Date Joined: 04/11/10
Pros: - Excellent onboard audio
- Solid VRMs and cooling of VRMs
- Handles an 8600K at 5GHz with ease
- Looks nice
Cons: - UEFI interface isn’t as nice as the one on ASUS ROG boards
Pros: - Fast at stock, insanely so at 5GHz across all cores
- Great multithreaded performance without compromising single threaded performance
- Good perf/$
Cons: - Runs hot, requires a beefy cooler for an OC to 5GHz
- OC headroom seems limited by thermals, not by silicon quality. This is likely due to the lousy TIM underneath the heat spreader
Pros: - Clocks easily to 5GHz+ on good AIO cooling
- great gaming performance
- not too hard on the VRMs on a decent X299 board
Cons: - overpriced; an 8700K costs a little more and it is really a much better chip
- platform cost is much higher than z370
- quad core might not have a ton of staying power
Pros: - Looks really nice
- Good UEFI interface
- Handles my 7820X with ease
- Amazing integrated sound (not quite the level of a high-end sound card, but so good that I didn't feel the need to buy a dedicated sound card for this system)
- Excellent integrated Wi-Fi (both range and speed).
Cons: - Out of the box BIOS was a beta BIOS; update it immediately once you receive it.
Overall Review: I would recommend this board if you are building a high-end X299-based rig and care about integrated peripherals like Wi-Fi and sound.
Pros: - Sleek aesthetic
- Excellent Wi-Fi (on paper it's "slow" but in the real world, it works exceptionally well)
- Intuitive and "clean" BIOS
- Nice audio.
Cons: -None? (see "other")
Overall Review: So I had the following issue, but I don't know if it's due to user error or the board itself, so I didn't list it under the "cons" -- when I plugged in a PCIe Intel SSD 750 SSD, the BIOS didn't see it and I couldn't install Windows on it. I tried multiple PCIe slots too, to no avail.
Pros: - Very fast out-of-the-box single-threaded performance
- Easy to get all cores to run at 4.3GHz (using MCE or similar features on motherboards)
- Have mine running at 4.6GHz core/3.2GHz mesh using a Liquid Freezer 120 (lowish-end AIO) with no issues, great performance
- Lots of PCIe lanes, should I need them
Cons: - Wish the IHS were soldered or the packaging design redone to allow for lower temps (I bet I could push this to higher speeds delidded)
Overall Review: This is the best consumer desktop CPU today, and if you've got the cash and you want/need lots of performance (or just like high-end gear), you won't regret it.
Pros: A lot of positives here. The on-board audio is excellent, the included Wi-Fi module (Intel Wireless-AC 8265) works like a charm, and with the latest BIOS all of the overclocking/tuning functions work nicely. Running my 7820X at 4.5GHz core/3.1GHz ring and it all works beautifully.
Cons: The BIOS included out of the box is a bit funky; if the board you buy has the BIOS from 6/2/2017, update it ASAP or you might have issues with using memory XMP profiles and possibly tuning the ring frequency (do this for a solid perf boost -- upping it from 2.4GHz -> 3.1GHz leads to a pretty big improvement in cache performance, which this CPU desperately needs!)
Overall Review: I'd recommend this product, easily. I don't normally go with MSI (usually an ASUS guy but I took a gamble here and it worked out), but I'd definitely be happy to go with them for a future build (hoping I won't be buying a new motherboard for a while though).
Pros: - Very fast for general purpose usage (word processing, web surfing, watching video, etc.)
- Without a discrete GPU, it can provide a reasonable gaming experience, particularly in older titles.
- Pairs nicely with the ASRock DeskMini to create a very compact, very fast desktop PC.
Cons: - None
Overall Review: - I would recommend this to others.
- I would buy this again
Pros: It's blazing fast. Running it at 4.1GHz, 1.25V and it's just a screamer. Might push it more, but this kind of performance is already unreal. If you want the world's best desktop processor, this is it.
Pros: I must admit that this board was far from my first choice; I purchased it because I wanted a 6700K and Newegg was only selling them as part of combo deals at the time. Since I needed a motherboard and memory, and since I was planning to go with ASUS anyway, I pulled the trigger on the combo and got this board. <br><br>There's a lot to like about it. The on-board audio is solid (and I like the ROG Supreme FX software control panel that comes with it), and with enough voltage I'm able to run my 6700K at 4.7GHz, which is about the high end that one should expect to run such a chip at 24/7, so the board itself probably won't limit your overclocking. <br><br>The board has an ample number of PCI Express slots to support all of the add-in boards that I'm running dual 980 Ti GPUs, two Intel SSD 750s, and a standalone Wi-Fi adapter. Even with a highly overclocked CPU/memory and a ton of add-in boards, my system is rock-solid. <br><br>The BIOS is visually appealing and laid out in an intuitive fashion, which is something I always appreciate. <br><br>Overall, a solid board for the price.
