Date Joined: 08/07/09
Pros: Read below for my updated guide into getting this awesome card to work wonderfully!
Cons: Not free
Overall Review: This is an update to my previous review.
Since catalyst 10.2 came out I did a complete driver reinstall and reinstalled ATi Tray Tools.
In ATi Tray Tools I made 2 profiles. One for 3D and one for 2D and set the 2D one to 400/900mhz and saved it as 2D, then set it as the profile to load at windows start up. I set the 3D one to 700/1150mhz and changed the voltage (theres a voltage selector) to 1.100, and then saved the profile as 3D.
I then right clicked the ATi Tray Tools icon and selected HOT KEYS, and then set them to Enable (On). Then I set ctrl+F11 to the 2D profile and ctrl+F12 to the 3D profile, by clicking Hot Keys -> Customize -> New -> Profiles -> Overclocking Profiles -> To the right you'll see a selector for each profile you have made (2D, 3D).
This voltage being 1.100 for 3D fixed any and all stability problems in all games I own. And setting the profiles to hot keys gives me control of when the card changes its clocks. (Instead of it changing mid-game and cr
Pros: Good mouse, tracks well. My sister is using it for normal usage and its great for the price.
Overall Review: Great mouse, great price. BUY THIS
Pros: Burns CDs at 48x on top of being a DVD-RW. Operates smoothly without much noise. Sleek looking and great even without a 3rd party face plate.
SMALL! This thing is incredibly small, about 1 1/2 - 2 inches shorter than my old DVD-RW! Great for small cases!
Overall Review: This thing rules, burns anything I throw at it. No coasters so far. Couldn't ask for more, looks like SONY is finally getting their act together!
Pros: Easy to install, Easy to reinstall. Doesn't need to delete an entire drives contents to reinstall, only the partition you're installing to. Insane UI, try out the Dreamscene animated desktop wallpapers! My favorite is the Asteroids one as it feels like you're navigating through a cloudy dense asteroid field!
So many great features I can't list them all.
32 bit for increased compatibility!
Overall Review: This OS is great, I went with the 32 bit version for now as I heard about compatibility problems with the 64 bit one. It only reads 3.25gb of my 4gb of RAM but I have no problems with that as games don't really need anything more at the resolutions I game at. (1280x1024)
In a few years I'll switch it out for the 64 bit version and throw in 4 more gigs of RAM into my PC for a nice fairly cheap upgrade!
Thanks newegg for the OEM OS at a great price!
Pros: Transfers heat decently
Cons: Sticky disgusting mess! Hard to rub into the heatsink surface to pre-treat the heatsink. Hard to manipulate this stuff at all or squeeze out how much you need. Very sticky and messy and it stretches like pizza cheese!
Overall Review: Save yourself the mess and buy some ASilver5 (the silver stuff)
I thought id save 5 dollars and get this stuff and ended up costing myself a whole lot of frustration.
Pros: Solid case, Room for everything, Great airflow, filters in front panel of case to help fight dust. Twin fans push a ton of air and the fan control allows you to turn on/off the LED lights. Top fans work great too and blow the air out of the back channel of the top panel. HD Audio connection for the front top panel works great. USB was easy to connect and so were all of the other connections. The square area around the power/reset buttons is the HDD activity light and it looks really cool in the dark!
The tool free design works great as long as you make sure everything is lined up before you crank the knob on the clamper mechanism. Thumb screws on all of the rear pci expansion slots are great and easy to use!
Cons: Fans aren't the highest quality (see other thoughts)
Having to remove the top fans to insert my power supply was a pain, but I don't mind having to do it as the top panel came off rather easily and I was able to do the whole operation without too much trouble.
150mm fans might scrape against the inside of the fan cages. ( I fixed this by putting cardboard risers under the screws to keep the fan blades a few centimeters away from where they were making contact)
Overall Review: As soon as I started working on the case I took some hair clipper machine oil and dropped it into both of the fans.
