Date Joined: 08/21/05
Pros: It works like a displayport cable, so that's a plus, but...
Cons: Packaging said it was a 1.1 cable and 1.2 compatible which means it's not DP 1.3 or 1.4 so it's not future proof and won't support 4K@120Hz let alone 8K at all. Putting this kind of info on the product page would have kept it from losing a star.
Overall Review: It works as expected it's just a shame whenever products online are missing relevant information. This is not even DP 1.3 which means the standard it's using is nearly a decade old. FYI this cable likely won't even support 4K @ 60 Hz or might JUST meet that spec with the 1.2 compatible but not likely; packaging says up to 2K only.
Pros: I finally got my hands on one at long last and all the hype is real. Tears through everything I throw at it and is insanely cool and quiet compared to the 6970 it's replacing. Ultimately I get higher FPS on max settings in every game than I got at lowest settings on the 6970. Truly incredible.
The fans run silent as hell and I've not heard a peep and 0 coil whine.
Cons: The only possible con I could say is there's no mini displayport on the back so I have to now buy a new cable but I can't really take that as a star off or anything because that's more an issue on my end to not have a full to full displayport cable.
Overall Review: I've always sought GPUs in the 350-400 range as they tend to last for 5 years, and my 6970 was no different. I got 5 1/2 years out of that thing and it was just time to move up to the future, especially since this card uses only 150W versus 250 on the 6970. AMDs releases so far are lackluster for driving higher resolutions like 2K or 4K so this was the logical choice.
Pros: And it didn't DOA at all. In fact this is one of the fastest 7200 RPM drives I've ever owned and it is rock solid. The capacity is fantastic and even after all the HD movies and TV I've still got many many GB left to fill in the future.
Cons: Nothing at all to complain about
Overall Review: There are 6 TB drives and maybe even 7/8? But once you go past the value of 5 TB the price goes sky high which doesn't make sense. In fact the difference between 4 TB and 5 TB tends to be $20 but from 5 to 6 it's basically just double price.
Pros: Blows away anything that is thrown at it, and overclocks with an ASUS Maximus VI Gene board to at least 4.4 GHz on all cores without trouble.
Coming from an 1100T to my first ever Intel build, this chip is a HUGE step up.
This chip brought my 7970 to life and shows what it's really capable of when modern games use slow scripting engines that need better single-core performance to handle the non-threaded scripting engines.
Cons: It's Intel, so the total system build is higher, but if you know how to shop, you can avoid turning over your arms and legs and get some good deals without being a fanboy and blowing thousands for a name brand.
Overall Review: First ever Intel build in my life, but AMD has simply dropped the ball and focused on APUs and consoles and HOPEFULLY that will actually help them to compete with Intel in the coming 2 years, but as of now that is not their focus.
The arguments on here get old with people whining about AMD or Intel as being better. AMD has over 2 decades of beating Intel to every new technology, but in the last half decade they have dropped the ball and let Intel get at least 1-2 generations ahead at every step of the way. This was ultimately why I had to move to an Intel build now, as it is simply many generations ahead of my previous X6.
I don't care if you're a billionaire and a huge fanboy, there is NO reason whatsoever to spend $500 or more on a motherboard and $1000+ on a chip. This chip right here is a beast and a great value in modern computing, and not very far behind the "Xtreme" lines at all, especially since you can just slap a Corsair on this and overclock it like a beast.
Pros: This board is the best value for the money that I could find for Intel builds and comes feature-packed and comes with at least 90% of the hardware features as the up-to double price other Maximus VI's. All the same software is included with the standard Maximus drivers disk, so there's no loss there on the more expensive sibling boards.
ASUS is definitely my go-to motherboard company of choice for a long time, and the build quality shows with this board. I had no troubles installing my Corsair cooling and 4770K chip, and everything has been humming along with tons of power and features ever since.
Cons: Board is pretty unclear about chip position and installing 3rd-party cooling systems is slightly harder than AMD systems.
Price, although I can't really blame ASUS because this is, of course, an Intel board, and Intel platforms just cost more just because of the Intel name, so you kind of have to accept that the low-end boards cost as much as the high-end AMD boards; though I can not remove a star for this because the current Intel chips are amazing.
Overall Review: Coming from a Crosshair IV formula, there is a LOT more to do in the BIOS of this beast (UEFI) than previous BIOSes, which can be a con or a pro depending on your expertise.
Pros: Dropped this baby in a cheap $350 laptop to replace the 5400 RPM drive (that died) and WOW does this make even the most budget laptop sing. Incredibly fast and 120 GB is still great storage amount for a work/play travel budget laptop.
Pros: Needed a few extra USB 3 ports and this did the trick. Even was compatible with Kinect where MOST other controllers are based on Renesas chipsets which are not.
