Date Joined: 02/18/05
Pros: -Sleek looking all black inside and out with just enough red glow to look cool and not be overkill!
-USB 3.0, Headphone and mic front panel easy access with enough wire to run wires hidden and reach motherboard plugs
-Tooless in and out for Hard Drives and SSDs.
-Space for extra large Nvidia GTX 770 in a mid tower case.
-Plenty of fan configurations available including top mounted dual 140mm liquid cooling or back mounted 120mm liquid cooling.
-Room to route cords behind the motherboard, all my cables are mostly hidden
-Easy off side panels with just one screw
Cons: -No ssd mounting behind motherboard
-USB 3.0 front panel plastic plug had to be filed down by the plugs notch to fit motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 rev 4.0.)
-One of the rubber feet came off and got lost after 2 years. They should think about screws or better adhesive. These are a very unique rectangular size.
-No side window to show off my spectacular inside (Who who I show anyway?)
Overall Review: Corsair could consider a tad better packaging on the sides. They had the top and bottom and corners covered but it arrived with a small dent on the side because there was no foam on the sides.
Better quality control with those plugs for the front USB ports so it will fit the standard USB motherboard plugs without having to file them. I did submit a support ticket about that because I thought it kept coming loose and the USBs weren't functioning correctly and they sent me out a new front panel with a plug that fit correctly.
Pros: Space saving. Feels like quality materials.
I installed as an intake push pull configuration with 2 fans. Had to buy second fan. CPU temp at idle was 30C, loved it! Until the pump and fan failed.... see below.
Cons: - Only one fan comes with.
- Failed after 2 years. Corsair fan stopped spinning and has to be flick started just to keep CPU at operational temperatures without bios forcing an overheating shutdown. So not only did the fan fail but the pump failed. My Idle temps used to be 30C when the liquid cooler was working and now are 65-70C. Under normal stress the CPU manages about 30 minutes before it reaches the shut off temps of 95C.
Overall Review: Corsair has caught my attention with their brand and how much they have improved and made a well rounded quality product. I bought a case from them which has been great although it arrived with a dent and the USB 3.0 plug had to be filed down to fit a standard USB 3.0 slot on my Gigabyte motherboard. I got 2 years out of this liquid cooler and the manual advertises 5 years of service guaranteed. I submitted a support ticket to Corsair, let's see how they handle it. If I have to ship my failing liquid cooler to them first before they send the replacement that will be regrettable.
Cons: After 4 months of owning this board the Sata ports went out one by one every 1-3 days. I'm down to the last two ports which have lasted about a week now.
Problems with Logitech drivers for G35 once upgrading to this motherboard.
Bios auto overclock never has worked right for me and always got blue screens.
Putting windows to sleep makes PC Case light BLINK. Ridiculously annoying.
Eventually sleep stopped working and would bluescreen when attempted. Probably a driver conflict of some sort.
They don't let you download drivers independently and install, they make you use their update tool which doesn't even work correctly.
CPU: Phenom 2 x6 1100T and RAM: GSkill 16GB 1600 PC3-12800 (800MHz), GPU: NVidia GeForce 560 GTX SLI and PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
Overall Review: MSI tech support is impossible to reach. You will never get through. Eventually after all the pressing buttons and waiting it goes to someones voice mail box everytime. They expect you to email them with tons of information.
Through email they agreed to refurbish it but I have to take it out of my system and send it back first. What a waste of time and money. So in the meanwhile I have to purchase ANOTHER motherboard to get by, because who knows if they'll take 1-4 weeks. Save yourself the headaches and go with Gigabyte or Asus.
This is the 2nd time I bought an MSI product that I regret. Never again.
Pros: Works like it says! I used it on my ASUS Geforce 9600 GSO because its fan is pretty loud. A lot of websites don't list my Graphics Card as being compatible but make sure to check the Artic Cooling website if you're unsure because theirs did! I noticed about a 20C drop in temperature on my GPU like most people. $26.99 is one of the lowest prices you'll find on the internet also. I got mine for the same price (when new egg was out of stock) but I forgot what website. It also comes with ram heat sinks and voltage regulator heat sinks that just stick on. Pretty cool. They go on both sides of the card. If in doubt count up how many you have and see if there is enough for both sides of the card.
Cons: I had to use a hack saw and cut a couple of the voltage regulator heat sinks to fit around other things on the board. The Voltage Regulator heat sinks are made to fit on two regulators at a time so its not a huge deal if you have to do this to make them fit properly. I imagine they might disperse heat a little bit more being on two at a time but nothing serious.
