Joined on 02/17/09
Good Cheap Board
Pros: Works well, easy set up.
Cons: Manual is useless. BIOS doesn't have any features like wake on time of day or any OC features. Sata ports aren't arranged well, a large video card will cover half of them and if you use sata cables with clips they side with clips face eachother so it is hard to disconnect them.
Overall Review: Don't get me wrong the board itself is a solid performer for it's price range it is very easy to install and set up and everything seems to work well but I miss the ability to toy around with my settings to get all the performance I can out of a asystem. I am just using it for a small HTPC so I shouldn't complain. My Specs. Mobo - EVGA 111-CD-E630-TR CPU - Intel Core i3-530 RAM - OCZ Gold 4GB DDR3 1066 (2x2GB) HDD - WD Caviar Green 500GB SATA HDD ODD - Lite-On 4x BD-ROM Case - Moneual Y601B
Garbage Motherboard, Garbage Company. Asus Sucks These Days
Pros: Mostly works.
Cons: I had 2 of these, the first one everything worked well except the 2nd SATA III port so I x-shipped it with asus and the 2nd board is even worse. This time the whole board works fine except both SATA III ports are defective. If I plug a drive into them the drive works for a while then disappears as if I disconnected it and if I try to install windows on it it fails every time.
Overall Review: This wouldn't be a big deal but asus refuses to x-ship me another board. They say they only do one x-ship per customer per year. The only way they will send me a new board is if I send the defective one back first which means I would have to be out of a mobo for weeks. That is unacceptable to me. The fact that asus has managed to make a small issue with a board into such a huge hassle for me makes me feel like never buying another one of their products again and if anyone asks me my opinion on them I will tell them not to bother.
Pros: I suppose if I had to come up with a pro I was happy that it was tall enough for my G.Skill Ripjaw V Ram.
Cons: Well the first con was that the top plate of one of the towers broke off in shipping because all three of the flimsy little metal hooks that hold it in place broke off one side. The I was shocked when I peeled the protective plastic off the cold plat and instead of using clingy plastic like everyone else that makes heatsinks does they use adhesive tape that leaves residue that took a half an hour to clean off. The last thing was how flimsy and obnoxious the fan mounting system was. But, to top it all off it doesn't even perform all that much better than the 30$ CM Hyper 212 EVO I was trying to upgrade from.
Overall Review: If you have been debating between this and the thermalright Silver Arrow or Noctua NH-D15, go with the Noctua.
Minor Issue causing big problems
Pros: Looks goo, good size, runs fairly quiet.
Cons: The first minor issue I had is the PCI slots are not at a perfect 90 degree angle with the motherboard so when the graphics card is seated flat in the PCI-E slot the screw holes to secure the card is off by nearly 1mm but by flexing the case I managed to get it to line up. Now, after using the case for about 10 months my front panel audio is giving me issues. Both ports still work but when there is nothing plugged into them my computer randomly alerts me that something has been plugged into the front panel audio port. I can only assume that someting is shorting the signal wire somewhere between the motherboard header and the front ports. This woundn't be a big deal to me but when watching a video or playing a game the screen that pops up to tell me something has been connected to the FP Audio ports inturrepst the game or video. The only way I can stop whis from happening is to unplug the FP Audio header from my board but then I can't use the Front panel audio witch is obnoxious.
Overall Review: The only reason I am leaving this case a one egg review is because I have tried to e-mail email@example.com and haven't gotten a response so I am upset at the customer service from coolermaster. I belive that a company should stand behind their products and help their customers when they need it. I am hoping I can get coolermaster to send me a replacement PCB for the front panel and a replacement FP Audio cable that way both of the passibly defective parts are replaced and I know the issue should be resolved. I am starting to wish I would have just RMAed the whole thing withe newegg right when I got it and discovered the PCI issue.
Good Quality Board
Pros: Good quality board for the price. Probibly the best Micro ATX Z68 board. Nice layout other than one extremly frustrating issue I will discuss ing the cons. Simple BIOS, very easy to change settings and tune clock speed and voltages. Nice PCI-E arrangment, SLI support with triple spacing leaves cards room to breath plus allows the use of a full length PCI-Ex4 slot. Rear I\O has everything you need.
Cons: The layout issue I mentioned earlier is the fact that the onboard USB 3.0 header is placed near the front of the board just back from the front panel headers one slot below the bottom PCI-Ex8 slot which means that if you use this board to do SLI you won't be able to use it because internal USB 3.0 plugs are large and stand out of the motherboard at least a full inch. It would have been a good idea not just for this board but for all to rotate the header 90 degrees like the sata ports so the plug lays parralel to the board. This would solve the PCI-E clearance issue and would just look much nicer for better cable management.
Overall Review: I also think that Gigabyte places their SYS-Fan header in the worst place possisble. It is almost in the center of the board so to use it you need to run your fan cable half way across the board it should be much closer to the rear of the board close to the back of the rear audio ports and there should also be one more fan header near the bottom front of the board because even the most basic PC usually have a CPU fan, front intake fan, and a rear exhaust fan and it would be nice to be able to plug all of them into the motherboard so you can control them via bios rather then using fan speed reducer cables or fan controllers. This isn't a big deal but you would think after all these years they would have this down by now.
Quiet, Reliable, Good Conectivity.
Pros: This power supply does what a power supply should and that is to do its job without you ever thinking about it. It was never lacking in power for my rig, it was the quietest thing in my computer, and it was reliable as rain.
Cons: No real cons but it isn't powerful enough for the new computer I am building so I now must sell it on e bay.
Overall Review: Rig Specs: Motherboard Asus P5N-D CPU Intel E8400 @3.6GHz CPU Cooler Xigmatek Dark Night Memory Kingston HX DDR2 1066MHz GPU Dual EVGA 9800 GTX's in SLI HDD's Dual WD 150GB Velociraptor's in RAID0 WD Caviar GP 500GB Storage Drive Disk Drive Lite-On DVD/CD RW Model i/HAS220 PSU Xigmatek MC MRP-MC751 Case Coolermaster RC-690-KKN1-GP