Cons: Could be 4 ports at the same price; oh well.
Pros: Cable quality is amazing for the price, very thick and sturdy, and the connectors are well constructed.
Used this to replace the cable that came with my phone's charger (which was cheap and broke) and this has worked amazingly well. Makes a really snug fit into the phone (S3).
Cons: Only con (and not to this product) is that these quality of cables don't come standard with smart phones or other such devices.
Pros: If it works, it works decently well, but nowhere near as good as the sensors with the Kinect One.
Cons: Too finicky about what USB controller it's connected to, which led to not being able to use it on my main system but instead on a $350 budget laptop, where it could run, but anything utilizing it ran poorly.
Resolution on it is not what I was expecting, and limbs would flail about when controlling ragdolls.
Pros: This is a super little adapter and works incredibly fast. Mechanical drives still register over 110 MB/s through this and It's great to be able to make improvised external HDs or add extra capacity.
Cons: Only problem is the power switch literally seems to do nothing as the USB powers it just fine and when plugged in to USB, the power switch won't interrupt and turn it off.
Overall Review: I have an older model of this as well and they are both pretty solid, fast, and great to add extra HD capacity (I have over 8 HDs).
Pros: I own 2 of these now and they are solid. Insanely fast, a lot faster than Vertex 3, and great price. In fact, my Vertex 3 is nearly 2 years old now and already showing signs of failure.
Overall Review: I dropped Ubuntu 12.04 x64 on this baby and it FLIES along. Boot time is around 15 seconds, and shutdown is INSTANT.
Pros: Fast, fast, fast. Fastest 7200 RPM mechanical drive I have ever seen, and the capacity is outstanding! Everyone should own at least 4 of these.
Overall Review: Picked this up for barely more than every 3 TB on here and way less than every other 4 TB and I have no regrets. It doesn't fit the profile of a drive that's going to fail, and I've been going very heavy on it, especially by moving Steam to it which uses a ton of disk IO all the time.
Pros: Great for the sub-400 price. If you wipe the bloat, it's a quick little machine for only having a 5400 RPM drive. People whining about the RAM don't realize single-channel and dual-channel isn't terribly noticeable. It's more than enough power for the price.
The real con is where Asus shines. Their drivers website has ALL applicable drivers for every product, and in the case of computers, all the software too. I downloaded all the drivers and software before I wiped to make sure it was all available, wiped the system, then re-installed all the ASUS drivers I wanted to make sure all the networking, audio, and AMD chips would work properly.
Cons: Could have gotten 5 stars except the Windows 7 that came with it had its product key over-used by the previous owner, probably on other machines, and thus the key would not validate at all. Had to wipe the entire thing and re-install my own Windows 7, which also leads into the pros. The only other problem that helps take away a star is the onboard wifi is terrible. I have to be plugged in to my gigabit network to see any real speed, or if I need wireless I'm forced to use my $10 rosewill wireless N adaptor which never drops out on my network. The onboard wifi fails to connect or drops out like nothing else.
Overall Review: This was definitely a huge buy when it was available, but sadly it's probably gone now making all of this moot.
Pros: The good:
Full size keyboard with numpad keys
Can game reasonably well (max resolution and high settings in source engine games)
No real bloatware, other than McAfee to deal with to bring the computer up to speed
4 GB RAM is more than enough for average user
Discrete graphics + APU for great gaming frame rates despite not being meant for gaming
Incredibly cheap and insane value for the money
Cons: The bad:
McAfee demo comes installed and fully running which will make the computer seem slow and bogged down until disabled or uninstalled (I recommend uninstalled).
Hard drive is only 5400 RPM, but once McAfee is gone it performs nicely
1366 x 768 resolution isn't full HD which is a negative for me, but I can deal with it or hook it up to an LCD.
Built-in webcam isn't that great, but a quick upgrade to an HD camera with USB 3.0 will fix that
Overall Review: The ugly:
The fact is, to set up this computer for use really only needs removing of McAfee, and then the computer will FLY. McAfee is constantly accessing your hard drive and using CPU and RAM resources which will make it seem slow and bogged down at first, but it's an easy uninstall process. After that, you will understand that this is the best value of power to price ratio you can find anywhere. Competing laptops can not compare, and their nearest rival installs docking bars and special bloat programs that are required to use the media and special keys, but not here.
This is an absolute gem and a dream machine to have for anyone who isn't trying to use it in serious gaming competition, but you can still run all the popular games at reasonable settings to achieve a good framerate.
Just remember, the hard drive is not as slow as other people are saying here, it's McAfee dragging it down.
