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Jason R.

Jason R.

Joined on 07/03/04

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Most Favorable Review

WOW, WOW, WOW, and did I say WOW!!!!!!

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This MB rocks! This board is an over clocker's dream. You don't have to be a pro to use this board which is the most important thing about it. I OC'd my Core 2 E4300 to 3.0GHz from 1.8GhZ and it was easy as pie. Google settings for this board on the internet and it becomes a joke to over clock. I switched from AMD compatible products to Intel and it was the best thing I have done for myself this year. Temps are nice and low with decent airflow with this motherboard. BUY THIS BOARD! You will be able to equip Quad 4 when prices drop down the road with this MB. I don't anticipate a swith for at least 2-3 years down the road which is huge in todays market.

Cons: Wish it was under a Bill. But that's what I say about everything!

Overall Review: BEST BANG AND VALUE FOR YOUR HARD EARNED DOLLAR! DON'T MISS OUT!

Most Critical Review

Memory is Ok.

Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model JM2GDDR2-8K
Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model JM2GDDR2-8K

Pros: Booted up with my Gigabyte DS3.

Cons: Posted as 5-6-6-18. Not 5-5-5-12 as Advertised! Very Irritating!

Overall Review: I regret this purchase. Stay away from this memory. GSkill, Patriot, Corsair are all very competitively priced and are tried and proven. This memory does not come with heatsinks and doesn't over clock. It's good for people who aren't into performance and just want something that works!

Correction On Stock Timings on Earlier Post....

Patriot Signature 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD22G667KH
Patriot Signature 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD22G667KH

Pros: Great Memory that works 5-5-5-15 Stock Timing settings. Tightened timings up to 3-4-4-12 and its solid!

Cons: Can't seem to get 800MhZ out of it with CPU OC'd to 3.0GhZ from 1.8GHz. Not Memory's fault as I got what I paid for and a little more with the timings. Prices is Fifteen Dollars cheaper than what I paid for 3 weeks ago!

Overall Review: I incorrectly noted that the CPU sensed it at 5-6-6-17 or something like that in my earlier post...Sorry!

Unbelievable CPU easily OC'd to 3.0GHz

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 1.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4300
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 1.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4300

Pros: Please save your money and get this Core2 Duo. It is all you really need until Quad 4 prices drop. I OC'd this to 3.0GHz with just a little tweaking with the voltage setting. It OC'd to 2.5GHz on stock voltages. To easily get 3.0GHz it took 9X334 fsb, 1.375 vcore from 1.325 stock, DRAM:FSB RATIO 1:1 set multiplier to 2 to get it at this ratio. Also upped Bus & Memory Voltage by +0.1 or 0.2V My Gigabyte DS3 makes all this a joke to do along with instructions from Tom's Hardware and other sites. Temps went from 18 degree C. to only 32 degree C. at Idle. If you don't get this to at least 3.0GHz on Fan Cooling your not doing something right. I guarantee you it's NOT the CPU!

Cons: Wish it was under a Bill. Will be soon enough!

Overall Review: I returned my AMD Dual Core for this and haven't looked back. I hate to admit but Intel is smoking the competition right now. I'm sure it'll change down the road as these two companies jockey back and forth for position but now Intel is definitely top dog for the Overclocker crowd. Their core keeps temps down which allows super easy over clocking. AMD is an ole fashioned barbecue. I had 40 degree C. Idle temps at 2.0GHz which is a joke. You can get so much more for your money with this processor. STAY AWAY FROM AMD!

Great Stable Memory

Patriot Signature 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD22G667KH
Patriot Signature 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD22G667KH

Pros: Works just fine with a great price tag! Computer is lightning quick with this memory and a Gigabyte DS3 MB with Intel Core2 Duo E4300 1.8GZ OC'd to 3.0GZ

Cons: Computer sense's it at 5-6-6-17 in Auto Mode.

Overall Review: Great Memory for the price tag. Haven't OC'd the memory because I don't really need to just yet.

Nice looking piece of JUNK!

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The heatsinks/pipes looks nice and thats where it ends!

Cons: Where do I begin? The board is an absolute pain. I had to RMA for a refund. The Bios as you well have heard is a disaster. YOU HAVE TO FLASH THE REVISION OR IT DOESN'T WORK (GOOD LUCK WITH THAT)! The board didn't recognize my floppy drive either which doesn't help the situation. The left side heatsink is way too close to the CPU. If you have a big heatsink with a side mount fan your S*L! There is no room on the left side. On the right side as you well know is the RAM side so there is no room on that side either. You take a risk of the CPU heatsink not making full contact with the CPU leading to 90 degree C. temps. I had to get rid of a stick of RAM to make it work. Another point is the board itself runs hot combined with the X2 4400+ Toledo temps and you have an old fashioned barbecue going on in there. Make sure you have crazy good airflow. ASUS TECH SUPPORT IS HORRIBLE! They took my phone number and told me they would call back because of call volumes. 1 week later i'm still waiting

Overall Review: I am so disgusted with this motherboard and AMD CPU's that I have switched to Intels core 2 duo & 775 motherboard technology. There is a reason that AMD is slashing prices to sell their products and avoid loosing continuous market share. Their technology i'm sorry to say is inferior to Intels at the moment. I'm sure they will get back on top but not now. PEOPLE PLEASE STOP GIVING FALSE RATINGS OF 5 EGGS WHILE YOU ARE STILL COMPLAINING ABOUT THE MOTHERBOARDS BIOS, HEAT, LOCATION OF PARTS ETC. It's extremely misleading. Stay away from this garbage!