Joined on 06/12/06
Pros: Sapphire Customer service was great. I bought a Sapphire 5870 eyefinity 6 card in February but it started giving me artifacts in games, so I sent it to Sapphire. They offered me this card as a replacement. The turn around was quite good as far as RMA's go. I shipped my bad card on a Tuesday, it arrived at the Sapphire facility that Friday, and the new card was shipped to me on Thursday (6 days after my card was received) As far as this card goes, handles everything so far, I would like to get another in the future for crossfire because of how well they scale.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I have been quite satisfied with Sapphire as a company.
To prevent confusion
Pros: It's a GTX 580, if you are considering this card, you know what the pros are .
Cons: $30 charge for a sticker
Overall Review: Just to clear up any confusion ahead of time, this card is EXACTLY the same as the regular EVGA superclocked 580. Literally the only difference is the sticker on the GPU and the image on the box. If you are super SUPER into batman, go for it, but also realize that the sticker will face the bottom of your case when it is installed (assuming you have a standard tower style case).
Decent Mid range board
Pros: Price/Features Ratio. Great set of features at a price much lower than the high end boards. 16x/8x Pcie slots for Crossfire or SLI (It does support both) New bios is easy to use with keyboard (see other thoughts) Does a nice job overclocking if you aren't looking to push the limits of your 2500k/2600k Bottom line: If you are looking to save some money, this board offers great value. You don't have to sacrifice functionality and the features you will be missing, the average user or gamer wouldn't notice.
Cons: Biggest gripe about this board: Upward facing sata ports. I only have one 6950 at the moment, but I plan to get a second for crossfire. The second card will completely cover sata ports 3-6. I bought angled sata cables so it will be alright, but really poor design decision by MSI, especially for a board that is designed to support multiple GPUs. Max vCore setting is 1.5v. For most people (including myself) this is more than enough for what I want to be running. However, if you trying to out OC your buddies and have a very good cooling system, the 1.5v limit could hold you back. I made it to 4.8Ghz on my 2500k with 1.45v
Overall Review: Use the keyboard for the bios and you will have no problems. It does support mice (Click Bios) but the pointer is imprecise at best. I tried mousing around the bios and was quickly frustrated. Using just the keyboard, I found the bios to be quite easy to navigate. If you enter a multiplier higher than stock, it will automatically disable c-states (which sets your multiplier to 16x when CPU is idle) It is easy to re-enable, but it took me a while to discover why my CPU wasn't ever idling.
Pros: I entered the bios, enabled XMP and just like that, running at advertised frequency and timings. Very pleased
Overall Review: I have built a lot of systems, and it is so frustrating when you go to start a new system and it doesn't boot. It's a great feeling when everything just works.
Great Budget Cooler
Pros: This thing has performed admirably. I did quite a bit of research before I bought a cooler to compliment my 2500k. I was tempted by very high end air coolers (nh-d14 to name one), but the 212+ was very highly rated, and much less expensive, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I am very happy with its performance. With my 2500k at 4.8Ghz (1.45 vCore) the highest temp during a prime95 run was 75C, highest during normal activity (gaming) low 60s.
Cons: There was some deciphering that needed to be done with the instructions. It wasn't too hard to figure out, but not many words. I had to interpret the pictures before I could assemble everything. It would be helpful if there was more written instruction, but not too tricky to install even without many words.
Overall Review: Buy a CPU that you can overclock (I recommend the 2500k). This baby will get you there.