Date Joined: 04/05/04
Pros: Replaced a Zalman 9700 with this cooler and got an 8C drop at idle. The CPU is now running just 2C to 3C above mobo ambient. Very easy to install on K8 sockets. I had to move my two 1Gb sticks of memory over a slot (A1-B1 to A2-B2) in order to mount the cooler since the CPU retention bracket only allowed mounting the cooler so that air flow was top to bottom instead of back to front...which turned out to be the best orientation for the cooler (see "other thoughts"). Fits in an Antec 900 with no problem. Love the white lights and the dark nickel plating. The white lights were a good idea since they are a nice complement to any lighting scheme. The fan it comes with is more than adequate and also fairly quiet (at least, compared to my older cooler). For the price, I don't see how you can beat this cooler.
Cons: None. The people having trouble with this cooler must be using too much thermal paste, not prepping the surfaces properly, or both. I used two small lines of OCZ Freeze (based on an Internet review I read that said this gave the best coverage) and it's working great. Of course, this wouldn't help the guy who removed the top fin of his cooler and cut the tops of the pipes off to get it in his case and was puzzled as to why the Dark Knight didn't cool as well as his stock cooler...and he listed his tech knowledge as high. Sometimes the reviews can be really entertaining.
Overall Review: In two completely different reviews it was mentioned that the reviewers received a 2C to 3C drop in temps by mounting the cooler so that the cooler air flow was top to bottom instead of front to back. Not sure why there would be a difference unless it's just the simple fact that the heatpipes are better exposed to the front to back case air flow.
Pros: Almost without fail, those who are having a problem overclocking this memory are held back by some other issue. I have an A8N32-SLI with FX-55 and wasn't able to push the FSB pass 264 until I set the DDR Driving Strength to "weak". I'm now running 280 FSB at stock timings and 2.7v. System has been completely stable so I'm gonna go for 290 and I don't expect any problems there either based on the reviews I've seen of this memory.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Overall Review: This memory is definitely worth the money if you're not ready to upgrade to a new socket, but would rather push your current setup to run as fast as possible.
Pros: I've been playing video games since pong and this is by far the most fun, most immersive game I have ever played. This game is very surreal in places...much like wandering through a dream (or nightmare). You'll find yourself wandering around looking at the gorgeous graphics and then get blindsided by an enemy cause you weren't paying enough attention. Do yourself a favor and get this game.
Cons: I can't stay awake playing this indefinitely...believe me, I've tried.
Overall Review: Pretty high recommended hardware requirements, but you'll understand why once you play the game. I play at 1920x1200 with all high settings and everything's smooth (8800gtx, fx-55 and ddr500 memory). This game takes advantage of dual-core if you have it.
Pros: In my earlier review I mentioned that I was using the PIP functionality with HDMI for TV and DVI for the PC. Just wanted to clarify that when using PIP, one signal has to be analog and the other digital. In other words, my PC is DVI, so the PIP video source had to be analog...so I used S-Video. You could accept a digital signal (such as HDMI) for the PIP as long as your PC used an analog input. It's been a long day...
Pros: As soon as I submitted the review, I realized that I had something incorrect. The PIP is Digital/Analog...which means that if you're using a digital input from your PC (and you will be I'm sure) you have to use an analog input for the PIP. I actually have mine hooked up via S-Video instead of HDMI as mentioned below. Guess it's just one of those days...
Cons: How come Newegg won't let you edit your previous reviews?
Pros: I love the modern look...first monitor I've owned that looks like it belongs in the 21st century. The colors on this thing are beautiful. No dead pixels! HDCP capable. Lots of inputs. I use DVI from the PC and HDMI from the television. Using PIP, I can watch TV in a positionable and resizable window while I work. This thing even has a place where you can hang your headphones. Definitely exceeds my expectations.
Cons: Not a one.
Overall Review: I just finished playing the expansion pack for F.E.A.R. running on the highest settings (new graphics card) and it looked awesome. The "Action" game mode actually does help with the games...at least with the ones I've been playing. If you're thinking about a budget 24" and you enjoy gaming and watching movies on your PC, do yourself a favor and spend a bit more money to get this monitor...you'll be much happier.
Pros: If you're looking for a Socket 939 16x16 SLI board, I don't think you're gonna do much better than this one. This turned out to be one of my easiest builds ever. After a couple of days making sure everything was stable, I pushed the FSB to 255 so I could run my FX-55 at 2.8GHz (dropped my multiplier) and the 2-1Gb sticks of Mushkin Extreme DDR500 at slightly over stock speeds. Weeks later and everything is still running great.
Cons: Not one complaint with this board. ASUS boards have always worked well for me.
Overall Review: Tons of overclocking options. The overclockers out there should really appreciate this board. Also, temps aren't a problem...but then I have it in an Antec 900 case which keeps it cool.
Pros: I have an ASUS A8V motherboard with an AMD 3700+ and I'm running in Dual Channel mode. These sticks ran very stable at their advertised timings (2-3-2-5, 2.6v, 1T) when the FSB was 200. I then bumped the FSB to 250 and now have the sticks set to 3-3-2-5, 2.7v, 1T and everything is still very stable (and the 3700+ is running at 2.8GHz...gotta love those things). For the money, I really don't think you can do any better than this pair of 1GB sticks.
Pros: Absolutely nothing wrong with this mobo. It has been running rock solid stable with my 3700+ oc'ed to 2.75, G.Skill Extreme running at 3-3-2-5 (2.7v, 1T), and my 6800GT oc'ed to 425/1100. The PCI/AGP lock works perfectly at FSB speeds up to 250...haven't pushed it further than that. I think some people have problems because they poke around in the BIOS a bit too much without understanding what they're changing. One last thing...if you're gonna oc your 939, get a Zalman CNPS9500...those things are awesome
Overall Review: If you want to stay with AGP because of a fairly new graphics card, but want to upgrade to 64-bit, then this mobo is the best currently offered by Newegg (which is a company that restores my faith in competency and customer service).