Date Joined: 05/24/05
Pros: After I fixed it, it runs well, low power, fanless, and beats my 8800GTX by 2x on HalfLife at 2560x1600. My PC now takes 82W at idle (vs. 132W) and at full bore on the Halflife video stress test, it takes only 150W (vs. 223W), while delivering twice the FPS. And I LOVE the fanless quietness. Since the rest of my PC is cooler, I went ahead and disconnected two other fans too, so it's way quieter now.
So now, I do love the card.
Cons: Wow! When I first installed it, it was fine, but if I fired up a video game, my computer FROZE (I let this happen like 4 times to make sure it wasn't drivers, which I updated). I took the heat sink off, and reseated it after moving around the heat compound, (it is only held on loosely by spring loaded nuts; it is NOT a held down in an overly secure manner!!!), and it's been fine since.
Clearly, a user should not have to do this, and I am now worried that it will happen again. Like usual, only my computer in the family has "issues".
Pros: Second one worked
Cons: Had to return, including pay for shipping of a DOA unit. What a crazy return policy, (I mean pay, to ship back what was DOA???), but that's what we sign up for I guess. Total of two weeks before finally had the 2nd unit, which worked fine.
Pros: Works well now, but it was a major pain until I figured it out. Fast speed, WPA2-PSK security works well and smoothly.
Cons: DON'T USE THEIR WIRELESS CONNECTION MANAGER! Let Windows XP manage the connection. Not only was the connection made in 1-2 seconds instead of 3-8 seconds, but it also never, ever drops now. When I installed the connection manager that comes with the card, it has a nice interface, but it was the cause of all the frustration. The drivers are not a problem.
Overall Review: The version 2.0 card doesn't stick out very far and is the reasons I bought this card. Very nice size!
Pros: Works well, solid connection. Web interface functional.
Cons: None really
Pros: Stable once you set it up right.
Overall Review: Update on coolers - the rear copper cooler can be removed so you can even use easy coolers that have a backplate.
Further, the Scythe Ninja is practically made for the motherboard. It has no backplate, so the huge copper Gigabyte backplate can remain in place. It clears just fine (1/16th of an inch at closest). And it supports huge overclocking for me to 3.55GHz+.
If anyone complains about room for a fancy cooler, it's because they didn't get the Ninja, or it's because they didn't get watercooling.
And I forgot - to get 3.56GHz, I put in a FSB of 445. No problems.
Pros: Nice and awesome. Easy overclocking (3.55GHz for E6420) - it does it for you almost (just set the FSB, and choose auto voltaging). Plent of room for my heat sink.
Overall Review: The Scythe SCNJ-1100P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler just barely fits, but it fits, and I recommend it for this motherboard. At a stock speed of 2.13GHz, the CPU idled at 20c-25c, depending on my room.
Pros: I run at 3.55GHz constant, 444 FSB, using air cooling at 1.46V (the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 motherboard chose this voltage for me)
Overall Review: It will clock a teany bit higher too (3.7 works with 463 FSB), but my 1066 memory is limiting me
Pros: Works great at 1066. Only needs 2.1V on my GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 at that speed. Stable and good and stuff. Might be able to use less voltage, but didn't try.
Cons: I didn't have any luck overclocking it, not even to 1080 at 2.3V.