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Ron E.

Ron E.

Joined on 11/21/04

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

9800 GT

PNY GeForce 9800 GT 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCG98GTEE1XPB
PNY GeForce 9800 GT 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCG98GTEE1XPB

Pros: Doing very well as a replacement for my dead 8800GTX - set up 2 of these in SLI for less than half and have gained in performance on all levels for my limited gaming COD4/BlkOps and Supreme Com lately.

Cons: Ran a little warm with stock fan over 70 C, so I replaced the stock fans with Z's coolers and stay around 60 C now fully loaded and idling just under 40

Overall Review: Could probably OC now but see no reason to these are running plenty fast for my needs right now, and the whole rig stays cool and quiet idling. Cooler Master Case (Gelid Fans through out) ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer MB Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz @3.2 (XIGMATEK Durin D9824G Low profile cooler w/Gelid fan) Kingston HyperX 1600 DDR3 PNY 9800GT 1G DDR3 (Zalman VF700 coolers) Viewsonic VP912b Klipsch HD 500 5.1

Most Critical Review

Very finicky buyer beware

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: Price is about it ! Might work if you still have older IDE drives

Cons: Severe driver issues and compatibility problems refuses to run with certain CD/DVD players no more support for older boards from asus does not like optical drives will not work with Samsung DVD RW. Royal pain in the backside........ will probably RMA this board, have tried everything I can do still not running, check the forums many problems

Overall Review: Took all day to get XP 64 and then upgrade to Win 7 w/2 WD Raptors in RAID next morning refused to post reformatted drives started over would not install XP64. Used single drive installed but had numerous BSOD's then crashed and had to reformat again, many many write errors due to driver conflicts

Solid Cooler

ZALMAN VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler
ZALMAN VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: Much cooler on my 9800gt than stock and quieter too Simple install Plugged it into the motherbord as opposed to the 12v rail, 5v wasn't enough 12v seemed overkill, so far so good maxing out around 60C much quieter idling

Cons: would like to have had the option to plug it in to the GPU so it could control speed, but the plug is 3-wire my card 2-wire, hmm.

Overall Review: Cool and quiet seems harder than it should

Quieter

GELID Solutions FN-PX09-20 92mm Case cooling
GELID Solutions FN-PX09-20 92mm Case cooling

Pros: Much quieter than the competition

Cons: hmm

Overall Review: now using gelid fans everwhere much quieter when idling hardly any noise, gets em all moving pretty good when gaming and temps are peaking out around 60 C for CPU and GPU's very satisfied.

Huh

GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler
GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler

Pros: Much quieter than other case fans but also lower air flow, so far it is proving more than adequate for my mid-tower SLI setup as front supply in tandem with a 120mm exhaust

Cons: none

Overall Review: Wyed it (using gelid Y) with my CPU fan to get speed control in BIOS reducing noise while idling and letting CPU temp dictate RPM works like a charm, much, much quieter, but still keeping things cool when gaming i5 750 CPU maxs out around 60 C P7P55 WS motherboard at 30 C. SLI 9800 GTs around 50 C Coolermaster Mid-tower

Painful...

XIGMATEK Durin D982 92mm Rifle Ultra Low profile CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK Durin D982 92mm Rifle Ultra Low profile CPU Cooler

Pros: I like the spring tensioner design and cooling has improved over my older cooler, I was wanting variable speed to reduce fan noise at idle and adequate airflow under load and I have gotten it.

Cons: I feel they goofed on the MB mounting, it is very tedious to assemble, and will be a pain for future mods or maintenance as I didn't stick it to the case, might change cases or motherboards, then what

Overall Review: I hope the replacement rubber FAN mounts are available down the road they won't last forever