Joined on 01/23/03
Quality Video Card
Pros: This card is probably one of the best choices for players if they wish to enter into DX11 and can't afford one of the 5800 series video cards. From an engineer's viewpoint, the card is extremely durable with a "support" frame that follows the edge of the card to prevent any PCB bending. The copper heatsink does a great job at heat dissipation as my card runs at 33 Celsius under no load.
Cons: This bothered me enough to list as a "con:" The video card has a VGA port instead of 2 DVI ports. I really didn't think there was enough demand for VGA ports to warrant one on the most recent video card releases.
Overall Review: While not everyone is going to achieve the same overclocks, I managed to reach 925 (75 OC) on the core and 5100 (300 OC) on the VRAM. This is made even better by (unconfirmed) what I've read about ASUS will still validate their warranty if you use their SMART DOCTOR to overclock. I didn't know this prior to receiving the package, but the card also comes with the video game: Alone in the Dark
Read this Before Purchase
Pros: The modem has great signal monitoring capabilities (just type 192.168.100.1 in your browser) where you can monitor individual channel signal strength and the noise in the line.
Cons: This modem comes shipped with a January 2012 firmware revision. This revision is faulty out of the box. Your modem will reset at random intervals during peak usage. The firmware is confirmed to be faulty and CISCO will request you to send the modem back. If your ISP sells/recommends this modem, then they can give you a firmware update over the cable lines. If not (like in my case) you will have to send it to CISCO/Linksys.
Excellent Engineering Quality
Pros: - Almost every external surface has a sound dampening pad glued to the inside edge. This helps dampen rattling and noise transmission from inside the case to the outside. - There is plenty of space inside for cooling. - 6 total fan mounting locations. 1] (1) Next to PSU, 2] (2) top of case, 3] (2) front of case (both 140mm only), (1) rear of case - Top, Front, and Bottom are all structurally reinforced by durable plastic (in addition to the metal chassis). - Mesh screens for front and side fan intakes
Cons: - The plastic clips holding the plastic reinforced materials are very hard to "bend" to pull the plastic off the case. You are required to do this to install fans/radiators. I was very scared that I was going to break the plastic clip when I was trying to bend the clip. I had to find a tool (screwdriver) to get the force required to bend the clip.
Overall Review: The case is actually well designed and engineered. It's manufactured in China which allows it to have some slight QA issues (like the underside of the top plastic was covered in molding residue (fine, dark black powder) but the build quality is decent. The inclusions of the bequiet! fans make this case much more valuable than its price tag. You're getting 2 fans that push 19dbA at full speed included with this case. I've been very happy so far with this purchase.
Definitely Worth the Purchase
Pros: I've run the free version of this software for more than a year now and have been so happy with the free version that I purchased the retail version. It has saved me from quite a few malware attacks. More importantly, it will run successfully in Windows Safe Mode and will update in Safe Mode w/Networking so you can remove some of the more involved malware attacks. It also actively blocks 'known' malicious sites from leaching data from your browsing sessions. (This is a nice feature if you are torrenting)
Cons: Absolutely nothing about the existing program.
Worth free, not $$$$$
Pros: The interface is easy to understand and doesn't bother you with annoying popups. It is not as resource intensive as other reviews suggest. If you have 8GB or more of RAM and a CPU with 4 or more threads you should not notice much of your resources being bogged down. However..... (read below)
Cons: ..... the product is not worth the retail price. You're essentially getting unlimited PCs and Mac security for the retail price per year. I'll let that up to you to decide if it's worth it. I wouldn't trust the Android/iOS device protection as there is no way for an "app" to be able to monitor the "behind the scenes" workings of either mobile operating system. Don't be fooled by the clever marketing of some wonky mobile protection offered.
Overall Review: All in all, if you have more than 3 Mac/PC in your household I would say that this is a worthwhile investment. Don't expect to get great things out of the mobile security.
Pros: Provided your case has adequate cooling, this heatsink works like a charm.
Cons: See my other thoughts, but there are better ways to attach a heatsink than the traditional "spring-based clamp" which is scary easy to slip and punch a hole in the motherboard.
Overall Review: Many reviews are mentioning that this heatsink requires "extra" force to get the retention clip to secure to the motherboard. I don't feel this is the case. For those who have been building systems for 10+ years, we know how difficult the clips were from the early 2000's. This heatsink does not have the fancy hand-latch systems that other heatsinks have to make fastening effortless.