Date Joined: 08/29/05
Pros: Looks nice, white LEDs are a nice switch from the excessively showy (in my opinion) blue that is everywhere these days, built in fan controller has plenty of headers, plenty of room to work with, easiest cable management this side of... having a case, easy to access the dust filters, lots of airflow = cool components.
Cons: Just a few: as others have mentioned, the USB 3 port on the front access panel is just an extension cable- you need to run it to an actual USB 3 port on the back panel of the computer. I would have loved a plug that just goes into a USB 3 header. No speaker, if you care about that. No mention of the fan controller is made in the documentation, so it could be a bit daunting for a first time builder.
Overall Review: time and again as I was building my computer in this case, I was pleasantly surprised by all the small annoyances that corsair has addressed. Possibly my favorite example as the middle motherboard standoff- instead of making all of the standoffs screw points, one of them is a little nub that holds the mobo in place, so it doesn't take 3 hands to hold the mobo in place against the back panel, drop the screw into place, and screw it in. Minor, yes, but it was so nice to not have to deal with it. Additionally, there are so many pass throughs for cable management it is hard to believe. It makes install a breeze. Easily the best case I have used.
Pros: Very fast, silences the HDD seeking click we have all become so used to, runs cool, includes a 3.5" adapter. Nice red color too.
Cons: None in my case.
Overall Review: BF3 maps load in seconds, it takes as long to POST and move past the BIOS screen as it does to boot windows and land on your desktop. I have not had any BSOD issues either, so I have zero complaints.
Pros: Great cooling for the money, very quiet, clean look inside case, plugs right into CPU fan header, bolts right up to a 120mm fan you already have.
Cons: I can't think of any.
Overall Review: Currently running this with an FX-8120 slightly overclocked to 3.8 GHz, it idles about 3 C above ambient temps and gets up to about 45 C under gaming load. If you are debating between the H60 and a larger (and noisier) liquid cooler, you most likely don't need more than this.
Pros: It's a corsair modular PSU- you get great power and you don't have the clutter of cables you don't need. Works great, not sure what else you could ask for.
Cons: Only complaint is that with cases getting bigger and bigger, longer SATA cables would be nice for some. Also, the 8 pin connector could be a bit short if you have a large, full tower case, but that applies to any PSU.
Pros: It's all black on the front, it's SATA, it works.
Cons: None that I can think of, what else do you really need a DVD drive to do?
Overall Review: No logos painted on the front so it's all black, great if you have a case with no front door and need a black drive.
Pros: Nice colors, OC button, LCD diagnostic readout, good layout. Great customer support, probably the best I've experienced.
Cons: White SATA ports don't match the black/blue color scheme, but that's picking nits. Bios on the board didn't support the CPU logo they had advertised on the box (AMD FX) so I had to track down an older Phenom II cpu to update the bios, which is annoying and could be very problematic if you don't have easy access to another AM3 chip. This bios update is what knocks an egg off for me, aside from that it's been solid.
Overall Review: B5 bios supports FX chips, mine had B1, so I had to drop in a Phenom II to update the BIOS as mentioned. Other than that, it looks nice, runs easily, and looks like another winner from MSI for me.
Pros: Great board layout, attractive color scheme, lots of overclocking features, reboot button on the back panel.
Cons: No 1394 header, LCD diagnostic display would be very nice on a board this otherwise fully-featured, was DOA.
Overall Review: Tested every component- memory, CPU, mutliple different GPUs, barebones out of case boot, older Phenom II (in case of bios being out of date for the FX I installed), and nothing worked.
Pros: Very good mouse. I am very happy with it, my first non-logitech in several mice. It's very good though. I'm quite happy with it. The "triple threat" orange button is quite helpful for games life left 4 dead where you have a single shot weapon that can fire very quickly. It's great for akimbo pistols! Also mouse looks really cool, and the Thin cord is very nice. It's easy to tell what sensitivity you have, since the scroll wheel lights up different colors depending on your DPI.
Cons: As another reviewer noted, they don't have a 64 bit version of their program- but you don't need it. I am using Vista 64 bit, and the mouse works fine. The only thing that the program does is it can configure the back/forward buttons to be set the way I like them, but I don't mind using the buttons in reverse of how I'm used to, as long as I can just hit a button with my thumb to go back. The DPI adjustment is also hardware level, so there's not even a need for the software.
Overall Review: At this price, it's a great deal. It even comes with replacement feet included, which is a nice touch. I like this mouse a lot, it's worked very well since Spring of '07.
