Date Joined: 07/25/05
Pros: This laptop only weighs 2Kg and it packs an 8 core 16 thread CPU, as well as an RTX 3080 Max Q.
Plenty of RAM and fast NVMe storage.
Long battery life, especially considering the specs.
Excellent cooling solution, much quieter than my previous laptop, and lower temps too.
A 240Hz panel that's the sweet spot in resolution for this laptop size and color calibrated out of the factory.
Cons: Only con is previous model had a mechanical keyboard an this one doesn't.
Overall Review: I love this laptop, it runs every single game I have tested maxed out, at fast frame rates, I really like how much power has been packed into such a small footprint, and for this weight class.
Cyberpunk 2077 looks gorgeous on this panel and runs with all settings maxed out, even ray tracing, using DLSS.
I added a second, 2TB NVMe SSD and it was an easy upgrade, removing the bottom panel gives you full access to the second NVMe slot as well as the RAM.
So far my CPU is boosting to 4.4GHz on all cores while gaming, and my GPU stays hovering at around 1.6GHz, temperatures are well managed without the fans being overly loud.
This laptop will be the perfect traveling companion for people looking to play their AAA while on the go.
Pros: Amazing performance out of the box, card boosts to almost 1900MHz and stays there most of the time, can easily OC 150MHz on top of that, the temperature never exceeded 68°C and the fans are super quiet as well. As an added bonus, I like the camo pattern on the shroud.
Cons: The power limit imposed by Nvidia is holding this card back, Asus over engineered the power delivery and cooling of the card, it's a shame it can't realize its full potential due to a software power limit.
Overall Review: I really don't care much for COD, I will install it when I get a chance, it was an added bonus to get codes for Anthem and BFV, I bought the card because it was the only OC version available at the time with a binned GPU core, so the camo pattern and included games were the cherry on top, it doesn't hurt that at the time I purchased this card it was $50 less than the regular OCCURRENCE OF card that's never on stock.
Pros: It's amazing how much performance MSI has been able to pack in such a thin chassis, if portability with no performance compromises is what you are looking for, then this is the right laptop for the job. The MgLi frame is incredibly light and has a premium look and feel. The screen is awesome, with bright colors and excellent viewing angles. The 870M is able to run any current game (as of April, 2014) maxed out at native resolution.
Cons: For some reason this version includes 12GBs of RAM, disabling dual channel operation, would've preferred for a 16GBs configuration for a few more dollars.
The 870M runs a bit hot, but I haven't run into any throttling issues yet, it'll be imperative to keep the fans free of dust to prevent any overheating.
Overall Review: This laptop almost matches the performance of much bigger a heavier laptops released just last year, I can't believe so much performance has been crammed into such a small chassis, people argue the 870M may be too much for such a thin enclosure, but the Razer Blade uses the exact same GPU in a thin form factor, so obviously Nvidia cleared the use of such a high performance GPU for ultra book form factor. If you're not a fan of hot laptops, there's a 860M version that may be more your cup of tea :)
Pros: I said it in my 680 review, the real Kepler was lurking deep in nVidia's labs back when GK104 was released, and guess what, it's finally here!
The performance is above any other single GPU out there, period. Have two of these in SLI, and the scaling is awesome, I'm able to play Crysis 3 maxed out at 5760x1080 at insane framerates, a feat dual and triple SLI 680s couldn't achieve (from personal experience)
Tons of VRAM, this thing is a monster, OCs like crazy, up to 1179MHz core already on air, and it runs cool too, idles at 32 degrees, and it won't go over 73 degrees even at 106% power target.
If you game on multiple monitors, there simply is no better card than Titan as of now, will run anything you throw at it maxed out at insane resolutions.
Simply the best as of Feb 2013
Cons: Expensive! Nvidia should've priced this at the very least $100 bellow the 690, as the performance is lower than that card, then again, this is a single GPU card, and in SLI it's unbeatable; regardless, Nvidia is making a crapload of profit from this card (yield issues? come on, GF110 (Fermi 2.0) has only a size area about 20mm2 smaller and they sold tens thousands of those at $500 or less) By now the 28nm process is mature enough to yield enough chips for Tesla and Titan, give us a break.
