Date Joined: 10/28/05
Pros: This is by far the best processor I have ever owned. Undervolts fairly well. Real world performance is slightly better than the AMD 8350 I upgraded from, and in benchmarks it blows it away.
Cons: Price and heat. I have a friend that works at Intel, and therefore know what their cost is to make these things. They could sell them much cheaper and still make a profit. Also heat. All i7's seem to run hot. This one is no exception. Although it's better than the 4770k in terms of thermal dissipation (stock), it is still a friggin heater. I had to undervolt the thing just to keep it cool under load (around 70C @ 1.99v @ stock clocks and turbo)
Overall Review: Benchmark CPU scores:
Cpu test 1: 482.0 fps
Cpu test 2: 95.5 fps
3dMark Vantage -
Cpu test 1: 4241.6 ops
Cpu test 2: 41.60 ops
Cinebench 11.5 -
Cpu (single core): 1.92
Cinebench R15 -
Cpu (single core):
All benchmarks were performed on Windows 8.1 Enterprise. The stock clock of 4.0ghz with 4.2ghz turbo @ 1.99v was used for all tests.
Pros: Low power, Quad core, inexpensive, Linux compatible.
Cons: Somewhat slow clock speed, stock heatsink is not passively cooled (has cpu fan).
Overall Review: My kill-a-watt reports a power usage of 29-31w at idle and 50w using all 4 cores. Also have 2 hard drives, 3 ssd's, 1 dvd drive, a lightweight raid card, 8GB of DDR3, and a 450w gold power supply. So overall, not bad at all.
I "upgraded" my home server to use this cpu along with an ASRock motherboard. The processor works great running ubuntu server 12.04. I am using this as my web server, torrent server, web server, folding@home machine (averaging 3500 ppd on 3 threads), print server, file server, FTP server, Minecraft dedicated server, among other things.
Unfortunately I can't speak for the video portion of this APU, since I am using a command line OS. I assume it's decent performer if you wanted to watch 1080p movies for a media server (which I may do someday).
Pros: This unit has exceptional sound quality. Doesn't take trunk space. Mounts under the driver seat in a 2001-2005 Civic.
Cons: Deep bass, but doesn't rattle the windows like a traditional amp with normal subs. Don't be fooled, this unit claims to be 600W.
I have a 100W RMS powered sub in my house that has much deeper, and cleaner bass. I would estimate that this unit is about 70w-90w TOPS. However, the sound quality is still good, as long as you are expecting a sub of no more than 100W RMS.
Overall Review: Overall, I feel this is a quality product. I bought one for my wife's Civic, and now I'm going to order a second one for my Impreza. I am running the sub off of a Pioneer FH-X700BT and the sound quality is incredible.
Pros: quite bright. There is no delay when you turn the light switch. Of course they are very energy efficient at just 5W.
VERY fast shipping. They came all the way from China and got to my doorstep before the parts I ordered from newegg in California.
Cons: I bought 20 of these bulbs and some were not quite "warm white". Obviously some came from different batches of LED's. Some of the LEDs (on the same physical bulb) are more of a "cool white" rather than a "warm white".
My second complaint is, you can feel how cheaply made these things are. I have my doubts as to how long they will really last.
These bulbs buzz really bad when attached to a dimmer switch (even without any dimming). I knew that before I purchased them, just thought I would comment on it.
Overall Review: Most bulbs were the correct color, just know that some might have different colors of white in them. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. I hope these last a good long time.
Pros: low noise. Red LED's look really nice.
Cons: slightly on the expensive side for what they are. They also don't move much air.
Overall Review: I bought these thinking it would be fun to use them with my H100 water cooler. They fit perfectly, but definitely don't provide as much airflow as the stock fans that came with the H100. Overall, they still don't let my system overheat and they look nice.
Would I buy them again? -maybe as a case fan
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight, very low noise, no LED's.
Cons: It would be nice to be able to daisy-chain them. The connectors only allow just the one fan to be plugged in to a Power supply rail.
Overall Review: I bought 6 of these to replace old/dying fans in a couple of dated computer cases I have. These move just enough air to keep things at a normal temperature without all the noise most fans make these days. These fans aren't anything special, but overall I think you will be happy if you just want a nice reliable fan.