Overall Review: Could have better instructions but if you read them thoroughly you can figure it out. This is not something you can breeze through. You need to take your time. and make sure its done right. Make sure you put the clips that hold the cooler to the card on in a good spot the first time! I put on one of the clips in a bad spot where it made the Cooler looser on one end and it was a little difficult to get it off. I had to use two small screw drivers and kind of pry and hope I didn't snap the plastic clips. Once they snap together they're on there baby!
Pros: Great price at $8.99! Very quiet! Almost inaudible... actually wait I think it is inaudible. (Sticks ear up to case, wait... wait...) Yeah, almost inaudible... Love this fan! For the price too?! What!? Its a no brainer. Scythe rocks my socks! My scythe case fans are probably my biggest ingredient to achieving a quiet pc!
Overall Review: I bout the Scythe S-Flex for $19.99 (newEgg of course) and its rated a couple decibel quieter and moves a little less air but jeeez! They both are practically inaudible, ones $20 the others $9. Think it through.
Pros: Super duper mooper quiet! (The technical phrase) I would say its silent but I see in the specs that it creates sound listed as 8.7dBA so.... I can't say that.. But I would if there was no technical data! Absolutely love it! Super quiet!
Cons: None at all!
Overall Review: I use two scythe fans in my system and it is almost inaudible!
Pros: I don't own this ram but I wanted to respond to a few of the reviewers giving this one egg becaue only 4 is working. Do you have a 64 bit version of Windows? 32 bit versions of windows can only use about 4 gigs of ram. If you want to utilize 4+ Gigs of ram you need a 64 bit operating system.
Cons: Ive owned GSkill twice now and they've always been great.
Pros: Works great with my components and runs great with Windows 7 Pro x64. Definitely like that theirs 2 forms of firewire on the back. Tons USBs! The audio is good and win 7 works very well with it!
Heres my system: CPU is AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3, Ram is G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666), My wireless Adapter is 2 floors away from my Belkin G plus Mimo router, it's a: GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI , HDD is Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, GPU is a ASUS 512mb ddr3 geforce 9600, optical is a cheap Samsung with 2mb cache and good speeds and sata of course.
Cons: I would have liked esata on the back . I dont know if they make mobos with built in wireless but that would have been nice too. Also the express PCIs are a bit close to the Video card slot but what mobo isnt? So if you got a huge video card like mine with a fan on it your loosing one of them.
Overall Review: The CPU calls for a 8 pin ATX from the power supply so make sure your PSU has that. Mine only had a 4 pin and my understanding is that 12v is 12v either way so I just used the 4 pin on the top part of the 8 pin and got away with that. Everything booted and ran fine. I however did order an adapter so now Im using an 8 pin but it worked fine the other way too. You just never know for sure how things are design. It might be 8 pin for a reason or they might just be catering to 4 pin and 8 pin PSU's? Who knows. Also I have yet to mess with bios and se what its capable of. Im definitely happy with my choice for this mobo! Its highly recommended from all my reading on newegg and other sites!
Pros: Cheap price. Sata is good. Fast speeds. Works with my Gigabyte mobo and Win 7 pro x64 just fine. Plus samsung ha always been good to me for monitors, tv's, and other electronics.
Cons: When its running its loud.
Overall Review: Im happy with this purchase. Even though its loud when in use. Who really uses their optical THAT much though? Not me anyway. And most are loud anyway, this one is just louder. Although I do have a cheap $30 Rosewill case so that doesn't help with sound control either. I did however recently install some thermaltake foam for $9 on Newegg and that seems to have helped some for the overall quietness of the case and what I hear from the optical.
Pros: Good design. Nice looking. 120mm fan in back and spot for another in the front. Comes with black inserts for the option of switching from the silver ones. I think it looks better with black, so I use them. Also comes with pretty many screws. Make sure you look closely cause they are two different kinds. You dont want to strip your HHD or optical drives by putting in too big of a screw.
Cons: The way the PCI etc. cards are held in are not desired. Its just weird and not completely thought out well. But it works. You can fasten them with screws or leave them kinda loose and use the cover guard thing they have. You can not put screws on AND put the cover guard on. Look closely at the pictures of the back of the case. Also, like others have mentioned, the fact that the slots in the back are removable and not refasten-able. If you take one out and change your mind you need to buy a replacement metal stick thing unless you want a empty slot. The case does come with one however but it also comes with one slot missing so there it goes. I didnt make this mistake but I can see how it would easily happen. The front USB ports and audio ports work well with my mobo and win 7 but the gate is hard as ever to get down, very weird.