Pros: It's very easy to set up. Easier, obviously, for a tech type person, but even my mother could set this thing up for 4 devices. It's really simple. There are some technical parts that can be kind of tough to get to, but it's still by far the easiest to program. The Logitech Software uploads your settings to their server, so even if for some reason you lose your remote settings and don't have them on your computer, it just pulls them down from the net, which is awesome. Nice blue backlighting. Eliminates any confusion at all from your home theater setup- no more desperate phonecalls asking how to turn on the tv! If something doesn't go right with the remote, you can hit the help button and it will fix the problem almost 100% of the time, which is really slick.
Cons: Some parts are tough to get to. One thing that bothered me at first was that when I was playing my xbox, and I hit "Watch TV," it would shut the xbox off. This took some fiddling, but there is a way to make it so unused components are not actively turned off when activities are switched. (Unlike what the other reviewer said, he just didn't try hard enough) Their forums are pretty good for support, so check there for help if you need it. Aside from that, I have no complaints.
Overall Review: After the initial setup, it can take a couple of days to get all the wrinkles ironed out, as there are obviously some lesser used functions with your TV that you won't use right away. Stick with it for the first 1-3 days, go back to the software, and fix the problems, and after you're done with that, you'll love this remote. This is not the first Harmony I've used- my friend has a 550, and I was impressed. This is no different. It's nice to have 6 commands per screen on this, too. Very cool remote, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to simplify their A/V setup. It makes your life easier in not only just using the tv, but also eliminates interrupting calls/yells for help with the TV. Which is very, very nice.
Pros: It works well, I bought one to use with my old CRT monitor before I took the plunge and got my HDTV. This works great for the purpose it serves. Comes with all the gender changers you'd need, includes cables to turn R/L RCA into headphone, and also includes F/F converter so you can plug the male end of the cable into a male VGA cable, if it's built in, as in my old school CRT. Works well.
Cons: The only con I can think of is not really related to this cable so much as the Xbox. There is a very noticeable difference in the richness of color between this and the Component cables when plugged into the same display. Confirmed on multiple TVs, by multiple people. If you have an HDTV, the component cables are your way in. If your only feasible display for HD is a monitor with VGA, then this will do the job. But given the two, the colors in the Component are much richer.
Overall Review: This is a solid piece of hardware, but the color just isn't as solid as on the component cable if you can use that instead.
Pros: Incredible Price/performance ratio on this beast. It's simply incredible. I can't run Crysis flat out, but it does go faster than my friends GTS 640 without doubt. Runs UT3 demo flat out with 2xAA, never goes below ~40 fps for me. COD4 Demo is simply destroyed by this cards performance. I had to run it at 1024x768 with medium details and no AA on my previous card (A 7950gt) but on this? I run 1280x1024, full details, and 2xTRAA with no frames below 40. Runs episode 2 flawlessly with 4XTRAA with everything cranked. I think that what I'm trying to say is that this card rocks. I haven't noticed any temp problems either, just have a well ventilated case and nothing will be bad. Has the new Purevideo 2 chip on board, unlike the other 8800's. EVGA's new heatsink art looks pretty. :)
Cons: I had to install new drivers when I put this card in? (Digging for these, sorry) Oh, and the beta 169.02 drivers don't work with Crysis for me. So download the 169.04 drivers. No problem. It's also a long card. Just barely fits in my Sonata 2 case with a 120mm fan installed up front, but it does fit.
Overall Review: My system- Athlon64 x2 4400+ (socket 939), 4x512mb DDR, Vista x64, evga 8800 GT 512mb.
Pros: Graphics are very noticably better than PGR3, the cities look particularly awesome, even at speed. Some cool camera stuff is in here, like when you're going really fast there's some sway in it. Not distracting, but really cool. When you slide for longer times, the camera begins to twist in the direction you're sliding. The Bikes are a nice addition for at least a novelty now and again. The weather is a great addition too, Nurburgring in the snow is pretty great. Tesla Roadster is fun/strange to drive, with no sound at all below 90 or so. The new career mode is pretty neat, a nice departure from previous PGR games. Also, they don't have the HDR set to "Oh man we just invented HDR CRANK IT!!!!", there are colors besides white and black in this one, unlike PGR3. Nice new interface for tracking Kudos, and finally some customizable paint jobs! Geo Wars Waves is fun too.
Cons: The in car view can be tough to use sometimes, with the tach not always visible. This can be very problematic in the Tesla. Paint job customization is limited compared to games like Forza 2. Bikes aren't always that practical. New Geometry Wars can't be accessed seperately from inside your garage.
Overall Review: A huge step forward for the series. This was a game I wasn't expecting too much from, but they really delivered this time. It doens't feel rushed like PGR3 did. The new career mode is calendar based, which is pretty cool. There are some really awesome cars in there, as well, including the Ferrari FXX and Caparo T1, among others. I'm enjoying this a lot. And the new Geometry Wars is fun too, very intense.
