Date Joined: 08/02/04
Pros: Runs quiet and cool. Using with an i7-8700 and a 144 Hz monitor.
With Battlefield 1 as a example, I'm getting approximately 140 fps with settings on Ultra. I run the fans at 80% and temps stay around 60C when gaming. I do not hear the fans above my Hyper 212 EVO CPU fan. Idle temps at 35C. Experimented with running fans at 100% and sound is very smooth and not overly loud at all. Really no need to run 100% fan speed unless you're over clocking.
Cons: No back plate, but really doesn't bother me.
Overall Review: Be sure to use MSI afterburner to set a custom fan curve for your ambient temps and game to better control fan speeds.
Pros: Fits ipod perfectly. All cutouts line up exactly. Sleek design, grippy and low profile.
Overall Review: Got this to just be able to hold ipod better. Not the best for drop protection, but if you just want something to be able to grip better, this does the job nicely.
Pros: Well built and solid. Side panels are reinforced. Some have commented that it's flimsy. Case I received had re-enforced side panels and is not light-weight or flimsy at all compared to other cases I've purchased.
All black inside and out, including the screws. Tons of room and multiple cooling options. Metal grill on front is nice. Tool-less drive bays work great.
Front I/O connectors and power switch located at top, which is helpful if case is on the floor.
Panel for MB has a rear cutout for easily accessing back plate of CPU, which is convenient for changing out CPU without removing MB.
Cons: Tolerances for cd-rom drive bays is ridiculously tight. You really have to fiddle with it to get cd-roms in or out. 8 fan openings gives you options for cooling, but all of these openings can have detrimental effect. You want positive airflow thru case and all of the openings reduce that.
Is not wide enough to accommodate some after market coolers. If you're a gamer and want to use a big cooler, measure first or get a low profile cooler. I tried two and one fit but rubbed the side panel and the other couldn't fit at all.
Overall Review: Would be nice if they provide a couple covers for fan openings. I blocked off two openings with cardboard to increase air flow. See con above. For the price, this is a very nice case.
Pros: Looks nice and enables you to hold the ipod better.
Cons: The case cutouts for the audio cable and 30 pin connector are not large enough to plug these into the ipod at all. Don't how this ever got by quality control.
Overall Review: I got it to work by cutting off bottom portion of case to plug in the cables.
Pros: Works fine and great price with no issues. Pretty blue matches my ASUS MB blue color.
Pros: 2.0 and 3.0 PCI Express. Great suite of ASUS utilities for fan control, overclocking, etc.
Cons: Poor placement of chassis fan connectors. There's no fan connector on right site of board to accommodate front intake fan. Front intake fan cable could barely reach closest fan connector on left side of board. Mine is stretched as tight as banjo string. Need to get an extension.
There's only 6 mounting holes for mounting board to case which means there is an approximate 2 inch over hang on right side. This is not huge problem, but when attaching 24 pin power and sata connectors, the board flexes a bit due to absence of the mounting holes that are normally on right side of a board. Just need to support with hand while connecting.
Overall Review: If using an after market cooler, it may block the DIMM A1 memory slot. My Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212 completely blocked first slot. If using only two sticks, this is not an issue, since you can use slots A2 and B4, which ASUS recommends.
Overall, no show stoppers and nothing that can't be overcome, so no eggs knocked off. Great board so far with no problems.
Using for high-end gaming and and graphics production.
Pros: Works on Windows 7
Cons: Makes a loud snap when powering up computer. I've tried another IDE to Sata adapter from another manufacturer and it did the same thing. Only thing I can think is it's something to do with when power is supplied to adapter. Disconcerting though.
No instructions to explain about the jumper.
Overall Review: Be sure to set your IDE drive to master with jumper or it will not be recognized.
Pros: Latest technology, fast, and runs cool.
Overall Review: This CPU doesn't break a sweat running graphic intensive games. Gaming with BF3, temps are steady at 37C. Runs BF3 much better than my old Core2 Quad 9400. Made a huge difference in gaming performance. I always thought my HD 5770 video card was a bottleneck, but even with the same card I can now run graphics at high settings with no stutters.
Pros: Fast, Silent, Dependable. Everything loads faster, including web pages.
Overall Review: This is the second Intel SSD I've purchased. First one was an 80 GB that I Purchased a year and a half ago. It's still running strong and as fast as the first day I installed.
Pros: Price. Works great. No issues after three months.
Pros: Price. Plenty of cables.
Overall Review: This is installed in a non-gaming computer with a non-powered video card, so maybe it's not getting stressed, but it's been working fine for three months so far.
Pros: Extremely fast, small. Cut startup and application load times to a fraction of what they were with the standard IDE drive. Going on three months and no problems.
Overall Review: This is an OEM and you get the drive and some screws. No mounting brackets or cables. At first, I thought I needed to buy an adapter bracket, but it's really not necessary. It's so light weight, I just mounted one side to my drive bay with two screws and its very solid in this configuration.
Cons: A little loud. Tray seems a bit flimsy.
Overall Review: Just wanted something inexpensive since it's not used much. For the amount of use it gets, I can deal with the cons. It does what it's supposed too and can't beat the price.