Date Joined: 04/19/02
Pros: Great build quality, solid connections and cools 8350 very well, 29-31C idle.
Cons: My case is the Corsair 300R, not the largest at all. The bracket for AMD isn't the most well thought out and installing it was a nightmare. Threadlock was used so one of the screws to take off the Intel bracket stripped. Threadlock from the factory!? Also, if one pushed on the screws that have built in STIFF springs it would push the screws out off the backplate. I had to hold those and press HARD to get the threads started. I found this much more complicated than the Corsair H100i method.
Pros: This case fits the bill for budget, micro board setups. My board and PS fit with only minor bending of a few places. I like this for looking clean and non-Space-Cadet-Silly. Piano black shiny but simple rounded edges, large power button.
Cons: I forgot how small these cases are! Take note I put in my hard drive after I put in the board with the CPU heatsink installed (but no fan on it yet) and I was baaarely able to put the hard drive in the second bay under the open bay of the memory card reader. Might want to put in hard drive first. And also put in the leads for the PW and RS before the video card if you're adding one. No room for cable management but comes with the territory. Rip off the faceplate to access the metal of the interior to get the needed bays clear.
Pros: This is a great looking simple case without the lights and bling of others. Great design for air cooling and open mainboard back. Very easy to micro manage cables if you go modular PS. Mid tower with (almost) full tower room.
Cons: I recently got my hands on a double radiator Corsair H100i. It would fit in just glancing at the top hole placement BUT the fans of said item would NOT clear the ram on my board. Slight modifing session later it is mounted a half inch over to the side wall. The loss of egg is for below comment.
Overall Review: In order to clean front fan grill it is easy to pull firmly down and out on the front panel...UNless there is (duhh) mounted hardware in the drive bays. One has to open the side, unhook power and SaTA cable of DVD burners to remove them and then pop off front. By this time it only makes sense to do a complete cleaning of every fan so forces a 2 hour overhall.
Pros: This is an 8 core processor under one hood. It really can handle anything as long as you have fast memory and no bottle necks (don't put this on some cheap board, you're killing the potential.) I would suggest a higher end power supply that is rated Gold and using a power draw app to see what your system, including video card, would require.
Cons: The newer 220watt heavy hitters have arrived, sort of. However at the moment this 8350 is priced it's much more reasonable. Yes, the i7 non mobile class beats it on paper seconds here and there, really doesn't matter in the end. You don't have to spend $250 on a board to make it shine. It does run 36C idle in a warm room in my box on a tower cooler. The 6100 I had was obviously cooler.
Pros: Larger stone, nice blue colour, clear.
Cons: It's not 2.2ct diamond.
Overall Review: Wife likes it, looks good. The chain is nice too. Topaz is a harder semi precious stone, will hold up well.
Pros: SMALL, smooth edges, high quality body, easy button 'placement' (see CONS) and fast start up. Lots of smart settings in Program mode. Shop around, got mine for a bone 1/2 plus tax. If you like pink...it comes in "you can see it at the bottom of a 300' mine shaft" PINK; wife thinks I won't use it, she's right. I have our SX10, it's black.
Cons: Buttons placed well just hard to get press in to activate at first and I own a Canon with similar layouts, mainly as the body is so small in order to grip it and use the buttons just seems quirky at first. 720 video is GRAINY if zoomed in at all indoors in lower light but this should not be a surprise. Not zoomed it's fine, enough light gets through the glass. Battery/SD door seems to be delicate, one of the few all plastic parts, be careful.
Overall Review: One person mentioned this was made in Japan, my other Canon SX10 is, this one is not. The battery is made in J-Land, the camera body (the one I got) is made in China. No biggie, the quality is still there. I'd set it at 9MP, the 14 just isn't going to add a benefit as it shoots in JPEG not RAW anyway so prints would look bleck-O and your flash followup shots may be faster. If you set it in Program Mode it will retain it in Auto Mode. Since the Big 4 have models with 4x Optical, 720HD, 2.5" or larger LCD this may come down to small preferences such as looks, button placement and brand loyalty. We have Canons, they seem to take a good beating on occasion, offer a familiar family lineup of features from each generation and the price was very reasonable. There is a good chance you won't be disappointed with this as a nice 'go-to' point and shoot in a snap.
Pros: Good build quality, nice feel overall
Cons: The top and lower buttons don't always switch the DPI
Overall Review: Had a first gen model, 3 years old exactly that made a loud high pitched frequency as soon as the USB line became live...Logitech honored their warranty, and sent a new one in one week.
Pros: What's not to like, great features in one package!
Cons: This is a CCD not a CMOS, can't take long exposures, would be too much noise. 1600 ISO pretty much useless.