Overall Review: Also the USB you really have to push to get in, very tight fit. I can feel the whole thing bending in just to get the USB connected. But it works and Im fine with it. I will probably replace it with something else. The steel grade is good on the case but it is thin as the description states. A great product to help quiet it down for cheap is anice Thermaltake Foam package for $9 on newegg. And laslty some have mentioned that their mobo screw spots were stripped. I thought one of mine was but it turns out I had the screw in funky and took it out and put it in straighter or aligned right with the threads and it worked the second time. Weird. I totally thought it was stripped, was just spinning and didnt completely tighten. But be careful because they are cheaply threaded.
Pros: Works great. I havent got into fine tuning the timing if its even possible with my mobo. My mobo is a GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P and Im running Windows 7 Pro x64. Everything is good. great. Second set of G Skill I bought that works great for me.
Cons: Could be faster timing I guess?
Overall Review: Gskill rocks. The blue heat spreaders look good on my blue mobo. I'm stylin now...
Pros: Great price!!! Enough to cover the sides top and bottom of your case and quiets things down nicely too!
Cons: I guess it could be a little bit thicker and maybe denser.
Overall Review: The sticky backing is really sticky you have to be as careful as possible installing it. I was trying to maneuver my case to get some light at a certain angle and had a bit of the sticky stuff exposed and knelled on it. Stuck to my jeans and my jeans still have a ripped part of the foam on them. Not a big deal. My error. ALSO be careful when installing the piece on the part of your case you remove often because if you place it too tight the metal will be stuck in a warped position and it makes it difficult to get back on. And I second what someone else said. Make sure you leave like an inch space on the side panels near the back so you can get the sides back on!
Pros: Easy install. I have a Belkin G plus Mimo wireless router in the middle of the basement on a desk. I am using this card in a new pc I built. I'm 2 floors up on the far side of the house and I get 4 out of 5 bars for connectivity! They say the range is 300 feet in doors. It must be! I also want to confirm what others have also said. Works perfect with Windows 7 Pro x64, just make sure you go to gigabytes website and install the updated drivers. Dont install from the disk. Its only been 3 days of using the card but I am very pleased for it to work so well being so far away from the router. Its never cut out and I get download speeds upto 1200kb/s so far. Definitely worth the $15 I paid for it!
Cons: None that I can think of. The card works great!
Overall Review: The motherboard I have is also made by Gigabyte so that might help some? Although I cant say how much I am impressed with Windows 7 so far. Win7 makes it a breeze to install things and update drivers.
Pros: At first I was a little scared because I didnt have the RAM seated totally correct. Closed up the case and started up my laptop and it didn't work. I reexamined the ram and noticed the notches in the pins (so that you seat the ram correctly) werent totally filled. Repositioned the RAM and it worked perfect. System booted right up. I only say that if theres any first time RAM upgraders out there... make sure its seated totally correct. It can look deceiving. =)
My 32-bit windows vista home basic sees all 4GB of ram as well. Even with a shared video card so... I dunno what people are talking about on here that Vista 32-bit only sees max 3GB. Its reading 4GB in all the settings Ive checked on Vista.
Lastly my computer is a Toshiba Satellite A215-S7416 and the 4GB works just fine.
Cons: None except for it being shipped in an envelope. But I guess we can't complain because it is free 3-7 day shipping. I got mine in 7 days but I live in the sticks. =)
Overall Review: Some mispelling on the companies website made me kinda double guess plus right on the cover you see "Great Skill in Memory World"... is it just me or shoudlnt it be "Great Skill in The Memory World" ? Either way they made a product that works just fine with my system so I would give them a try.
Pros: 1.87 GB of storage!
Cons: 1.87 GB of storage instead of 2GB as advertised, life goes on, its the same with all storage devices.
Overall Review: After formatting this Micro card in my cell phone I lost over a Gigabyte of space on my card. My card would only show 958MB of free space. My phone, I guess, only supports up to 1 Gig cards. This was frustrating none-the-less. I tried reformatting on my computer to see if that would do it but nothing worked. After contacting Kingston they sent me this link:
I downloaded, installed, and used that program and it restored my card to its original 1.87 GB. Awesome! So if anyone runs into this problem theres the tool to fix it!
Pros: I dont own this product. I am answering the guys review who rated it a number one without even reading the discription of the product? What the product does is in the description "6-Pin Female to 4-Pin Male FireWire adaptor"
Cons: None that I know of.
Overall Review: This item is a firewire IEEE 1394 adaptor going from an i.link 4 pin firewire connection to a more common 6 pin connection.