Joined on 08/13/04
Update to prior Submission
Pros: Great Performance in all games.
Overall Review: Previously, I reported that my temps were around the 50c mark when idle and 60c or more under load. This is acceptable for this card but I found when I used Riva to increase fan speed to 90%, it idles at 40c and loads around 48c. Even lower at 100%. The card is not noisy at 90% or even 100%. Sounds like a standard case fan at those speeds. No need to overclock this card, performance is that good.
A+ to ASRock
Pros: This is one of the best motherboard setups in regards to software and simplicity you could ever want. ASRock does everything for you, it doesn't get any simpler than this. Excellent quality, great equipment and feature placement, no flimsy parts...this ROCKS! Up and running with raid 0 on windows ultimate within 20 minutes. The thing does everything for you, not thought required...diaper changing included. Oh and don't forget to read the manual, that helps. This board is underrated by the reviewers here. Don't hesitate to buy this board.
Cons: I can understand the reviewers who said "DOA" because the case connections aren't intuitive or standardized enough to prevent improper connections. Not connecting the case switches correctly causes the MB to not start or even show signs of being alive. Solution: disconnect everything and use the onboard power switch, then figure out what you did wrong later.
Overall Review: Awesome motherboard at this or any price point! Unless you have some very specific needs, this board will perform identically to the Extreme 4 and the high end models as well. Read the features it includes - it seems too good to be true, but it is true and performs well. Get the i5-2500k, it is soooooooo worth it!
Pros: Stop paying ISP $5/Mo for a marginal modem. Performance and reliablility is the 100%, transfers are faster with the faster connection. Works great with my router...C'mon, it's a modem. Just plug it in and forget about it...it's that easy.
Overall Review: I'm on Month 18 (that's a year and a half) and it has paid for itself in the savings I get for not renting an outdated modem from...well my ISP. It runs great, stays cool, looks good! Great value for what I paid ($86) in early 2010.
Does the job
Pros: Works as stated, cooling excellent, Runs Crysis on High and is quite playable. Installation was easy and fits nicely in my case. Vista rates this card as a 5.9 (highest graphics score possible). Extremely high value for the buck (IMO).
Cons: No real cons that should influence the buying decision. Needs Riva Tuner to adjust fan speed. Load temp hovers between 60 - 65 c, Idle at 50 c. It would most likely be lower but things temp out hotter in my new case as opposed to the Antec server case I used before. This card performs only marginally better (maybe 5 - 10 fps) than the EVGA 9600GT KO version. Temps are lower on the 9600GT.
Overall Review: ASUS - A8N32sli-deluxe, 4200+ Toledo, 3gb patriot llk ram 2-3-2-5, WD sata 2 250Gb 7200rpm, this card, other stuff not important, plays everything.