Joined on 02/19/08
G.Skill is good
Pros: Good 1333 DDR3 RAM. Sets easily to 7-7-7-21 and even at 1T Command Rate (recommended is 2T). Was able to overclock to 1600 MHz with 8-8-8-23 timings. Scored a typical 7.5 in Windows 7. Error free, and great low profile heatsinks.
Cons: Timings seemed to have no effect on the Windows 7 score.
Overall Review: Have been buying from G.skill past 2 builds and plan to buy from them in the future.
Pros: The card on it's own is great. Only so much more then a normal 470 and fixes all of its flaws with performance rearing up on the 480 while being so much cheaper. It is more quiet than my 260 at 100% fan speed and more cool. When overclocked by another 100mhz (and maybe 900-1000 on the memory) it matches and sometimes beats the speed of a 480. And is still cooler.
Cons: When I first got the card I was able to max the OC out at 800/1600/900memory with 1v. Pretty low for a max OC but I was satisfied. Over time my ability to OC started to deteriorate. Eventually I was not even able to hold onto a mild 50mhz OC. So I took the card out and saw that the VRM heatsink was actually on backwards. I did the stupid thing and rather than RMA I did a self repair. I took it off (it slides off), removed the bad thermal padding, lapped the surface best I could under the circumstances (was not very smooth but seemed good enough) replaced the thermal paste with some Antec Formula 5, and put it on the right way. I then regained my previous OC of 800/1600/900 and then some. A painful and tedious process that I do not wish on anyone.
Overall Review: In the end I love the card. Temps are awesome, speed is great. But personally because of the stupid fact that it was shipped to me with the VRM heatsink on backwards is far from deserving a 5 egg rating even if I fixed it myself.
Pros: I have owned this board for almost a year now. When I first got it I overclocked my Core i5 750 to 3.4GHz and my Ripjaw 1333 RAM to 1600MHz. It has been that way ever sense without a hitch. The board is visually appealing, does what it needs very well.
Cons: None at all. Spending more then this on a motherboard gives less returns for the money, if I were to buy a $300 P55 I would be doing the exact same thing on this board with no performance differences. $200 down the drain.
Overall Review: This is my second ECS board. The previous one was a so-so nforce 550i. This one rocks.
Pros: Turbo boost is a really cool new feature. Faster the all previous Core 2 Quads and is faster then AMD's current fastest CPU.
Cons: Disappointing that we see Hyperthreading gone from this one but I knew this going in.
Overall Review: This CPU is FASTER then all the other Core i5's, even the more expensive ones! The other Core i5's have embedded Graphics and that makes them more expensive. So unless you want to use integrated GFX, buy this one.
Pros: The board is everything it should be. Tried eJiffy, eJiffy is a small Linux distro made by ECS that installs from windows as if its an application. The point of it is that if you just want to turn on your PC really quick to do a little web related work you can do so faster by booting into eJiffy rather then Windows. A cool idea but pointless for me because with this Core i5-750 I boot into windows just as fast as eJiffy. BUT it does give a really cool custom boot menu that even has the option to boot into BIOS (no more END key pressing!) and i keep it for its looks, though I wish I could customize the boot menu myself. Will by from ECS in the future, it's hard being a PC enthusiast on a really tight budget, ECS's product quality and price is perfect for me and most people.
Cons: Like I said, the only real down fall to this board is the trimmed BIOS. But don't fool yourself, you can still overclock and tweak all you want. I was easily able
Overall Review: But don't fool yourself, you can still overclock and tweak all you want. I was easily able to get my Ripjaws 1333 RAM to its advertised 7-7-7-21 timings (and even t1 command rate, which is recommended at 2t) with absolutly zero errors or problems. Also I was able to overclock from 2.66 GHz to 3.4 GHz in one boot attempt (though my stock cooler could not take it, but not for long lol) ALSO, this board is advertised for being a 1333 MHz RAM using DIMS, NOT 1600! Though the BIOS contains the option it does not work because it's not supposed to work! Silly people knocking eggs off for not paying attention, it's right in front of you.
Is average so bad?
Pros: Exactly what I expected. Nothing special but a solid and reliable SATA II 640GB HDD. I do not run RAID. Gets 74mb/s in HDTune bench Gets a 5.9 in Windows 7 Both scores are consistent and fast enough to do w/e it is you want to do, dont let anyone tell you different.
Cons: Was hopping to hit a 6.0 in W7, no amount of defragging changed that, oh well. Read enough of these reviews and you will see that 5.9 is a reoccurring number.
Overall Review: 74m/s is a great improvement over my previous long lived Maxtor at only 53mb/s.