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Edward C.

Edward C.

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Most Favorable Review

Best GPU's in the world

ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity
ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

Pros: Fastest Single GPU's in the world right now. Easily clocks up to 1GHz core and 1300MHz VRAM. The software voltage control is great and makes OC'ing that much more easy and fun.

Cons: Stock fan settings keep the cards decently quiet, but don't do a lot as the temps increase. Adjusting the fan speeds at load is necessary if you OC this card.

Overall Review: The ASUS software is alright to work with, but MSI has a program called Afterburner which works with all 5800 series ATi cards and is a far better program to control clocks, voltages and fan speeds.

12/27/2009
Most Critical Review

no support from ASUS

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T LightScribe Support
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T LightScribe Support

Pros: if it actually worked, it would b a good drive...

Cons: did a fresh OS install with both Vista 32 and 64, after the install reboots 4 the 1st time and loads up via the hard disk it would hang and never continue. i eventually figured out that if i unplugged the SATA connection, it would complete the install and after i install all Vista updates, it eventually would load windows while it was connected. however, while n windows i would get random crashes while this drive was connected. also when it did work, i would only get 4x max burn speed on 16x dvd sl media. now it won't burn at all, i just get constant power calibration errors.

Overall Review: i emailed asus tech support and this is what they replied... "Thank you for your support of our products! If your ASUS product needs to be repaired or exchanged, first try to exchange the item with your vendor. If this is not possible, you will need to contact our RMA department for assistance. 1) If you have Internet access, you can visit this website: http://helpdesk.asus.com Click on the ASUS RMA Online link, and request an RMA Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and the serial number of your product. 2) If you are in the USA or Canada, call our RMA department at 510-739-3777 option 2. Please have the serial number of your ASUS product handy when you call. Please do not respond to this email. If you need further assistance in this matter please contact our RMA department." isn't that awesome? -_-

Superb

G.SKILL Flare 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL7D-4GBFLS
G.SKILL Flare 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL7D-4GBFLS

Pros: They run at rated speed/voltage. The fan keeps them cool to the touch.

Cons: Price, but not terribly expensive.

Overall Review: Running an AMD 1090T at 4.5GHz @ 1.525v and NB at 3.0GHz @ 1.35v on a ASUS Crosshair III 790FX board. Was not expecting to see it POST with the RAM at 2000MHz, but was pleasantly surprised. I haven't tried other than stock settings, yet. I'll defer the OC-ability to someone with more experience. This is definitely a great buy.

Best chip to date

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - Phenom II X6 Thuban 6-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDT90ZFBGRBOX
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - Phenom II X6 Thuban 6-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Pros: It has 6 cores and is able to compete with Intel's $500 offerings. Turbocore gives more performance on less multi-threaded applications. It over clocks like a dream. Did a 3dmark06 run @ 4.5GHz @ only 1.40v, although stable running requires 1.525v at this speed.

Cons: The IMC is a tad weak on the particular chip I got. It doesn't like to run (stably) 1600MHz RAM speeds with higher OC's w/o upping the IMC voltage more than you would have to in order to run the RAM at only 1333MHz It runs hot when OC'd. My stock single stage phase unit can't hold the temps down and I get thermal runaway when stressing and then BSOD.

Overall Review: This is just a monster of a chip for such relatively little price. Definitely a must buy.

Huge and bright.... excellent!

Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers
Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers

Pros: It's ginormous. For the same price, you can only get a 25" of another brand.

Cons: It's insanely bright on initial install. I've turned the brightness down to 30 for normal computer usage. When watching a movie or playing a game, I turn it up to 50.

Overall Review: Three of these in Eyefinity is insane. I was originally thinking of getting a 30" 2560x1600 monitor, but once I realized you can get 3 of these for less money and hook 'em up to display games in a panoramic view... it's a no brainer.

Fast, but requires knowledge

OCZ Agility Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1AGT60G
OCZ Agility Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1AGT60G

Pros: The newer Agility's have roughly the same performance as the Vertex's from OCZ and at a lesser price point. The speed is incredible; easily double that of a high-end platter drive. Once in RAID 0, lookout. OCZ Forums and tech support are THE best around, hands down.

Cons: Still crazy high prices per gigabyte. With new technology, comes new things to learn. There's alot of info to digest on these SSD's. They aren't exactly plug and play and run at awesome speeds all year long. There's extra work that needs to be done under certain circumstances.

Overall Review: One day they'll get on par with the current HDD price per gigabyte and usability level, but until then, these are more for the higher of the high tech crowd. The OCZ forums is the first place you want to go if you're even considering a SSD. Very helpful staff and people in general. Most newer drives come with the current (as of Dec 09) firmware with TRIM enabled. But again, check the OCZ forums for updates and how-to's on what your specific situation calls for.

12/27/2009