WEI rating is great other than "aero effects" which is wrong because it runs aero beau
Pros: Replacing a C910 and what an improvement. The clarity is a bit better, the rendering is now H.264 mp4 which is ready for youtube, and unlike with the C910 before it, it renders to lossless instantly instead of taking an insane amount of time to process after recording. Running it through USB 3.0 port so there's no speed issues anywhere.
Cons: Software is clunky and has problems. Even with the lowest sensitivity on motion control it won't keep recording after motion has started, which the C910 did. Still no option to disable the 3-2-1 countdown, and it tends to take up to 10 seconds to start recording a video without any clear indication of the real start.
Overall Review: Can't downgrade this camera because of the software, because that can be fixed by Logitech and upgraded. The camera itself is solid and a great investment.
Don't even hold your breath to wait for a 2K or 4K camera because 4K screens currently cost as much as a car and will stay that way for at least half a decade.
Pros: Works, great framerates, cooler, quieter and better than a 6970, everything else everyone is saying is probably true, but in my experience...
Cons: Randomly crashes my entire computer. Now, I imagine this is probably mostly to do with drivers, but have since downgraded cards because I'm tired of rebooting every other day. The screen basically goes a flat gray and just hangs, but I believe it to be a driver issue that will hopefully be fixed by 12.8 (I used both 12.6 and 12.7 beta)
Overall Review: Amazing card for the money (got for < 400) but in my case it might have memory problems or just drivers problems.
Pros: Received 2 free with refurbished hard drives and they work incredibly well. Haven't used USB 2.0 as that's too slow, but the eSATA works amazingly well which increases my total hard drive capacity.
Cons: Doesn't always get recognized at system start, but turning off and on isn't a big deal.
Pros: Hits the key points about being non-porous, doesn't add or take away flavor, etc.
Cons: As said, it will only chill your drink around 10 degrees so don't expect it to work like ice. At least the verbiage is clear in this regard and isn't misleading.
Overall Review: Even though it doesn't get a drink super cold, that doesn't bother me because I don't need ice cold drinks like the rest of Americans, I actually prefer drinks 'slightly chilled' versus ice cold so this works well for me.
Pros: Works as expected, pretty quiet. Used in an HTPC build with a mini-itx case and it fits perfectly, looks great, works well.
Cons: A little pricy but had to swing for this as I don't have a BR-burner and it's only slightly less for a similar drive without write capabilities. Would have been nice to have just a reader for around $50-75 instead of 120+
Pros: This bulb is a great value considering the electricity bill savings in the first 9 months alone pay for each bulb! I opted for the cool white instead of warm white variety because I do a lot of photography and intricate computer work, so this is considered daylight and provides great detail and contrast versus a warm bulb. This also has the added benefit with photography to not have to adjust the white balance to compensate for the 'fake' indoor lighting of incandescent bulbs. Images are vivid and show colors for what they really are without having to make compensations. It's also cool to the touch which means my lighting fixture of 4 bulbs will no longer heat up the immediate area underneath and around them.
Overall Review: Anyone not used to this kind of lighting may be put off but it's not meant for a relaxing atmosphere such as a bedroom. It's meant more for bathrooms, kitchens, workstations, offices, etc. Newegg also carries this same bulb but in a warm white variety so you can check out both and determine for yourself which you like in what area of the house.
Pros: Used this to replace an H100, because the 100 won't fit in any of my cases properly, and MAN DOES THIS COOL. Initially I messed up and put the back fan on backwards and temps were crazy, but I fixed that mistake and temps are LOW. If the air temperature is about 70 degrees F, this keeps my 1100T OC'd to 4 ghz at only +5 F above the room air. At full load it will barely go past 40C
Cons: Kind of wish they'd just leave the mounting brackets off of these because along with the H100 they come set up for Intel, but maybe that's a good thing considering Intel users have to spend LOTS more money per build to only get up to 30% more CPU power than rival AMDs but spend up to 5x as much in $ and have to spend more time mounting and setting up their systems.
Pros: Works as expected, used in a HTPC mini-itx build and fits in great and makes the HTPC fly!
No real cons, it fits everything I need and has room for a slim-line dvd/blu-ray drive as well as a hard drive underneath.
Pros: Works as expected, used in a HTPC mini-itx build and fits in great and makes the HTPC fly!
I chose this because it offers not only optical for S/PDIF but also coax which is really stupid that not every motherboard today for media use doesn't include both.
Cons: None, has everything I needed and more
Pros: Works as expected, used in a HTPC mini-itx build and fits in great and makes the HTPC fly! Windows 7 boots up in only a couple of seconds.
Pros: Works as expected, used in a HTPC mini-itx build and fits in great and makes the HTPC fly! Great price, great speed.
Cons: None really