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Karl A.

Karl A.

Joined on 03/22/03

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Excellant RAM

Mushkin Enhanced Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996523
Mushkin Enhanced Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996523

Pros: This RAM works wonderfully in my new AM2 system with no problems at rated speeds and latencies. Using Asus' rendition of the nForce 590 chipset. Haven't gotten around to overclocking yet... The nicest DDR2 800 that I found in this price range. The next bump in latency timings for ddr2 800 was some Cxxxair that was 1.5 as expensive as this. The heat spreader design is bold, yet elegant - I really like the look.

Cons: None to speak of. It's quality memory; it's hard to have any real cons if it looks cool and performs well.

Overall Review: Had to go into the BIOS and manually specify the rated latencies (probably true for most ram of this class anyway). Ran memtest86, no issues.

Not without flaws

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The BIOS is very extensive - lots of configuration options for just about every aspect of the chipset. It even shows, for both network controllers, which wire pairs are connected (1&2,3&6,4&5,7&8), and the estimated length of the network wire. Absolutely packed with features.

Cons: **Careful** I got an eVGA 7900GT KO with an aftermarket cooler (the zaleman VF900), and the poor positioning of the 12V ATX connection on the motherboard (RIGHT above the primary PCI-E slot) makes it a very tight and uncomfortable fit because of the mounting screws that were sticking out from the back of my graphics card - one of the screw mounts makes contact with the ATX connector and almost makes the card not fit all the way in the socket. I imagine that some of the larger coolers that wrap around the card would proove even more troublesome, if not incompatible. Performance benchmarks aren't the best compared to some other mobos. No nTune support as far as I know.

Overall Review: The RAM I am currently using with this mobo is item # N82E16820146108 on newegg (mushkin xtreme performance, matched pair of 1gb sticks), and I mention this because some people were reporting that the motherboard was selective when it came to memory. The muskin listed above works fabulously at its rated speed and latency.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Fast (sorry I can't be more descriptive than that; I haven't bothered to benchmark them). The 5-year warranty is good Quiet enough to be inaudable over the low-RPM fans in my case.

Cons: The piece of plastic that makes up the SATA power/signal connector seems very flimsy... or maybe just very flexible. Either way, it scared my when I was hooking the drives up... ***NOTE*** There is a jumper on these drives that is defaultly set to limit transmission speeds to 1.5Gbps - you need to remove the jumper for 3.0Gbps operation (probably not a huge impact on performance either way, but definately something to be aware of). The jumper is for some reason only half the size of a normal jumper, and proved quite difficult to remove (until I finally used a small enough screw driver to pry it out).

Overall Review: For higher performance, remember to disable NCQ if you're going to RAID them (if your chipset supports NCQ to begin with). Overall a great drive. My complaints about it were relatively minor and its performance made up for them.

No nTune

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The copper heatpipe/heatsink that covers the middle of the board keeps the components underneith quite cool, with zero noise (no fans). The nForce 590 chipset features LinkBoost, which is a very nice feature for people who are trying to d/l torrents and play games at the same time, for example (game traffic given priority).

Cons: Not all nforce 590 chipsets are created equally... I wasn't able to get nTune 5.0 to function on this mobo (and that would have been a very nice thing to have). Google it if you don't know what it is, and buy this board only if you think that the loss of nTune in acceptable.

Overall Review: pricey...