Joined on 07/30/05
Patriot DDR3 1600 8G RAM
Pros: Ram installed on ASUS ROG Crosshair IV MBD with AMD PhenomII 970. Worked at advertised speed, unlike previous experiences with some OCZ RAM. Based upon initial experience, this RAM is recommended.
Cons: Write down RAM settings from Label on RAM before installing. Packaging is generic and does not have the information. (Not enough to lower rating to 4 eggs)
Overall Review: Install in A2,B2 MBD slots if you are going to install 8G RAM only. This allows a small amount of additional space between the RAm and t Ihe CPU heatsink. O.C. capability not really tested. This RAM is rated for Intel processors, but also works well on the MBD used. Mem 86 testing was flawless at rated speeds. Errors were noted at ~1735Mhz at default voltage/timing settings.
Diamond HD4890 OC
Pros: Fast, not to noisy, Seems to run most games. Price/Speed very good. Multiple types of rear panel connectors
Cons: Using Windows 7 32B Pro Cannot get it to be stable in Crysis at resolutions above 1024x768. Various tests indicate that there is either a very subtle problem with card hardware or current ATI drivers, or coding in Crysis. Symptoms are dump to Crysis menu, crash when video options are saved, and crash during game play, most noticeable in final battle on carrier. Similar symptoms were noted on an HP "multimedia" Laptop running Vista Ult with an entirely different Nvidia Video chip set. The first card would not pass Win 7 3d performance testing. The replacement provided promptly by New Egg (Currently using) Does Pass. Under clocking seems to help somewhat, but does not cure the problems. Minor efforts were made to increase cool air flow with slightly positive results, and might be useful if overclocking the card is desired. The case airflow is high and cool, and should be adequate without additional baffles or other tricks.
Overall Review: Card and accessories do not match the descriptions on New Egg or Diamonds web site. The card has two 6 pin power connectors, even thought the circuit card is made to accept one 8 pin and one 6 pin connector. Processor AMD 955 black 4 core DDR2 1066 memory 910 W PS single buss
Rosewill R5 CAse
Pros: Plenty of Space, easy to use, convenient drive mountings. Bottom P/S mounting Ample hardware included. I would use this case again
Cons: Fan control scheme and uncovered top USB & SATA ports. It's possible to redesign one or two plastic case parts, and make front or top mounting of the ports user selectable.
Overall Review: Two of these cases were recently purchased. One had a flat MBD mounting plate that required the nine mounting studs. The later one purchased required six, since the three top mounting locations were dimpled so that only the three screws were required.
SABERTOOTH 990FX R2
Pros: looks to be a good board. Setup and worked without any real problems. No problems setting up with an SSD and Win 7 Pro. Seems to work well with AMD's FX 8150 8 core CPU. Without any "tweaking", Win scores were 7.9, except for a somewhat slow video card (HD6770) (7.4) The HyperX 240G SSD was 8.1 BIOS update went without a hitch.
Cons: Old version BIOS on board, Old version software on supplied CD. Download new CD version and BIOS from ASUS.
Overall Review: Supplied with SATA cables only. Other cables/adapters optional. Newegg may carry them, but the search keys for such things are poor. Still waiting for the case to arrive.
Asus M4A89TD Pro/USB3
Pros: Easy to install, works as advertized. Plenty of features. No problems with G Skill DDR3 2x4G memory at rated 1600Mhz (1.5v) with a PhenomII firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz (1.435v) (Used simple manual BIOS settings, did not install overclock software) Used Stock CPU fan & Heatsink. This MBD is sold as an overclockers board.
Cons: Usage of "extra" USB ports, etc requires additional cables not supplied. In particuliar, the RS 232 serial cable seems to be "unobtainum" these days. I did not find such a beast in even NewEggs cable & adapter list. Another problem is the SLI or Crossfire Bridge. The MBD instructions say it's supplied with the video card, and the particuliar GTX460 card instructions say it is comes with the MBD. This MBD is expensive enough that it should include such things, as some lower priced MBDs do. The MBD was supplied with one revision back BIOS (1006) Current is 1010.
Overall Review: The 1006 BIOS Boot source and order sections are a bit flakey, and should be better in 1010. Setup was with an older Sony IDE CD/DVD burner, Seagate 1Tb SATA drive, GTX460 700Mhz GPU, 850W single rail P/S.
Pros: Good fast video card. Reasonable price at time of purchase. Worked as described. Installed Nvidia downloaded drivers instead of supplied earlier version on CD.
Cons: Nvidia SLI functionality on some MBDs with AMD support chipsets deliberately "locked out" by Nvidia. Unofficial "patches" needed to enable SLI on some MBDs.
Overall Review: Originally, I had intended to obtain a MBD that supported both Xfire and SLI. Unfortunately, the available MBDs had support software problems, forcing me into other MBDs.