Date Joined: 12/02/06
Pros: It's not a double-wide. Fits comfortably into one slot.
Cons: Can't overclock.
Overall Review: Replaced an ATI HD3870 Radeon with this card. I can get 10 times better frame rate in video games than I used to. I tried to use the overclock tool in the ATI Radeon software suite and discovered that was a very bad move. The card comes overclocked so don't mess with it.
Pros: Made all of my spontaneously rebooting and computer freezing problems disappear as soon as I snapped them in.
Cons: Their chips don't have as much sparkle as OCZ so I didn't try them first.
Overall Review: I sure wish I had purchased the Kingston memory first. It would have saved me a year of useless memory tuning and near infinite frustration trying to get the OCZ memory to work. Kingston offers stability right out of the packaging.
Pros: This memory stick snaps into the slot and then you never have to think about it again.
Cons: How am I going to maintain my high tech knowledge rating if I never have to think about how the memory works?
Overall Review: I replaced 4 gigs of OCZ memory with 4 gigs of this Crucial memory. All of my spontaneously rebooting and computer freezing issues went away. I never had to visit a support forum, I never had to deal with customer support. I'm never buying the shiny memory sticks ever again.
Pros: These memory sticks look great sitting on your desk with their awesome silvery heat sinks and slashy Zorro looking Zee logo.
Cons: Too bad they don't work in a computer.
Overall Review: I installed this memory into a Foxconn G41MXE motherboard. The customer complained that their computer spontaneously rebooted several times a day or it would simply freeze up. I thought it might be the power so I added a UPS, then I tried updating all drivers. Once I replaced the memory with Crucial, all problems went away. I'm now replacing all OCZ memory with something other than OCZ in all of my previous builds. So far, my hardware customer service calls have fallen off quite a bit but now I have all of these $50 paperweights.
Pros: Small, easy to set up, everything snaps into place. Exactly what I wanted and expected. BIOS allows you to burn in your own logo, I love that feature.
Cons: I was going to ding this one egg because I had to replace the memory but it turns out to be the memory manufacturer and not the motherboard. Do not use OCZ memory with this (or any other) motherboard.
Overall Review: I can't speak to the DDR3 1333 issues mentioned in the other reviews. I first used OCZ DDR3 1066 the switched to Crucial DDR3 1066. The Crucial memory solved all issues.
Pros: Shiny case with screwless quick-install drive rails that work well enough. Removable hard drive Aluminum cage that permits you to point your HDDs in one of two directions. Large, roomy, easy to work inside of.
Cons: The front lock has two positions, one unlocks the front door to give you access to the DVD drive and flash memory reader. The second position unlocks the front panel so that you can install above referenced items. It's flimsy, might as well not even have a lock. It's not going to keep anyone out of the case.
When installing the DVD drive, the top slot is tough to get the plastic cover off. The hinge for the front cover blocks the place where the cover has to come out. I had to unscrew the hinge to get the plastic cover off. Not a big deal but it looks like someone at Thermaltake designed a notch into the hinge to accomodate but it's too small.
Overall Review: I don't care about the flimsy locking mechanism and once I got the DVD drive installed, I ceased caring about the cover hinge but I'm taking an egg off for poor quality assurance. If I designed a computer program like this, my customers would make me fix it.
Pros: This is one of those products that you snap in and never think about again. I think that's a "Pro"
Cons: Packaging. It's encased in that impossible-to-open-without-scissors plastic.
Overall Review: Get past the packaging and it's awesome.
Pros: Low Price. No Fan!
Cons: Catalyst drivers and software not provided ( or at least not easily located on the CD ) but easily downloaded from the AMD site.
Overall Review: Bought six of these for two servers and four workstations. All six worked well right out of the box.
Pros: Liquid Helium cooling tower provided. Once I got rid of it, this motherboard became easy to work with. Lots of SATA cables provided. Allows you to burn in your own logo to the BIOS POST screen. Onboard Intel Matrix RAID 0,1 or 5.
Cons: Liquid Helium cooling tower installed by default. Srsly, Foxconn, do you think most of your customers are going to do water cooling? Once the water cooling apparatus is removed, the FSB fan that replaces it can only be attached by two of the four corners. I hope it holds.
Overall Review: I got two of these to make Exchange servers with. Overkill? Perhaps but the price was right and it leaves options for expanding into the future.
Pros: Let's you burn-in your own logo for the BIOS POST. Supports 45nm tech. Booted right up after first trip into the BIOS zone with no changes, just defaults.
Cons: When you update the BIOS with the provided FoxUpdate software, it requires another trip into the BIOS zone after you reboot, just to save and exit. Same when you use FoxLogo to burn in your own logo. The pictures on the quick-start poster could be much larger. I suggest having one large set of pictures instead of tiny pictures repeated for each language. The repetition isn't helpful.
Overall Review: This motherboard benchmarks very well at the default settings.
Pros: Inexpensive, performs well.
Cons: Sometimes out of stock
Overall Review: I'd buy these again.
Pros: These DVD drives never have given me any problems.
Cons: It would be nice to have a white or silver front cover option.
Overall Review: When I look for DVD drives, I gravitate to these when they're available.
Pros: Nice looking case for a place of buisiness. Roomy and easy to install components. Nice quiet fans provided.
Cons: To install the DVD drive, you have to remove the front facia. I built four identical workstations. The second case's front facia cracked during the removal process. If my client ever decides to put in a card reader or blu-ray drive. They are going to have some issues getting the front cover off of the second workstation.
