Joined on 03/12/06
Pros: Powerful,tons of spare cables and screws, extra fans, Wireless-N!! Vibration absorbers for HDD and HDD screws. Neat IR blaster remote (although would be nice to have enough buttons to handle media center well). Could go on.
Cons: Main reason for post is RAID setup gave me a major headache. After several hours of trying to find drivers to put on a flash drive I gave up and found a really old box laying around with a Floppy Drive. Also had to flash bios or kept rebooting on Raid setup.
Overall Review: If you are ordering this MB download the latest BIOS and have it ready on a FAT16/32 (Not NTFS) flash drive, you can update it in BIOS. If you are doing a raid have a floppy drive handy, I tried driver downloads from the net on a flash drive and it didn't work. Boot to the setup DVD and create a 32/64 bit raid driver disk. You need this to install windows for some insane reason. You can do it with a flash drive but the makedisk utility wouldn't recognize it. There's probably a way around this but just temporarily use a floppy drive for install then throw it in the closet.
Pros: Looks like it would work well with more room.
Cons: If you are using dual VGA and they are close together there will barely be enough room with just the heatsink. I have a P5E3 deluxe and there wasn't enough room for using these with dual video cards. You need approximately 2.5-3 PCI slots worth of space for the Vid card, Heatsink and fan. Also the fan is not enclosed so loose cables a problem.
Overall Review: I'd like to see an accelero with fans actually built in. If you only have one slot between dual video cards this is just a waste of time. It's also a pain to use crossfirex in the first place because of the placement of the heat pipes, though can be forced.
Pros: The game itself looks good.
Cons: There were no reviews that mentioned this, and I expect Newegg customers to be above average when it comes to reviews and hardware. This game has a three install limit. This can be triggered by a hardware upgrade, such as a video card. EA does not disclose what triggers a new activation, nor is there any way to tell how many you have used. After the three installs you are required to call EA monday through friday, between the hours of 8am and 6pm; did I forget to mention this is not a toll free number? I could go on about the DRM, software conflicts, customer support recommending you disable your security if the game isn't running properly ... but you would learn more from google. EA does not disclose the limited activations. Yes, you can convince someone to allow you to play the game you legally purchased, but why should you have too?
Overall Review: I'm certain Newegg customers upgrade their computers with far more regularity than other sites. I trust Newegg reviews far more than on other sites. I do spring cleaning on my PC frequently, as well as hardware upgrades when part prices drop. For me, Spore would mean maybe a year of use before I had to convince someone at EA that the fact I've installed it more than three times doesn't mean I'm a pirate.
Not worth hassle
Pros: It's silent. It's neat. Works about the same as a fan which is cool- but I wouldn't get this for extreme cooling/overclocking (wanted a cooling solution more than a silent one).
Cons: This isn't worth the hassle for a dual video card environment. Barely room with one PCI between my PCIX, have to bend the sink and twist the crossfireX cable around. I'm idling at about what I was before and think it's actually hotter at load, went up to 76C on Titan Quest. Idling at 40C.
Overall Review: P5E3 Deluxe/Wifi-AP, 2x3870HD Sapphires, Antec 900 Case. Even with cleaning the RAM with eraser ram heatsinks didn't stick. I was expecting lower temps. Nifty factor is high. Can't use the add-on fans, not enough space, adds another PCI slot worth of space to use. They should make this with the fan built in (indented) and with space on the side for crossfire cable.
Pros: Lots of Features
Cons: I mentioned RAID issues in previous post but after hours of headache and grueling reboots ... if running vista and raid you most likely will need to update your Intel Matrix Storage Manager. If your system is stalling try this, so far it has worked for me.
Overall Review: Vista began including Power Features on all builds, what was useful for laptops is not so for PC's. This has a very good potential of interfering with heavy loads on RAID drives since it's trying to mitigate power consumption. Newer intel matrix stroage managers, ver. 7.5 up I believe, disable that feature on Vista. Since doing the update it's been smooth sailing. System kept crashing when loading games.
MCE doesn't do QAM
Pros: Two tuners. Windows picked it up right away. Supported by a lot of third party apps.
Cons: The main reason I got this tuner was for QAM. Don't. There is very little software support for QAM. WinTV barely picked anything up and only what it wasn't supposed to- like pay TV channels. BeyondTV and Sage claim to support QAM but fail to mention only with HDHOMERUN. Also reg plain MCE analog tuner better than this analog tuner.
Overall Review: If you want QAM get HDHOMERUN. You can use it natively in vista or xp mce. It sends the QAM signal as if it was native antenna ATSC. GB-PVR is the best QAM supporting PVR I could find but buggy still and hard to configure, but works at least minus some channels. There should be a warning about QAM tuners on the product pages because it's not obvious. If you want to use unencrypted QAM take your time before giving yourself a headache like I got.