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Jacob J.

Jacob J.

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Most Favorable Review

EVGA Support is World Class

EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -EVGA Customer Service and Forum Support -Awesome Red and Black color theme -USB 3.0 / SATA 3 -X58 Chipset -Support of Intel Xeon X5000 series CPU's "out the box" -Stable -VREG Temp's are acceptable for air cooling -Quality construction -Placement of onboard devices and interfaces -Supports 3X SLI -Dual SLI spacing of video cards is excellent My specs: -Intel Xeon X5650 (6-core) 22x Turbo Multi, 4.40GHz -EVGA Classified 3 -Corsair H70 w/120mmx38mm (2750rpm) fan and stock 120mmx25mm (2000 rpm) fan -Dual MSI NGTX460's, Cyclone, in SLI (256bit version) 915MHz core clock -Coolermaster Silent Pro, 1000 watt PSU -Corsair, 6GB DDR3, 2000MHz, 9-9-9-24. Had to set the memory to 1600MHz and 7-8-7-20 timings for stability (7.9 rank in Windows) -Silverstone Raven RV01 (RED LED MOD) -Lamptron, FC5-Version2, Fan Controller -2, Western Digital HDD's, 7200RPM, 1TB -Logisys RED Cold Cathodes -ASUS Bluray Drive

Cons: -My onboard audo stopped working in a few hours; however, EVGA support was outstanding. They were [unbelievablly] fast and effective at troubleshooting the issue. They were ready to RMA the board, but I decided to purchase a $30 RF soundcard from BB and all is well now.

Overall Review: Unlike the Intel Core i7 980X and 970; overclocking the Xeon CPU's takes a bit more patience. EVGA's forum was totally awesome in helping me OC the X5650. Took me several hours, but we finally got it from 3.6GHz to 4.4GHz. I think I can go a bit higher, but my temps are a little concerning. 70C with Prime95. I'm not here to bash other motherboard manufacturers, as I own the ASUS R3E, Maximus Formula, and Gigabyte X58A-UD5 and UD7. Let me tell you, while these are all first class boards that I truly enjoy, when I've encountered issues, EVGA is light years ahead in "service." That's why I purchased this board and am glad I did.

10/18/2010
Most Critical Review

Questionable Integrity

ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Great Features -Quality Components -Very Stylish and looks awesome in any case -19 mosfets or Phase Power -Ordered at NewEgg

Cons: -Believe it or not, NewEgg's Service (read below) -When I ordered this product, I expected a BRAND NEW item / didn't happen -I recieved a USED ITEM for a RETAIL PRICE -No one is taking DECISIVE ACTION and replacing it

Overall Review: I received a board that I initially thought was used, based on wear-and-tear of packaging components. Nonetheless, I thought this was a rare occurence and perhaps the board was not used, so went ahead and installed the board. When I tried to register the product on Asus's website, I was told the board was ALREADY REGISTERED TO SOMEONE ELSE. I couldn't even register the Audio Card that is bundled with the board. Since notifing Newegg on Novemeber 11, 2009. I just received an email today, November 16, 2009 that they should have a response within 2 days! THIS IS NOT MY PROBLEM NOR WHAT I AGREED TO; This problem is between ASUS AND NEWEGG; Im caught in the middle of all this. I didn't agree to pay a RETAIL PRICE and recieve a USED ITEM. Furthermore, no one at NEWEGG is taking ownership of the issue and DOING something about this. I've had a great shopping and customer service expereince here, but this situation is making me question the integrity of the service here.

11/16/2009

Finally.

Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K
Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K

Pros: -My 4790K CPU overclock's better than any 4770K or 4760K I've purchased since Haswell's release -That's all you need to know. -I didn't test the factory thermal paste. -I delidded the CPU and installed Liquid Metal between the naked CPU and Intel heat spreader. I used Shinitzu thermal paste between the entire CPU and my waterblock. Systems Specs: Intel Core i7 4790K (De-Lid) Operating at 4.8GHz, 1..45VCore; Usiing "Off Set" option. No other changes made in BIOS. ASUS Z97 Deluxe TEAM Extreme 16GB DDR3 2400MHz (4x4GB) 2 ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon (SLI) EVGA 1300G2 PSU 3 PNY Optima 240GB SSDs (RAID 0) (Gaming HDD Array) 1 Samsung EVO 250GB (Primary OS) Windows Enterprise 8.1 64bit Custom Water Loop: 2 240MM RADS, XSPC Raystorm Waterblock, Swiftech MCP 35x Pump, 4 Corsair 120mm Performance Fan (2,350 RPM), Lamptorn fan controller.

Cons: None

Overall Review: *****I disabled HYPER-THREADING***** As I write this review, I'm 100% stable using Prime95, Intel Burn Test, and AIDA64 extreme at 4.8GHz. My average core temp is 58C. My average highest temp is 67C. My lowest core temp is 36C. My highest core temp is 71C. My Intel CPU Batch Number is L336D105

Are you having the Freezing Issue?

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Overall, the features speak immensely on how impressive this board is. From the power management system to the heatsink's and motherboard headers, this is a great board for the money.