Once I was done putting together my build I started it up and noticed one of the fans was slightly wobbly but it still worked fine so I paid it no heed.
A few days later I came home from work and noticed the wobbly fan had stopped working entirely and was only spinning about 10RPM. I took the case door off and pushed downward on the fan blade and the entire fan blade mechanism fell apart.
So I took the fan out and put it back together piece by piece. It consists of the fan blade assembly with a small metal post coming out that goes through the motor assembly. The post has a small indentation on the end where a tiny plastic O clamp goes around it to hold it in place. I put it together with the rubber seal ring separating the blade from the motor and the clamp holding it together tight through the rear hole. After re-oiling it I fired it back up and now it runs pe
Pros: Work fine, Good packaging
Overall Review: Theyre cables, they reach stuff very well, buy them.
Pros: Long, does what it's supposed to do, isn't cracked or damaged.
Overall Review: I bought this to use with my new Neo Flex LCD arm (as it needs a long cord to be able to move around properly) and it does the trick perfectly.
Pros: Great USB, Plenty of SATA connections, CrossfireX setup to where you can have 2 double slot cards and still access 1 of your PCI slots. Great onboard HD Audio that handles games very nicely with a quad core CPU, 8x/8x CrossfireX is perfect for 5750's and 5770's .
Cons: Not a 16x16x Crossfire motherboard (you'll probably want higher bandwidth crossfireX for cards like HD5850's or HD5870s, Onboard Atheros L1E NIC is horrid (It doesn't even work under windows7 no matter what drivers I try)
Overall Review: After researching the Atheros L1E I found that users who actually got the thing to work were very disappointed at its performance (around 30% cpu usage!)
After reading this I gave up on trying to get it to work and threw in my Intel PRO/1000 GT NIC in the bottom PCI slot. (It on the other hand works perfect in windows7 and uses 0% cpu!)
I'm angry because that PCI slot was supposed to be reserved for my SB X-FI XtremeGamer. I ended up using the onboard HDAudio (which is great btw, almost as good as my soundblaster!) and giving my X-Fi to my sister.
This board scored me brownie points with my sister and I discovered how good the onboard audio is, so it's not all that bad. I docked an egg for the useless onboard ethernet though.
If you are relying on the onboard NIC being a good one then DO NOT get this motherboard! Or any mobo with Atheros NIC's in them! They're absolutely horrible in both performance and compatibility! Get an Intel PRO/1000 GT or a Killer NIC with this mob
Pros: Great PSU, enough amps on the 12v to run CrossfireX 4850s, 5750s, 5770s (I'd probably want more juice for a 5850 or higher CrossfireX setup)
Main power cord sleeve is cool looking and moves well. All cords tuck into case crevices without trouble. Fit very nicely in my case. Good solid power source from a great brand. Fan is anything but loud compared to my old systems Thermaltake 420w.
Cons: No cons.
Overall Review: This thing is great for CrossfireX up to a certain point. Anything more powerful than dual 5770's would probably require the 750w version or higher. This thing is a beast for its price and it is very sturdy with solid construction.
I have it powering a Phenom II X4 945 125w, 4gigs of DDR3 pc1333,1x XFX HD5750 (soon to be 2x), 500gb WD HDD, Sony Optiarc DVD-RW, and my Xclio Godspeed Two Advanced case with 2x 80mm fans and 2x 150mm fans.
Pros: Fast CPU, Good @ Stock 3.01ghz speeds, Reference cooler keeps the chip within specs, very stable on my Asus M4A78T-E.
Cons: Not a Black Edition, Can't tolerate as much heat as the 95w TDP 945 can. Reference Heatsink copper surface was severely rough and unpolished.
Overall Review: I grew out of my overclocking phase back in the NF7 S2 AthlonXP Barton core days. Since I am not an overclocker, this CPU and Cooler work fine. I am a gamer so let me say that it destroys any game I throw at it with no problem. It is very stable at its stock speeds. I regret not paying the extra money for the 95w version as it can handle higher temps and for 10 bux more I'm a fool for not getting it.
