Date Joined: 12/12/02
Pros: Four cores = heavy duty!
Overall Review: Installed on my Gigbabyte EP45-DS3L with a Artic Cool ing Freezer Pro 7 heat sink. The stock heat sink and fan is ok, but I wanted something more robust, quiter, and to run cooler.
Run's at a solid 29-30 deg C all the time. 2.4 GHz may not be blazing, but I can process photos in Photoshop, browse many tabs, run iTunes, etc, all without lag due to the 4 cores.
If you perform one heavy function on your computer, like playing games or processing photos and videos, and don't want to multitask or surf at the same time, then get a duo core. But ifyou want to process photos/videos while surfing/emailing/etc, then go for the quad core.
Pros: Supports 45nm, plenty of PCI and PCIe slots, lots of SATA plugs too.
Cons: Could have 1394 pins at the very least, but I wouldn't hold this against it.
Overall Review: Tons of options for the money, which was $105 minus a $15 rebate ($90 total) when I bought it. I like how it has plenty of PCI and PCIe slots for many add on options. Tons of USB ports. Could use firewire, but can't complain for the cost and features. Got it to POST first try, had no issues with the mobo. Well I did have to tweak a few BIOS settings, because when I powered down with XP Pro 32, it would turn back on 3 seconds after everything shut down. I just turned off all the remote wake options and it fixed it.
Pros: Solid construction, high power output, good price.
Cons: Could use some more sheathing around the wires.
Overall Review: For the money, I couldn't find a better 650W power supply for my new build (Gigabyte EP45-DS3L with Q6600 and 3 HDD's). Plenty of connectors, and a good solid heavy feeling construction. One large quiet fan too. Looks plain, but who cares about black paint on something you can barely see in your case? This is a value product, one that performs without too much snaz, kind of like a Lotus Elise! Jonnyguru has a very good review of this product, including a detailed disassembly to see whats inside....just Google it, as I can't put in a direct link.
Pros: Good price, good heat paste is pre applied, quiet, has 4 pin fan connector, novel rubber grommets used to isolate fan vibration from heatsink.
Cons: Push pins can be tricky to figure out, but then again, no tools needed. Just have some patience, only takes a few minutes longer then screws (assuming your mobo is already out of the case).
Overall Review: Keeps my Q6600 running at a cool 29 to 30 deg C all the time. Also directs the air straight to the exhaust fan on the back of my case, and also directs some airflow down to the voltage regulators at the base of the CPU, near the I/O back panel.
Pros: Low price, espcially with NewEgg's free shipping! Simple, black, bright blue LED on power button adds some value to its looks.
Cons: Don't abuse it, the sheet metal is on the lighter side.
Overall Review: While it's true that the sheet metal is light and can ding easily if you are rough (I haven't dinged it yet), you cannot beat this for the money, and espcially with free shipping. I used it to throw my old parts in after building up a new system, so that I can sell it or donate it without having a pile of random parts. So for $29.99, it is well worth the money.
Pros: Was super cheap, got em for $45 with $15 rebate, so ended up being about $25 after rebate.
Cons: The new style heat sink has only one tube coming from the body to the addtional fins on top. The heat sinks on the chips themselves are warm, part of the silver pipe is warm, but the additional sink on top are cool across teh whole length...so they are there purely for show.
Overall Review: These things work great in my new build (Gigabyte ED45-DS3L with Q6600), just plug and play. But, I don't like how the upper heatsink is cosmetic only, as I don't like how it blocks some of the air flow from the intake fan of my Artic Cool Freezer Pro 7 heatsink. In the future when I go to 8 gb of ram, I will probably replace these, since the high sitting heat sinks just get in the way and don't do anything for me.