Joined on 06/18/02
It's great, nevermind the stepping
Pros: it's just a great cpu. for the price it really can't be beaten and leaves you no excuse to "future proof" with a quad core - believe me, this is where the party's at (unless you want to splurge on a QX). with aftermarket air cooling and the slightest volt nudge it shoots up to 400 fsb (3.8GHz), where you go from there is up to you
Cons: it's hard to think of any. oh of course, the stock hsf is adequate only for stock speeds; it's for people who don't mess with clock speeds and voltages. if that's you then stick with it and be careful w/ your mobo and the pushpins.
Overall Review: regarding C0/E0 stepping - don't worry about it. I got a C0 from new jersey if anyone cares. I am pretty sure the main difference is that the new stepping (E0) would just overclock to the same point as a C0 but with slightly lower voltage. The reason ppl are freaking out about it is because back when 65 nm was the standard, the difference in steppings was definetly significant - I believe the Q6600's newer stepping actually yielded significantly better overclocking potential. not really the case here. also - some boards (like my 790i F.T.W.) require you to turn on the CPU N/2 on in the bios to enable the decimal place (9.5) for the multiplier, make sure you do that to get what you paid for!
nevermind the haters, it's great.
Pros: it's just very stable and can take pretty much whatever you throw at it. the reason I got it was for EVGA's engineering improvements over the nvidia reference board - namely the solid state capacitors which handle any extra juice you pump through it very well, as well as the fact that the 790i Ultra chipset - though it does perform slightly better (see victor lucido's 3xSLI results on the ultra vs this board) - is far more unstable and buggy than this chipset. for the typical PC user/gamer who actually wants a stable system to play games on and doesn't pour liquid nitrogen into pots attached to their GPU's and CPU, this is the board for you. oh and there is definetly a floppy IDE connector, contrary to a previous review - you can clearly see the "FLOPPY IDE" cable in the pics. EVGA's tech support is INCREDIBLE - I asked a question about bios settings at 4 am and got an email response 17 minutes later.
Cons: yeah the MCP runs hot but like evga tech said, it's supposed to. not for lazy people or beginners. also as others have said, the digital power management version did come out like a week after I got this. personally though i'm not too upset about it since i have had no problems clocking my system (e8500 and single GTX 280) out of its gourd (with reasonable voltage adjustments) and playing crysis for hours at a time, so I don't really feel cheated having all that I need. it's true that nehalem is due out soon but unless you want to spend bigtime cash on new tech this should keep you set for a good while - it will be significantly longer until nehalem related components are both powerful and affordable (like the high end wolfdales right now)
Overall Review: look. if you're serious about building pc's then you're used to (and should enjoy) manually adjusting settings like RAM timings and voltages. it's not a plug and play or set it and forget it board. if your RAM doesn't have EPP ('SLI ready') it's going to auto/default your RAM to slower speeds than its stock ratings b/c EPP is just a profile that tells the mobo what the rated timings are; if not just figure out your timings (as simple as reading their specs on newegg) and enter them in manually! if you're up for it, you will grow to love this board. if you have a CPU with a multiplier containing a decimal place (as in the e8500's 9.5 multiplier) you will need to enable the CPU N/2 option in the system clocks section of the bios (just set the multi to the whole number and then enable this option for the +.5).
Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Pros: besides the available and impressive specs including the whopping 1GB of 512-bit VRam, it crushes absolutely any game out right now beside crysis at 1920x1200 on very high. overclocks easily to 'ForTheWin' speeds and beyond; significant performance increase can be yielded from overclocking (+1000 3dmark vantage pts for me) due to the large number of operations that occur per clock cycle. the price has been very affordable for quite some time now. performance will continue to increase with driver updates. recent shipments now have a DVI to HDMI adapter! EVGA customer support is tops, i emailed a question at 4AM and got a helpful response 17 mins later.
Cons: power requirements, large size, warms your case up, SLI leaves little room for anything else in your rear expansion bays, drivers are still maturing (but at a reasonable pace)
Overall Review: after the latest driver update (sep 25), there was a HUGE performance boost for this card. i can play crysis w/ just this card at stock speeds w/ an e8500 at stock at 1920x1200 (24" monitor) w/ all setting at very high (no aa) between 20-30 fps which is a great experience. just dropping the settings (not the res) down to high yields a lot more frames (+40) but I think the DX10 settings are more satisfying. other games are maxed out at 19x12/highest settings/max aa & anistropic filtering/always way over 60fps like it isn't even a big deal. can't wait for far cry 2
Clean Power, 8 pin PCI-E
Pros: single 12v rail is a champion, better cooling and noise levels than most other units, more than adequate power for most builds (except quad/tri SLI or GTX 280 SLI) including 8800/9800 GTX SLI, 8 pin PCI-E cables for newer GPU's (9800 GX2 / GT 200), long cables, high quality, great price
Cons: larger than average size of the unit may make it more challenging to fit into some cases, lots of cables (if you don't use them all, especially if you're only using a single GPU, you're going to be doing some cable management), and though it has the correct cables to connect two 9800 GX2's or two GT 200's I unfortunately doubt that 750w is enough to power either such setup.
Overall Review: a recent review claimed that this unit does not have 8-pin PCI-E connectors - this is incorrect, I received the unit today and can verify that the unit has two 6-pin and two "6+2" pin PCI-E connectors - the "6+2" refers to two cables which have a 6 pin connection attached to an extra breakaway 2 pin connector (I think the previous reveiw was actually referring to an outdated non-quad version of this PSU). I have an Antec 900 case and a single GTX 280 which I have successfully juiced at an extra 70 mhz core speed, stable. The unit does come with a packing slip detailing a power test before sealing the box; however no manufacturing process is 100% perfect and will produce some duds be it sticks of TNT or RC cars. I believe you should wait to review until you get a working product (which both NewEgg and PC P&C/OCZ are happy to provide), that being said I did receive a 100% functional unit and I am very satisfied with my choice.
Excellent Display at an Excellent Price
Pros: extremely large, great options within on screen menu, brilliant color, bright, awesome resolution at 24", high connectivity, price, wide viewing angle
Cons: as others have stated the HDMI port is poorly located; very low clearance between the base stand and the HDMI port. you'll have to pre bend your HDMI cable and then insert it - no problem with a quality cable (I have a 3' dynex I got for 30 bucks) also if you want to use it as a tv, no remote (of course it's not meant as a stand alone TV), and of course terrible doesn't even begin to describe the speakers but if you're serious about audio/video you won't use any sort of HD display's built in speakers.
Overall Review: I am building a high end system over the next few weeks, buying the parts as the prices and shipping dip low, I bit on this once the shipping was free and in the meantime I am using it as an HDTV via HDMI. though there are far larger LCD tv's this unit's size is awesome for your standard living room - if you're checking out tv's at a retail store even 32's look tiny next to the 50+"s they usually place them next to. Also using it with a Wii (component cable) and am very happy with that as well, imagine it would be excellent w/ a PS3/360 as well. mine had zero dead pixels. this is a great display at an excellent price. highly recommended