Joined on 07/23/05
Pros: Price point when the $25.00 and free shipping for this great card was a must.
Cons: OK. Some people are complaining about the heat issues and yes this card does get hot, but with Riva Tuner or the EVGA Over clocking software adjust your fan speed in intense game play. My temps went from playing Crysis from 76c to 66c with only 50% on the fan speed and no noticeable fan noise.
Overall Review: CPU E7200 Core Duo Wolfdale 2.53GHz Motherboard: eVGA 750i GPU’s X 2 eVGA 9800GT in SLI Memory 4Gb G.Skill PI Black PSU Ultra X3 600W Modular HD Western Digital 36Gb Raptor
Pros: For the price you get space for the cheap!
Cons: With that space it the drive hang-up or corrupt do to the slow read and write speeds. I used HD Tune to test the drive and it was all over the map. It would run 20+ mbps all the way up to 120+mbps with no consistency. Also it's built very cheap with the casing being very thin plastic and the drive does run warm if not hot!
Overall Review: Avoid this drive and buy a better name brand, you get what you pay for!
Very Flexable RAM
Pros: Do watch you strap settings; my kit liked 100 vs. 125 which my old kit used so my initial settings were problematic. If your using X99 like me these boards are very finicky when it comes to faster RAM, I will add my settings to help in this process. BLCK = 100 RAM Ratio = 3200 w/16-16-16-36 tRFC 430 2T Timings @ 1.35v CPU Load-line Calibration = Level 6 Long duration Package Power Long and Sort Max = 4095 CPU Voltage = 1.25v 41x ratio @ 4.1Ghz CPU Cache = 1.130v 24 & 34x ratio CPU Input Voltage 1.810v System Agent Offset = Auto AVX 3x Offset Ratio
Cons: In order to get 3300Mhz you will need to offset you base clock to +3, not a big deal though. However I decided to keep everything symmetrical and used 3200Mhz vs. 3300Mhz. The only thing I would like added to these Dims is thermal sensors that way I can monitor the temps in HWMonitor, but this is minor and not really needed.
Overall Review: This RAM kit is very flexible if your into advanced tuning, you can drop the CAS-Latency and some wicked tight timings with ease. The Dims are fairly heavy which is good and should help with any heat dissipation with the robust heat spreader.
Pros: Very fast read and write speeds; I have been using SSD's since the first Sand-Force Controller was introduced and this is the new gold standard. My only advice is to update the driver with Samsung's most current for even more linear performance. I opted for the larger size for more read endurance with less cells to clear and overprovisioning was not required. Also one last but Samsung’s Magician was not working with my current build of Windows 10, but the OS can trim through the defrag option so don't fret.
Cons: High price but you are getting cutting edge technology.
Overall Review: CPU i7-6800K @ 4.125Ghz MB ASUS X99-E GPU GTX 980 ti RAM 16GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 3000Mhz @ 15-15-15-35-350-2T PSU Corsair AX850 SSD Samsung 960 eVO 1TB