Joined on 11/03/03
Honest Gamer Review
Pros: Fast, very fast, Running 2 in SLI, Runs everything I throw at it. Crysis/HalfLife2/C&C3/CoD4MW2/WoW/SC2/ect at 1900x1200 with all max settings (inc Crysis), and never drops below 60fps (I run with VSynch Enabled). EVGA has always had the best cards / best customer service (in my opinion) when it comes to Video Cards and Motherboards. Brand loyality is a factor. Lifetime Warrenty (Actual one). 90 Day Step up.
Cons: It did take NVIDIA a long time to bring this card to market, NVIDIA has to play "catch up" in the DX11 department, bringing cards to market, not in preformance :) Price is a little high, but you get what you pay for, and this is very high quality. The card is long, longer than a standard ATX motherboard, (same as my GTX 280's they replaced), just as a reference. So be sure you can fit it in your case. Power Requirements (650W-850W) ish, these cards are power hungry, but they deliver when it comes to performance.
Overall Review: Temps = 53C-58C Idle / 89C-97C Load. 105 is the "danger point" according to NVIDIA. Overclocks great!, these chips where hand picked to perform higher. Running at 1800/1600/3800, no artifacting. System Specs (For reference) Core 2 Quad Q9650 at 4.0 Ghz 8GB DDR2 800 Mhz 2x Velociraptor
Good, but fragile.
Pros: Price and style. Low power consumption and small "footprint". Very silent even in "high speed" mode.
Cons: Fragile, and I mean it, the plastic that borders the sides and that connects the power adapter to the cooling pad itself is delicate. Broke/Cracked after 1 fall from a bed to a carpeted floor. (Although may have just been a bad "drop angle". Doenst seem to move alot of air.
Overall Review: Got this for my GF's laptop, for her to use as a "Lap Cooler", granted she is not a "techie" but breaking after a single 3 foot drop to a soft (carpet) surface, seems like a poor structure design, esp for a device thats meant to be moved alot.
Avoid like the plague
Pros: They discontinued it!
Cons: Horrid mounting system... like seriously... cant say enough bad things about this coolers mounting system. Requires very large amounts of force to mount the fan (held on by spring clips, aka tension clips). The issue with this is that you will cut your hands on the heatsink when you are installing the fan. The CPU mounting side of the cooler also requires you to use several tiny screws to build a plate... like seriously, couldn't include a few pre cut pieces of metal to use as a back plate?
Overall Review: If you do manage to actually get it installed the thing is a fairly decent cooler (not great, but yeah), but there are SO many better solutions out there that you can install in seconds... like seriously... in the time it took you to read this you could have installed a cooler (as it should be).
Great Low Power HTPC
Pros: Low power. Very low noise. 4 threads to the OS (2C/4T) The video card has 512MB of dedicated memory (DDR3). Tons of output and input options. Easy access to internals (tool lees) Great motherboard layout.
Cons: External power supply, I know why its needed but still a con, I didn't take off a egg for that.
Overall Review: Plays 720P/1080P movie playback with VLC media player without a problem, 1080P flash playback will sometimes give it trouble, depends on the browser. Runs warm, not hot. As others have noted, when loading a OS be sure to use the USB 2.0 ports, as the USB 3.0 drivers are not part of the current Windows install and will not let you install windows. The hardware however does support booting off of USB 3.0, just be sure the OS installer has the drivers. Overall a great low power low noise HTPC, using this in my bedroom and fits my needs perfectly.
Stable Budget Gaming Build
Pros: Stable, runs cool, layout is fairly nice, price is very fair, UEFI BIOS.
Cons: BIOS is somewhat "clunky", meaning options are not clearly placed, not really bad, just not logical. So a minor con here. Had some trouble getting the board to run DDR3-1600 memory on a Intel Sandy Bridge CPU, yes I know 1333 is offical, but Sandy Bridge can run 1600 no problem, just wasnt "certified", that was Ivy Bridge.
Overall Review: This was/is the motherboard that I used for my GF's gaming machine. Didnt get from newegg sadly :(. Out of the choices I gave her (based on stability/ect) she went with this cause it looks "pretty and its blue" :). Shes a gamer but not technical.
Great Compact Case
Pros: Great Price! Very sturdey, great design and material. Edges are smooth inside the case, so no cutting your hands here. Everything is very easy to take apart and put all parts inside. This case also has the mindset of having high performance video cards inside, as it has additional cooling options for the video card itself. Great airflow once you set everything up (see Cons). Silent case.
Cons: It only comes with one (1) 80mm Silverstone Silent fan to cool the Hard Drives. It would have been nice for Silverstone to throw in one additional fan, just to get some more air moving out of the box.
Overall Review: Used as a gaming machine for a family member (SC2, WoW, ect). Fits a mATX board with no problem. Running a full length video card inside. Overall a great case at a great price. 5/5 Overall.