Great processor for the money, I built a system around this CPU and a HD5750 with a crossfireX capable Asus Motherboard and XMS3 ram for 850 bux give or take with everything *including case/psu/dvd-rw/hdd/windows7 OEM and shipping* Beat that iBuyPower! With your junk parts!
Pros: Fast, Solid construction, Not overly flashy, SPD posts it at proper timings/voltages, Both sticks passed memtest and prime95 and windows memory diagnostic.
Cons: Not 7-7-7-19 or whatever the TracerX is.
Overall Review: the Crucial Ballistix Tracer was out of stock, and this XMS3 was on sale for 80 bux so I decided to get it. I don't regret getting it one bit as it is some fast fast RAM.
Runs good in dual channel, both sticks were in perfect condition. Great heat spreaders that are simple yet elegant.
Pros: Fast HDD for the price, Scores a 5.9 on Windows7 Experience. Transfers at about 25mb/s give or take. Runs good for games. Pretty good power consumption.
Cons: Not as speedy as a Caviar Black or a Solid State Disk. Not really a con at all.
Overall Review: Not the greatest OS drive, I use it with my OS on a partition but I plan on getting a Solid State Drive eventually. Not as good on power consumption as a green drive but it operates way faster.
Overall Good HDD that does what it's supposed to do.
Pros: Semi-Quiet keys, Solid Construction, Cheap, All features work without installing logitech drivers, Black and sleek looking, Lightweight yet sturdy.
Cons: Not a G15 ;D
Overall Review: I love this keyboard, I game parallel to my desk on a recliner with my LCD on an adjustable arm so that it's in front of me. Normally my keyboard is on my lap and my mouse is on the end of the keyboard try which sits right above the right arm of my recliner. It is my tried and true gaming setup that I have worked on perfecting since 2001. When someone enters my room they know a nerd lives there. This keyboard is extremely comfortable on my lap and types like a charm. For the price I doubt any company could come up with something better. Thanks Newegg and Logitech!
Pros: Fast card for the price. Double Lifetime Warranty is awesome.
This card is fast, get it with a crossfireX ready motherboard so you can expand to two of them later and you will ensure a cheap upgrade for later down the road.
Cons: ATi Catalyst Control Center and drivers are a major pain. Currently there is a bug where they clock the card wrong idle and upon entering a game the card becomes stuck at 400mhz/900mhz instead of 700mhz/1150mhz where it's supposed to be for 3D.
Also blue/grey/red screens and driver restarts can happen aswell. There are many threads and topics about this on the internet and most have come to the conclusion that it is on the driver level. ATi has so far released a hotfix for the 58xx series and has said that the hotfix for the 57xx series is on the way. Until then we'll have to wait for this.
Although now I know I can max out Star Trek Online, Farcry2, AvP Demo, Dead Space, NBA2k10 and several other games with my card at 400mhz core 900mhz memory.
Overall Review: With ATi tray tools and ATi overdrive enabled in the CCC you can set your card to overclock to its proper speed. I had troubles in Star Trek Online at 700/1150 where it would freeze up for 2-5 seconds every few minutes randomly and continue running fine, so I clocked down to 400/900 and I am keeping it there until ATi's drivers can handle it. (It has no troubles in any of my other games at 700/1150 so I'm not blaming the manufacturer on this one)
Bought this for a new build and so far I am happy, but slightly disappointed with ATi. Techpowerup forums and several others such as [H]ard OCP have discussions on the drivers and problems.
Phenom X4 945, XFX 5750 1GB, Asus M4A78T-E CrossfireX mobo, 500gb WD Caviar Blue, 4GB XMS3 9-9-9-24 (was on sale for 70 bux0rs!), Windows7 32-bit Home Premium, Xclio Godspeed Two Advanced Case