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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Joined on 10/26/07

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Most Favorable Review

Quality product

ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity
ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

Pros: Quality look and feel, 1ghz+ core clock GUARANTEED (with voltage tweak); SO LONG as you can keep it cool enough (it has a built in thermal throttle). Asus' packaging is very slick (under the standard cgi girl box). highest frame rates in most games at 2560x1600 and in half of the games at lower res which will only get better with later drivers. However, while it can be beaten out by 295/4870x2, ALWAYS kills everything in MINIMUM fps. dx11 future proofing (what happened to dx10/10.1?? there was like one dx10.1 game!?). The card is black, like stock and with a red trim (the Asus stickers are also easily removable ;P), its just a really nice look for the same price as the others.

Cons: Single slot coolers seem to be a distant memory (even with 40nm chips). Runs near 80*c under burn in/ heavy load at stock and fan noise is no better than the 4870. Its quite heavy (mostly the heat sink) so clamping/screwing down on both slots is a must. Some games/ benchmarks still seem to be Nvidia/ Intel/ Microsoft bias somewhat.

Overall Review: Interesting to see what new Nvidia cards will do, likely same as always, 10-20% faster with much higher prices, but that will only make this card cheaper :). Was going to get 2x4890cf for the same price, but knowing I can always buy another of these makes it a much better choice, let alone dx11 as well as performance gains with overclock/driver releases will only cement its lead over the previous gen. Its a shame no one seems to be following Asus' lead with volt-tweak, since it seems to be purely driver related anyway and gets so much more market attention.

Most Critical Review

slight problem

Thermaltake A2376 Aluminum HDD Cooling Fan
Thermaltake A2376 Aluminum HDD Cooling Fan

Pros: very quiet at when attached to 5.5 volt power, keep my raptors 10-20*C cooler which is great for piece of mind.

Cons: loud-ish at 12v but honestly, duh. now comes the big problem, the fans being fans pull air in a certain direction, pushing the blades/shaft slightly further out than they can remain stable at, so unless you keep pushing them back, EVENTUALLY their going to vibrate loudly and irritatingly, its a real shame considdering their great otherwise.

Overall Review: they are still worth the buy, IF this problem occurs with yours, try replacing the fan with another 80/15mm also run at 5.5v or with 2 or more, run in serries to halve the 12v (like i did)

Perfect, fast, cool, stable

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-16GZH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-16GZH

Pros: Stylish - understated - low-ish profile - black heatsinks, cheap for the speed, very fast, overclock friendly and they run cool (luke warm to warm under 8 threads of prime95 1024k memory torture)

Cons: not compatible with every motherboard (obviously not ram or Gskill's fault)

Overall Review: I use an Asrock z77 extreme9 and the ram does not run stably out of the box, I upped the VTT (mem controler) by 0.1-0.2volts and actually had to put down the voltage on these from 1.65v to 1.6 and they run at 2400MHz (@spec) solid as a rock. If it wasn't for the sexy white/black design that fit my cases colour scheme I wouldn't recommend asrock.

great

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Pros: Good price Good looking Good cooling Good overclocking Good quality Lifetime warranty No duds.

Cons: Personally; none.

Overall Review: Since I have 4 of these on an 890FX board they do not reach 1600MHz (not even above 1400), however this is the fault of the phenomII memory controller, however I was able to get these rock stable at stock voltages (including mem contrl volts) at 1333MHz with 6-7-7-21 1t timings ganged, which is phenomenal! I would recommend these for AMD systems

Great

Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid, Sturdy, cable management, air flow, filters, window*, look, carry handle, colours, 2.5"/1.8" converter, tooless HDD installation is nice, internal outlay is roomy and efficient, top/front IO, very cheap/good value.

Cons: Weight, brittle plastic in some places, window (no filters - dual fan interferance with other components - grills are too tall), tooless implementation needs alot of work, the cheapest - worst case feet ever, modding needed to fit enthusiast level video cards and heatsinks, "powder coating" too thin and easily scratched, debatably too few fan mounts and little water cooling potential, sides made of dual layer super thin steel (side panel locking hooks bend easily if you missalign them with the case), have to destroy front IO to dissasemble completely, no noise/vibration considerations, 140mm fans are pathetic.

Overall Review: Replacing the window with a generic pane is easy and more functional, removing the hdd bay and using 5.25"-4x3.5" converter (more than enough, 3xhdd+2xSSD+2xOptical) free's up ALOT of space for larger video cards. If your putting this on anything but carpet, i'd recomend getting some REAL case feet (mine even wabbled).

incompatible with crosshair III

G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD
G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD

Pros: great ram, i can get them to Cl666-18 at 1333mhz, and Cl888-24 at >1900mhz @1.65v. cant comment to how they perform at rated spec however because "my" AM3 setup doesnt handle it. also i got them for under 99 bucks when it was released! and that wasnt a special either lol.

Cons: since the latest bios release for the asus crosshair III AM3 platform, these sticks will rarely boot, only using 2/4 slots and have tried many different speeds/latencies but even if it boots stable (which it can up to very high speeds) it will more often than not; refuse to boot later. i understand this is my fault and not the manufactuers of either product.

Overall Review: great product, however i would "personally" not recomend them for Phenom II platforms. setup: PII965(C2-&-C3) 4ghz with megahalems, 5870@1ghz, gskill-ddr3-2000@1866, super talent 64g ssd boot and 2xsamsung1TBinraid1. silverstone op850 in a coolermaster storm scout. wish there was a slightly greater selection for AM3 aproved ddr3. Im going to try product number CMD8GX3M4A1333C7 as they have good reports on speed and stability.