Date Joined: 05/14/01
Pros: Usable in nearly any case, as it has max power draw of 75w, and includes brackets for low profile cases. Even low profile systems will have at least 200-300w power supplies, so it should work as long as the motherboard has a PCIe 16x slot. This card gets great (60 FPS) framerates at 1080p at medium settings for most modern games, and you can dial it up to 11 for older games too. This card was only $15-20 more than comparable full-height form factor cards, and I appreciate MSI for creating this product. It allowed me to upgrade a GT 630 to this card. Before I couldn't play any games on my HTPC, and now there's not a game I can't play on it.
Cons: Heatsink extends well past the PCB on this card. Changing the design and putting the metal heatsink and fans more towards the bracket end of the card would give equal thermals with less overall length. Given the target market for this card, every inch counts when you're trying to jam this card into a potentially very cramped case. Also, using standard fans mounted into a heatsink assembly would provide easier upgrade or replacement of dead fans further down the line. All that said, those are pretty minor cons, so I gave the card 5 eggs still.
Overall Review: The pros of this card definitely outweigh the cons, especially so if you're looking for a low profile card. There's nothing even close to the speed of this card in a low profile form factor, and the card seems well built.
Pros: Jumpers! I actually like jumpers, as you really can't mess up adjusting features in hardware, whereas software can have glitches.
All solder points are clean, uses all solid state caps, everything is well laid out, and the manual details would appease even the most particular of documentation oriented people out there in the world. It even has pinouts for every connection on the back panel of the motherboard for crying out loud!
Cons: Memory support is a pain in the rear. However, this seems to be an issue with the Intel 3400 series chipsets, and not due to Supermicro from what I've read Online, so I went ahead and gave this board a 5 egg rating.
Overall Review: N82E16820139543
Kingston - KVR1333D3D8R9S/4GHB
I can confirm this RAM is compatible and works well with this board. I tried some generic Supertalent Hynix Reg ECC DDR3 RAM and it was a no go. Seems the Intel 3400 series is very particular about what RAM will play nicely.
Pros: Installed these in a secondary i7 based system. They work at their advertised rating of 8-8-8-24 with only 1.64V. The heatspreaders are attached with a good amount of tension on the clips, and the black color even matches my motherboard PCB. At around $4.60 per GB you can't go wrong. Great value!
Overall Review: Running 3 of these kits without any issue in an i7 socket 1366 system on an X58 based eVGA motherboard. The current price of RAM is so cheap right now it's ridiculous.
Pros: Runs at specified ratings at 1.64V, great value for the money, and the heatspreaders seem very high quality. This RAM has some decent amount of metal on it.
Cons: None, works as advertised.
Pros: There isn't anything out there currently faster than this drive. You will not have to wait on the system to respond...ever!
Cons: Prior to the recently released firmware 0002, there was a bug which caused performance degradation over time. Also, the first release of Crucial's 0002 updating program bricked a significant number of drives. As of the date of this review, this issue has been solved however and everything is working great after I flashed to firmware 0002.
If I'm paying nearly $700 for a storage device, I expect a much higher level of QC on Crucial's part. This is the main reason for the downgrade to 4 eggs in my review. That and my lost time spent upgrading their flawed firmware and subsequent time spent re-imaging my OS installation.
Overall Review: Make sure your SSD is aligned properly. To do this, you'll need to use Vista or Win7, since they are 4k sector aware OSes, and default to proper alignment during a fresh install. WinXP can be properly aligned, but this is very hard to accomplish.
Also, the following are equally important for best performance.
1) AHCI should be enabled in the BIOS so the correct driver, which can pass along TRIM commands, gets installed during your fresh install.
2) If you're using a 3rd party SATA 3 controller such as the common Marvell one used on most SATA 3 expansion cards, you should let Microsoft install the default driver and DO NOT install Marvell's drivers. Reason being is the default Microsoft AHCI driver passes TRIM commands, whereas the Marvell one (at the time of this writing) does not.
3) Intel chipset drivers pass TRIM, so they can and should be installed. Non-Intel chipset drivers currently don't. If using a non-Intel chipset, let the default Microsoft driver install.
Pros: Installed it into the bottom 16x (4x electrical) PCIe slot of my ASUS P6T motherboard. My external USB 3.0 enclosure is pretty much limited to the speed of the SATA 2 hard drive installed inside. I've seen 120MB/sec from my 2TB external WD EARS series drive over USB 3.0. Simply amazing and having true plug and play functionality is awesome!
