Joined on 06/12/07
This isn't a video card, this is Arnold Swarzenegger on steroids.
Pros: Well, after my rather provocative statement, I suppose you're asking for an explanation. I can run any game or application at 1290x1024 at max graphics with these things and I maintain 60 frames/second. Though that IS partly due to my processor, I have two of these in SLI and they run beautifully. Gorgeous. Next, I'm going to say that the Cons do NOT outweigh these Pros. This card is a monster but nevertheless, no piece of hardware is ever perfect is it?
Cons: First off, size is an issue. If you don't have the space in your case, think again. Further, even if you do, they take up two expansion slots on the back of the case for just one PCI-E connection. (One for the card outputs, the other for heat exhaust.) For power you will need two six-pin PCI-E power connectors from your PSU to get them to actually perform well. That said, these do come with two dual-four-pin-molex-to-six-pin-PCI-E adaptors if your PSU doesn't have cables for six-pin PCI-E power. In the line of PSU, you're going to want something that can put out a lot of power reliably. My PSU is 850W and I wouldn't recommend anything below 600W. Along with all the power running through them comes heat. Even though these things come with fans, not even my QX6800 puts out as much heat as these do and I even have an extra side-mounted case fan blowing DIRECTLY ON THEM. The heat bleeds pretty bad too, but fortunately my case has plenty of air circulation.
Overall Review: I had a bit of an issue with SLI at first. For some reason the picture came in flashing bad enough to give someone a seizure and parts of the display were actually missing. I managed to work that out tonight, though I'm really not sure what I did that fixed it. (I just took off the SLI Bridge and put it back on again.) Antec Nine Hundred Case, Rosewill RX850-D-B 850W PSU, MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard, Rosewill RCX-Z2 Ball Bearing CPU Cooler, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 Processor, HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 Harddrive x2, Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 RAM x2, Rosewill Blue L.E.D. 120mm Case Fan, EVGA GeForce 8800GTX Graphics Card x2 (in SLI), SONY DRU-835A CD/DVD Burner with Lightscribe, Windows XP Professional (32-bit). I have written reviews on all these pieces of hardware except the OS, if you're interested in any of the other parts I've put into my box.
Dual channel, heat spreading glow sticks.
Pros: Okay, they don't really glow, but the heat spreaders do reflect a nice, dull glow from the blue LED fans in my case. Anyways, these seem to be pretty reliable. Everything that's loaded into memory is lightning quick and I'm sure they can be OCed to be even faster. Not my thing though.
Cons: All right, first off, if you have 32-bit XP, it's only going to recognize the first module. However the commit charge limit in Task Manager shows a full 4GB. I'm not sure if that's from paging file on the harddrive, though. Plus, these things do get hot. Some people argue memory runs better hot, some people say otherwise. Just bear in mind, on either side of the fence you're on, that with the heat these put off it may be wise to get good cooling in concern for your OTHER hardware. Last con I can think of is, perhaps with the upcoming DDR3 RAM, maybe the pricing is a little high for RAM that's going to be out of date?
Overall Review: Antec Nine Hundred Case, Rosewill RX850-D-B 850W PSU, MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard, Rosewill RCX-Z2 Ball Bearing CPU Cooler, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 Processor, HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 Harddrive x2, Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 RAM x2, Rosewill Blue L.E.D. 120mm Case Fan, EVGA GeForce 8800GTX Graphics Card x2 (in SLI), SONY DRU-835A CD/DVD Burner with Lightscribe, Windows XP Professional (32-bit).
Elegance in simplicity
Pros: Sturdy, durable ring that maintains its shine and sheen over time. Tungsten Carbide doesn't tarnish or petina like other high-luster metals do. Furthermore, it's an incredibly hard metal and would require close to diamond density to actually scratch or cut. This ring will LAST.
Cons: I can't think of any.
Overall Review: A very simple, elegant ring. The metal is a deeper "silver" than the picture lets on. The color is closer to platinum, I'd say, than silver, but when you see it in person, you'll understand its beauty. An excellent choice for a lifelong engagement ring, or for environments that might scuff or scratch any rings you wear.
Sturdy, fashionable, affordable.
Pros: Tungsten carbide is near indestructible, requiring a diamond saw to cut, or other materials close to diamond density. The knot design is very fashionable, I wear it on my right pinky and it adds a nice touch, complimenting the rings on my left hand. Due to the titanium carbide plating (which is very similar to tungsten carbide in density), you don't have to worry that the "paint" will come off. The owner of BC Marketplace has a hand in the actual manufacturing process--not just a reseller of some company's jewelry. You can expect quality here. Price. Similar rings are selling for 200 online, 120 on sale, and I defy you to find superior quality with those rings of a higher price tag.