Overall Review: BE AWARE this uses SDHC (as well as SD) cards. SDHC (high capacity) cards are much newer than just SD and cannot be read by most card readers or printers with card readers. I picked up the Transend 8GB class 6 card from this site for under $20 that came with a USB adapter/reader...THE BEST solution to said issue!
Pros: Reviewed earlier, see that for what was said then...Great camera!
Cons: CCD not CMOS can't take long exposures of moon, etc 15 seconds max.
Overall Review: Use a 52mm filter...there are no formal threads but it's perfectly easy to put a filter on the lens. It WILL stay on and you are not damaging the camera. Just a bit of FYI.
Pros: This is a fine digital point-and-shoot platform. All the plus features and abilities have been stated aside from the ability to take a still while taking a movie (just cuts out the audio a half second in the movie). Many presets available for night snapshots, fireworks, etc. Feels great unlike the Z128 that feels like a box with buttons as an afterthought. This model is the successor to the S5 another great camera. Uses AA's!! But you knew that didn't you!? :) Also can record audio as a stand alone feature (memo dictation) should you be interested in that ability.
Cons: Knowing it's only a CCD unit, it doesn't do the things a CMOS camera can do (take long exposures without noise) or the super fast FPS high end units can. It's cousin in the UK, the SX-1 is a CMOS, HD movie taking beast that does 4FPS. It's also $700 or so everything else being equal. But the noise reduction chip on this model (DIGIC 4 Image Processor) is very good from what I've thrown at it.
Overall Review: Just a thought on the power-source in debate. Look up what LiIons cost for other cameras...$50-70...now add that to the price of said camera because no camera comes with 2 power cells and you WILL need two on an all day/weekend trip. 4 AA NiMh last longer that anything else properly charged (not overheated in 1 hour). 2500 or 2700mAh naturally should be used.
Pros: 3.0Ghz stock, mean processor. Most any board will accept it without issues, just minor adjustments for FSB and clock ratio.
Cons: This is 65nm, having said that, those that say just buy the 8400 might be aware of the fact that not ALL boards accept 45nm procs...case in point, my MSI P6N Platinum currently does not accept any 45nm cpu like the Extremes and the 8400 is 'under testing' so that one has yet to be determined.
Overall Review: 'Top of the line, Last Star Fighter' of the 65nm family.
Pros: I've had this board for months now...I don't overclock but will say this, It used 4 GB of HyperX memory with no problems. The chipset fan was loud, just took it off but I have 120's providing good ventilation.
Cons: It's not the latest and greatest (780 and higher chipsets out) but for the price it's proven reliable. Every board maker out there has DOA rates% but I had no problems with the one I got. MSI's site is great to navigate vs some others'.
Pros: This thing will cool anything you can throw at it. I have a E6600 and it kept steady at 34ºC in a warm enclosed space. Easy setup.
Cons: The fan always ran at the highest RPM's...27Db is loud people. It's a 92 mm and it's loud even for that. I had it powered by the mainboard but for some reason it never adjusted for temp's sake. Now I have a 120mm exhaust, 120mm CPU, 92mm over the chipset/8800GTS, the GTS fan at 84% most the time, 100% in games. It's now the loudest fan, not the Zalman's 92mm.
Overall Review: I decided since no overclocking is going on in my box to go to my Thermalright 128 with a super quiet/decent air flow 120mm. Much happier now. The Zalman though is a high quality cooling unit.
Pros: I have used so many types of heatsinks for both AMD and Intel rigs. Thermalright makes some of the best for either. I have the original 128 and got this one for the new back plate. Keeping my stock E6600 at 32ºC which is actually interesting for the fact that I'm using a 120mm quiet fan vs the 92mm LOUD beast the Zalman 9700 came with.
Cons: Not the most detailed or easy to read manual, just take your time and look closely where to put the O-rings (they go between the plate and board, slipping on groove of the mounting screws). Yes, the unit can rotate over the CPU, this doesn't affect performance.
Pros: I agree with most everyone...this is a great 120mm fan for CPU sinks like the 128SE Thermalright or similar or a great exhaust/intake fan.
Cons: None really, not silent but by no means loud. Just what the others said about having a 4 pin molex and not a 3 pin for ease of use.
Pros: You can't hear it. Period.
Cons: It doesn't move air, much...at all...hardly.
Overall Review: not sure what good it is if it doesn't push air volume around...perhaps a super silent application like a home theater setup.
Pros: This board has everything you need for a NON SLI setup. Who cares if it only has one ethernet controller, or 8 USB total capacity. It's $150 bucks and MSI's website is a dream compaired to ASUS's. I even upgraded the BIOS from within XP via their utility; risky, effective. Hard reset button on board for those OC settings gone south. SOLID STATE CAPACITORS (just like on the 8800 series) LOTS of room for aftermarket coolers, but I went with 9500 to be sure as others did the same.
