Joined on 12/24/08
Pros: Very Stable, fast in Raid 0, easy bios update
Cons: Ram slots are very close to CPU socket must use low profile after market heatspreader on 4th stick to fit under Freezer 13. Will not run dual video cards in crossfire. Must admit the whole hybrid crossfire thing was confusing. But runs very well with a A8-3850 and 6670 in hybrid crossfire.
Overall Review: Use ram designed for this platform, it doesn't cost much, update the bios as soon as you can and run it in raid. This is a new platform do your research and you'll find that this is one off the best MOBO for Liano. If you expect to assemble this and be up and running in a hour this is not for you. I played with this for at least two weeks before I was happy with it This smokes my Core 2 Duo and Quad Core machines on everything but graphics but I have high end Video cards in these machines. This platform can't be beat in performance to price comparison makes a great HTPC, business machine, or for gaming with medium settings.
Pros: Board is laid out well, ePCI 2.0, Bios
Cons: No real performance increase over an Asus P5KPL-CM
Overall Review: Thought with available voltage tweaks on this board I could take an e7300 to the next level. This board is new and tight and may take some time to reach the levels that my two year old P5KPL-CM did.
Pros: With a good PS and water cooling this will easily overclock an 8150 to 5.0 Ghz. Two SSD's in a RAID 0 (read 1000 write 350) and two WD Reds in a Raid 1. Two GTX 660's in SLI. I have a rev 1.0 board...
Cons: (minor gripe) would like a little more contrast on the board hard to see to plug cables in when everything is black...but it is gorgeous when it's assembled...
Overall Review: love this board have it running a 42" LCD TV at 1680 X 1050 takes everything I throw at it and more couldn't be happier...one of the most stable PCs in the house...wouldn't hesitate to buy another...maybe a 5 or a 7...
ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
Pros: lowered idle temps by 10 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius when playing Diablo 3...(CPUID HWMonitor running in the background)...able to overclock HD 6670 to maximum settings ...Fan is nearly silent when running at twelve volts...straight forward install.
Cons: had to scrape the pre-applied thermal paste off it was way too much for the tiny chip I needed to cover half a grain of rice of MX-4 was all I needed. takes an hour for the adhesive to cure...have to clean the VRMs with an eraser or the adhesive will not hold at all...
Overall Review: have Arctic Coolers on several CPU's so I knew this was going to be good but I didn't expect this... You can also download the instructions from the Arctic Cooler website before you buy... so you know what you're getting into... if You have a card this will fit on (there are many) don't even hesitate it's on sale at 5% off right now and I got $4.00 off on the MX-4....
Pros: plenty of room for drives... small footprint...sturdy...lights are not too bright...good airflow will hold two more 120 mm fans one in the front and another on the side panel...surprisingly good wire management and just enough room to run most of the wires behind the Motherboard....could install a 120 mm radiator in the back...large cut out behind CPU and edges are rolled over... the case is easy to work in.
Cons: recommend a modular power supply with flat cables....and running as many cables as you can behind the motherboard...install as many screws as you can I have four in the DVD burner and four in the HDD every screw added makes this case just that much stronger and will prevent it from racking....Metal is thin and the sides can be a bear to re-install...front panel is grounded with a wire to the chassis
Overall Review: this case is perfect for what I needed the power supply that I have must be mounted in the top of the case and the motherboard is USB 2. I don't have many drives to put in it and just a HD 6670 video card...The power supply won't handle anything more...would buy again if it was on sale...