Date Joined: 07/18/03
Pros: I upgraded from a HD4890 and, wow, what a difference! With this card I was able to crank up all the details on my games to 11 and still maintain very playable frame rates at 1920x1200. Games like Deux Ex:HR, DiRT3, LOTRO, and BF:BC run smooth as silk.
Cons: The only real knock I had on this card is that the default fan speed is quite loud. I created multiple fan speed profiles in the Catalyst control panel to quell the noise. A bit of a pain, but a fair trade off for the performance.
Overall Review: If XFX could update the BIOS to alter the stock fan speeds to more tolerable levels, that would be great, but I'm not holding my breath for it.
I'm considering buying another for crossfire, but need a new power supply before I make that jump.
AMD Phenom II 965BE @ 3.8Ghz
Biostar TA890FXE Motherboard
4 x 2GB GSkill Ripjaw DDR3-1600
XFX HD6870 1GB Video Card
A-Data 64GB SDD Boot Drive
Seagate 1TB 7200rpm Strorage Drive
Antec Basiq 550Plus PSU
Coolermaster 690II Advance Case
Pros: I love this case! It has lots of space, an E-SATA connection up top, has plenty of cooling options (watercoolong and air), and is painted black throughout. I had no problem whatsoever fitting all my components (see specs below). In fact, there is still room to spare for expansion.
This case beat other much more expensive cases from big name manufacturers in my own comparison of features, appearance and value.
Cons: Not so much cons as things that could be improved upon or options to be added in the next revision: a windowed door, an exterior opening for the floppy drive bay that is build into the chasis, and slightly thicker metal. Now I know some of these would add to the cost a bit, but I think these would be worth a minor price increase.
Overall Review: Very good work, NZXT!
My Rig Specs:
CD2 Quad 6600 G0 Slakr @ 3.2Ghz
ASUS P5E Mobo
2 x 2Gb of PQI Turbo RAM
2 x Visiontek HD4850 512Mb in CrossfireX
Seagate 7200.10 320GB HD
Antec BP550 Plus PSU
Pros: Very Quiet.
Solid Steady Voltage.
Cross-fire/SLI Ready with 1 8-pin PCI-E plug.
I bought this power supply when it was on sale. That purchase was an incredible bargain. However, it is still a very strong value at full price. Antec, in my experience, has had strong, reliable products that they will stand behind.
Cons: 1 yr Warranty.
Um, that's about it.
Overall Review: You can't go wrong with this power supply.
My system specs:
Q6600 G0 Slacr Quad-Core
Asus P5E X38 Motherboard
VisionTek HD 4850 Video Card (Cross-fire coming soon!)
4Gb PQI DDR2 Memory
Seagate Barricuda 7200.10 320Gb
Pros: Can't beat the price/performance in this class. Runs almost all my games with at max settings without a hiccup at my monitor's native res 1400 X 900. Overclocks very well. In fact, the DualCore Center software from MSI has a Game setting which OCs the core to 735mhz by default. Not bad. The hottest temp I've seen so far is about 50C, so the large cooler really does it's job!
Cons: It is the loudest thing in my box. The cooler does it's job well at the expense of increased noise. The fan is only a 3 wire so there is no fan speed throttling. Not a card for a silent/low noise HTPC. The 128-bit interface is a choke-point when using AA and AF at higher res. But I knew this going in.
Overall Review: For those looking for a good mid-range upgrade, this is the card to get.....if you can stand the noise.
Pros: A real bargin! I'm gradually getting my system ready for the big switch to Vista and bought this RAM toward that end. Not quite there yet, but already this RAM has made all my games and apps run smoother and load faster.
Cons: Not really OCing RAM, but that's not what you buy RAM in this class for.
Overall Review: My system: AMD Opteron 165 @ 2.0, 2 x 1Gb of this RAM, 80Gb x 2 Maxtor HDs, X800GTO 256Mb.