95 and the system crashed. After a lot of tinkering I got it to 4.0GHZ @ 1.28v. I let PRIME run for 10hrs and called it a day! Look at Other thoughts
Cons: Seriously there are none!
Overall Review: My temps at 4.0ghz @ 1.28v are REALTEMP: idle:27* load:39* CORETEMP idle:32* load:46* evga 750i SLi f.t.w. 4GB OCZ Platinum 1066mhz 5-5-5-18 2/ XFX GTX 260 Black Editions in SLi This Proc. zalman 9500 A seagate 7200.11 HD
Pros: Great netbook! I have owned this for few weeks now and love it. It does exactly what it should and then some. This netbook comes with windows xp, I immediately installed windows 7 and even with only 1GB of ram it ran it very well (I later upgraded my RAM to 3GB, great investment). Word, Excel, FF, IE, Hulu (not full screen) and Youtube all are quick and snappy. When flash 10.1 comes out at the end of the year it will allow for better streaming with HULU since the load can be passed from the ATOM to the ION. I was able to install steam and play some source games. HL2 & Portal ran pretty well (25-50FPS). CS:S was a little choppy but hey, this is a netbook, not a gaming laptop. (all testing was with the highest graphic detail, the 1366X768 resolution, and the modified ION LE drivers <-- better performance.) Light gaming with the ION is great!
Cons: One thing I disliked about ALL netbooks is how close the trackpad is to the keyboard. This causes headaches when you type and accidentally graze the touchpad with the palm of your hand. The Mini 311 is no exception. This is something that I didn't want to "just get used to" simply because the laptop was so small. My workaround for this was to disable tapping on the trackpad. Now I can type and I never have to worry about accidentally touching the trackpad which would cause all sorts of problems! The downside to this is having to use the buttons below the trackpad to click. In my opinion, it was worth it.
Overall Review: While this is the ION LE chipset, potential buyers should do some searching online for the modified nvidia drivers that allow the ION LE to become an ION. Apparently the hardware in the ION and ION LE are identical. The ION LE's are crippled by software. If you are skeptical do some google searches and install GPUZ on your HP Mini 311. Upon running it, you will see that your ION LE chipset is capable of DX10, which is the difference between the ION and the ION LE. With the modified drivers, you can make DX10 happen effectively turning your ION LE into an ION. Keep in mind that this may only work if you have installed windows 7 and not xp. As a student I received a discounted version of 7 so this was the logical choice for me. Can't wait to see what Flash 10.1 does for Hulu and Youtube!
Perfect for HP Mini 311
Pros: This ram works as it should. I am currently using it with my hp mini 311. Installed easily and boosted my wei to 4.6. I have the ION LE version and immediately installed windows 7. The extra RAM made for faster boot up and sleep times.
Overall Review: I decided to write this to let others who have a mini 311 know that this ram is compatible and works as it should. For those of you with the ION LE I would look around online for the modified drivers that give you full ION support. Apparently the ION LE is actually an ION that was crippled by software, not hardware. :) HP Mini 311 ION LE N280 1GB + 2GB(this stick) RAM
Pros: Runs the way it is supposed to! They will run fine at 5-5-5-18 and at 1066 as long as you set the voltages to the right setting in your BIOS. I had some problems installing vista x64, and once I did and had my games up and running I kept getting "Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding" which as anyone who has seen this error knows, there is no "real" solution to! I ended up getting BSOD every time I would boot into windows. At first I thougt that it must be my HD but upon further investigation I found out that I had accidentally set my timings to 5-5-5-15. Once i changed them to 5-5-5-18 and made sure that the voltage was at 2.2, everything worked perfectly! I almost RMA'ed the RAM and my board! I hope this helps anyone who is experiencing either the "nvlddmkm" problem or just a BSOD/crashing problem.
Cons: This RAM gave me trouble, but only because I wasn't paying attention to my manual settings. Stupid me!
Pros: Purchased 2 of these guys around xmas. I wanted to wait a little bit before I posted any type of review just so I could test them out. First I want to say that just 1 of these gpus is amazing, when you put them 2 of them together it's insane. For people who say that they don't scale very well, I have to disagree. NVIDIA has come a long way in terms of drivers. With every new release comes new improvements for SLI. I really could not be happier with my purchase! Crysis, Farcry2, Fallout 3, Mirrors Edge, Crysis Warhead, and Left 4 Dead can all be run at THE HIGHEST settings with both of these in SLI mode. The only game that gets a little bit choppy is Crysis running at > 1920x1080 with AA turned on.
Cons: I will agree with others that when you up the fan speed they do get a little loud. This, however, is not a problem for me since I have my surround sound too loud to notice. I was getting some in game crashes after about an hour of gaming when I overclocked these even more. To solve this I just put the fan speed at 100% and everything was smooth. I would recommend turning the fans to 100% when gaming. It will increase the life of your cards by keeping your temps lower. Crysis could take the temperatures to 59* on one and 61* on the other. When I turned on the fan they were 44* and 46*. During idle they dropped to 37* and 38*. FYI the fan speed defaults at 40%. Also, I looked for a little while trying to find a Fan speed monitor that would work in SLi mode. I ended up taking a chance and downloading E/v/g/a 's Precision software and it worked perfectly in both single card mode and SLi modes. It was also great to be able to overclock or underclock on the fly!
Overall Review: Final Thoughts: These are definitely great cards! I highly recommend them for anyone who wants a good card now with the ability to SLi later. For those who are on the fence, possibly looking into the GTX 295 or 4870X2, I would say to look at the benchmarks of the games that you will end up playing. Also pay attention to when these benchmarks were taken and what drivers they are using for what cards. If you look at a benchmark from a few months ago, while not being exact, it will be a MUCH BETTER indicator of how your cards will perform, rather than looking at benches of 6+ months ago. Hardware is only as good as the software that is running it, and these software developers keeping making better and better drivers! Don't forget to get e/v/g/a's precision software to manage your temps, fan speeds, and OCing! :) GTX 260 B.E. SLi E8500 @ 4.0 @ 1.28v Zalman 9500 <-- Keeps temps 27*idle/40*load 4GB OCZ Platinum 5-5-5-18 @ 2.2v Seagate 7200.11 <-- very fast EVGA 750i F.T.
Good & Inexpensive
Pros: This is a good card that came with everything needed to make it low profile! This was a plus as most cards that say "low profile" mean with the purchase of a low profile kit, then low profile. This card fit nicely into a D.ell. and for a fif.ty dollar mail in rebate you could not beat the end price of fo.rty bones.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: For those who said that the fan is loud, you guys are crazy. This little guy does have a fan and it will make a little bit of noise but its not something that is that noticeable at all. As always NewEgg Rocks. Props to UPS for getting it here in 2 days despite the busy holiday season.