Joined on 12/08/02
Crysis is a Pig!
Pros: Still a great price. Very cool looking. Plays all games with video knobs on 11......except Crysis! I just bought two of these to replace the 8600's I bought last summer in hopes that I could dial up everything to MAX. Crysis defaulted everything to HIGH with no ability to tweak settings higher. Okay...I'm running an E8400 @ 3.0 ghz with 2 gigs of ram on a 680 MSI board. What gives? Is it the game itself? Or is it my other components? Bottom line is that these cards are sure to drive all other games I've got, or will get for some time to come.
Overall Review: I purchased a Rosewill 850 watt PSU to feed these cards. My 650 watter only had two 4-pin PCIe plugs, and with an adapter (I know...not a good idea) would'nt even boot. After installing the bigger PSU and hitting the GO button, 5 GFI circuits in my house tripped, the circuit my computer is on stayed live. I'm not an electrician, but this house is only 1 year old! Guess I'll have to get someone to install higher amperage GFIs???
Not Happy with Silverstone
Pros: Great PSU, works, well packaged. No complaints about the product that I wasn't aware of before purchasing.
Cons: I submitted all three labels from box with rebate package. I get this curt little snail-mail notice some weeks later stating that I provided "incorrect UPC label." Okay, $25 isn't going to devestate anybody's financial empire, but this is just insult added to injury after submitting a comprehensive rebate package.
Easy to Install
Pros: Installed in Corsair's Obsidian case; was a breeze. Running a 3820 at a stable 4.7, so I guess I'm satisfied.
Overall Review: Frankly, having no experience with this chip and case with an air cooler, I really don't know if the H100 is the hero or not for my OC. Sure looks cool, though!
Pros: The 650i didn't "like" the E8400 chip at first, and under-drove it until I updated the bios. But this was an easy deal on MSI's website. Install was smooth. No suprises on bootup, everything loaded nicely. Utilities and setup tools work very well. SATA cables with 90 degree ends would be nice!
Cons: I can't complain that the bios for a two week old chip didn't ship with my board. MSI's website indicates that E8400 is still "under testing" with ver 1.5 bios. It shows the chip above (in the wolfdale series), and the chip below as having "passed". This really isn't a negative; I just wasn't willing to wait until the version was approved. I did the flash and got lucky!
Overall Review: Flexibility and quality at a budget price...what's not to like?
Pros: I originaly ordered an E6750 (2.66mhz). I sutmbled on to this chip and started doing more research. Newegg let me return the E6750 without any problems! This E8400 runs 73ish at idle and 77-78 after playing Crysis. The MSI P6N Platininum 650i didn't "like" it at first and undrove it until updating the bios.
Cons: 3.0 G's at low temp and low price...what's not to like? Thanks for the help, Newwgg!
Overall Review: I didn't even bother with stock fan. It looks pretty stout, but I went with the Freezer Pro7 which does a great job...very quietly.
Pros: No suprises install, runs quiet. Here's hoping that 2 cards in SLI will allow higher settings.
Cons: Upgraded box to "Crysis-ability" with 8400 Wolfdale 3.0, MSI P6N Platininum 650i, HT Omega Striker, 2gb of 800mhz ram, and this card. HD is 10K Raptor. 500 PSU. Thus far I can only run Crysis with all settings at MEDIUM. Drat!
Overall Review: The five stars may be premature, or it may be that my expectaions for two of these in SLI mode are unfounded. When I get the second one next week, I'll chime in with the results. Here's hoping!