Related to price, if you game on a single monitor, a 690 or even dual 7970GHz Ed. are probably a better pick for your money.
Overall Review: Placed order on the 26th, cards were at my doorstep on the 27th! Newegg, you rock!!
Core i7 3930K@4.5GHz
SLI EVGA GTX Titan SCs
16GBs 1866MHz DDR3
Asus RIVE board
Silverstone 1.5Kw PSU
Pros: Amazing performance from what basically is a mid range class GPU, going head to head against the competition high end offerings, trading punches and even coming ahead in terms of performance in most current games.
New features like TXAA and adaptative V-Sync make this a very desirable video card.
Lower power requirement than previous generation flagship, while delivering much higher framerates.
Cons: Relatively high price for a 297mm² GPU, the real Kepler flagship is still lurking somewhere inside Nvidia's labs, waiting for its worthy opponent to be released, in the mean time we have to literarily pay for an also relatively overpriced direct competition, hopefully prices will go down eventually.
Abysmal performance for compute applications, if you're looking for a card to crunch compute intensive tasks, the 680 is not it, this is a card groomed for gaming only.
Some people may find the 2 GBs of onboard memory lacking, but in future games TXAA may offset this disadvantage by performing anti aliasing without any memory impact.
Availability, next shipment is expected to hit in April.
Overall Review: Make no mistake, this card is a monster bred for gaming, its performance caught most people by surprise.
I was lucky to get two of these cards to replace a 3-way GTX580 setup, powering triple 27" 120Hz 3D monitors @ 5760x1080, at first I was hesitant due to the "small" frame buffer, but it was a pleasant surprise to see how smooth my gaming experience is after upgrading, didn't realize how much of microstutter I was experiencing with my old cards until I tried these two cards. I couldn't be happier with these cards.
As always, Newegg is the best, used a code for free 3 day shipping, the cards were here the next day, the best service in the business par none.
CPU: Intel I7 3930K@4.5Ghz
MB: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: 16GBs Corsair Vengeance
SSDs: 2x120GBs OCZ Vertex 3 MIOPS Ed
HDDs: 2x1.5TBs WD Caviar Black
Sound: SB Recon 3D Fatal1ty Pro
PSU: Silverstone ST1500 1.5kW
Pros: This is my second review for this drive, I have two of these drives running in RAID 0, and the performance is superb, I have a Core i7 2600K running on an Asus Maximus IV, and now the system is super responsive, and programs load instantly, it just took a few steps to get things going, but after a rough start, my system is super stable and faster than never before.
Cons: Both drives worked flawlessly out of the box in AHCI mode, but as soon as I paired them in RAID 0, my system started stuttering like crazy, as reported by other users. I tried all kinds of fixes but nothing worked, I thought I had a lemon and was gonna RMA both my board and the drives, This was really frustrating to say the least. Then I posted at the OCZ support forums asking for help as a last resort and people there were really helpful. The process was more like growing pains but once it was solved, everything went back to normal.
Overall Review: For a fix I tried the latest beta IRST drivers, as suggested in one of the OCZ forum's threads, you can google Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers ver. 10.1.5.1001, after installing those drivers everything worked like a charm, no problems while gaming, benching, browsing the web, nothing. System's even been on for the last 48hrs using F@H without a single freeze!
I wanna thank the community at the OCZ forums for their advice, and Newegg for their superb service, you guys rock!
RAID 0 performance out of the box may be questionable, but in my own personal experience, this is not related to the drive itself, but has more to do with immature drivers for the P67 platform.