Pros: Fast! Nice upgrade from a 3200+, makes XP and Vista both run better (especially vista), runs cool, dual core really does make a difference day to day. 2x1MB L2 is great, even better than the new Core 2 L2 setup.
Cons: Hmmm... doesn't come with an Athlon64 x2 sticker? (joke, I know it's OEM) I'm really reaching here.....
Overall Review: For the price, the performance gain is so very worth it. It really shot some new life into my aging system, went from a venice core 3200+ to this. Very noticable difference. My friend has his overclocked to just over FX-60 speeds, I don't feel like I need to risk the hardware to gain speed since it doesn't seem necessary. If you are looking to get a boost in performance out of your Socket 939 board before a major upgrade, this should last a while.
Pros: Great deal for the quality and size of the storage you get. Quiet- can't hear it seeking even in a cheaply designed D*ll desktop. Definitely can't hear it at all in my home-built system. Very fast, too.
Cons: That 1.5GB/s jumper is sort of hard to pull out. (I'm trying hard to think of cons here.)
Overall Review: Two of these in RAID is a screaming fast, surprisingly affordable solution for those who don't want to pay a fortune for that wonderful combo of high performance and large storage capacity. Just be sure to pull the jumper for 3 GB/s of throughput, if you want to. On the whole, a very good deal for a great hard drive. Always go with Seagate- this one replaced a M**tor that bit the dust at 2 1/2 years old.
Pros: Works every time. No hassle, no problems, just plug to hard drive in and go.
Cons: Not fancy or anything, but when it works this well fancy isn't needed.
Overall Review: I use these on a very regular basis, working at the IT help desk at a law school. Lots of clueless people with all sorts of problems, but this has never ever failed me. We've had them (about 3) for a long time, and none have flaked out, broken, or done anything unexpected under very heavy use (usually 2-3 HDD's per cable per day.) I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for this type of solution. Don't be fooled by the somewhat comical engrish on the box. It's simple to use, and works wonderfully.
Pros: Great performance for the dollar, can overclock very nicely, even though you don't have to, and it is fairly quiet in my machine that was built with noise in mind.
Cons: Maybe more of a placebo effect, but it would be nice if the cooler cooled the RAM on the card too. The real issue is what happens if it breaks. XFX RMA is SLOW. I sent my card into them 10 days ago with 3 day shipping. I got confirmation from them that they recieved my card 3 days later, which was 7 days ago. Nothing since. My friend has an 3VGA that he RMA'd, and he had a functioning card within 4 days, including shipping both directions. Mine has been 10 days with no updates yet. So as long as it doesn't break, you're fine. But if it does, buckle up. You're in for a long ride.
Overall Review: The RMA problem really is a bummer, because it is a punchy card and the price is right. Their web support it very helpful, with prompt responses. The RMA program that their competitors use is much better, and it is disappointing to experience this first hand.
Pros: Unbeatable price, Punchy Sub, sub volume is on the volume control instead of on the floor, nice sounding speakers.
Cons: Not the best sound quality, but it is much, MUCH better than I expected out of this price range, and is, by the way, good enough to make me very happy.
Overall Review: Awesome buy. If you are looking for great surround sound at an affordable price point, then this is it. It is easy to setup, the bass volume is on the main volume control, not on the floor, which is something I think every speaker manufacturer should do. Reaching to the floor is so stupid, thanks creative for getting it. The watt rating is also not indicative of how loud they are- the sub punches plenty well, and the whole system can get quite loud, which is a plus. That was my only fear when buying these speakers, that 90 watts might not juice 8 speakers well enough, but my fears were unjustified. Very, very cool speakers without breaking the bank. If you are on the fence about this set and are upgrading from headphones or two speakers, do not hesitate. You won't regret it.
Pros: Fast RAM, nice looks, speedy timings.
Cons: The timings and voltages don't automatically set themselves at advertised numbers.
Overall Review: I think that saying they are complete lies is very wrong, since you just need to go into your BIOS and push the voltage to 2.75, and adjust the timings as they are advertised: 2-3-3-6. Very simple, and it is rock solid. Have been running my system on this RAM for 4 months without and problems in the memory department. I very highly recommend this great stuff, and I Will probably buy another gig soon.
Pros: I just installed this on my new card, and it is awesome! The 7900gt was running fairly hot, about 50c idle and 74c under load. This Cooler Dropped the idle to 39c and under load, it doesn't break 55c! Great reductions in temperature, so I can OC it with more confidence, and it is quite a bit quieter than the stock cooler too. It also looks awesome.
Cons: It is a disconcertingly heavy, but the weight is validated by the huge cooling capabilities. Also, I wish it came with one of Zalman's Fanmate controls, but I usually just leave it on high. You can barely hear it anyways, and I have built my computer around being quiet.
