Date Joined: 05/01/04
Pros: Provides power. Reasonably dense and construction quality is good. In stock. MSRP.
Cons: Despite what other reviews say, the cables in this unit are NOT long enough for an NZXT H210. Even if you manage to have a motherboard with a lower 24-pin ATX connector, if the EPS connector is anywhere near the CPU (it will be) then that cable isn't long enough.
Overall Review: It's in stock. If you have an H210 case, go ahead and get an extension kit with it.
Pros: Dropped CPU temp during prime95 small FFT from 72 to 67. Moves more air than the server screamer fans they replaced, and the sound is so much better. Pretty quiet, and the noise they do make is lower pitched.
Cons: Not completely silent?
Overall Review: Get fan, be happy.
Pros: - 8 GB of VRAM, all of it.
- Incredibly fast. Fallout 4 runs almost perfectly with new drivers.
- Drivers are vastly improved.
- Massive upgrade from my previous HD 4850.
Cons: - Louder than I'd like.
- Pretty power hungry.
- Driver config interface is a little ridiculous.
Overall Review: It was tough choosing between this and the GTX 970. The VRAM issue with the 970, as well as the improved FO4 performance with Crimson driver updates, are what tilted the scale for me. It doesn't hurt to have more than double the memory. Installed in an Obsidian 250D, it's a little louder than I'd have liked with the fans basically in the open, but that's an acceptable tradeoff for the performance I'm getting. DVI ports seem a little bit wobbly. I upgraded to this from a Radeon HD4850, so it goes without saying that the performance is blowing me away. -1 egg for noise and heat, but if you don't mind that, I'd recommend this every day over the 970.
Pros: Power supply is quiet and stable. Split PLED end. Plenty of included hardware.
Cons: Somewhat flimsy, rattles easy. Poorly designed hard drive cage. Cooling is weak.
Overall Review: Good for those on a budget. Advanced features and rock-solid construction were not required for a computer that cost less than $300. Good for what it is.
Pros: Performs great on a budget build. All required cables included. Pretty good documentation.
Cons: Onboard video is a bit weak. No HDMI output.
Pros: 5.9 Windows 7 score. Painless install.
Cons: Intel needs to work on including beefier coolers with their processors. While adequate, the cooler included doesn't inspire much confidence. The 4-pushpin install method is also frustrating. I prefer the AMD lever clip-lock.
Overall Review: Socket 775 is obviously on its way out the door, but for those who don't need an upgrade path, the price/performance can't be beat by an AMD when you factor in the cost of a motherboard.
Pros: Good memory for those on a budget. Performs as advertised.
Cons: None as of yet.
Overall Review: No heat spreaders means no overclocking, I suppose. Doesn't even get warm to the touch, so for a budget build this is adequate.
Pros: Didn't crash, and it's quite fast for what it is.
Overall Review: Drive manufacturers need to report the same size that software does.
Pros: Works exactly as it should. For this price, it's the best you're going to get.
Overall Review: Not for gaming. You cannot press more than 3 keys at once.
Pros: It's a DVD burner. It's cheap. It's reliable.
Cons: None yet.
Pros: No antennas to break off. Stable. Good wireless signal in G mode. Looks cool, like a stealth bomber.
Cons: Speaking of bombs... Everything else is a joke. Incompatible with DD-WRT and Tomato, even though the controller chips should be. Makes it impossible to stream video to a media center extender. Introduces about 50ms of lag between everything, local and remote. Local video streaming over wireless is out of the question, it doesn't seem to be able to handle the throughput.
Overall Review: I was very disappointed with pretty much every aspect of this router. I paid the same amount for a Buffalo WHR-G54S almost 8 years ago, and the Buffalo still outperforms every Linksys I've found. I bought this router in the hopes that I could put DD-WRT on it. It doesn't work, but I figured I'd give this router a chance anyway. It's a half decade newer, it has to be better, right? My biggest complaint is that this thing makes streaming video from my PC to my Xbox 360 completely unwatchable, where the Buffalo has absolutely no problem. My highest bitrate movie is about 10 Mbps, which should play with no problems over a connection with 10 times the bandwidth. This poor performance is completely unacceptable.