Cons: I had just one issue: I could not successfully load the XMP profile for my DDR4-3000 memory; I had to manually overclock the memory, and even then I could only get it to DDR4-2800 speeds stable. I'm not sure if the inability to even POST using the XMP profile is the fault of the memory or the board, so I'm not going to dock any eggs off in the review.<br><br>Further, the fact that the DDR4 wouldn't run at DDR4-3000 stable (even with relaxed timings compared to the settings in the XMP profile) might suggest either an issue with the memory or a potentially weak-sauce memory controller on my particular 6700K.
***UPDATE*** After installing the latest BIOS, I am able to run my DDR4-3000 memory in XMP mode at the correct frequency/timings. It was a problem with the board after all and not the memory. I'm tempted to dock an egg in light of this, but it's fixed now, so I'll let bygones be bygones.
Overall Review: I would recommend this product to others; if you have *just* $199 to spend on a Z170 board, this is a great choice. I can understand wanting to spend as little as possible on the board so that you can spend that money on more performance-relevant features (faster GPU, better memory, etc.). <br><br>However, if you can spare the extra cash, I'd recommend stepping it up to the Maximus VIII Hero. It's a higher quality board and $35 extra for a system you're probably going to use for 3-5 years just isn't that much more. This is what I would have bought had it been available in a combo deal at the time of purchase.
Pros: Easily the best that money can buy for a general purpose system (6700K is probably your best bet for a 100% gaming optimized rig). Mine is able to hit 4.5GHz, but the chip requires a lot of voltage to do so (1.32v for my chip) which can lead to a very loud and power hungry system.
I am running mine at 4.1GHz (1.1v) -- a nice boost from stock, giving me excellent single-threaded performance as well as superb multi-threaded performance. I recommend pairing this CPU with a nice high-end cooler. I use the H110i, which is a very nice pre-packaged closed loop water cooler, and at 4.1GHz the chip's temps only go to about 60 celsius when I run an intensive CPU stress test like Intel Burn Test; it's much cooler running ASUS RealBench and of course in real-world applications as well.
This is a really awesome chip.
Cons: It's very expensive!
Pros: I managed to pick up a couple of these puppies when they were on sale for $599 (before rebate) and I couldn't be happier.
The cards were factory overclocked already, but after overclocking them, I see GPU core clocks exceed 1400MHz in boost mode. I was able to push memory speeds by 250MHz as well.
I'm a happy camper.
Cons: At full price ($659), there might be other cards that clock higher out of the box.
Pros: This is an excellent consumer-grade processor. It offers leadership single-threaded performance out of the box, and it only gets better with overclocking. I was able to hit 4.7GHz with a Corsair H110i GT closed loop water cooler.
It's slightly more expensive than the Haswell-based 4790K, but you get better performance and a more robust platform along with it. If you are building a new system, then the 6700K is a great choice that should hold up extremely well for years to come.
Cons: This chip is incredibly hard to get ahold of. Intel really needs to improve supply of this processor.
Pros: Excellent laptop for $350. Quad core 1.5GHz AMD A6 is more than enough for pretty much anything I want to do. The integrated graphics is actually incredibly good, able to play modern games at pretty decent settings. The laptop itself is built pretty nicely, the track pad is nice, and the screen is actually pretty good. Included memory is DDR3-1600MHz instead of the cheap DDR3-1333MHz, which is helpful in making sure the integrated graphics performs to its full potential.
Cons: - shift button is a little small which is a slight inconvenience for my large hands
Overall Review: - While memory included is fast DDR3-1600MHz, it's a single stick, so in order to double memory bandwidth (and significantly improve graphics performance), get a second stick. This gives you 8GB of memory AND increases bandwidth for cheap.
- Stock 5400RPM drive, while necessary for the price point of the laptop, is slow. Replace it with a solid state drive and it'll feel like upgrading all over again. I put a Vertex 4 128GB in here and it works fantastically.
Pros: Well built, sturdy card. Runs cool, extremely fast, and overclocks quite well.
Cons: It wasn't free? :)
Overall Review: This is my 10th or so Zotac card and I love their stuff!
