Joined on 09/28/06
Pros: DFI, Great OC-ability due to superb power and BIOS options. The 3200 chipset from ATI is a top-notch competitor against nvidia's 570/590 chipsets. Amazing performance/cost ratio.
Cons: DFI support is lacking, it seems as though the fan on the northbridge may sometimes come into contact with the capacitors to the right of it, which as it was in my case, can lead to motherboard failure. The heatsink/fan bracket for the AM2 socket is quite loose as is. You may want to replace the little pop-out tabs with actual screws and baseplate from another motherboard if possible.
Overall Review: Started up just fine, made my adjustments in the bios, set up my raid drivers, and upon reset, I smelled the smoke of death. As I said above, the NB fan shroud nearly hits the capacitors to the right of it, and in my case, when the fan shut off then kicked back on at restart, it was enough to make contact, and fry the motherboard. I'm currently trying to get a replacement/repair from DFI since Newegg is out of stock for some reason. The DFI support seems to be a real joke, only way to get an RMA number is by FAX, NO email, and I dont have a fax machine! I hope newegg gets these back soon, This board looks to have serious promise if the kinks are worked out.
Pros: Excellent cooling, good design, does what it states.
Cons: VERY loud, I have 8 other fans running in my case and all of them combined do not equal the noise of this baby!
Overall Review: I suppose that aside from the noise, extending the life of my 320gb HDD is more important.
we need MORE POWER captain!
Pros: Thermaltake brandname & quality, very quiet, SLI & Crossfire certified, modular cables, size kept small for a quad-rail 750w psu, neat cable covering & quality connectors, a new sticker for my pc case!
Cons: I only have 2 points which I can list as cons, although neither one was big enough an issue to drop my overall score. First, the unit only comes with a cable/connector for 4-pin power connector which I believe is normally used to power the cpu itself on most boards. Not all motherboards use a 4-pin, alot use an 8-pin connector; some of which will allow a 4-pin to be connected to one side of the 8-pin socket. I have 3 motherboards in use currently and each uses a different type (4-pin socket, 8-pin socket, and 4 or 8-pin socket). Second, the load balancing on the 4 seperate rails is kind of wacky. The 3rd rail, which is used for the 4-pin IDE power connectors, has a very low load-to-utilization ratio, which means alot of power is being wasted on other rails, and this rail is being overworked. I have yet to see an actual problem with this, but technically it could be a problem down the road.
Overall Review: This unit is amazing. The price was perfect, it is the quietest yet largest fan in my PC, and has more than enough power to run my Overclocked & Crossfire-setup system. MSI K9A Platinum / AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 OC= 3.23Ghz / 2 West.Digi. 320gb in RAID-0 / ATI X1950XTX + X1950 in Crossfire / Soundblaster X-Fi XMusic / 2 x Plextor DVDRW slotload / 7 total cooling fans in case --> all this runs without a hiccup. Great power supply for enthusiasts!
is this thing really an Asus?
Pros: If you have hardware that will work with this board, your in luck, it will work fine. Price is great. Asus offers top-notch support.
Cons: After having numerous problems getting this board to run by purchasing 4 different types of RAM, then only to find out that I couldnt up the ram voltage to more than 1.95?!? Also, you wont find a single review of this board anywhere on the net, although I did find a forum where 100's of people also had serious problems with this board. Their final say on this mobo: stay away! alot of better socket AM2 nvidia chipset boards available at this price.
Overall Review: Had I initially had the hardware that this board would accept, I may not have been too upset with it. I could have just given it to my girlfriend, considering it didnt OC worth a flip. Alot of people dog on ECS for being so new to the OC game... well I picked up the ECS KA3-MVP and it put this Asus to shame, in more ways than one. When looking for a motherboard, ALWAYS do online research aside from newegg reviews before making a purchase! Stay away from this board!
Cold as ICE!
Pros: Heavy, copper, mounts for 2 fans, good mounting hardware, comes with actual silver thermal paste instead of white mystery grease, low temps achieved are amazing, decent price.
Cons: DOES NOT come with hardware to mount to AMD Socket AM2 as listed here @ Newegg! Screws to mount fans are a tad too long making it impossible to install the fans on the shield, then installing the shield onto the heatsink unless you remove your motherboard. If you dont want to remove the mobo, simply cut the screws down about 1/8 inch and the sheild will then slide down over the HS with no problems.
Overall Review: Luckily for me, I had the hardware to change my socket AM2 mount to a socket 754 mount. Had I not had the hardware to make that change, I would have RMA'd this unit... and never would have reached the amazing 19'C idle/33'C load temps! My Rig: AMD64 FX-62 OC'd-3.16ghz, 2gb Crucial Anniv.Ed. PC2-5300, ECS KA3-MVP Mobo, 320gb WD Caviar Sata2, ATI X1950XTX gfx card. This cooler simply makes OC'ing a breeze! Buy this thing, its totally worth it!
Pros: not attached to mousepad so you can remove it for gaming, etc. actual gel feel, not just soft foamy plastic. excellent size. good price.
Cons: none. if for some reason yours doesnt do what its supposed to, your using it for the wrong things... sicko.
Overall Review: I got used to having a gel pad after using the same one for almost 2 years. I never noticed how much NOT using it affected game-play. I've been doing much better at FPS games without the attached gel rest, but I like having it when Im web-surfing, doing mundane pc tasks, etc. This is great because I can sit it in front of my mousepad when I need it, and set it aside when I dont. Good item, probably wont see too many sales though.