Joined on 11/05/04
Comments: I was rather nervous installing this RAM, because it was not on the 'approved' list for my A8N-SLI Premium motherboard. But it went in fine, and has performed quite reliably at 400Mhz. I had to manually fix the timings... my motherboard detected it as 2.5 3 3 8, and I adjusted that to 2 3 3 8, the timings advertised by G.SKILL.
Speed to Spare
Comments: This Athlon came nicely packaged with a heatsink that I promptly ignored in favor of a Zallman fan. However, the included heatsink did have a nice pre-gooped base, which could be very useful for people new to installing their processor. There were no visible defects, and installation was smooth. I hear the San Diego core 3700's overclock nicely, but I have not tried to overclock it and likely never will, so I cannot vouch for that claim. The processor provided a noticable boost over my earlier computer, an Athlon 2500+ (Barton core). I have not yet been able to get my hands on a 64 bit copy of Windows to install, but I'm pleased with its 32bit performance so far.
Works as Intended
Comments: This card was a major upgrade for me... from an ATI 9600 Pro. Before I was running games in 800x600 medium quality... now, I can run them in 1280x1024 maximum quality, AA, the works. I could probably go up to 1600x1200 in many of them, but I prefer to use the same resolution as my desktop, so Alt-Tabbing is faster. There were commercial games included, which was a little disappointing but not a big deal. It did contain a (rather outdated) copy of America's Army. I have not attempted overclocking, and I likely never will, so I cannot vouch for its stability under duress.