Date Joined: 02/13/07
Pros: Brought my PC up to speed to play newer games. Boot time improved.
Cons: Old architecture. Product, even though new and sealed, likely been sitting on the shelf for years, so the thermal paste on the cooler was already old and dried out.
Overall Review: Did the job if you have an AM3+ board and need the bump up to play some newer games, but are not ready to invest in a whole new motherboard and RAM yet.
Pros: 2 flawless Overburns in a row. Succeeds where my other drive failed. Comes with good software
Cons: None with the hardware, so far. The bundled software doesn't really add value to the package since its freeware.
Overall Review: I had another drive that was compatible with the burnermax payload to try overburning DVDs, but it often failed. No burnermax needed with this drive. Burned successfully out of the box.
Pros: Inexpensive, fits the mini hdmi port on the nvidia shield without blocking the micro usb port.
Cons: cheap, flimsy construction. mini hdmi tip fell apart when unplugging it from the port.
Overall Review: with some patience and skill working with delicate things, I was able to rebuild the mini hdmi tip to working order and secured with super glue. The average person may not be able to repair.
Pros: It keeps my cpu much cooler than the stock heatsink under load, even overclocked.
Cons: Large size means this is not an option for everybody. You can not have RAM modules that have heat sinks on them.
Overall Review: This thing is huge. It barely fit in my case. This will likely not fit in anything smaller than a full tower or performance gaming case, and full ATX motherboard.
Pros: kept cpu cool
Cons: gasket seal in the water block went bad. dripped water.
Pros: Quiet, dropped idle temp by about 10C. Ran some 3d applications and did not even reach my old idle temp.
Cons: Radiator may be too big for some cases even if the support a 120mm fan.
Overall Review: Needs about 1 inch minimum clearance between the top of the fan and the bottom of the power supply for the radiator to fit. I had to redrill the fan mounting holes to allow it to sit lower. It is still in the way of my pci card release lever. (coolermaster elite 333 case)
Pros: Features provided are well worth the money. Still room for PCI cards with large graphics card installed.
Cons: Poor placement of the 24 pin power connector. Sandwiches CPU heatsink between power supply cables and memory, not giving it much room for ventillation. My Phenom seems to run much hotter in this board.
Overall Review: Probably good for lower end CPUs that don't run as hot.
Pros: Hdcp compliance, automatic switching, and small size.
Cons: None I can think of.
Overall Review: Tried a different switch that would not properly link with my bluray player.
Pros: Works well, when it does boot up. No real stability issues even after having my computer on for days/weeks at a time.
Cons: There is a reason for leaving it on. Once it is off, it is a real hassle to turn on again. Frequently shuts off at "Decompressing bios to ram" stage of boot.
CPU-z and NVidia's web based driver scan detect chipset as 740a instead of 750a.
Overall Review: Will rate better if situation is resolved. Removed chipset heatsinks and chipset is labeled as nforce 750a. Currently working with nvidia and msi on cause for boot failure and chipset issue.
Pros: Does the job. performs well.
Cons: CPU-z shows it as PC2-6400 under its SPD tab although the part number is correct.
Overall Review: If you have enough understanding about computers, it's no real problem to adjust settings manually. Really, they're selling you ddr2-800 and expecting you to overclock it.
Pros: very fast CPU for being just over $200.
One of the nicest stock coolers that I've seen.
Cons: none so far
Overall Review: If upgrading from an Athlon 64, boot in safe mode and uninstall the Amd low level device driver under system devices using device manager. This will prevent the BSOD related to amdlld.sys. Applies to Vista and XP