Pros: Excellent batteries for the price. They hold their charge fairly well.
Cons: low mAh (but exactly as advertised)
Overall Review: I use these batteries in everything. I am in college so I depend on them for my TI 89 & TI 84 graphing calculators. I use a set my electric shaver, my flashlights, TV remotes, ect. Anyhow, I am very impressed with how durable they are. I got them on newegg for $7.49 a while back. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these batteries. Basically, they were available on newegg, I bought them, they work better than I expected, and they are still working many months later.
Pros: 1000 dpi, fairly responsive in windows and in games. Packaged well. Great cost. Also, it seems to work on any surface I throw at it: wood, fake wood, glossy surfaces, mouse pads, ect.
Cons: I would say this mouse is about 15-20% smaller than the average "full size" mouse. It is not the most comfortable mouse ever. I want to stress: for the price, it's a very livable solution in a pinch and a better mouse than you would expect.
Overall Review: I got this mouse for $10 with a $5 MIR (that I actually sent off for once). I was in a financial pinch and my main mouse went out. This mouse was practically my only option. I have played Battlefield BC 2, Battlefield 3, and Minecraft on it and everything feels fine; not great, but fine. Regular use within windows feels natural on this mouse. I would highly recommend to anyone if the price is $15 or less.
Pros: Works with Centrylink. This thing is rock solid. Never had any downtime in the 9 months I have owned it. Awesome simple design.
Cons: Gets a little warm (but not hot) when torrenting.
Overall Review: Now that I have owned the modem for almost a year, I thought I would give an update to my previous review. When I first bought it, I had 3mbit/0.64mbit and I was getting over advertised speeds. I just upgraded my internet plan today and the advertised speeds are 10mbit/0.78mbit. I have been consistently doing speed tests the last 30 min and I'm getting 10.64mbit/0.76mbit. Make sure you turn off the routing functions if you have a wireless router behind it. I was able to shave 3-5ms off my ping on games just by turning this into a pure modem with a single router behind it. I highly recommend this modem. Hopefully it will last me another couple years!
Pros: Quick when overclocked. VERY smooth when multitasking and gaming. Power consumption is WAAAYYYY better than people say @ 4.1ghz or under.
I must admit that I was skeptical getting this processor over my 1090t. I can honestly say that it was a HUGE upgrade. I have done thorough testing and benchmarks to see my performance/watts when overclocking. As it turns out this processor scales well. I was able to hit 4.1ghz @ 1.29V (undervolted). Also at those settings I was only using 156Watts idle and 294Watts load. At 4Ghz my max temp at full load is 33C and at 4.6Ghz it's 40C on the H100.
Cons: 1) Stock heatsink is a joke (as you already know)
2) Can't monitor temps per processor core (like Intel)
3) Windows 7 randomly schedules the threads (patches wont install either) Its seriously funny to watch. Can't wait until Windows 8 for this reason.
Overall Review: Benchmarks - 8120 @ 4ghz and 1090t @ 3.9ghz
Cinebench 11.5 (CPU) - 6.84 and 6.83
Cinebench 11.5 (openGL) - 49.66fps and 39.40fps
Bad Company 2 (perform) - 95.55fps and 87.88fps
3Dmark Vantage(CPU) - 55,915 and 45,154
3Dmark 11 (physics) - 6,252 and 5,710
Folding@home PPD Average - 18,287 and 13,320
This FX-8120 is much smoother than the 1090t. If you have an x6, I would recommend keeping it. However, this processor is still faster and holds it's own despite windows 7 scheduling issues.
Proc: FX-8120 @ 4ghz
Heatsink: Corsiar H100
mobo: ASRock Extreme3
VideoCard: MSI 560 TI OC
Physx: MSI 440GT
RAM: G.Skill Sniper 1866 16GB
Sound Card: Sound Blaster x-fi
Case: NZXT Phantom Black
Pros: Sounds great considering price. WAYYYY better than realtek onboard sound.
