Joined on 12/16/05
The Ferrari of Processors
Pros: Power. Sheer unadaulterated power. I have mine overclocked to 2.6 ghz. It runs faster than the dual core Xenons that my campus uses. It runs Max better than any other competitor processors. It is a very reliable processor that runs anything I throw at it with no lag, no hang ups, nothing. My jaw dropped when I witnessed 5 minute renders drop to only a 30 seconds.
Cons: Heat, of course. This processor, especially when overclocked, produces a tremendous amount of heat. That's hardly a con, however, when given its power and the fact that you can simply purchase a couple 120mm fans and be fine.
Overall Review: As a modeller the less time I spend rendering, the more time I can spend modelling and getting real work done. This processor cuts my workload in half many times. It comes with my sincere reccommendation.
Ups and Downs
Pros: The pros are obvious for this fan. It does what it is supposed to. My computer runs under the desk and tends to get very hot, I used to move it way out from under the desk so that it would cool off. With this new fan, I can keep my computer hidden away and nice and cool. I use a dual core AMD processor and a 512 mb video card so I produce extreme heat, but this fan reduces it from 5 - 10 C.
Cons: It's loud. Plain and simple. I tend to do long renders in Max overnight and this fan, while set on high, is quite simply too loud to do that with. I cannot render and watch a movie at the same time either because of the sound. Many people say you won't NEED to run this fan on high, but when you're highly overclocked and rendering on a high end system, you will.
Overall Review: The fan does its job, however noisily. It moves a massive amount of air and keeps everything nice and cool. If you're a gamer or a casual computer user, this fan will be great set on its lowest RPM. If you are using high end 3D rendering software that really starts a fire on your processor, you're in for some noise. If your computer is in another room, it won't bother you at all. Just make sure you're ready to have the sound of an F-14 landing in your room.
Lots Of Power and Good Options
Pros: Comes with a SATA power cord, which is not something all PS come with. Has plenty of juice to keep my high end system running. Used it to replace a PS that didn't have all the cables I needed. This one has sufficed very well. It keeps relatively cool as well.
Cons: Someone tried to use their old 130W PS cable with this and it didn't work. They flipped out, but the problem was not the PS. Still funny though.
Overall Review: I'd reccommend this for a system that needs a lot of power. It's a bit much if you're just a casual user, though.
Everything You Could Need
Pros: It has all the ports, slots, bells, whistles and tweeters that you could want. It supports the relatively new PCI E 10x 512 mb video card that I use. It still holds my regular PCI devices and even has 4 SATA slots for near unlimited drive expansion. Great BIOS features, easy to set up and nice overclocking features.
Cons: One of my SATA ports came off of the motherboard when the cable was diconnected. Whether this was shoddy craftsmenship or a fluke is yet to be decided. Fortunately I have 3 more on this board.
Overall Review: I would reccommend this board. It also comes with many little additions such as cables and adapters. It even comes with nice wrapped cables instead of the big ugly grey ribbons that come with other MBs. It also has a nice little mesh case that it comes with.
Good HD, Good price
Pros: As a storage drive, this one is very reliable and able to hold a massive amount. It is where I keep all my 3D projects so I have to trust this drive, which I do. It runs fast and has had no problems.
Cons: SATA drives aren't supported by many power supplies. I had to purchase a new one as there are no adapters from 4-pin power supply cables to SATA. No big deal if I had paid attention to the PS I was getting with the case.
Overall Review: Make sure that your PS supports SATA drives and check that your motherboard does as well. The motherboard issue isn't as big a deal as most nice motherboards come with SATA ports.