Date Joined: 06/17/10
Pros: I am letting the HD4600 drive three monitors using Ubuntu Linux. A 2560X1440 flanked by a pair of 1920X1200s.
Cons: The board does not boot up (does not reach bios splash) if my usb3 HD is plugged in. A strange but minor annoyance.
Overall Review: None
Pros: An excellent quiet and efficient PS for basic builds.
Cons: I wish I could have got this in a 200W model that was perhaps even more efficient.
Overall Review: Isn't it time to get rid of the floppy power connector? Also, I doubt many people would miss the non-SATA connectors.
Pros: Pop them in and they work just fine at the specified timings.
Pros: Perfect for people how like to run at stock clocks and don't care for Hype-threading. For several days Newegg.ca was selling this for $25 less than usual but for some reason they never bothered to advertise the sale. Fast. Quiet. Power efficient. The HD 4600 drives 3 monitors simultaneously, a 2560X1440 flanked by a pair of 1920X1200 (make sure your motherboard supports this) and I am doing this in Ubuntu Linux.
Cons: Shouldn't octo-core CPUs be mainstream by now?
Overall Review: Intel has too many slightly different CPU models and chipsets.
Pros: Compact. Lots of ventilation. Thumbscrews.
Overall Review: Nice and squarish once you rip the front panel off. I have a few of these for a mini cluster and I find them easy to stack and access, plus they breath well with stock cooling.
Pros: Lots of raw computing power. Official support for DDR3-1600. Low 77 Watt power envelope.
Cons: Socket 1155 boards seem a little more pricey then I would like but that is likely due to the many features that I do not use.
Overall Review: After experimenting with some overclocked CPUs, beyond standard memory speeds, and HYPE-rthreading, I have found that Intel's best non-K non-Hypertreading, quad-cores gives the best value for my needs. I am running 8 of these things, on standard cooling, in compact FMB-01 cases, 80+ Corsair 430 W, 2*8 GB ram, and a 64 GB intel SSD. These 8 nodes of my mini-HPC cluster is fed from a single plug. And since everything is running within specification I no longer have an abundance of memory errors or misbehaving OCed cpus, just nice computing reliability for an affordable price. Also relatively quiet and not too hot.
Pros: Works well in my thinkpad x220. Good value.
Cons: Seems like the price keeps going down. Now an even better value.
Pros: Fits my x220 (slide out the old drive and insert the solid3, without the bracket). Got my rebate. Works well.
Cons: Seems that random input/output is less capable than on the higher grades of OCZ drives, but I have not compared for myself.
Pros: Works great with 16 GB of 2133 MHz ram.
Cons: I don't care for the new style bios but I suppose it is better than the old style.
Pros: Sturdy, well built, roomy, ssd mount, quality power supply, good looking, superb ventilation, good value.
Cons: The lowest fan speed (out of 3 speeds) is probably the only speed where the noise is tolerable. They should included a lower speed setting.
Overall Review: I use this case for making compute nodes. The ventilation makes is unnecessary to get after-market cooling for 2500K's clocked at 4.2GHz.
Pros: Two kits (16 GB) worked great on a ASUS P8P67 board at the rated speed.
Cons: The shellshock price combined with the i7-2600 combo and the P8P67 combo made the price ridiculously cheap. The con is that the price is not always this low, however, I would still consider buying this at the regular price.
Overall Review: Good Value for Good RAM.
Pros: 2 sticks of this runs nicely in my Gigabyte P67A-UD3 board at the default timings, 2133 MHz, and 1.6 V. Reasonably priced.
Cons: I had to insert them in DDR slots #2 and #4, as they would not run above 1833 MHz when inserted in slots #1 and #3. Might be a problem if you used 4 sticks.
Overall Review: They make a noticeable difference. I measured (using ramsmp in linux running on an i7 2600 at 4.2 GHz) this ram at about 29.8 GB/s read vs about 26.6 GB/s when using my old 2000 MHz Tridents running at 1866 MHz. This translates into a worthwhile performance boost for memory intensive tasks but is likely useless for most people.