Pros: - Inexpensive
Cons: - Not available anymore? This makes me sad.
Overall Review: I bought this a little while ago for a build that never went through. I finally got a chance to use it in a build and it's awesome. Not trying to power Crossfire 7970s with an i7 3960X, but for a budget supply meant to power a nice, efficient PC, it's pretty excellent.
Pros: - Able to power pretty decently power hungry computers
- Blue light is a nice touch
- 2 PCI-E connectors, always a plug
Overall Review: I've used a few of these in a few low cost gaming builds for clients, and they've lasted for quite a while. Definitely an excellent bang-for-buck unit.
Pros: - Slim/sleek design appeals to many of my clients
- All keys work with no hassles
Overall Review: Definitely a good product under the Rosewill banner! I recommend it, especially since it's so inexpensive.
Pros: - inexpensive
- works once you get the right drivers (PLEASE immediately download the drivers from the website)
Cons: - drivers on the CD caused massive lockups and problems (TOTALLY unacceptable)
- cuts out occasionally
Overall Review: Driver link: http://www.rosewill.com/products/1124/ProductDetail_Download.htm
I would recommend this card for budget builds, absolutely. But if you've got a little extra scratch, get something higher end, especially if you're gaming.
Pros: - Inexpensive AM3 board for budget builds
- Stable & works right out of the box
- Integrated LAN and audio work fantastically w/ good drivers
Cons: - no overclocking support (but for a budget board, it's probably best to not overclock since the board probably isn't designed with all the bells & whistles needed to get a stable overclock)
Overall Review: Great board if you're looking to build a stable, solid budget AM3 PC. Not for the enthusiast, but definitely suitable for pretty much any usage from basic office PC to a gaming PC.
Pros: It's inexpensive, supports all of the latest graphical bells and whistles, good output support, and it's fast.
Cons: The rebate seems to be kind of iffy -- mailed it in on 1/13/2012 and the HIS site still says it's awaiting receipt of documentation. But whatever, it's well priced as it is anyway (and it was for a client's build).
Overall Review: None.
Pros: Amazing card. A significant step up from my 1.5GB 580 at the very highest settings in games like Crysis and Metro 2033. Overclocks amazingly -- out of the box, I just cranked the CCC clocks to 1125/1575 and it works perfectly.
Price is steep, but at this price point, it's the best you can buy. Just an amazing card if you are a game graphics aficionado!
Overall Review: Really wish I could afford a second one!
Pros: - basically a GTX 570 in performance & thermals
- good enough to max most games at 1920x1080
- short card, so good case compatibility
Cons: - bad overclocker
- didn't get a copy of BF3 as advertised
- limited edition, so future SLI prospects are dim
- more expensive than the EVGA counterpart, and that one lets you do a step-up within 90 days.
Overall Review: Buy a 570 if you can afford it.
Pros: Really, really fast as a gaming chip, since games favor fast/beefy cores over # of cores. Runs everything without a hitch, and am clearly GPU limited!
It also runs exceptionally coolly and quietly. The stock HSF is a tiny little thing, but it's quiet and keeps this thing nice and cool.
I haven't used the IGP, but I'm sure it's adequate for daily usage. Paired with a 6790 it's a formidable, affordable gaming combination.
I've got nothing.
Overall Review: I'm very happy with the Intel "Sandy Bridge" CPU and look forward to using them in other builds.
Pros: My gosh is this a quality PSU. It's quiet, it feeds a very power-hungry machine, and by installing this PSU and replacing the cheap 430W that was in the PC before, I was able to get some real performance out of my buddy's rig by:
- unlocking the 4th core on his Athlon II X3 (with the 430W thermaltake we had in there, the power draw became too much and caused crashes -- been running flawlessly on this!)
- powering and overclocking a GTX 280. This card has a TDP of 236W and is used 6-7 hours a day at full usage -- and this PSU lets me OVERCLOCK this sucker without a problem.
- It looks amazing. You can tell that PC Power&C actually took pride in their presentation and seemingly in the quality of the components.
Worth every cent of its asking price. DON'T EVER GO CHEAP ON A PSU!
Overall Review: Don't be fooled by power rating on cheap PSUs. If you buy a $50 700W PSU, it is most likely nowhere near as good as this unit is. Make sure PSUs are rated for *continuous* output, and make sure that the wattage is actually legit -- a lot of PSU manfuacturers put most of their wattage out on the 3.3V and 5V rails, which don't need all that much power. The 12V rails' amperage is what matters, and quality PSUs like this deliver.