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Patrick M.

Patrick M.

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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X

Pros: Just chews through video editing, encoding, Photoshop, BOINC work units. Amazingly doesn't run ridiculously hot under the Zalman CNPS9900 120mm HS/Fan. Having that many thread executors you can really go in and set program affinity and do some serious multi-tasking for those programs that aren't really optimized for multithreaded environments.

Cons: it doesn't come with a sandwhich. :)

Overall Review: Don't expect to see amazing leaps in performance for games. So many of them do not scale out well for multi-core environments. That said, you can set the application(s) to only use 2 or 3 cores and leave the rest for doing other things in the background without any perf hit. Those applications that do scale threads well, prepare to have fun. Encoding now takes 1/3 the time it used to on my old dual core system. Rendering 24Mb/s 1080p AVC-HD for BluRay is down 1/2 in total time. Oh yeah, gaming is nice on it as well.

10/23/2010
Most Critical Review

Add another one to the scrap pile

ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7970-DC2T-3GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7970-DC2T-3GD5

Pros: If you can get it to run stable, it's great.

Cons: The periods of lucidity are out numbered by the periods of insanity. From the day the card arrived, the first two days of had 4-5 hour gaming which worked just fine. Remainder of time, the system runs 24/7 with the GPU idle and the CPU doing BOINC work. System was unused for any normal desktop work for last two days - monitors hibernate, system remains fully powered. Came in to wake up monitors this morning and nothing happened. The system was unresponsive. Hard reset of the system showed various graphics corruption from POST to Windows load - where it then blue screened (0x0116 TDR timeout). Card now just BSoDs just during normal desktop usage - like the first time I started writing this review. Their GPU tweak shows GPU temp at 42, Memory temp at 26, power Temp at 68, voltage a steady 945 and usage near 0%. And it will blue screen eventually. Running an ASUS Formula III board with 1000W power supply in an NZXT Phantom case fully loaded with fans.

Overall Review: Wanted it for the 3+ display port outputs, now I want nothing to do with it. I'll deal with a reference card and suffer running one of my native DP monitors over DVI.

Mushy mushy...Hello?

Logitech 920-000969 G19 Keyboard with Color Display
Logitech 920-000969 G19 Keyboard with Color Display

Pros: trying to find some afer all this time honestly.

Cons: Keyboard is mush and the keys are too tall for the throw they have. They have no feel, and a soft return when you actually get a key to register, and I am hard typer. I burn through keyboards because I hammer on them but even hammering on this one, I can't get it to register key presses consistently. The raising on the F and J home position keys is barely there and hard to feel for somebody with callouses. Combined with the G key positioning on the left, it makes me continually have to look down to find home position if I move for some reason even after a few months of using it. The layout here is just awkward unless this is the only keyboard you use. So off to try a Razer I guess...

Be forewarned. They use EFI BIOS

MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: *shrugs*

Cons: *No front panel audio connector on board., leaving me stuck with one audiocard. Front panel output dedicated for ingame chat, the other is a high end card which I use for audio editing and game audio. *EFI BIOS causes a world of headaches when trying to use SATA III drive as OS drive. If you have STA II drives from an earlier build which have non-EFI MBRs on them, the only way to get an OS installed in that scenario is to use v1.4 of the EFI BIOS and select the 2.TB Infinity as first boot. *Cheap, flimsy back panel insert. Not a new problem for MSI. It just adds to hassles. *And the first big one. Becuase of numerous issues with EFI BIOSes and the memory hand off, my 24GB of Patriot Viper Extreme DDR3-1600 was truncated to 32bit addressing leaving me with 2.4GBs useable in Windows after assigning addresses to other hardware. Memtest, Cpu-Z all showed 24GB and all tests passed on the full 24GB. *Last big one. I am likely stuck with this because of NewEgg's return polic

Overall Review: Really does infuriate me that I cannot return this board according to NewEgg policy. I verified compatibility with my hardware (980x, Patriot RAM, XFX 5970 BEs), so there shouldn't be any reason I have to be stuck with this brick of PCB. Before anybody goes and tells me there is something wrong with my memory, I walked through the Windows bootloader and verified it was only getting 4GB of addressable space. As I noted above, memtest, windows memory diag, CPU-Z all show 24GB. After that I don't care whose problem it is. It blocks my work. And yes, it IS a 64bit version of Windows 7.

Moronic customer service.

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: None

Cons: The board dropped the C2 DIMM slot after 40 days of the system was running. ASUS refused to do an RMA because the board had no serial number sticker on it. The system had been up and running stable since I built it back in late September and box was long gone because there were no apparent issues. How stupid of me. All I did was add 3 more sticks of matched RAM. Which worked for a grand total of two weeks. Then the C2 DIMM slot disappeared.

Overall Review: I'm so infuriated with ASUS right now. That has to be the WORST customer service experience I have ever been through. I wrote a utility that pulled the S/N from the BIOS, that wasn't the correct number. I used their own ASUS Probe utility, and that wasn't the correct number. There is only ONE sticker on the board, and that's not correct number. Suffice it to say, that's the LAST ASUS product I'll ever buy.

12/14/2010

ugh....c'mon CM

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases

Pros: Pushes good air, quiet. If you have one of the cases listed, you are good to go.

Cons: Totally incompatible with any cases OTHER than the CM cases listed. These fans do not use standard box corner mounting points and the chassis is actually bigger than a standard 200mm fan.

Overall Review: Why CM? Would it have been that hard to make a fan that could be used in anybody else's cases?