Cons: See below My specs: Intel Core i5 3570K Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Crucial M4 SSD 128GB (Latest Firmware) Galaxy GTX670 NZXT HAL-1000 Antec Kuhler 620 16GB Corsair DDR3 160MHz (9-9-9-24) 500GB Hitachi 7200RPM HDD Corsair 600T NZXT LCD fan controller 6 Corsair Performance fans (2350 RPM) Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Overall Review: I originally purchased the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H. I started having freezing issues when I upgraded my AMD Radeon 7770 to the GTX670. It was, like everyone has mentioned, RANDOM. It could freeze in 20 minutes or go a whole day without freezing. There's no BSOD or dump files created. That's the odd thing. When the the system freezes you can hear the audio playing super-duper-slow. As a result, I returned the board and upgraded to the Z77X-UD5H since the onboard sound is better; however, the problem persisted. I read somewhere that it could be the USB controller, so I disabled the USB 3.0 controller and that didn't help. Eventually, I experimented with setting Windows Sound to: 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality) Since that time, I haven't had one freeze in four days so I'm assuming the problem is fixed. Also, I use my computer no less than 8 hours a day! So, looks like there is perhaps a type of fault with audio driver compatibility in conjunction with some video cards. I don't know for sure, but I do know adjusting the sound in Windows fixed the random freezing problem. If it helps to know, I'm [now] even running at 4.5GHz (1.29Vc) and again all is well!. Hope this helps someone. So, try changing your audio settings or purchase a sound card. PS. I didn't bother contacting Gigabyte because it takes apprx. 3 days to get a response. I promised my self I would never by another gigabyte board after they refused to warranty/service a previous board when they cited unfair reasons (i.e., the board was defective due to user handling!). I purchased this board because the manager at a competitor sold it to me for the same price of the Z77X-UD3H. Otherwise I would have purchased an ASUS P8Z77-VPRO.

10/22/2012

Fantastic

ASUS Laptop A53SV-EH71 Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 2670QM (2.20GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
ASUS Laptop A53SV-EH71 Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 2670QM (2.20GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: -Incredibley fast quadcore processor (3.1GHz with Turbo Mode) -6GB DDR3 RAM -HD LED display -Aluminum on the rest pad/top panel area -Cleverly designed touchpad. It doesn't react to accidental swipes by your rist. Only your fingers initiate movement of the cursor. -USB 3.0-this is a huge plus for me. Even though it only has one, I can still connect a USB 3.0 hub, which is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 etc. -The bundled software is not bloatware; ASUS provides software utilities that you will actually use! -640GB HDD that is partitioned in 3 sections; C drive for OS and applications, S Drive for your personal files, and a 25GB recovery partition (see other thoughts on this). -12 month warranty, that includes ADH! -Battery life is excellent. With 4 USB devices connected and brightness at normal, my battery life is at or above 5 hours on a full charge. Not bad considering there's a quadcore CPU inside. -2 GPUs. The Nvida GT540 engages only during 3D apps/games; sav

Cons: None really. For me, I would have preferred an Esata input, but USB 3.0 will do. I tend to use Esata for transfering large files from my external hard drives, but to be honest, it's something I can live without. My USB 3.0 transfer rates for larges files is about 60Mbs on a Western Digital 500GB 5400RPM HDD. I dig it.

Overall Review: One thing you should know about if you plan on using a SSD. The fastest and simplist way to clone your new SSD is by using software like Acronis. However, the hard drive in this laptop has a 25GB hidden system partition. As a result, the total space required to clone the original HDD in this laptop is 59.63 GBs. I tried using a 64GB (59GB actual)Crucial M4 SSD and the transfer would not work. I then purchased a new 128GB SSD and the cloning went as planned. I now use the 128GB SSD as the main drive and the 640GB HDD that came with this laptop as a backup and external hard drive. NewEgg sells external HDD enclosures by Mascool that are USB 3.0 compatible for $15! I have the 640GB HDD installed in this enclosure. Finally, I installed a 16GB SD card that I use to backup "my documents." No hard drive is meant to last forever, and we don't know when they will fail. Therefore, the SD micro card gives me piece-of-mind, and cost me $15 as well. Overall, this is great value for $7

Speechless

Battlefield 3 Limited Edition PC Game
Battlefield 3 Limited Edition PC Game

Pros: Remember the first time you played Ghost Recon 1 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1? Remember how blown away you were? Those games earned game of the year titles. That's what this game did to me, and everyone I've introduced the game too. Even my friends who vowed not to buy the game have ran to the store to buy it. Everything about this game: -Passion: the developers wanted nothing less than to transfer their first-class ideas into a state of the art masterpiece. -Graphics: Try and find a game with this level of detail. -Story: The story is very good. It's not excellent, but if you're engaged in the story line, then the story is good, and I was engaged; great voice actors. -Multiplayer: It's as real as it gets; this is a true simulation if you ask me. There's always room for improvement, but I think this earns the title of "as real as it gets." -Weapons: Just awesome. -Maps: Among the best you'll ever see. -Audio: Excellent! Dice and EA didn't cut any corners; none.

Cons: I can't think of any. I'm trying.

Overall Review: Comparing the Call of Duty installments to this game is not difficult. The two shooter-platforms are growing apart. Call of Duty feels more like a game, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Call of Duty will always be a fun, fast action shooting game. Whereas, Battlefield 3 feels more realistic; much more realistic. It's hard to go on a massive shooting streak because the game is so realistic. Plus, to put it another way, Call of Duty (e.g., Black OPs, Modern warefare) is like the movie Rambo; the action can be unbelievable at times; kill streak awards that get old and unrealistic; it's too fiction, yet still fun. Whereas, Battlefied 3 is like the movie Platoon; the action is realistic; it's hard to escape the reality of war, which is why this game is so engaging. You feel like you're in a real war with soldiers on your side and your team is engaging real enemies. Plus, piloting jet fighters and choppers is hard. That's the difference between these two shooter-platforms.

10/30/2011