Date Joined: 01/23/04
Pros: Clean looking board... Plenty of sata connections plenty of USB and easily over lockable with ai tweaked
Cons: The reason I bought this board in large part was the awesome 5 year warranty that comes with it from asus. That being said, you hope a quality premium board will never have an issue. Well I did, the board died taking the processor down with it after 6 months of heavy gaming use. Ok.. This happens.. So warranty is a good thing ...or is it?? 3 weeks to wait in "repairing status" only to received another patched up problem board is totally unacceptable to me so F asus.. F the warranty and F a month with no computer. Bought a 98 dollar asrock board that's really just as good while asus lost a frequent customer for life due to intolerable offensive service
Overall Review: Seriously.... A motherboard is the one thing you generally don't carry a backup for. It goes down you either wait for rma or just replace. Asus should fire their service dept because I will NEVER even consider buying asus brand again
Pros: Ok let me start by saying that Ive owned one of these monitors for over a year now and the color of the thing is just outstanding. Very sharp, very vibrant
Cons: experienced corruption or interference like a flicker a little then a lot after 1 yr.......then monitor just died one day. Took it to a shop and they said the power supply went bad and replaced it. got it back, and flicker is still there......while it was in the shop I ordered another one as a backup. got the new one and within 5 days, it developed a ghastly green verticle line left of center. Sent back for RMA.
Overall Review: This monitor looks great while it works, but Im 0 for 2 with them now, however my friend has the same monitor without an issue for over a year, so maybe im just unlucky....but i dont know.............
Pros: Great DVD quality picture, easy installation and good sound.
Cons: Bad power cord connected to a little box with some kind of copper thing in it. Blew the minute i powered it up. I bypassed it with a 3a fused wire and works just fine now.
Overall Review: great price for such a cool product as long as your decent with installing it. be prepared to bypass that power box thing.
Pros: Very good drive, no problems whatsoever.
Pros: Ok I bought 2 of the EVGA Superclocked edition of the 800gt at 650 and 900. Out of the box paired with the E8400 and an XFX mobo I scored 14,250 consistantly on 3dmark06. They would get pretty darn hot though and crash occasionally. After one benchmark the heat on both cards was between 75 and 80c. Now, If you turned the stock fan on one of them (it would allow only one to change) up to 100 percent it would cool it better in the 50's but was super loud and again would only work with one of them.
Cons: Slapped these on and ran a benchmark, (4x without a crash mind you) and after all was done my cards were a cool 41c. Thats cooler than the idle of the stock cooler. While i did get a crash eventually, (apparently not all heat related, it seems that my benchmark scored went up to 14500 and far less crashes in vista 32
Overall Review: Im not sure that this totally resolved the mystery vista crash, but it did lower my vga temps from a scary 75-80 to a balmy 40c. The cards run better, and Look amazing not to mention quiet as church mice. Good Job Thermaltake.
Pros: Ok. Pros are that its the fastest card in an SLI available and the cost is very low. I bought 2 of them to run in SLI and believe me when I tell you it beats everything!! Crysis, company of heroes, ut4 and bioshock, all the games that tax all systems, cranked up to the max, running smooth and fast. Makes for a fearless gaming rig
Cons: Heat is the only issue. The cards idle at 46c, but under load climb up to 70 and 75c. The fans only spin at 29% by default and dont increase under gaming conditions. This causes the heat to climb and lock ups occur crashing the system. When you manually turn the one cards fan up ( tried turning both up but it wouldnt let me) the noise is incredible but cools the card better at 100% so there are less lockups.
Overall Review: There is an aftermarket cooler called the DuoOrb by thermaltake that looks like it works pretty well and quiet. I bought 2 of them and am waiting for them. According to several websites though, they are much quieter than the factory fans at 60% and keep the cards under 47c at load. Problem solved and still cheaper than 8800 ultras.
