Joined on 02/13/06
Pros: This is an outstanding processor for the price. I paired it up with an MSI P55-GD80 and even though the stock fan is less than substantial it idles at around 35-C and load does not exceed 50-C after gaming. However it will depend on your case and fan configuration and also the length of time of load - I am sure that you could get it pretty hot with a lengthy Prime-95 session. Coming from an Opteron 165 @ 2.7Ghz the difference is very noticeable in Windows 7 and of course more so in gaming even with the same 8800GT video card. What I love about this processor is that it is generally just as fast if not faster than the i7 920 in real world programs and games all the while consuming less power which makes this platform a great deal given the price.
Cons: The only real con that I can think of is that the stock Intel fan leaves much to be desired. Even though the reviews said that it was small I was actually surprised to see that it was even smaller than I expected - almost like something you would see on one of the Celerons or low end Pentiums. Fortunately in my case it seems like it is working fine so I will hold off on replacing it at least for the near future.
Pros: This is a very well made board with an impressive feature set for the price. I paired it up with an i5 750 and G.Skill Trident 4GB and everything booted up flawlessly. According to CPU-Z, the BIOS revision is 1.4 and is dated September 2, 2009. All reviews that I could find were highly positive of this board and it appears that it will certainly live up to my expectations.
Cons: MSI Live Update Online software doesn't seem to like Windows 7 x64 for some reason so I had to manually download a few of the motherboard related drivers from their web site. This was a minor issue that in my opinion in no way takes away from this board but still thought it notable here.
Pros: This is a very well made product that has good performance on both USB 2.0 and Firewire connections. I am currently using it with a WD 160GB drive and although it gets a little warm under load, it seems to keep it cool overall and should not be problematic.
Cons: Perhaps I am cheap but this seems expensive for such a small enclosure. It is also a very tight fit as it will take some prying just to get your drive out whenever you need to. The LED light on it is WAY too bright - I ended up putting some black electrical tape over the front of it because the blinding light was too distracting. Finally, the cables that come with it are way too short - probably only about 18'' or so. For the price I expected to get cables that were much longer and allowed for more flexability in placement.
Overall Review: I have benchmarked my drive on both USB 2.0 and Firewire and the USB actually scores higher on sustained throughput at least according to HD Tach. I do feel like transfer performance is better with the Firewire though it may be my imagination.
Pros: This should be a requirement when purchasing any CPU!
Cons: For $x are you kidding me? Oh wait, the syringe is kind of small and it will more than likely make you laugh when you first see it but trust me and the other 600+ reviewers that it is plenty.
Overall Review: I paired this with an Opteron 165 and in my overclocking anticipation excitement I put too much AS on the processor (like 6 times the recommended ammount) and it was running at about 35-36 C idle - 50-52 C load for about a week so I decided to redo it and put just a small "rice" sized bit of it on the lid over the core.... now I idle at 30-32 and load at like 40! Ontop of that it hasnt even settled in yet so it may go down even more! SO DO NOT USE TOO MUCH!
Pros: This is excellent RAM that will not let you down as long as you have a quality motherboard. I am currently running 3-4-4-8 2.7v @ 275Mhz with my Opteron 165
Cons: Unfortunately for me, my A8N-SLI (regular edition) refuses to read this RAM as DDR500 even when I manually select it in the BIOS. I ended up letting it run at DDR400 but upped the bus to 275 and apparently it thinks that it is running 1:1. I also have to run it at 2T unfortunately because otherwise it is unstable and crashes even at 250mhz! Regardless, I am getting 105fps in the Lost Coast Stress Test with my XFX 7800GT and now have perfect stability.
Overall Review: Do yourself a favor and get a good motherboard such as the DFI or A8N-32 SLI Deluxe - one that allows you to fine tune all of the settings for just the right setup and stability.
Pros: I was very tempted to purchase the now cheaper X2 3800 but decided to go with the 165 and do not regret it one bit.
Cons: Coming from an A64 3500 @ 2.5, single threaded performance did not change much nor did I expect it to. Seemingly pricey but I'm sure these wont be around much longer with AM2 just a few weeks away.
Overall Review: Does anyone have any idea how overclocking this bad boy affects its life span? My system stays on for about 12-14 hours at a time and sometimes 24 hours. I need it to last me at least 3 years, would I have to worry about this if I bumped up the voltage to get to 2.7?