Date Joined: 02/23/11
Pros: I bought 23 of the PII 940 CPU and this mobo combo for a computer lab. Only 2 were DOA. Setup was easy and all the mobo connections are in great locations and within reach in the Antec 300 case.
Just did a little bit of OCing, I was able to get the 940BE to 3.6GHz with only +0.1v. Good control of memory timing and voltages as well.
Cons: However 2 were DOA.
Overall Review: If you are not using the on board HD3300, you don't need to connect the 4 pin molex power.
Pros: Low profile card which is perfect for low htpc cases. No noise but the heatsink gets a bit hot (runs at 69-75C). Goes very well with the 780G onboard graphics with hybrid crossfire. I have mine overclocked to 650/460Mhz stable. Plays 1080p mkv movies flawlessy with my AMD 5050e at stock speed.
Cons: Video and 3D enhancements don't really work. Vista score is only 3.8/4.0 (onboard 780G HD 3200 gets 3.8/3.9).
Overall Review: Great card especially for less than $20!
Alternatively you may want to consider a HD 4350 or 4550.
Keep in mind this is passively cooled so there is no noise!
Pros: Bought this over the 1.5TB even though the price difference is only 20 dollar. Very fast 3 platter design. Runs quietly and cool. HDtune test shows a read speed avg of around 95MB/s and max at 125MB/s.
Cons: None so far... but price was raised 10 dollars during the 15% paypal promotion.
Pros: Great quality components on the motherboard. Layout is pretty straightforward. Plent of room around the cpu socket for aftermarket coolers. The NB heatsink stays very cool even with overclocking. I paired this with an AMD 5050e and was able to overclock from 2.6GHz to 3.1GHz with just 100+mV.
Cons: Upon first start, the chassis intruder feature was preventing the system to start up even though the jumpers were set to off. Fixed this problem by resetting the BIOS.
Overall Review: Great for a HTPC build. Onboard video is quite good. Gets 3.8/3.7 on Vista.
Pros: Low 45w power rating for stock clock speed. Very quiet fan. Overclocks very well. I got this to 246MHz x 13 (3.2GHz - 5.5 Vista Rating) w/ 1.31V to the core. This was done with the stock fan (but with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Compound). It idles at low 40°C and full load at under 48°C. At stock speeds (5.1 Vista Rating), it idles at mid 30s and loads around 42°C.
Cons: Somewhat light/cheap heatsink.
Overall Review: Excellent CPU for a HTPC system... or any system for that matter since it is a great overclocker.
I chosed this CPU over the 6000+ and the 5400+ BE.
Pros: Best air cooler on the market. It cools my overclocked Q9450 at 3.6GHz without any problems. Idles at a very low 32C and loads under 55C! Great cooling capacity. Very quiet fan.
Cons: Mine needed to be sanded a bit since the middle wasn't completely flat. Useless Intel push pin installation.
Overall Review: Get a bolt through kit!
Pros: Been running these in a stripped raid 0 for over a month now. Super fast loading. Takes about 25seconds for vista to fully boot with Norton Endpoint loaded and sidebar!
HDTunes gives an avg read of usually 160-170MB. A single drive was able to give an avg of around 90MB.
They are extremely quiet and are lighter than my 3 platter 500GBs. Very solid drive!
Cons: None so far...
Overall Review: Great GB/$ ratio, awesome performance. Raptor like speeds without the noise and price!
Pros: Very quiet operation. Great cooling. Size isn't too big or too small. The supplied MX-2 compound is great.
I have this on my Q9300 @ 3.2GHz and idles in the 30s and reaches upper 50s on max load. This is better than what my Big Typhoon can do.
Cons: Prices on this infatuates. Got mine for less than 22 shipped at newegg.
Pros: Very good gaming capabilities. Overclocks fairly well, runs at 750MHz core with 2100MHz memory but had some artifacts when running ATItool. Settled in at 700MHz and 1980MHz memory. Scores a 12431 on 3dMark06 Pro when overclocked(this is higher than a stock 8800GT for what I've seen). Around 10500-11000 on stock speeds. For 80 dollars less than the 8800GT this is the best performance per price graphics card. This is even better than the 9600GT!
Plays Crysis on 1920x1200 on medium/high settings!
Runs COD4 on 1920x1200 on max settings!