Odd placement for the top vent. It was too close to the power supply for me to screw in the 120mm fan that was provided so I attached it to the case cover instead. The Power Supply that I installed didn't seem oversized. One inch further away from the PS assembly would have made it great. Not that having a fan installed would make any difference but I'm afraid somone might spill coffee inside of the case through the top vent.
Overall Review: I'm not a gorilla. These cases need to be made a little thicker, especially where you're going to be pulling at them. They shouldn't just break under normally applied pressures.
Pros: No sharp edges. Slide-out motherboard tray is always appreciated. Slide trays for HDDs and DVD drives work well. Plenty of room for the power supply and ventilation.
Cons: 5 HHD drive RAID server, 1 DVD, Quad Core, passive heatsink video card.
I chose this case because of its roominess and aluminum construction and past success with Thermaltake. To install the DVD drive, it's necessary to remove the front facia to get the aluminum shield off. The facia is heavy, I'm guessing about 30% - 40% of the weight of the entire case. It's held on with six small plastic tab-clips and, like one of the other reviewers here, I snapped one off trying to remove it; even after reading his review and being aware of how flimsy it is. Now I have an annoying gap at the top of the case where the clip is broken.
Thermaltake provided many screws for attaching the HDDs to the slide-in trays. Just not enough for a 5 disk RAID. I used two per drive instead of four. I'm sure it'll be fine. It's the gap at the top of the case that annoys me.
The front fan doesn't seem to provide much airflow at all. I can barely sense any airflow across the 5 HDD RAID.
Overall Review: I won't return this case but that's only because the client is expecting their server next week and I don't have the time to go through the RMA process. I've used Thermaltake cases before and have been very happy with them. I think that they didn't quite think this one through completely before it left the drawing board. Those clips were not meant to hold that much weight.
Pros: Long enough to place an internal HDD on top of the case and still reach the eSATA port in the back.
Cons: No matching SATA Power cable.
Overall Review: I didn't want to go through the trouble of getting an external hard drive, NAS or burn a few dozen DVDs to back up my data when I had a spare internal hard drive lying about. So I got this conversion cable, popped open my case to get power and now I back up my computer on an internal HDD that I can disconnect and carry with me.
Pros: All components fit flush. No strong-arming or bending required. Even the back panel template for the motherboard snapped right into place. I usually have to wrestle with that.
Cons: I think someone else mentioned it already. The blast-shield doors in the front of the case don't open automatically when you eject a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray but that would add another motor ( and cost ) to the case and I think I'd rather not have the extra thing-a-ma-bob to possibly break.
Overall Review: My customer loves the case. Nevermind the smokin' hot computer that I put inside, it's all about the case for her.
Pros: This device works a bit better than the "blue orb". I have the QX9650 CPU mildly overclocked ( x10 ) on a full load 24/7 and it's got plenty of thermal margin left to play with. I may up the CPU multiplier ( up to x11 ) when I'm feeling bolder.
Cons: Attachment to the motherboard ( Intel ) is kind of scaffoldish. The screws from the heat sink to the motherboard connectors are long and spindly and the bracket arms that the screws go through seem like they were meant to flex. This seems insecure. Not as insecure as the stock heat sink but less secure than the aforementioned "blue orb".
Overall Review: Other than the flexy attachment, I'm comfortable with this device. I'd buy this again. Just make sure it'll fit inside of your case. It's rather tall. My case is 8.7" wide with a one inch side fan ( Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS ) and the heat sink touches the side fan housing.
Pros: It worked right out of the wrapper.
Cons: None Available
Pros: The signal strength is strong and the communication speed is great. For such a small device, it performed better than I expected. The drivers work in Vista64 ( which is more than I can say for the old Linksys device that it replaced ).
Cons: It took a few stabs at the config software to get the feel for it. I kept thinking, what am I missing? Once the wireless adapter finds the wireless router, you have to create a profile for the wireless router before you can begin communicating with it. I'd rather the OS deal with it than have another layer of device software to learn.
Overall Review: Could be simpler but it works as advertised. My understanding is not enough so that I can knock an egg off the review.
Pros: Slick looking black USB keyboard and optical mouse.
Cons: Mouse buttons ( especially the right mouse button ) are a little soft for my taste. More squishy than snappy. I like snappy.
Pros: Solidly built. Lots of Molex.
Cons: No gripes yet.
Overall Review: I will buy this PSU again for the next build.
Pros: It works on many of my builds.
Cons: But not all of them. I just put together a Q9450 Vista 64 build with an Intel G45 motherboard and RAID1. I get a BSD after I install Panda. I'll try again because this is the first time Panda has let me down but I may have to go a different route for Anti-Virus/Firewall for this build.
Pros: Snaps into place. Pretty blue heat sink casing. All pros, no cons.
Cons: This is con free memory.
Overall Review: I usually buy the cheapest memory. This was least expensive at the time so I bought 4 gigs. It works and that's all I require of it.
Pros: Well built board. Supports the latest/greatest (9/5/08), has RAID support built in. SATA and USB galore. Even has PCI Express 2.0 for expansion to heavy graphics, otherwise the onboard graphics processor is adequate.
Cons: No 15 pin VGA, no PS2 ports for mouse or keyboard. This MoBo is not for yesterday's tech. Some backward compatability would have been nice.
Overall Review: Fortunately for my build, I didn't recycle any parts.
Pros: Quiet; Trouble-free installation; Inexspensive; SATA. Of all the things that have gone wrong with my builds, the Samsung HDD has never been an issue.
Cons: Only time will tell if it fails early but for now, it's "teh awesome".
Overall Review: I didn't even know Samsung made HDDs until I started buying my stuff here at NewEgg. Thanks for the intro NewEgg.