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Mark N.

Mark N.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent case!

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Wide: this thing will handle the bigger CPU coolers with ease. Easy 5.25" and 3.5" drive mounting system. Plenty of USB 2.0 connectors on top. Black interior looks sharp against the white case. Fantastic cable routing options. Tons of room to hide excess PSU cables.

Cons: Internal USB 3.0 connector for front panel should be a 20-pin, rather than the male A connector. Documentation is seriously lacking. SSD mounting options do exist, but could be better.

Overall Review: In the video description, the presenter gives the most ridiculous solution for connecting the USB 3.0 male A connector the motherboard. Don't do that. Just don't. Instead, do a Google search for "20 pin usb 3.0 female". Within the first couple of results you will find a 20-pin female to female A connector adapter for about $3.00. Silverstone also makes a decent solution--CP09--however, it's pricier and has one additional connector that will go the waste in this configuration. I would rather have seen a front panel eSATA connector than the firewire one provided. Take a look on the Corsair site for support on this case. There you will find a link to a forum post that covers the fan controller connectors (something that really should've been in the documentation). Aside from my few minor complaints, this is a really nice, quality-built case.

12/28/2011
Most Critical Review

Video artifacts PROBLEM

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy install, PCIe 2.0, SLI. Asus generally releases good stuff

Cons: I really wanted to like this board. I've had good experiences with nVidia chipset-based motherboards in the past (nForce2 and 590Sli). Unfortunately there seems to be issues with this chipset that have yet to be resolved by nVidia. Somehow there is a conflict between the nForce drivers(for 750i, 780i and 790i chipset boards) and the nVidia graphics drivers. Basically, what it comes down to is my system can no longer play videos in Windows Media Player or VLC (and I would imagine other players) without generating video artifacts that appear first in the video, but then also appear surrounding the mouse pointer. In my case it eventually causes the system to hang and requires a hard reboot. My video card is a 9600GT, but others have this problem with various nVidia cards. Video playback worked perfectly for me with my old board (M2N32-Sli) and the 9600GT. An ATI card works fine on this board (but this is an Sli board, so it sort of defeats the purpose).

Overall Review: Asus support was unaware of this issue. I called eVga (the makers of my video card) and played dumb. I blamed it on my card to try to get them to say whether they knew anything (they also make 750i-based boards). Their support guy went to a higher level technician who said nVidia has confirmed this, and is working on a fix. BUT there's no ETA for the fix. As of today if you google "video artifacts P5N-D 750i" the first few results will be for a pretty lengthy thread in the eVga forums regarding this exact problem (including screenshots). And just to answer these questions: latest bios, uninstalled/re-installed drivers, others have tried clean installs to no avail. A total bummer. RMA-ing this one...

Nice upgrade for MackBook Pro!

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBSQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBSQ

Pros: Inexpensive 4G kit. Works in an early 2009 MacBook Pro (15.4")

Cons: None, as yet.

Overall Review: Way better than the $200 Apple wants for a 4G upgrade kit. Installed in MBP model MB470LL/A. The Mac comes with DDR3 1066. I was unable to find anyone saying that the MBPs support DDR3 1333, but it appears they do. And I don't think it's clocking the memory down. The Mac instantly had a zippier feel when I installed this kit.

Perfect for HTPC

MSI GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Silent Heatsink Video Card NX8500GT-MTD256EH
MSI GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Silent Heatsink Video Card NX8500GT-MTD256EH

Pros: HDCP, HDMI output, small and noise-free. Exactly what I was looking for to use in my HTPC. HDCP allows for play-back of Blu-ray movies. The HDMI connection is nice - I'd much rather run direct than use an adapter.

Cons: Doesn't score well in 3DMark06 ;-) That was a joke, by the way -- this is not the card for serious gaming.

Good Drive!

ASUS Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Combo Model BC-1205PT
ASUS Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Combo Model BC-1205PT

Pros: Plays blu-ray movies and burns discs! Exactly what it should do.

Cons: OEM Cyberlink software is junk. Better off finding some other player. Or pay the $100 for the full version -- too much, in my book.

Overall Review: First reviewer IS actually missing something! Either his monitor or his video card (or both) is NOT HDCP-compliant; clearly! Do not take his review into account when deciding on this drive. A note on graphics chips: just because the specs say a chip _can_ do HDCP, doesn't mean that the board maker actually implements it. Make sure that your video card and monitor can do it, and all will be well.

Pleasantly surprised

Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 2.2 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4500
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 2.2 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4500

Pros: Runs cool and stock fan is very quiet. Overclocking at 3.08Ghz, and even under heavy load proc runs under 40C. Nice!

Cons: None whatsoever.

Overall Review: I've been an AMD guy as long as I've been building my own PCs and this is my first Intel-based system. I have to say, I'm VERY impressed. I'm using this in an HTPC system, and I bought it on a whim -- I thought I'd try something different. I can get as much out of an AMD proc as I'm getting out of this Intel chip, but there's NO WAY an AMD would run as cool. My AMD 6000+ at the default clock settings, idles around 45C, and under a load hits 60C and beyond; and this is with after-market, and relatively expensive cooling efforts. Currently considering an Intel quad for my main system...and I was seriously a dyed-in-the-wool AMD fan before this!