Date Joined: 01/27/05
Pros: Q9450 has nice specs: lower voltage, low temperature and faster than Q6600 AND Q6700 at stock speed.
Cons: Q9450 is restricted.
I currently have my Q6600 (bought for 259.00 a few months) @ 3.8GHz with 1.55v (40c idle, 50c load) on air and 4.2GHz on watercooling (1.70v, 40c idle, 50c load). Try doing that with a Q9450
The Q9450 is not a good buy. I will keep my Q6600 until the next generation of processors
Overall Review: The Q9450 @ 379 is not worth it. Also the price of the Q6600 and Q6700 will drop soon and the Q6700 with the 10x multiplier makes for a even better overclocker .
Pros: All Core 2 Duo are good CPUs. Reviewer ryansim2025 said the Q6600 can only be overclocked to 3.0ghz. You must be a newbie. Myself and many others have overclocked the Q6600 to 3.6ghz and beyond (mine at 3.8ghz stable with 1.55v, can also run at 3.6ghz with 1.45v all with heat sink and fan). So with the Q6700 having 10x multiplier I could get it to 4ghz and beyond (with a good CPU and mobo- 'cause not all CPU and mobo are made equal). I have a Abit IP35 Pro with Thermalright Ultra-120
Cons: Price. I wish I had 5xx dollars to spend 'cause well... I would really overclock this excellent CPU and I don't mean to only 3.3ghz.
Overall Review: Sorry I just had to clear that up. I'm telling you guys.. if you are looking for 3.8ghz and beyond get the Q6700, otherwise the Q6600 can overclock to 3.3ghz with no voltage increase. Do the research. Go spend the extra on something else... PS: I think about getting the Q6700 when price comes down. Word on the WWW is this April. Again, do the research
Pros: Great features for overclocking... had a E6600 to 3.93ghz with memory at 1066mhz (G.Skill 4-4-4-5 2.3v). With room for more OCing
Cons: Northbridge gets very hot even without overclocking... temperature @ 63C+. With E6600 @ 3.93ghz, northbridge temperature went through the roof.. 80C+. CPU temperature was @ 60C+. Then the board died.
Overall Review: If you are like me, and you want good OCing with a quite PC, this board is not for you (I also do not want to spend the extra money for liquid cooling.
It needs really good cooling on the northbridge and CPU. I went back to my DFI Inifintiy 975x E6600 @ 3.7ghz (on air and silent).
Pros: Bought this board when it was just released. Great overclocker since it was released and even better today. OC a E6400 to 3.1 (w/ G.SKILL (F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ)) with ease (with initial BIOS). I am now running a e6600 @ 3.56 w/ G.SKILL (F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ) using the lastest BIOS
Cons: Good have better cooling on the north and south bridge.
Overall Review: I crazy cooled a fan onto the north bridge heat sink. Took the advice from an earlier reviewer. Thanks for the tip
Pros: Overclocked to 1143mhz (2.35v 5-5-5-12) on DFI Infinity 975 with latest BIOS (e6600 @ 3.43).
Overclocked to 1020mhz (2.35v 4-4-4-12) on DFI Infinity 975 with latest BIOS (e6400 @ 2.72).
Had similar results (e6400 @ 3.1) with ASUS P5B-Deluxe with WIFI
Overall Review: Another review said that these love the extra voltage and that's true. But please be smart make sure you have lots of cooling or the sticks will burn out. G.Skill and Newegg have very excellent RMA policy, so if received a bad (or two) sticks, do the RMA for replacement parts before post negative reviews against these memory. We live in an imperfect world, so once in while we'll get imperfect products. That's why there's RMA
Pros: Works at advertise timings
Cons: CORSAIR should not use the DOMINATOR name on these sticks. They OC very poorly
Overall Review: OC'ers stay away
Pros: This case keeps inside very cool and quite. Cool enough for me to overclock a amd x2 3800+ to 2.65 on air, and its still quiet with side door off . Also has 2 filters @ front to keep the dust out (and they work great too).
Setup in this case:
AMD x2 3800+ @ 2.65
2 x SATA
1 x IDE
dfi lanparty ut nf4 expert
FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX600-GLN
2 x tv tuners
Cons: I had a anthena power power supply that was long and made the space at the botton tight to work in but it was not that bad. I was still able the get the cable through without removing the fan.
Then I got a FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX600-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V that fits like case designers intended... perfectly
Overall Review: I felt compelled to leave a review because of CompanyITGuy who obviously did not do proper research to know about the type of power supply that would fit. All components are designed to fit other component of a specific dimension. As a consumer you need to know the limitation before purchasing the product.
As far as I am concerned the only limitation with case is ignorance.
Pros: Overclocked to 2.7 @ 1.60v. But reduced to 2.65 1.53v (don't want to burn it out). Oh did I mention that was on air cooling in antec p180 case (fans set to low). w/ G.skill 2gb ddr500 (F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ) on dfi lanparty ut nf4 expert (all from newegg).
Cons: None. It runs at 2.6 @ 1.4v. That just amazing.
Overall Review: If I had water cooling I would definitely push it further.
Pros: Great card.
9000+ on 3dmark2005
9950+ on 3dmark2005 OC with a modified ARCTIC COOLING AVC-NV5R3 NV Silencer Rev.3
Overall Review: Until Arctic Cooling comes out with a version to fit this card you can modify the ARCTIC COOLING AVC-NV5R3 NV Silencer Rev.3 by cutting off about 1/2 inch. Less noise too. Really easy to do.
Pros: Cut the plastic with a sharp metal cutter. Worked like a charm. The stock cooler on the 7900gt is a joke. Compared to the silencer it is loud. With the right tools you modify the silencer to fit the 7900gt.
Pros: Greater cooler
Overall Review: Too big for 7900 gt (7900 gt is about 1/2 to 1 inch smaller than 7800gt). Just had an idea to cut the plastic to make it fit. I will let you know.