Cons: The single slot cooler is a bit small and the fan shield gets quite hot. Only scores a 5.8 in gaming experience on Vista (even after overclock).
Only 384MB & 192bit memory interface.
Overall Review: Specs:
4GB Crucial Ballistix
640GB Raid 0(2x320GB Seagate)
Razer Barracuda AC-1 Soundcard
Lian Li PC-V1000B Case
Ultra Pro Series 750W PSU
Pros: Sound quality is excellent. Gives new dynamic to my music and produces sounds I have never thought possible with my Logitech Z-640. When used with my Shure e2c, the sound is just amazing. The software is able to tune each frequency and can be saved.
I have used an X-Fi sound card before but I would definitely choose this over the X-Fi. The software requires a lot less system memory and the sound processing does not rely on the CPU!(1% CPU load on my 3.2GHZ Q6600)
Currently installed on Vista X64 and using the AC-1 frees almost 500MB of RAM vs using on-board audio!
Very nice box and packaging.
Very neat black PCB with covered capacitors with green led lit Razer logo.
Cons: Instructions for front panel connection was not in the manual/installation guide.
Overall Review: For front panel connection, locate J26 near the HD DAI plug and remove the 2 jumpers and plug in the AC97 from your computer case.
Pros: Correction to the reviewer that had a problem using an USB keyboard. Using the ps2 keyboard, you can enable USB keyboard in the bios. This applies to nearly all the new motherboards I have encountered. The default is usually disabled. In order to use a USB keyboard before loading the OS, the option must be enabled.
Overall Review: Check your bios for this option
Pros: Very quiet, does a great job in cooling my 4 1GB Ballistix memory sticks significantly (cool to touch, was very hot before) Cool blue LED. Sleeved power cables (neat).
Cons: The clip handles are quite big, might interfere with graphics cards. But you can always snap the handles off :-P
Pros: Very nice quality looks great with my black brushed aluminum case. All internal plugs are clearly labeled, easy installation. No drivers needed. The grouped audio connectors are awesome. Plugs right into most motherboards (It has AC97 and Azalia type connectors).
Cons: Get it if you have a vent fan or need extra case USB ports or audio plugs.
Overall Review: Maybe it should have a Silverstone logo :-P?
Pros: Great little package, easy installation. Requires 1 pair of internal USB connection. Recognized right away with Vista, installed all drivers and worked immediately. Tested the reader with SD and CF; fast and responsive reader.
Cons: Bought mine with free shipping, it may still be available with free shipping!
Pros: Correction to my previous review, this does have memory overclocking! It even have timing settings and frequency adjustments. My Ballistix 2GB PC2 6400 kit cas 4 is now running at 1070MHz at 5-5-5-18!
Pros: Ran 4-4-4-12 right out of the box at 400Mhz DDR....with a bit of tweaking it is now running at 535Mhz DDR...thats 1070Mhz! and still at a very low 5-5-5-18 timings.
Awesome memory... 2GB benches 5.9 on Vista...
Over 6350MB/s on sandra's memory bandwidth test...awesome memory,
I bought 4GB of this stuff!
Pros: Excellent overclocking for the CPU. Right out of the box, 2.6GHz overclock for the X2 3600+ at default voltage. Very nice onboard video with DVI (a must for me since my monitor only uses DVI ><). Also has onboard TV-out. Runs pretty cool and has 4DIMM DDR2 and 2 IDEs.
Cons: No memory overclocking, but has voltage adjustments.
Overall Review: Great cheap all in one board. You wont be disappointed!
Pros: Great dual core CPU. Best CPU you can buy for under $70. Arrived in just 3 days after placing my order, Newegg is always fast! The box is packaged with an aluminum heatsink, was hoping for one of those AMD heatsinks with copper heatpipes. Anyways even with the stock fan, I was able to overclock it to 2.75Ghz easily with Crucial Ballistix PC2 6400 cas 4 memory. :-D outperforms the FX-60 and benches very closely to the E6600 (costing 3 times as much!)The CPU only used 65w and this is probably the most efficient dual core CPU out their, the cost of savings in ownership is a plus!
Cons: Thought I would come with the copper heatpipe heatsinks like the Opteron dual cores...
Overall Review: Price cut on AMD CPUs are coming in about a month, around a 20% cut, but that wouldn't effect this too much because you won't save too much, so don't wait till then, just get it now!