Pros: Thought i was upgrading from an older 8899 GTS 640 mb. In Truth, one of these was a little faster, but 2 was just a little better. Maybe not worth the money, but ill post my scores from benchmarking below
Overall Review: OK. I have another comp with a E6750 and a 640mb 8800 gts. This rig scores about 9700 in 3d mark 06 freeware version without overclocking anything.
New rig has a wolfdale E8400 and 2 8800 GT's. I was thinking id double my score. I didnt. Scored 11700 same test. Just for giggles i took one card away, and used just one GT, and scored 10500. A little dissapointed based on all the reviews but it is a little better i guess.
Pros: Great baord. Very overclockable, and runs cool with great headroom for upgrading.
Cons: default settings use 7x multiplier. Read my chip as 2.3ghz till i changed the multi to 9x. Goofy.
Overall Review: Running with SLI 8800gt's. Using Vista ultimate, I needed to remove one stick of my ram to get it to work then put the other stick back in. Weird. Then, with a 4 gb kit, its only reading 2.5 gb.
Pros: Upgraded from an E6300, and its a little faster, but not truly worth the bother. The E6300 was a great little chip.
Overall Review: Nice Chip for the price. This goes head to head against the AMD 6000 and beats the pants off of it while running cooler and using less power. Love the progress Intel!!
Pros: Instead of leaping into buying a new system, a lot of people, myself included, kept an older board and upgraded to a much faster AGP card. This is the next step in that upgrade allowing me to upgrade to a dual core processor AND AGP with an option to upgrade further
Cons: If your thinking of upgrading the way I did, take it from me, DONT. Just buy a new PCI-E board and do it all at once. AGP is dying breed, and you have to compromise what you want to get what you can. This somewhat mediocre system cost me about 450 now, (Radeon 1950 pro, this asrock mobo, E6750, 2gb A data ram)Processor is great, but Id preffer a better card and ram.
Overall Review: Everything runs fine, and fast, but It makes me feel somewhat confined with very little head room to upgrade further.
Pros: Ummmm. they make me look cool
Overall Review: Good sound, but I wear them for the look. :-)
Pros: very nice and portable. Seems like no big deal at first, but trust me...not having to plug in an external power supply makes this a very handy little drive.
Pros: My current system was getting long in the tooth. Its a pentium 4 3.0 ghs, with 2 mgb ram, and an ATI radeon 9800 pro. I wasnt sure how much difference this card would make in gaming so I did 5 benchmarks before AND after and will post them in this review. It made quite a diff.
Cons: Cant run 2 of em
Overall Review: benchmarks
9800 pro...5680. 1950pro...14098.
Copmpany of heroes performance test setting maxed out.
Pros: Great size!! I love the size of this thing. Games are more frequently coming with support for Widescreen monitors. In other words it doesnt just stretch the picture out, it gives you a better view. :)
Cons: Letters on websites still a little blurry, but Im learning how to tweak it.
Overall Review: I wrote a review last week stating that the colors are a little washed out and the panel controls on the monitor didnt help too much. Going into my video card controls is where the magic is found for this problem. Slight adjustments to the gamma and the vibrance made a world of difference and this monitor is every bit as vibrant as my 17 inch viewsonic that cost 500. If you are on the fence on this one and need affirmation, go ahead and buy it. You will not be sorry.
Pros: Size is fantastic. I love having this much screen.
Cons: color is a bit washed out out of the box. I tried the onscreen adjustments, and it helped a bit, but still lacks the vibrance of my Viewsonic 17 inch that I replaced.
Overall Review: Ive read on these reviews that I can get into my video card settings and play with the color. Ill try that, but for the money this monitor is a great buy.
Pros: fair reviews due to mediocre load times, but its quiet and has 16mb of cache.
Cons: load times could be a bit faster
Overall Review: western digital is as solid as they come.
Pros: 550 watts with modular cables for under sixty bucks is a bargain!!
Overall Review: Looks good and comes with an internal fan control with LCD readout that sharpens up a case.
