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Wilhelm S.

Wilhelm S.

Joined on 04/07/03

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Nice proc

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700BNBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700BNBOX

Pros: I wanted a gaming system so I replaced my dual core 3800 with this chip. 3dmark05 jumped from 7800 to 9800. I expected that since the 3800 is a dual 3200 and games don't take advantage of the two cores. OCd fine on 2.7 but at the cost of high VCORE (1.55). I have a good case so the stock cooling does a great job. Now running it @2.5. That is a only a 14% increase but the difference is surprizingly huge in DOD source - no more lag of any kind.

Cons: I wish the CPU multiplier were unlocked above 11X. The OC using the external clock is a huge pain.

Overall Review: Benchmark wise the proc is on par with an FX 55 but I spent quite a bit to find the right OC combination. Now running with DDR@333, CPUmul@10x, HT@800, Clock@250, VCORE@1.425, DDRV@2.8, PCIeClock@120 on a ABIT Crossfire AT8 X32. The video card is an MSI CF 1900XT. Memory is CAS2 DDR400 Balistix. Everything from Newegg:).

11/20/2006
Most Critical Review

get a hacksaw

ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B 5 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B 5 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module

Pros: Takes little space - 3x5.25 bays. Replaceble fan. HDD activity LEDs. Reasonable cooling. With the exception of the blank trays it looks well built.

Cons: Installed it in a thermaltake armor which has about 10 5.25" bays. The problem was that the bays were separated by tabs (or shelfs). Many cases are like that - the standars define only what a 5.25 bay should look like and not what three bays should. I tried to bend back the tabs but the steel is quite thick so I had to saw them off. No locking. The hot swap doesn't seem to quite work. Very expensive trays for what they do. Bought a Corsair PSU that has some plastic retainers on top of the molex connectors. Those didn't work very well since the sata connectors are closely placed to the molex. Had to clip the Corsair molex connectors.

Overall Review: The molex connector deal is more of Corsair's fault. I just thought people should know about that.

OK mobo

ASUS A8N-VM CSM 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N-VM CSM 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I am using the mobo with a X2 3800. It works great if you don't care about RAID. DVI-D works great. So does the gigabit LAN - file transfer rates are exceeding the ones I get from PCI gigabyte cards (about 75% better). The mobo is quite stable too.

Cons: The RAID 1 functionality is terrible. The board was constantly "loosing" a drive or another and it required re-building the array - even if boht disks were actually working and they were in sync. I gave up on RAID1 with this board. I was using two brand new SATA2 drives. Also note that this is DVI-D only so no dual analog monitor config.

Overall Review: Better than the equivalent Gigabyte mobo I tried before this one - that one was a real nightmare.

Better software would make it great

Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 USB 2.0 WebCam
Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 USB 2.0 WebCam

Pros: The camera does the job. Looks cool. Nice digital zoom + pan & tilt fetures - manual or used with the automatic face tracking feature. I am actually very surprised how well the face tracking works - even with abismal light levels and with 2 ppl in the frame. I am quite satisfied with the purchase.

Cons: Outdated s\w on the CD - the avatars don't really work with that (ok that's not a big deal because the face tracking does work). The latest software fixes that problem but it makes my comp blue screen each time I logoff (yeah, it's the Logitech video capture driver). So I went back to the drivers that came on the CD - I don't get all the features but I get all the features I want.

Overall Review: The bluescreem might not happen if you have a single proc (running an X2). Haven't tried any of the fancy features like videomail - chances are I never will.