Cons: I also own a x-fi (pcie version) and this card sounds like it's 3/7ths the quality. I almost gave it 4 stars because I expected a tiny bit more from this card.
Overall Review: considering the price, this is a bargain. I would have bought a xonar ds 5.1 if they were in stock. Get this card only if you are looking for a simple upgrade from onboard otherwise spend a little more and get an x-fi or above.
remember to go into audio settings after you install this thing. Windows 7 set the defaults at 44khz and 16 bit. After a few tweaks it sounds better. (same with x-fi).
Pros: Bright, easy install. Price was just right. Connections are high quality, ballasts have weight (suggesting quality).
Cons: cheap plastic on the HID itself. connection to the factory harness is quite cheap and flimsy (but it serves it's purpose).
Overall Review: These are significantly brighter than my halogen lights. I wish I could do a more comprehensive review, but I have only had them 1 night.
As a side note, on my 2003 honda civic I had to reverse polarity on my HID bulb to get it to work. Took me a few minutes of troubleshooting to figure that one out. All seems to be well after the 5-10 minutes of panic.
Also I don't like that newegg outsources this product. The package was sent via Snail-mail and was literally crushed into my mailbox by someone with super-human powers. My mailbox was literally dented by my Kryptonian mail-man and I will need to repair the hinges on it tomorrow. Ordered this and something from newegg directly (package from newegg arrived in 2 days, this one took 2 days just to charge my card not counting the 5 days it took to get to me). Newegg rocks!
Pros: measured 48 watts under full load, 60 C under full load in warm case, small design, relatively inexpensive, good/nice looking cooler.
Cons: Price a bit high for performance. just a few bucks more and you can have a much higher performing card. However, this uses less watts.
Overall Review: I bought this card as a dedicated folding@home card/physx card. Here are my benchmarks.
912wu @ 8400ppd
1298wu @ 3644 ppd
1348wu @ 3750 ppd
Cryostasis physx Bench with 560 ti & 440
avg 63.4 fps
min 26.1 fps
max 126.9 fps
Cryostasis physx Bench with just 560 ti
avg 62.8 fps
min 26.5 fps
max 123.0 fps
Overall I'm very happy with this card, and would recommend it to anyone. I should note that I had a 430 gt in my computer before this 440 and they are nearly identical. The processors are the same, but this one is clocked higher and uses different memory. Overall the 440 is a stronger physx card and the 430 couldn't keep up with my 560 ti.
Pros: 7200 RPM, Quiet, runs windows 7 well, fair price.
Overall Review: as you would expect window 7 rated it at a 5.9. I bought this for my girlfriends Laptop. We ordered it and newegg had it on my doorstep 2 days later! Install was a snap and my girlfrend is happy. What more could I ask for?
Pros: SINGLE SLOT!!! 96 Cuda Cores, small design, works great as a second video card, great temps even under load, Fermi.
Cons: not all that great at physx.
Overall Review: Getting 3.2k-4k PPD on folding@home. Max temps (with little airflow) are about 66C and with good airflow, about 64C. I bought this card because it's low profile enough to allow airflow to my GTX 560 right above it. Gets me a few more PPD on F@h, runs my second monitor, and allows my MSI 560 to breathe.
Pros: Inexpensive, SATA II, decent speed, works!
Cons: This thing made such awe full noises when I was installing Windows 7, I thought it was loose in my case. Seriously if I was using a DVD drive all the time, I would buy a different one.
Overall Review: If you are looking for a VERY cheap drive that has decent speed and works then this is the drive for you. I use my drive so rarely I don't mind the fact it sounds like it's an old floppy drive. I know it's kind of funny, but I'm serious.
Pros: After I bought the fans not supplied, I love the airflow of this case. Hard drive bays are mounted sideways for easy-access. I love that the power is mounted at the bottom and you cant mount it either way facing up or down. Everything is extremely well-built and you get all the screws you need for installation. The top mounted fan controller is a nice built in feature that works very well.
Cons: 1. had to buy more *NZXT* fans to fill the fan spaces. 2. I don't like how the DVD drive is mounted (kind of loose) 3. Not really a con, but this case is HUGE/HEAVY!