Overall Review: Used Arctic silver, not the goop that comes with the sink. This thing cools so well, while looking so awesome. If you are thinking of getting better cooling for your vid card, this is it.
Pros: Looks awesome, The key backlighting is how it should always have been done, lighting only the letter. Feels great, comfortable to write with, even for long periods of time.
Cons: The only con is that it doesn't have media keys (ie, Play, sotp, next, pause, etc.), but this is not nearly enough to stop me from reccomending it.
Overall Review: Two things: The key feel. It feels great to me, I love the smooth, quiet key hits, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you like a more clickety-clackety key hit, this keyboard will upset you. The other comment is regarding the backlighting. It is what I expected, but others seem to have expected the light to be visible in all conditions. This is not true, and is a bad expectation to have. At night, this keyboard is excellent- looks great, and is perfect for games with a lot of buttons that you might have to hunt for. The lettering is visible in all conditions, day or night. In all, a great product that I would definately buy again, and maybe even again after that.
Pros: Good feature content. NForce 4! Nice overclock features, and the layout is nice. Allows for relatively easy installation......
Cons: ...Which is good because I've had to RMA two of these. My first one ran fine for about 1 1/2 months, then one morning it wouldn't POST. I RMA'd it, and Asus was great, no pain except for the fact that I had to give them my Mobo. Then the second one I got lasted 8 days. Asus tech support was helpful, and ultimately determined that I must be shorting out my board. I had a 380w PSU, and I gave to woman my hardware specs and she said that I would need 550 watts to run my config. I don't believe this is true at all, but I am planning on upgrading video card soon, so I just moved up my PSU upgrade. I hope this PSU idea works. The NB fan is also noisy after a couple of weeks, and might need to be replaced.
Overall Review: Good name, good support, bad reliability (in my case). My friend has had one that has been flawless for 6 months and he loves it. I wish I had his luck.
Pros: Good Price to content ratio, good layout
Cons: The fan on the northbridge is pretty whiny, but my case is very quiet, so your mileage may vary. For some reason, mine seem to like to break.
Overall Review: Got off the phone with Asus tech support after the second board I got died. I shut down my system today, and just like the first one, it would not POST. Called tech support, they were very helpful, and we isolated components one by one. Ultimately, the CPU test passed, but when RAM went in, nothing beeped. She saw it was my second board, as the replacement for my RMA'd board came in 5 days ago, and she asked what kind of hardware I was running. When she said I should be running a 550w power supply, I almost died! I am running an athlon64 3200+, geforce 6600 256mb, 1 gb corsair XMS, a hauppauge wintv-go-plus, 1 SATA2 HD, and 1 DVD-RW drive. 550w seems way high. My PSU is an Antec TruePower 2.0 380w. Everywhere I have looked says that this is a very nice, tight tolerance PSU. The board may just be sensitive to power needs or something. My first one ran for a month and a half. The second one ran for 8 days. I like Asus, but this is ridiculous.
Pros: Looks SHARP! The front panel hides several functions in a small space, the PSU it comes with is great, ingenious sideways hard drives, very nice sound reduction on HD, case fans, very sturdy feel.
Cons: The only one I could think of is if you have some bling you want to show off through a transparent side window. This looks so clean it doesn't need one, though.
Overall Review: This case is very quiet. The HD trays slide out, and the drives screw into rubber grommets that dampen the seeking sound significantly. The 120mm fan on back is also on rubber mounts, which cuts sound. Includes the rubber mounts for another 120mm chassis fan on the inside, but you don't need one. The dust filter is an excellent touch. Easy to build, and my components are actually noticably less dusty than with my old case (which was also very noisy). This one barely goes above a whisper. Nice sturdy feel, easy to build in. I highly reccomend one of these.
Pros: Beautiful design, very quiet even when in "loud" mode, tremendous drop in GPU temps
Cons: Not really any
Overall Review: This is the best GPU heatsink on the market. Period. I have a geforce 6600 DDR2, and the stock cooler was a piece. Idled in the 50's (Celsius) and went into the 70's, which is not necesarily damaging, but the fact that it was loud was what really made me buy this. I can actually unplug the fan and cool better. No joke, my temps dropped from 50's to 25c with the fan on "silent" mode, and now i get up to about 36c under load. Did I mention that it's nice and silent? If you are considering buying one, or heck, even if you aren't, buy one. It is worth it.
Pros: Very quiet, very nice to look at, very very very good at cooling the CPU. Weighs much less than "Monster" Zalman.
Overall Review: But worth it. Overclocking my Venice core 3200+ 600 Mhz to 2.6 Ghz, 30%. Idles at 30c and maxes out at around 38c. This thing is amazing. My motherboard cannot OC enough to challenge this beastly device.