Cons: The ring is a little bit on the thick side... Sometimes, if someone shakes my hand, it tends to crush the finger next to the one it's on. Being Tungsten Carbide, be sure not to try to wear a size too small. If it gets stuck, you're going to have an awful time at the hospital to try to remove it.
Overall Review: Because of the comfort fit of the ring, it's a little harder to size your rings. They're only very slightly looser, so generally dropping a .5 in the size you order is enough, but say your ring size is a 5.78, rather than a full 6: dropping to a 5.5 will probably make the ring feel really loose on your finger. This is what happened to me, and unfortunately, I've had the ring slip or fly off my finger. It's not really enough for me to want to return and exchange sizes, but Rex (the owner) will be more than happy to do so for you as well should you feel the need. One time, as I was washing my hands in a public bathroom, the soap slicked the ring enough for it to fly off my finger. It smacked against the wall and clattered all around the floor. When I retrieved it, not so much as a dent or scratch. Do your research on Tungsten Carbide and Titanium Carbide, you'll soon see why these rings are so durable.
Durable, fashionable, affordable.
Pros: Excellent price, very fashionable, sturdy, doesn't petina or tarnish like other cheaper metals. This ring is beautiful, gorgeous. The metal itself also hardly scuffs or tarnishes. I also have a sterling silver ring which dulls very quickly in its sheen.
Cons: The carbon inlay is covered only by a glass or plastic ring, that is flush with the body of the ring. Unfortunately, this material isn't quite so resilient to scratches, and I already have a scuff in the covering for the inlay.
Overall Review: Considering that most tungsten carbide rings go for 150 on sale, these go beyond a steal. Very nice, and the customer service was great. I highly recommend checking out what BC Marketplace has to offer.
Update after 3+ Years
Pros: Given the up and downs of the reviews for this product, I felt it necessary to update and give a follow-up review. I've had this product for over 3 years now. It's been rock solid--I've had no problems whatsoever with it and for what I paid for it, I truly feel I'm getting my money's worth. Granted, I did buy it based on what connections I would need for my components, but the wide vareity of connections are life-saving as I've had to change my setup from time to time. Plenty of SATA power, plenty of 4-pin Molex power, 6-pin PCI-E power (a whopping four, driving my dual 8800GTX, which drink power like water), and plenty of length to the cables as well. It's run stable for me. I've been careful to try to make sure it's surge protected, and I think it's paid off. The hardware switch is nice as well. So far, I've had no problems with the plugs or cables wearing out, no power surges, no electrocutions. Overall, it's done what it was designed to do, and that's a good thing.
Cons: Well, the cabling isn't modular, so if you have a smaller case like I do, it gets cramped unbearably fast. Its tough exterior to each cable (and ample length to go with it) give them good protection but also makes it harder to manage each cable, especially when you're trying to route them through tight spaces or store the spare cables to the side. As I've mentioned before, some people complain about noise. For me, it doesn't matter, but if that, or the blue glow (which is pretty strong in the fans) bother you, maybe you should reconsider. I've never had the power supply overheat, though, and the airflow seems pretty strong. I feel that I can rely on it as another case fan, along with a fan to cool itself as the heat does not seem to be very high.
Overall Review: Antec Nine Hundred Case Rosewill RX850-D-B 850W PSU MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard Rosewill RCX-Z2 Ball Bearing CPU Cooler Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 Processor HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 Harddrive x2 Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 RAM x2 Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" 120mm Case Fan EVGA GeForce 8800GTX Graphics Card x2 (in SLI) SONY DRU-835A CD/DVD Burner with Lightscribe
Thoroughly, thoroughly pleased.
Ordered two rings, and accidentally inverted the sizes for the two of them. Called them up--Rex answered the phone himself--and explained the situation. In minutes, he corrected my order and was happy to help me get the sizes I wanted. BC Marketplace is run out of Rex's home, and he adds a very personal touch to his sales and rings. As Rex is part of the manufacturing process, you can be sure that he takes pride in what he's selling you and to help you get the jewelry you want. He adds new items fairly regularly and at a very affordable price. I was so impressed that, after the first two rings I bought for myself, I just had to get one for my girlfriend. At 25.50 per ring, when most sales were selling similar rings for 150.00, it was an opportunity far too good to pass up. Keep up the excellent work, Rex. I know where I'll be looking first for my jewelry needs.