Overall Review: I have gotten many compliments on my case already (owned 1 week). My friends are all jealous. I highly recommend this case if you want a well built case that stands out from the crowd.
Pros: It works very well. good airflow with minimal noise.
Overall Review: I bought this fan for the front of my NZXT phantom case. It works very well and everything lined up perfectly. I highly recommend for the phantom even though the drives get good airflow already.
Pros: This thing is fast. Windows 7 boots up in 7-10s. Low power usage. Friends are jealous.
Cons: GB/Dollar is still a bit much. Friends are jealous to the point of threatening serious injury.
Overall Review: Do not hesitate to buy this thing. I seriously can't express how much faster this thing is. I was running a RAID-0 setup with two WD hard drives and was getting decent speeds. THIS THING MORE THAN DOUBLED my RAID-0 setup.
Used ATTO Disk benchmark
RAID-0 read\write 129MB/s \ 70MB/s resp. time 14.8ms
OCZ SSD read\write 237.55MB/s \ 234.95MB/s resp. time .1ms
Pros: Very fast drive. I have 2 of these things in a Linksys NAS and they work flawlessly. I have had it for exactly one year and the hard drives are still going strong.
Overall Review: I am buying 4 more of these for a new NAS within the next few months. Seriously, you always take the chance of getting equipment that is DOA. Even the best companies will have defects. Don't let that discourage you from these drives. 2/2 of mine have been perfectly stable for a whole year.
Pros: The best part about this router is that you can put after-market firmware on it. The processor says it runs @ 453 MHz. Within the two weeks I have had it, it has been perfectly stable. The wireless has an incredible range even in a crowded Wireless area. Was able to pick up the wireless signal from approximately 50ft on a horrible wireless card. Speed is as advertised.
Cons: I like my networking equipment to sit horizontally, and this is strictly upright. I suppose that's more a personal preference as opposed to a CON.
Overall Review: I didn't take any time to look around at the netgear firmware. I put DD-WRT on it within the first 2 minutes of uptime :)
Pros: 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio! An absolutely stunning image quality. Colors are beautiful and vivid. Brings new life to games, movies, and TV Shows!
Cons: speakers are poop, but I don't use them. I only ordered one monitor:(
Overall Review: I upgraded from a Hanns-G 19" that has 900:1 contrast ratio. It's funny as they are sitting side by side... the Hanns-G looks blurry compared to this monitor. The difference is truly night and day (no pun intended).
Please don't hesitate to buy this monitor... it's worth every penny.
Pros: Works. It's lengthy
Cons: the connector hangs in the wrong direction when connected to the hard drive
Overall Review: works and cheap
Pros: Very nice looking case. The price is reasonable. Comes with "cool" blue case fans. I like the red on blue color scheme.
Cons: I gave this case 4 stars because you can really feel how cheap the case is when handling it. It's not SO cheap it's unusable, but definitely noteworthy. I bought a XFX GTX260 when I bought this case and it didn't fit (guessing about 10.5" long). I ended up cutting into the hard drive bay about 1/2" because the power connector for the video card is mounted sideways.
Overall Review: This is not the kind of case you want to haul around to LAN parties. It's is made of VERY thin materials. If you want a case to just sit around the desk area that looks good... then this case might work. This case has moderate cooling (I wouldn't call it good). The fans that come with it don't move much air, but enough. Right now I have my flagship computer in this case and I wish I would have stepped up in quality a little more because the case just isn't solid.
Pros: It has 7dbi vs the 2dbi on my stock antenna. I can see the wireless signal from the hospital a 1/4 mile away. I think is has rare-earth magnets in the bottom (they are super strong). Nice long cord (about 5ft). Nice looking unit and non-intrusive
Cons: The unit is a bit large?
Overall Review: This is a must buy. You wont be disappointed. I am using this unit with a D-Link AG530 wireless card & and a Linksys WRT150N router (running DDWRT). I have full signal going through 3 walls.
AMD Phenom II 920 2.8ghz (used constantly for folding@home)
4gb OCZ 1066 ram
Radeon 4850 512mb (used constantly for folding@home and light gaming)
Creative X-Fi sound blaster