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christopher q.

christopher q.

Joined on 03/01/08

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Most Favorable Review

The absolute best bang for the buck...

MSI GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N260GTX Twin Frozr OC
MSI GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N260GTX Twin Frozr OC

Pros: It does NOT specify that these cards are core 216, but they are. The cooling on these cards should become the new standard for all cards in the future. I have never been so impressed by a stock cooling option. It is a great performer, and I liken it to the new(ish) 8800gt in price/performance ratio. Really this card is that good at stock overclock. I even managed a further 11% overclock to 730 core/ 1150 memory/ 1569 shader. These clocks are stable and benchmarked, and I haven't seen either of these cards get over 60c under full load, 34c idle. it really blew me away.

Cons: These cards are heavy.However, such is to be expected with such over-manufactured quality components.

Overall Review: Imagine Crysis at 62 fps with 4xAA, high/very high @ 1920*1080....I dont have to imagine anymore, but it is also dependent on your other components too. I have- MSI Big Bang Trinergy, Intel Core i7 860@ 4.2ghz, 4gb DDR3 1600, 2 GTX 260s in SLI,1000w PSU, and 1TB HDD 7200rpm. I have 26,616 in 3dMark06 over my previous 22,655 with 2 9800GT 1gb OC.

Most Critical Review

Great Board overall...

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: With the support of great and new standards, comes a new set of issues to solve. This board is great for overclocking the cpu, and supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0gbs. It also works with the Gulftown cpu no problems.

Cons: These issues are few, but BIG issues. First is the SATA 6.0gb/s support. Why in the world doesn't it support RAID0 or any RAID for that matter? I have two WD640 SATA 6.0gbs HDDs that I cannot put into RAID. If I use the Intel RAID, their speed effectively gets halved to 3.0gbs. I had to call tech support so that the rep could ask someone, because he couldn't believe that it didn't support RAID on the Marvell chipset either. Also of note is this board's inability to handle any memory and pretty much any timing if it's over 1680mhz. I have tried with 3 different ram brands (OCZ, G.Skill, and Corsair all rated for 2000mhz) with VERY relaxed timings, and not once could I get it to boot at 1800mhz or higher, even though that's what Asus is advertising. I also tried the beta 8.08 bios for better memory compatibility, and it did nothing to resolve this issue)

Overall Review: When you take in the sum of all parts, this is a very decent board with it's own quirks and it's own identity. The feature support while not complete is there and does for the most part work with the exception of the OC 2000mhz memory. I knocked off two stars, because the only issues I found with this board were very BIG ones. All in all, I would suggest this buy to a friend as long as his standards weren't extremely high like my own.

Perhaps a bad batch.

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X

Pros: definitely a fast chip, and come on... it has 6 cores/12 threads....

Cons: I think Newegg sent me a cpu from a bad batch... it requires way too much voltage for identical overclocks. A bad batch really should exist with an Extreme Chip, and even more so one with a $1000.00 price point. I really hope Newegg is willing to work with me on this one.

Overall Review: It isnt a bad chip, but I guess the cherry pickers got lazy or something, because this chip needs 1.63v+ for 4.7ghz, while other batches report needing only 1.55 for 4.9ghz. When you pay extra for an unlocked multiplier on 32nm process, you expect to be able to use it..

Wow, I'm impressed.

Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: Absolutely astounding case. I moved into it from a Silverstone Raven RV01, and boy am I impressed. I was able to mount 1x XSPC 360 radiator inside at the top plus another 120mm rad at the back exhaust. Good flow if you know how to manage cabling, plenty of room with lots of creature features to make life easier including wheels. Features new and old are present, including a cooling option/bracket for Nvidia Cards (they work with ATi cards as well...well at least until Nvidia pays them to make it proprietary like Nvidia does best).

Cons: cable management options need some work, I needed to install the MCP 655b pump at the bottom where the cable cover goes...didnt have enough room for the cover. The cabling behind the motherboard works okay, unless you use an Antec TPQ 1200 with the powercache caps, in which case its a very tight fit. I took off an egg for these minor oversights in wiring, but I am a tough egg to crack so Coolermaster should be happy.

Overall Review: A stunningly beautiful offering from Coolermaster, and my first HAF. Initially I have been put off by the HAF's rugged styling, but the HAF X has great lines, bumps in all the right places, and smooth edges where it counts. It also features lots of room, and for the most part is an exceptional case. Be wary that with certain PSUs, cabling in the back is limited....but it works. All in all a great balance of form and function, and I would recommend this case to a friend.

Nice memory...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH

Pros: Very nice memory, and at 1600mhz it's stable at 7-7-7-24 (1N). At 1783mhz I had it at 8-8-8-20 (1N).

Cons: I deducted an egg, because it has yet to run at the speeds I paid for. I have tried every voltage setting and timing imaginable, yet I cannot get it to post at anything over 1783mhz. I have an Asus P6X58D Premium board, so it should'nt be a problem. I had my QPI/Dram voltage at 1.50v, and the dram at 1.64v, yet it would not post over 1783mhz, no matter what I tried. I have an i7 930, and I would love this memory to run at what it is rated for, but wont. :(

Overall Review: It's great memory at slower speeds that what I paid for, and I wish I knew exactly what it requires to run at full rated speeds on this board....too bad. I guess I'll have to look elsewhere, and tell all my friends the same if they have this board.

Premium price, core locked...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100280SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100280SR

Pros: Great card for gaming, and once the drivers work, I'm sure that gains are in order. Smart, and power efficient. It may break your bank, but it wont break your PSU...Newegg's service is the absolute best, and the most secure I've ever dealt with. I purchase from Newegg with confidence.

Cons: Size, price, and the fact that Sapphire has locked the cores to 1000mhz max, which isnt a problem if you dont benchmark or play THE most demanding games(DX11/Metro 2033/etc). Sapphire if your listening, please unlock the cores so that they can go higher than 1000mhz max. I'm not sure why there is a cap imposed on such a high-priced card, but it's there in the bios, and Sapphire put it there without informing anyone prior to buying. That being said, I am considering asking for a replacement card of another flavor.

Overall Review: A solid card, and a viable contender once the drivers improve. I cant believe the price of this card when Sapphire has gimped the core speeds. If your like me, and you liquid cool your videocards, then perhaps you should try another flavor, so that you can get the extent of what you pay alot of money for....Premium features.