I really hope this helps other people who have the same problem I did, I know every system's different, and there's no such thing as a silver bullet, it may be worth a try before you guys toss your drives out the window in frustration ;)
P.S. It would be nice it there was an option to edit previous reviews :)
Pros: Asus, what more can I say? After going from a P67A-UD7 to this board, I' m glad I went back to Asus. I know my 2600K can hit 5.2Ghz from my previous build and right now is rock stable at 5Ghz and 1.49V with this new board; the UEFI BIOS may seem like a gimmick but advanced mode gives you all the tools you need to push the envelope.
A previous reviewer mentioned SLI with two cards works at 8x only, but you can enable 16x if you use The 16x PCIe slots 2 and 4 and use any other PCIe card on slot 1, this will unlock SLI at 16x as confirmed by GPUz in my current setup with 2xGTX580.
I still haven't compared 16x mode to 8x mode to see if using the NF200 and thus adding a bit a latency makesmit worth it. In my case I used my PCIe 1x X-Fi on 16x slot 1 to activate 16x to my 580s.
Cons: VERY hard to get, I was OCD on refreshing the listing on my phone every half hour to see if it could be added to my cart, finally hit the jackpot a couple days ago, as soon as I completed my order it went back to "Sold Out"
It doesn't have the ideal layout for dual SLI at 16x, as both cards need to be next to each other, thus reducing ariflow to the top card, fortunately my case has plenty of air ciculation to compensate for it at least in part, will try 8x mode with more room between the cards to see if it's really worth it to run at 16x mode.
The UD7 had the same problem when using 16x for that matter. The board with the best layout may be the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution, but I'm a fan of the ROG series, and some compromise needed to be made IMO.
Overall Review: It would be great if Newegg added support for their Newegg Preferred Account to their iPhone app. I couldn't use it when placing my order for this item and didn't want to risk waiting to get back home to place my order as these boars sell out in minutes as soon as they become available.
Core i7 2600K at 4.5Ghz 24/7, so far able to sustain 5Ghz for benching fully stable.
Asus Maximus IV Extreme Rev. 3.0
8GBs Kingston Hyper-X T1
2x PNY GTX580 in SLI
X-Fi Titanium PCIe
Silverstone PSU 1000W
Pros: Not a single bad pixel! Amazing picture quality and colors, lightning fast compared to my old 5ms LCD, I just love how my games look on this monitor! I'm using the HDMI connector and it works flawlessly with my GTX285 at 1920x1200.
Cons: As others stated, picture is a little too bright out of the box, but you can adjust it easily to your liking...
Overall Review: I'm just amazed at how detailed everything looks now in games Crysis: Warhead, Fallout 3, Age of Conan and other games, my video card was a waste on my old 19" LCD, playing at 1920x1200 with max details enabled on all games is just pure bliss, even the wife is amazed by the picture quality, and anxious to get her hands on the Sims 3, LOL! As always, Newegg delivered on time!
Pros: Amazingly fast, as other ppl stated before me, it delivers exactly what you are asking from it, that being the abaility to play every game at highest possible image quality settings. Runs cool and quiet too. Once its price goes into the 249~299 range in a couple o'months will get me another one for SLI, and maybe a third one by the end of the year as prices go even lower!
Cons: This is not a con, but just an advice, if you have a GTX 280 or maybe even a 260 it may not be worth the upgrade to this card, but going from an HD3850 in my case, I saw almost triple the performance than my previous card.
Overall Review: Some of my system specs:
Asus Striker II 790i
2x2GBs Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz DDR3
EVGA GTX 285
SB X-Fi Fatal1ty Titanium
Silverstone OP1000 PSU
Thermaltake Armor+ Case
Pros: Lots of room, spacious, will fit any video card with plenty of space to spare, strong build, very quiet fans, mobo tray for easy costumization.
Cons: Weight, case itself is possible over 43 pounds, my system weighs a ton when fully assambled! plastic clips to hold expansion cards feel kinda flimsy once you use them.
Overall Review: Keeps my build cool, planning to go water cooling for a quiet system, other specs:
C2Q Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz
Asus Striker II 790i
2x2GBs Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 285
SB X-Fi Fatal1ty Titanium