Joined on 02/13/09
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Pros: Unpacked this monitor yesterday, have had enough time to play around with it on Left 4 Dead, the Fear 2 demo, and Fallout 3. It is absolutely amazing. The sheer dwarfing size of it completely made the purchase. The size of it all has made FPS gaming feel more natural, it sounds dumb but there's something nice about your character's hands being the same size as yours. The number of cables is an added bonus, there's so many different choices for connections that you should be able to use this monitor out of the box with any PC- although the drivers disc only supports Vista, I did not have any need for it with my 9600gt. Make sure you've got a graphics card that can pump your games up to 1900x1200, it's really worth it. Brightness is amazing, you can light a room with it. Slap a good screensaver on it and watch it turn into room-dominating moodlight.
Cons: I wouldn't recommend this monitor unless you have a LOT of desk space to spare. I guarantee it's bigger than you think it is unless you've got a yardstick handy. I was expecting it to be huge. I still underestimated it. Most people will need to have the thing at least a couple of feet away. Speaker suck, but who really wants this thing for speakers? Driver disc requiring Vista might limit SOME users, but was not an issue for me. If there are any dead pixels, it'll take me an hour with a magnifying glass and a black screen to notice them. I've heard there's a little bit of bleed through on black screens but I've not yet noticed them despite playing some dark games.
Overall Review: Very big monitor, VERY cheap. If you can afford it, go for it.
Pros: Good little board, runs well.
Cons: I've built two PC's with this board for family now. They're sound little boards which work well for the average PC user. The problem I run into every time how ever is even with cases that are meant to be compatible with MICRO ATX motherboard sizes, I've found almost always the front panel wiring of the cases can almost never reach the ports. I've tried several cases with these boards and always run into this problem. I wouldn't buy this board again because running into this problem constantly has become frustrating when your only options are soldering in more wiring or finding extenders.