Joined on 08/08/04
Pros: I bought two of these drives. Im running them in RAID 0 and they run great. Boot times are quick and BF3 load times are quicker.
Cons: - My last setup included 2 Raptors in RAID 0. While my scores (see Other Thoughts below) clearly notate a giant improvement, its not been the same extreme upgrade experience that others have written. The only real time comparison I can provide are the following: Win7 load times (Not including POST) Raptors: 15-25 secs SSDs: 12-15 secs BF3 load times: Raptors: 15-20 secs SSDs: 8-10 secs - While the price has gotten better, I still thinks its a little high.
Overall Review: My drives came with the latest firmware 1.3.3, which from most reviews appears to have resolved most issues. So for me, out of the box, these drives have been great and worked as intended. ATTO scores: 2xCorsair SSDs Read: 1400 MBs Write: 1200 MBs 2xWD Raptors Read: 90 MBs Write: 75 MBs Hope this helps when making a decision
Pros: Was able to get the RAM stable at 9CL
Cons: RAM does not work as intended with MSI P67 G55 board
Overall Review: This is my fault for not knowing all the information I needed prior to purchasing. I thought for sure that if Newegg was selling the RAM as a combo deal with my MSI P67 board that it was a shoe in to work as inteneded. After going to G Skills site and following the instructions, I am still unable to get the RAM to operate in XMP mode and/or anything better than 9CL. If I set anything faster than 9CL, the computer doesnt boot. I know G Skill makes good equipment but this the second time I have purchased their RAM without success. In the end I believe I am going to have to return this if MSI doesnt come out out with another BIOS update that natively supports this RAM MSI P67 G55 (BIOS v1.B) 8gig G Skill
Pros: I would have never thought I would put money down on a BioStar in the past, but when I looked at this bad mama jama, the layout had everything I needed: - Solid Caps - Good mobo cooling - Decent reviews (outside of newegg) - Sata organization - IDE option - Price I was able to OC (on air) up to 4.2 and stable. However, my HDs create an additional 10C in case temp, which was taking my CPU temps right to 72C on load (on air @1.36 vcore). I wasnt comfortable with those temps. I will be moving on to SSD SLC soon enough. I believe this to be my answer outside of water cooling. Right now I am running everything at stock, until I can lower the case temps. The BIOS has all the settings an OCer is lookikng for in a motherboard.
Cons: - I dont like the color setup. Outside of the heat sinks on the board, its somewhat ugly and random in color choice. Obviously, not a deal breaker - The box it comes in is big and hassle to open. Im digging deep, can you tell ;-]
Overall Review: I was ready to part ways with my socket 939 mobo and my AMD opty 180 (6.5 years old). In its replacement, I put this board together with a i7 860 and some Muskin 1600mhz all for about $650. All in all, I made the right choice in purchasing this board. It meets my needs and can far exceed them once I get my temps in check. All OCers wont be disappointed, that is of couse if you get over the fact it's a BioStar. No regrets. Case: Cosmos 1000 Case Fans: 4x120mm 90CFM @ 18dba Mobo: BioStar TPower CPU: i7 860 stock CPU Cooler: Megashadow w/ Silenx 120mm 74CFM @ 14dba - push only setup RAM: Muskin a 7-7-7-7-18 Video: 8800gs SLI Harddrive/s: 6xRaptor in RAID 0 PSU: Raidmaxx 850 cont. 3dmarks06 Score: - Socket 939: 8607 (stock) - Socket 1156: 16987 (stock) - Socket 1156: 18639 (@3.4)
Wired Solid, Wireless Quirky
Pros: Wired solution fuctions properly the entire time.
