Date Joined: 03/01/10
Pros: Great performance, quiet and fair price.
Cons: Looks aren't the best but I'm not big on RGB or aesthetics of hardware. Some people might find it as a negative though.
Overall Review: I would recommend this 3080.
Pros: Great r/w speeds.
Cons: No lanyard and the slider no longer "sticks". It just kind of glides back and forth. So it's not protecting it much.
Overall Review: This actually started happening about 6-7 months after I bought it. I played ~$40 in 2010 for this. Would have been nice if it lasted awhile longer though.
Pros: Was cheap when I got it ($30) but it's overpriced now. Easy to install.
Cons: Overpriced compared to when I bought it.
Reviews said it performed as well as some of the more expensive HSFs, mine does not. I've reseated it 3 times with 2 different TIMs with less than stellar results. I will wait for a sale on the Noctua or H50/70 to replace this. Also the stock fan starting making a horrible noise after about a month and a half. i've had to replace that with a Scythe Gentle Typhoon.
Overall Review: The fan issue may be because of my case (Silverstone Fortress FT02) where the fan is blowing up. The bearing type may not have been able to handle that.
I'd say with it being $60 now. wait for a sale on the other well reviewed ooolers. Unless I got a bad one or something.
Pros: Great speeds. This is one of the best drives in the size/price range. Obviously the Intel drivers are faster, but MUCH more expensive.
Has TRIM support out of the box (make sure you get the V+ S2 model). No updating firmware or anything.
Win7 experience index has this drive at 7.1 for me.
Cons: Price. Again you get what you pay for. Can't wait for another few years when SSDs are the norm and a lot cheaper for higher sizes.
Overall Review: If your in the market for a good SSD this is a great option. The choice for me was between this and the OCZ Vertex drive. I'm happy I picked the Kingston.
Pros: This card is amazing. After much debating I decided to go ATI (I haven't in since my Radeon 9600). I'm happy with it so far. I went with the XFX xxx edition just because of the peace of mind.
The card is a beast. I get 30-60fps in Crysis on Ultra @ 1920x1080. SC Conviction hold 60fps solid with vsync enabled. WoW runs flawlessly. Borderlands runs perfect.
I will eventually get another to Crossfire them.
Cons: The card idles between 38 and 41C. If I crank the fan up to 100% I can get it down to 31C but it sounds like a jet is hovering over my room. It's terribly loud. The ATI driver package is nothing compared to Nvidia's, but hopefully that will improve.
So fan sound level and driver package are the only cons I can think of. Other than price, but you get what you pay for. :)
Overall Review: Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W
Asus P6X58D Premium
Core i7 930
6GB GSkill 1600Mhz DDR3
XFX 5870 XXX Edition
Kingston V+ S2 128GB SSD
1TB WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD
Corsair 850TX PSU
Pros: Solid design and look. Nothing to flashy. Extra length is nice in a big case (Fortress FT02 for me).
Overall Review: Other than being a bit cheaper, there's nothing else I can complain about so far.