I am also using the SATA3 port for my Crucial 256MB C300 series drive. I'm getting close to the theoretical max of the drive on writes (around 190MB/sec) and reads (342MB/sec) using the Windows default AHCI driver.
Cons: I had to remove my Intel PCIe 1x GbE NIC and had to start using the onboard Broadcom GbE NIC due to lack of available PCIe slots?
Overall Review: NEC driver on the included disc or Online is required to get USB 3.0 up and running. Windows 7 installed the default AHCI driver for the SATA 3 ports. The performance is excellent on both.
The card has a true PCIe v2.0 controller on the PCB, so you're getting full bandwidth even when using USB 3.0 and SATA 3 at the same time. This is much easier and cheaper than buying a new motherboard, which will likely utilize the same chips on this add-in card anyway for the added functionality. Excellent product and excellent value. Good job ASUS!
Pros: Absolutely silent running a Core i7 firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz, Dual 4870 1GB video cards in Crossfire X, 3 hard drives, and 2 optical drives. Voltages are stable even when running OCCT and the system still stays silent. Very long cables for any conceivable computer case. Even has dual 8pin 12V CPU load bearing plugs in case you want to do dual Xeons in there!
Cons: Longer than you standard power supply (not really a con, since that's how the silence is acheived, but it may not fit in some mid towers). The number of SATA and molex power cables could stand to be reduced by 1 as there are 3 lengths of cables with 12 SATA power cables and 8 molex cables total. Bringing that down to 8 and 4 respectively would not hurt functionality IMO.
Overall Review: It amazes me that this power supply can stay nearly dead silent running a Core i7 with dual high-end graphics cards, and still achieve 88% efficiency.
My old Silencer 610w I replaced would run the aforementioned system, but it was like a hair dryer since it was near max capacity. The fact that the 610w would run it all day long, while a cheaper 850w I tried first (it died within a day) couldn't handle the load, speaks volumes about the quality of PC Power and Cooling products. They've got a customer for life!
Pros: 1GB RAM is somewhat more future proofed, HSF unit is much better than the reference ATI fan, and the HSF exhausts some heat out of the case.
Cons: HSF doesn't exhaust all of the hot air outside of the case (it blows part of the air downward to cool the PCB and RAM, which is also recycled back into the computer case), any setting above 40% on the fan is quite a bit on the noisy side (I'm pretty picky with acoustics however), and the RAM modules have no heatsinks.
Overall Review: Although the RAM doesn't have any heatsinks, the air passing through the main cooler blows downward onto the RAM modules; stability seems unaffected. Setting the included fan at 40% gives around 60°C at idle and 80°C under a full gaming load with nearly silent operation, which is much better than the hair dryerish reference fan for sure. I was hoping for better acoustical and cooling performance with this purchase and feel somewhat disappointed with those aspects of this card, hence the 4/5 egg rating.
Pros: It will play any modern game out there with very good performance, the included HSF is very quiet (this went into my HTPC and I'm quite picky about noise), the included HSF keeps the GPU around 32°C at idle and doesn't break 45°C under load, the HSF exhausts much of the hot air out of my case, and the price was $50 after MIR.
Cons: I'm grasping at straws here...it was a little longer than my old card and I had to move a hard drive to a different bay before I could install it. It's not completely passively cooled?
One minor irritation with ATI's software (not a fault of MSI's hardware for sure) is that the default install of their drivers sets overscan to -15% when hooked up to a HDTV. Not sure why they would do this and it wasted some of my time since I had to figure out why I had a black boarder around my desktop on my HDTV.
Overall Review: Wonderful price (especially since I sold my old card for $30), great performance with accelerating Blu-ray, good card for some gaming at 720p or 1080p, and includes DVI to HDMI converter capable of 5.1 surround and video over a single cable.
Pros: Wanted more storage for my 20GB launch Playstation 3 console. The PS3 only supports 1.5 Gbps transfer anyway, so no big deal there with the specs on this drive. Best $/GB drive I could find on Newegg for my application. Samsung notebook drives have served me well in the past, so I'm hoping this one does too.
Cons: Can't really think of any. Would be nice if the 3.0 Gbps version was the same price I suppose. Again, the PS3 only goes to 1.5 Gbps, so this wasn't really a negative for my application.
Overall Review: Will update review if anything bad happens within the warranty period.
Pros: Small size, large capacity, competitively priced, very fast file transfers, and has a snug fitting cap.
Cons: I really wish the LED was dimmer and a different color. A dimmer blue LED would be much sleeker looking IMO.
