Date Joined: 10/08/09
Pros: Excellent read and write, even sustained. Useful tool set. Great $/gb
Cons: Spontaneously shuts down whenever it gets above 47C (117F). Allegedly operates at 70C, so I'm not near that. Included heat spreader actually caused faster overheating. No spreader and it shuts down about daily. Bought an active heat sink for it.
Overall Review: Do not buy without an auxiliary cooling package.
Pros: Affordable solution
Made by ASUS
Cons: Too many really similar models
Color pattern is weird to me
Overall Review: My ASUS P5N-D finally died after years of abuse (CGI rendering, and gaming). Always had a great experience from ASUS, so when the time came, I got another.
The BIOS is a massive upgrade from the DOS interface from the 775 boards, and the manual is very inclusive. Like I said in the cons though, the Z87 comes in 5 or 6 very similar, and none quiet perfect varieties. But to be fair, I don't think the Z87 is the best chipset due to its limited lanes (40), and the inclusion of experimental ports nobody will remember in 3 years. Not ASUS's fault.
Pros: Quicker (not faster, more nimble I think)
Cheesy decals still included (for the campy among us)
Cons: Price was good, but this stuff is still expensive
Useless OEM fan, could have saved $15, maybe
Overall Review: I had a Core 2 Quad Q9450 LGA 775 for my modeling/development rig (plus some odd gaming). My ASUS mobo finally lost the south bridge so an update became necessary. My render load/times aren't up much, but programs start faster, although for financial reasons the new rig only has 8GB RAM (4GB less than the 775, upgrade pending). Still, the i5 switches tasks faster, and the thermal output is WAY down from the C2Q. Overall very happy.
Will update when I get more RAM.
Pros: Great looking case, the pictures give you a good indication, but it gets so much better when you actually look at it. Very clean sharp looking case with great features. Cable managment is well done, everything is clean and air flows well. Closed case temps below open case from my last box.
Cons: On a personal note I don't care for LED fans, and I have flashlights less bright than the "Power on" LED, the thing alctually has a halo effect from most angles. The case is alittle on the lite side, while I don't worry about it falling apart, the shipping box seems more sturdy.
Overall Review: I don't know whats wrong with the other reviewers, there is a slot in the side of the PCI expansion covers. Just slide a flat head screwdriver in there, and give it a twist. They come rite out. Also, the case was alttile tight for my install, but then again I stuffed a TX 750 power supply, a Hyper TX3 cooler, and a GTX 260 in there, so I should have expected to need the shoe horn. I rolled up the 3 un-used cables behind the front USB ports, and the other cables (including the 24 pin MB connector) fit behind the MB tray.