Pros: This card smokes the Radeon top of the line handily. I didnt upgrade per se, but I built an additional system and was volleying between going with another Radeonor this card. Glad I chose the 8800GTS.
Cons: price is pretty steep
Overall Review: Frame rates are almost double in real Company of Heroes and Fear and there is no such thing as slow down so far.
Pros: I recently built a system with the Pentium D805 and overclocked the heck the out of it to 3.8 ghz. I was happy with the performance of the system overall. I just replaced an older computer and decided to go with the E6300 for the same reason....overcockability. I have it up to only 2.49 ghz with no voltage increase, and on stock cooling and it outperforms my D805 system by 30% or better. Stays under 40C on full load, and no worries about degeneration because no overvoltage necessary at that moderate overclock. This chip rules the roost so far.
Cons: I heard the E4300 is going to do better
Overall Review: GIgabyte motherboard, Corsiar Ram, stock cooling, 3d mark 03 score of 26,900. The D805 system scored 18900. Thats a big leap.
Pros: Good overclocking, but heat is an issue even with water cooled system. I run it at 3.93 and barely manage to keep it under 64c. anything over that, and the system shuts down.
Cons: Its all luck with the base voltage....if you get a chip that has 1.27 or under 1.3, you will be good to overclock over 4.1...Mine has a base voltage of 1.38 so it gets too hot.
Overall Review: I have the thermaltake big water se system, and a asus pw2d---premium mobo. The bracket started burning the back of the board, so I had to rig a clamp to hold the water block down. In hindsight, I would go with a gigabyte turbo board for the cooling...
Pros: I wonder if there is something wrong or if its 3dmark 03 reading it wrong.
Cons: i know that this thing has 2 1 mgb chache, but its reading the first core having only 16kb.
Pros: I have mine running at 200 FSB bringing it up to 4.01 ghz and its stable. it lasts hours on a 100% cpu torture test, and runs prime 95 indefinitelty. I ran 3dmark 03, and this chip paired with my radeon 1900 XT scored a 19,080!! My old atlhlon 64 3200 paired to a radeon 9700 pro only scores 6,000 or so. 3x faster for only 900.00!!
Cons: Hot chip. I have a liquid cooler (thermaltake big water se) and at 4.01 it idles at around 50, and goes as high as 71/72 during full load torture tests.
Overall Review: If your going to buy this chip just to overclock to 3.4 ghz, then spend the extra xx and get a D 830 for the bigger front side bus.
Pros: I paired this gem with the Asus P5WD2-E premium mobo, 2 1gb sticks of geil ddr2 800 ram, a thermaltake big water system, and a radeon 1900 XT that overclocks to XTX clock speed. I've been running stable now at 4.01 ghz for 2 weeks, and it plays hours of games. I idle at 50c, and while playing it gets up to about 75 or so. Not as fast as Id have thought it to be, but its faster than my athlon xp3200 by a good sum.
Cons: Loading windows was a nightmare. I RMA'd a board because I kept getting this pci.sys error and blue screen. I changed everything from ram to power supply and deduced it to be a bad board. Got the new board, and it was still there. Finally, I tried loading a newer version of windows with that already had SP2 on it, and it loaded fine. Wish Id have known that sooner, but live and learn. IF your using a disk without the SP2 on it, forget about it.
Pros: Burns fast, and puts a fancy label or picture right on the disk. No coasters.
Pros: Ok, let me start by saying this chip does exactly what they (thg) says it will. It will reach 4.1 and run stable with water cooler, high end mother board and ram. The problem is, for all the money Ive spent building this poser system, I could have built a fx-60 system. and been better off. At the end of the day, this system is decent for gaming, and yes its stable, but I spent dream system money, and feel like a fraud. I should have stayed with AXX like a x2- 4000 and overclocked that.
Cons: It really is a good chip for the money if your looking for a mediocre system, but the money advantage goes away if your going to build a system to squeeze the overclock potential out of this.