Overall Review: I have owned the 4GB version of this drive for well over a year now and it has served me faithfully. I even accidentally washed it (left it in pants pocket) and it still just keeps on ticking. Needed a larger drive for toting files around and making periodic backups of my Playstation 3 data.
Pros: This drive is itty bitty. It's about as long as a grown man's finger tip. Performance is good and it works well for a Ready Boost drive under Vista 64 with very little protrusion from the USB port and no annoying flashing lights.
Cons: I can't see anyone using this day to day, but as a Ready Boost drive it's seems to be the perfect solution for me. The reason I can't see daily use, is that you're likely to loose it because of the minuscule dimensions of the drive. Also, the USB contacts are always exposed, which doesn't seem like a good idea since you nearly always end up touching them.
Overall Review: As a drive to keep on you in your wallet or purse, for some storage space in a pinch, this drive could work very nicely. Also, just personal preference, but I wish they made it with a black housing. I still can't hardly believe how small it is for 4GB worth of storage.
Pros: Great HSF with lots of copper, heatpipes, and a quiet fan. I also love the retention mechanism, which is worlds more secure than the cheap plastic pin-twist mechanism Intel devised for the LGA775 socket. At least S478 had dual levers that held the stock HSF in place with lots of tension.
Mounting it in an existing system is a bit of a pain, but for a new system it's easy as pie (how easy is pie anyway?).
Cons: Retention mechanism is wonderful, but does require mounting on or removing the motherboard from an existing system. Fan is not easily user replaceable.
Overall Review: Zalman tech support is second to none. I emailed about replacement parts for a 7700CU HSF unit, and they sent me the parts free of charge without even asking.
I bought this for a secondary HTPC system because I liked the performance and silence attained in my main overclocked Q6600 system. Been using Zalman products since the early S478 days and never been disappointed.
Pros: Completely silent, excellent packaging, nice heatsink, free MSI OEM copy of The Witcher, eggcellent price, DVI to HDMI adapter included, onboard sound chip for 5.1 through HDMI connection, HDCP compliant, and UVD decoding assist for H.264 material. Latest 8.3 Catalyst drivers support software 4:3 ratio scaling on 16:(9 or 10) widescreen monitors.
Cons: Can't be used easily or at all in small form factor cases. Placement of heatsink radiates heat right next to northbridge of most motherboards, and length of heatsink could cause interference with very tall memory chips. I just have small Micron memory chips with no heat spreader on them, and there is plenty of clearance between heatsink and top of RAM. I suppose another con is having to remove the video card to upgrade RAM, hard drive, etc. due to space conflicts or just plain delicacy of the metal fins.
Overall Review: The reviewer who made the comments about power consumption is misinformed. AMD/ATI does recommend a 400w power supply, but this card only uses around 36w (3A) at peak power draw. I have an Earthwatts 380w with 17A on each rail and the system runs overclocked (E2160@3.0Ghz) with rock solid stable voltages.
Pros: Excellent overclocking options, substantial cooling for North/South-bridge, tons of USB headers, TI chipset for Firewire, Jmicron chipset for your IDE needs, ICH9R for SATA RAID, and well placed fan headers. Very well priced when compared to similar boards.
Overall Review: I rarely find a board that I have no cons to list, but this one is pretty much perfect. Overclocked a 6420 C2D to 3.2Ghz on this board (1600Mhz quad FSB) and it runs very cool.
Pros: 83% efficiency, lots and lots of power connectors, and 49A on a 12V rail. Plenty of room for SLI or Crossfire (except maybe SLI 8800GTXs) and it runs dead silent.
Cons: As others have mentioned, it is a bit longer than your standard PS. This is part of the design that makes it so silent and run so cool.
Overall Review: Expensive but well worth the money.
Pros: This RAM met and exceeded my expectations. Runs 4,4,4,12 timings on stock voltage at DDR667 and runs DDR2 750 at same timings with only 1.9V. I haven't tested higher because my E6600 CPU hit its overclocking limitation (same max with Patriot 4,4,4,12 non-ECC DDR2 800) at DDR2 750.
Good value for the money.
Cons: Exceeds specs in all areas, so no cons here.
Overall Review: Still have same overclock and same timings as before, but now have the security of ECC.
Pros: Fast, perpendicular tech, 16MB cache, NCQ, 5year warranty, SATAII.
Overall Review: I've owned several Seagate drives within the last couple of years and have yet to be disappointed.
To the misinformed soul below me...OEM means a bare drive only. You lose one star for reading comprehension. Also paying $16 for a SATA cable is just wrong. Make some friends who like computers and I'm sure you'll have an ever-flowing source of free SATA cables.