Cons: Do some research. Only has PCI-E 8x bus in SLI mode, so obviously not a board for that true setup. Not 680i, but yet, if you investigate, 650i is right on par minus less 2 SATA ports, one ethernet and 2 USB ports.
Overall Review: Bought Kingston HyperX as found on MSI's vendor approved list. Set the timings to 4-4-4-12 on 2.0volts (also tREF to 7.8uS as per Kingston's spec sheet) I have not OC'd yet, probably won't. To adjust voltage for RAM, it appears to be greyed out, just use page up/down to force it to what you want. Zalman CNPS9500 keeping E6600 at 33ºC idle. 8800GTS 640MB, 2 drives in RAID 0, slipstreamed SATA/RAID drivers with nLite so no floppy was needed.
Pros: For the money this card is a fantastic midrange performer! It runs CoH 1280x1024 on 'high' with just a few things like shadows set to 'low' with no problem, great for this price range!! NO external power needed.
Cons: It is DX9, soon to be pushed to the side with Vista using DX10 (you can still use DX9 hardware of course, just not all the eyecandy of DX10 games). Fan kicks on during games, is pretty loud but with speakers on can't hear it.
Overall Review: Rebate came fast, 3 weeks I think it was. PoorMan's SLI setup rocks by the numbers. Great card to put in a machine untill you decide what DX10 route you're going to go, it's what I did! Have the 8800GTS now, runs CoH on 'ultra' 16x by 16x liquid smooth
Pros: Just a noteworthy change to my last review...
Cons: I said the fan was quiet and it is on stock settings...you NEED to d/l an additional control panel utility from Nvidia to mess with the fan for the card. Stock it's set to only run on 59% power/rpm. It's much louder at 90% but cools better 65c idle for me. Still not LOUD as some say though. Just haven't figured out how to have it that way each time XP boots up...
Overall Review: Great card, price already going down. First high end card I've owned...can do it all. Got it over 12,000 score in 3D Mark05 1280x1024 C2D E6600 stock
Pros: This is the latest and greatest (aside from the GTX) and only requires one power input. I thought it would be loud but it is much quieter than the 7600GT BFG that I had in previously. Amazing performance, runs CoH on high and ULTRA settings 1280x1024 88fps avg, 42 min, 225max according to internal game test.
Cons: Smaller than the GTX "skateboard" but still rather large considering it's the length of my ASUS, goes all the way to the drives. Price, not a midrange card but you pay for it. May be $400 in 3 months buy why wait!?
Overall Review: In 3D Mark 05 with quality on 'high' 1280x1024 AF 8x, AA4x did 11031 Using a C2D 6600 stock 2 GB 800Mhz Haven't messed with it on higher AA settings or 'performance' mode yet.
Pros: Works out of the box, first device that would finally work with the buggy Nokia software for my 6102i. (aftermarket USB data cable didn't work.) VERY small, thin.
Cons: Made of flimsy plastic so be careful rough users; very small don't loose it! ha Wireless so only ment for short range, not for huge files, need to go into XP and Control Panel to configure extra security settings for each function (I turned off the ones I know I don't need as it's just for file transfer for me.)
Overall Review: I didn't know much about bluetooth or what standard was better, this one is 1.2 but it works fine and transfers small files fast enough. Wish there was an internal card (beside the MSI)
Pros: Short! Flexible, great locking mech, UV reactive. PCMark 05 Advanced on my RAID setup with Seagate perp drives with HDD suite selected; the before score using standard SATA that came with the board: 7358. Went up 215 points to 7573 doing exact same test.
Cons: Ummm, they didn't come with my board...all SATA cables 1.5 or 3.0 should have this metal locking clip.
Pros: Works with E6600 on P5N32 SE board (Asus), great timings, esp for DDR2.
Cons: Ummm...Was nearly 90 less 2 weeks ago. Yeah. Something happened...
Overall Review: Haven't OC yet, might just adjust ASUS from auto to manual to tighten things up.
Pros: STABLE, easy to set up, proven chipset, latest drivers.
Cons: 590 coming out soon but probably has little improvements for most users.
Overall Review: Got this from the sword site but NE has adjusted price some...do NOT update BIOS if you don't have to!! My 204 version worked out of the box with E6600 and Patriot 800MHz with no adjustments. The 501 bios will probably crash this board!
Pros: U.S. Robotics reputation, high quality products (made in China, ugh). Rebate is nice.
Cons: No real 'drivers' you can load without propritory software. Searched USR site for such, just has same version of CD
Overall Review: Upon restart would get a 'notification.dll not found error' so had to uninstall software and use Windows' wireless interface. (Which is what I wanted to do anyway).