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Zachary N.

Zachary N.

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Most Favorable Review

Perfect for Supermicro A1SRI-2758F

Kingston 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model KVR16LSE11/8KF
Kingston 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model KVR16LSE11/8KF

Pros: Finding ECC SO-DIMMS can be hard. I have three Supermicro A1SRI-2758F boards for my home lab, and these all require ECC Unbuffered SO-DIMM memory. The price was right at 75 dollars. I put 64GB of memory into my two ESXi hosts and they didn't have any issues booting up. Ran memtest and have had no errors. Works perfect. There's really nothing else to say.

Cons: I initially bought 16GB at 96 dollars per stick.

Most Critical Review

Beware....

OCZ Agility 2 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD3-2AGT90G
OCZ Agility 2 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD3-2AGT90G

Pros: Drive is very fast. I load windows 7 with everything up in under 30 seconds--including start-up apps and everything, all from the beep my computer makes when starting up.

Cons: Be prepared to do some tweaking/troubleshooting. Whereas my old Western Digital blue drive simply worked, I am getting all sorts of lock up problems, and the only thing that I changed was my switching from a 250 GB HDD to a 90 GB SSD. I'm going to be reinstalling windows 7 again, this time from a thumb drive and see if that makes any difference.

Overall Review: If this would be stable out of the box, it would be a 5 star product. If I am able to figure out what is wrong, it'll be a 4 star product.

Amazing product, please read on...

XFX HD-587A-ZND9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB XXX Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
XFX HD-587A-ZND9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB XXX Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Pros: This is an amazing video card. ATI just announced the 5890 to be released in Q1 2010, but until then this is the fastest single GPU on the market. This thing out benchmark' the Nvidia 295, which is a dual GPU video card, and which has a 200 dollar higher pricetag. Keep in mind that the 5000 series drivers are all very immature, and yet it is still beating the flagship NVIDIA model. My own little list of pro's: -Very good connectivity. Having the HDMI port built into the card appeals greatly to me. The Eyefinity technology looks to be fun too. -Fairly quiet. Some people have complained about the fans on here, but I can't hear it over the roar of my antec 1200 fans.

Cons: The display drivers are fairly immature, and this has been well documented. That being said, I've had none of the issue with the mouse pointer being double sized or anything like that. The only issues I have had with the drivers came after I uninstalled my old nVidia drivers. Once I loaded the drivers onto my PC, it became unstable and I had to reformat Windows 7. After the format everything has been peachy.

Overall Review: Please keep in mind that 98% of newegg reviewers are ignorant and once something doesn't go as planned they come on here and 1-3 egg products. I have never had any issues with XFX. I've replaced my 8800 GT with another one after it stopped working without a problem. To the guy who one-egged this product? Has it occurred to you that they were phasing out that line and that they very well couldn't have had any out there? To the guy who 3 egged it because of temps. GPU temps can push 80C. I wouldn't remove eggs because you have to turn the fan up. If you're going to push for maximum performance you should push for it using every means possible. I've finished my testing without having to do adjustments. Sounds like he didn't flash his bios to the most updated version, and probably was using the drivers that were shipped instead of most updated or beta drivers.

12/12/2009

A wonderful board

XFX MBN790IUL9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX MBN790IUL9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board was suggested to me by a friend. I have very little things to complain about besides my own stupidity. See "Other Thoughts" for details. I finished my installation over a week ago and I couldn't be happier. The 790i Ultra chipset is amazing, very good for overclocking. There are a whole bunch of options that I didn't have on my old board. XFX has an awesome support site as well; once you register your product, they have automatic notifications of new drivers, etc. Props to XFX.

Cons: DDR3 Ram. See below for more info.

Overall Review: I bought this board because I had believed that my old motherboard finally gave out on me. I was mistaken. I bought this board in a hurry and overlooked the fact that even though this is a 775 board, it takes DDR3. I finally realized that after I had the board bolted into the computer. Anyways, I picked up some DDR3 1333 speed ram, only to realize my my Core 2 Quad Kentsfield runs at 1066 FSB. Had to overclock my processor (no complaints about doing that at all) up to 3 ghz to push the FSB to not be a bottleneck for my RAM. System Setup -Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4ghz (oc'd at 3.0) -2 GB Crucial DDR3 1333 RAM (Soon to be 8 GB Mushkin DDR3 1333) -XFX MBN790IUL9 Motherboard -XFX 8800 GT 512 (Soon to be ATI Radeon 5870) -Antec 1200 Case.

Amazing

ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)

Pros: An amazing monitor! Switched from a 4:3 19" to this and it is amazing. Got it for 199 w/ 20 dollar rebate as well. If you're thinking about making a switch, go for this one.

Cons: There is a slight backlight bleed around the edges in dark scenes, but that is to be expected.

11/28/2009

Pretty Good Ram

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: I first purchased this ram last December. I never overclocked it, but the reviews I saw said that it works very well for that. I never really had any problems with the ram until yesterday. See the cons.

Cons: After about a year, one of the sticks died.

Overall Review: Downside is, I was working on the computer, and for whatever reason forgot to check the ram. Figuring my motherboard finally died (I had it for 3 years,) I ordered a replacement. I wanted to add ram to my system, so I order another batch of this, and a new hard drive and a new monitor. Oh well, I always like opening up new tech boxes :)

11/26/2009