Cons: - I've tried all settings I can think of, from resetting to factory default and starting over to ensuring the 5mhz seperation for channel selection between the closest AP to keep interferance at minimal. The wireless just stops working. Whether I'm torrenting, streaming video, or just surfing from page to page, it just stops. Run ping tests to the gateway, no response. Release renew IP and/or power cycle, it starts working again. I've statically assigned an IP outside of the DHCP pool. It drops even quicker. This all happens while the wired continues to work like a glove. Maybe I have a bad unit, but it appears I am not the only one seeing this issue. I have a MAC that experiences the issue at the same time as my PC. This eliminates the "you have something wrong with your computer" comment =D. - Yes I continue to update to the latest firmware releases - Wish it were gigabit wired ports (got the unit for free, can't complain)
Overall Review: I do a lot with wi-fi on a daily basis. From setting up PGA golf events over a 6 mile mesh network, to beta testing new units for MSOs. I feel if you sat me down in the middle of a group of people who had a back ground in wi-fi I'd have one of the strongest knowledge bases anywhere. I'm still open to the idea I have a bad unit, however, due to the amount of people indicating their wireless issues are similar, I would venture to say that their is either a defect in the wireless radio, and/or an issue related to firmware regarding this device. When it's working, it works great =]. If I get another unit is the issue is resolved, I will be sure to post an update.
Great Power Supply
Pros: Quiet....Great price....If I'm not mistaken Raidmax is Hiper or vise versa......Modular How many 850 watt modular power supplies do you know out there that are under $100 after MIB.....I'll wait
Cons: wish it was certified
Overall Review: To the guy running 2 3870x2s......you're asking a lot from an 850watt psu.....come on, 4 gpus.....really????? While this psu might exceed my needs for what I have, you can't ignore the price and it's modular. It gives me room to grow and meets my need for low to no noise. Be reasonable guys, if you go dumping quad gpus on this psu, I'd look for certified units. If you're looking to run dual anything else, you've found the right psu. As long as your unit isn't bad on delivery (face it, someone is going to have one) you will not be disappointed. Good luck =] Opty 180, 2gigs OCz DDR-3200, dual EVGA 8800gs, 6 120mm case fans, Typhoon V1 CPU fan....4 raptors, DVD, and partridge and a pair tree......
Pros: For whatever reason, I have had numerious requests to build gaming rigs for fellow workers in the recent months. Each person had different requirements for their system build. Through building 5 machines in the past 2 months I had finally figured out what parts I would use to build my own box. I really wanted the Antec 900, however I was over the noise of fans, and I'm not interested in water cooling. The Antec p182 just wasn't enough room for a TRI SLI system with 6 SATAs. On my very last build, I was asked to utilize this case. When the case came in I was blown away at the size of the box. As stated in many of these reviews, you just aren't ready for the size of this beast. My collegue's build consisted of a DFI mobo, 2 4850s, and Zalman 9700 (no need to layout the rest). I'm very picky and precise about my wiring. It has to be hidden period.
Cons: It's a bit hard to explain, but this case has a compartment behind the HD cage that allows you to tuck your wiring behind; making for ample air flow and satisfing even the most particular of box builders. Even if the wiring was just left "dangling", you could fit a small farm animal inside =/ (really, you can). Keep in mind that all this time I had never considered this case as an option for my personal build. Looking at all of the fans it never crossed my mind that this case was going to be quiet. When I fired up the machine for the first time, I was blown away at the fact the only thing I could hear was the Zalman 9700. For those of you who dont know, the 9700 would normally be the last thing you would hear. While I don't have a tool to measure the dB levels, I'd argue that it is somewhere between 10-20dB depending on your video cards and power supply utilized. Not quiet a p182 in noise reduction, but certainly more room and air flow to utilize. Needless to say, I was sold.
Overall Review: - Expensive - Case is big - Quiet with nice airflow - Screens to keep dust and animal fur from getting inside (be sure to clean regularly) - HD cages have rubber grommits that reduce vibration and keep my raptors near silent (make sure you use the right screws for you HDs!!!!!! If you don't you will blow out the grommits) - The four 120mm fans have the ability to utilize 3 pin plugs on your motherboard and not from your PS. Helps when running "Speedtest" or other apps for OCing. - If you get a modular PS, you will have even more room. Maybe two small farm animals will fit at that time.