Joined on 12/16/03
Pros: The heat pipe makes it so that this board produces no sound whatsoever. Also, there is no fan that could possibly break, or come unplugged causing something to overheat. It was real easy to mount. ASUS makes connecting all your USB, case, and other junk real easy. Reset switch, HDD Light, power switch; all that is clearly labeled for you. The power plug is not in a difficult spot, there is plenty of room for a huge aftermarket CPU Heatsink. The BIOS chip appears to be removable for those who like to play with that kind of stuff. It has a SATA port on the back panel!
Cons: Only one IDE Channel.
Overall Review: Make sure that you are not wanting to use more than 2 IDE devices, or else you will be needing to get an expansion card or something.
Pros: The controller is good.
Cons: Overheats, the cooling fan gets real loud. When it does overheat, the system will lock up or crash some other way. Microsoft nickels and dimes you to death with all the other junk you will probably want for this. (more controllers, games, xblive, heatsets, portable memory)
Pros: Quiet fans. Very Sturdy Easy to work with Lots of room for just about anything you want. Looks Good Dust Filters
Cons: It's pretty heavy If you have a larger-sized power supply, it can be a chore to get it inside. Screwless mechanisms for expansion cards don't hold down the card as well as I'd like
Overall Review: The good aspects of this case outweigh the bad. Large fans move a lot of air wihout having to spin fast. The Hard drive cage next to the PSU makes it so you don't have to sting as many cables allover the case. The lid on top protects your USB/Audio/IEEE1394 sockets from dust buildup
Pros: This is my first time using DDR2 ram, and I made sure that it was going to be quality stuff. This is for sure some high quality ram. The heat spreaders look real good in my case. I started tweaking the timings a little bit in the bios, but I havent done anything major to it yet. I do not think there is any need to though. There are programs out there that will test and benchmark your ram, and this stuff scored first or second in all the differnt tests. Gaming: There is no choppiness in gameplay as areas are loaded, and there is no choppiness when you first get a map loaded.
Cons: Not really a con, just be careful. I did not push one of the moduals in all the way, and that made it so my system would not POST, so make sure you click them latches down ;)
Overall Review: Great buy for the quality of hardware you get.
Pros: This is my first AMD chip. This chip is worth the price tag. It tore through all my games without a hitch. Half-Life 2 is a very CPU-intensive game, and this proc perfored wonderfully with the game at full detail, and with some rather interesting physics playing :). Apps that are optimised for Dual Core procs run at turbo speed with this guy. I now wish that programmers would optimise all their apps for dual core :)
Cons: Mine is running tad hot for my tastes on the stock cooler (44C). But that's just my preference. I'll probably get a monster heatsink later on.
Overall Review: The price may seem a bit high, but once you get this guy, you won't regret it!
Pros: Fast card. It tore through everything I threw at it. (Obilviom, BF2, COD2). The fan adjusts its spped according to the temperature of the core.
Cons: I saw little white artifacts in almost all the games I played on it. I toned the core down to about 440MHz and the Memory to about 1250Mhz. That did the trick, but that step should not be necessary.
Overall Review: Awesome card, but users should be aware that clock frequency adjustments may be necessary to run this card without errors.