Joined on 05/12/05
Pros: This monitor has ruined me. 1080P looks like XGA now. Words cannot describe how awesome the resolution on this screen is. My first impression as I removed my old dual 24" panels and setup this screen was "What have I done??" It is obviously a big screen but you can't take in exactly what that means without sitting in front of it for a while. I'll never go back to dual screens, this is so much more elegant and amazing. The panel has great brightness and contrast. Colors are vivid and deep. The viewing angle is incredible.
Cons: There are a few drawbacks to this. First of all, 30Hz is slow and lags. Total buzzkill. Your mouse feels weird, everything is a little delayed. It makes your computer seem a little drowsy. You get used to it and it is totally workable once you do. Secondly, this monitor cannot scale 1080P for it's life. I was hoping to be able to game at 1080P @120Hz like a normal human being but it just looks awful. Not sure if any tweaking can alleviate this problem, but rendering at 4K is insanely resource hungry of course. 8MP of video..... lots of GPU heavy lifting. I can't afford Titan SLI setup unfortunately. My 680 is the minimum card that you can game with at 4K
Overall Review: This is the absolute best bang for the buck panel. It is breathtaking. I can't wait for more 4K video to become available. I spent the better part of an hour just looking at HDR photography in 4K..... and I'm not even mad
Great low profile solutoin
Pros: Good sound quality with the expected fidelity and detail you expect from an upgraded card. Definitely noticeable improvement over the on-board sound.
Cons: The headphone amp in my card did not work well with my B/W P5's for whatever reason. Headphone output was very distorted - I thought my headphones had blown a driver but when I plugged them into another device they were fine. I don't use headphones on this machine typically - so not a big deal for me in this application. I'm not sure if this is a defect in my card or if it's just my particular headphones - pretty strange.
Overall Review: Still the best option for a slim tower build. Reasonably priced and a good performer through speakers at least.
Great processor for the price point
Pros: Very fast chip with plenty of cores, feels just as fast as my Intel i7 975 Extreme Edition at 4.4GHz for 15% the cost. Easily overclocks to 4.7 and performs very well as we enter a heavily threaded world of software. As games become more and more GPU bound with the onset of 4K and 1440P rendering, this CPU becomes even more desirable for gaming applications. Overall performance is definitely on par with a mid level i5 i7 and beyond the previous gen top spec Intel parts (Nehalem/Gulftown architecture)
Cons: Admittedly this chip does not single thread well, and does have much higher power consumption than similar Intel parts in the current marketplace. In a desktop configuration, this is not really a huge issue for many, the chip does not tend to run warm in spite of that with decent cooling. (I'm using a Corsair H55 with two fans push/pull) and have never seen the chip over 55 degrees
Overall Review: Do not dismiss these Vishera chips, the shifting climate of gaming makes this chip more desirable than ever. Tweaking and overclocking is easy and painless. Perfect for the budget 4K rig, spend the savings on more GPU and soak up those pixels! Rig: AMD FX-6300 @ 4.4 GHz base clock 4.8GHz Turbo Boost all sleep modes enabled 16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1866 MSI AMD 970 Motherboard Asus GTX 980 OC Corsair M4 SSD Corsair H55 with dual fan config Tiger Series EP-1200 XLR 1200 watt PSU InWin 904 Glass chassis Seiki 4K@30Hz/1440P@60Hz/1080P@120Hz UHD display
Works as expected
Pros: This is replacing a 2TB Linkstation I had previously that ended up losing a hard drive after 3 years of faithful service. Took a chance on another and this one works basically the same. I have a 2TB external drive attached for 5TB of bulk storage. Very quiet and very low power, only draws about 18 watts. Cheapest way to network attach 5TB of data period. Casing is sturdy and nice looking, well ventilated for passive cooling.
Cons: Slow for gigabit, basically USB 2.0 speeds no matter what you do. No fan on this model which keeps it running warmer than I'd like.
Overall Review: Best bang for your buck NAS especially if you have an old 2.0 external you can use to expand it. Not as ideal as having a 4 bay RAID NAS solution but you have to be realistic about spending $800 or more for network storage. Those boxes while nice are excessive for my purposes.
Excellent compact case
Pros: This case is fantastic. It looks great, offers plenty of cable management especially given it's size, and allows for very good airflow. Allows for plenty of space if you have a large graphics card or power supply.
Cons: Very tight if you intend to use fans on the top of the case.
Overall Review: Looks even better in person, the glow out the front is unique and basically awesome. Can't beat the price.