Joined on 12/02/03
Pre Purchase Notes
Pros: Pathway to 4 cores for upcoming games or developers, graphic artists and content providers to get a hold of extra power on a budget. Will work in existing AM2 sockets* and use the same amount of power as the Windsors. Excellent CPU for Vista 64 with 4Gig of Ram running multiple applications on a daily basis.
Cons: Higher thermal output than the X2 Brisbanes in the same speed range. Most games are either single threaded or dual. Some are starting to use multicore platforms but just don't expect current games to suddenly burst with new speed is upgrading from an earlier 2G or better. processor.
Overall Review: *Check for Bios updates on your AM2 mobos. AM2+ boards are coming out and the 7xx chipsets are going to be excellent companions to this chip. It's the first consumer Quad from AMD, we know at stock it's not faster than a iQ6600 but it's still an awesome technological advancement. You will need a 400watt ATX12V PSU (a good quality 350W for MATX systems and onboard or low power video card.) A great chip for Folding&Home for research.
Pros: Easy to use. Support of OGG and FLAC Direct Access no interface programs. Sounds great
Cons: Battery life was about 4 hours and poof. Battery died when it sat for 3 months, will not charge or work plugged in. Will not work plugged in (for emphasis).
Overall Review: This it the second Sansa player to die on me. The first one died because of being dropped about 15 inches onto a chair mat. Landed on the plug breaking the internals. This one just died due to battery failure. All of my sansa flash drives have been flawless, why not their players.
Pros: Just more great solid RAM sticks from G Skill. Work as advertised. Nice and low with room for air to flow over and between clearing the massive cooler sitting over them by 3mm. Fast for dense RAM.
Cons: Hard to remove from package. :P
Overall Review: Asus M487TD, Phenom 6pack 1150TBE. Had to manual override (to lazy to flash a new Bios).
Awesome Sticks (AMD)
Pros: Locked and Loaded - Up and Running. Low Power Low Heat Fast for stock settings. Slim and low profile
Cons: Didn't come in a fancy wooden box (J/K) Nothing to complain about
Overall Review: Dropped these in 2 Asus boards for AMD with 870 and 880 chipsets running Phenom X6 and Regor X2 CPUs and both booted right into spec. Did not overclock yet.
Just Great RAM
Pros: Performs as advertised and then some with no errors. Works great at 1.35V consuming less power while still offering lower latencies. Best sinks that don't get caught on wire or flex when you handle them properly. Easily slides under heatsinks that hog space up on the mainboard. Runs cool.
Cons: I'll need to make some up, could not find any.
Overall Review: G-Skill has been my first choice in RAM. They were the first to take RAM performance into areas where the big boys ignored like smaller and no sinks but still able to be overclocked with the best. All my "skills" have performed flawlessly in 7 of the rigs I've built in the last 5 years. I run these 24/7 with distributed processing where that are under constant heat and stress. Many folks have had problems, sorry you are not able to see what these really do but there are many factors that play in to the equation. Power Supplies and cheap mainboards will make any pair of RAM sticks suck, that is a fact. ASUS TD870, Phenom 1090T, OCZ500 PSU and 4Gs of GSkills. 5 Stars (eggs) across the board on Quality, Performance, Durability and Aesthetics.