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Jeff M.

Jeff M.

Joined on 08/08/06

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Great value

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a very solid motherboard for the price. Detected the CPU (45nm Q9300) and RAM (2x2GB DDR2-800) exactly as they're supposed to be clocked & timed. Has all of the features you'd expect from a mid-range board, with a couple nice extras. Absolutely no problems with POSTing, hardware recognition, etc. Everything on the board is very well laid out, except for one thing - see Cons.

Cons: The BIOS is the scaled-down Award BIOS, similar to the one seen on most name-brand manufacturers' systems. It has a few extra options for overclocking, etc. but is still rather limited compared to the high-end enthusiast boards. This is to be expected though, since this is purpose-built to be a mid-range board. The large copper heatsink for the Northbridge is a nice touch and does indeed come with it's own detachable fan, but it gets rather hot even with the fan attached. It really needs a heatpipe assembly to connect the CPU power regulators as well. My biggest gripe is that, as stated in the Pros, the layout of the board is great except that the PCI-e slots are a bit too close to each other; if you use dual video cards with 2-slot coolers, they will only be about 2mm apart (literally), which will restrict airflow to the top card. They should have moved 1 more PCI or PCI-e X1 slot between the two X16 slots, since there's more than enough slack in SLI and Crossfire connectors to do so.

Overall Review: For those of you who bought this board as an enthusiast-type board and were subsequently disappointed, you have nobody to blame but yourselves. This is a mid-range board in every way; you should not give it a bad rating and/or review simply because you expected it to be on-par with the $300+ enthusiast boards. Don't buy a Cadillac and expect it to perform as well as a Ferrari. Of all the motherboards I've used in this range, this ASUS is the best.

Good PC life-extender

Intel Pentium 4 3.0E - Pentium 4 Prescott Single-Core 3.0 GHz Socket 478 Processor - RK80546PG0801M
Intel Pentium 4 3.0E - Pentium 4 Prescott Single-Core 3.0 GHz Socket 478 Processor - RK80546PG0801M

Pros: Arrived in perfect condition - no bent pins, scratches, or blemishes. If you're trying to upgrade or extend the life of an older socket-478 PC, this is the way to go. Great speed and overclocking possibilities, hyperthreading really helps with gaming & media uses.

Cons: About a week after I bought mine, the price dropped by $15. Oops... Also, as everyone else has mentioned already, this sucker gets HOT.

Overall Review: You ABSOLUTELY need to have a very efficient cooling system if you plan to run this CPU for heavy use. Even with a high-end all-copper heatsink and Arctic Silver compound, it easily reached over 80 degrees Celsius when under load, and it wasn't even overclocked yet. Intel's thermal spec limit for this chip is said to be 69.1 degrees Celsius, so obviously it would've fried if I had kept running it this way. I just installed a watercooling kit, and it runs much better - overclocked to ~3.6ghz and usually maxes out around 55-60 degrees Celsius.

Great value

Titan NIKITA TWC-A04 Liquid Cooler - silent and effect cooling soultion
Titan NIKITA TWC-A04 Liquid Cooler - silent and effect cooling soultion

Pros: Very efficient and well built. No leaks, cracks, or flaws at all in the unit I received. Instruction manual is -by far- the best I've seen from any product. Very easy to set up in comparison with other watercooling kits I've used; should be easy even if you are a first-timer. Amazing price, especially considering that it comes fully loaded, even with a GPU block. Can be mounted inside or outside the case, and comes with all accessories needed for both options.

Cons: The c-ring tool isn't -quite- as bad as other people have said, but it definitely should be better. If you trim about 1mm off the tips used to grab the c-rings, leaving about 1mm left, it'll be much easier. Also, silence-enthusiasts may not like this unit. The main cooler uses a smaller tunnel-fan that has to spin faster than conventional fans to move air better, and it emits a slight whine when at full speed. I mounted mine inside my case though (the unit can be mounted inside two 5.25" drive bays) and it's not noticeable at all. The coolant has to be refilled about once a month, so you might want to buy an extra bottle.

Overall Review: Dropped my CPU temps (3.0ghz HT Pentium 4 overclocked to ~3.6ghz) from 40-80 degrees Celsius (which is dangerously hot for any CPU) under load to 25-50 degrees Celsius, and that's down from using a high-end all-copper screaming-fan heatpipe/sink assembly previously. Dropped GPU temps (ATI Radeon X700 Pro overclocked from 425mhz to 475mhz) 20 degrees Celsius as well. Dropped case temps by 5 degrees Celsius. Thanks to this unit, my 3-year-old $900 PC can keep up with and even outperform my friends' $2,000+ dual-core beasts. I connected the 2nd radiator's fan to the CPU header on my motherboard instead of the main cooler so that I could control the speed of it manually.