Date Joined: 04/12/07
Pros: Worked great when it worked.
Cons: Only worked for about a year or so and that was with the Thermaltake 150 Graphics power supply running in concert to take the graphics load off the Toughpower. I would not call it a Toughpower, I would call it a No-Power as it does not work and I have a power supply from NewEgg that cost me 40 bucks that has worked for the last 4 years without fail, my toughpower is a paper weight and has been for the last 5 years or so. Which is rediculous. It lived just long enough to be out of warranty.
Overall Review: I expected much more from Thermaltake. I have now switched to all Corsair Power supplies. Gold Series.
Pros: Appears very sturdily made, 200 mm fan
Cons: Non-Modular, Not to mention, I have a 20 dollar cheapo that has lasted longer than this thing. I was going through some old parts doing some "early" spring cleaning and came across this thing. It has been dead for several years. It was connected to an Asus Striker II Extreme, 8 Gig's of Corsair and a Quad Core. I now have a cheapo 1000Watt that cost 20 bucks on the Bay and it has run the system longer that this "Power Supply??" did. I paid 279 for this one new and it lasted less than two years. It was in a Thermaltake Cube with 13 Fans and I also have the 300W Thermaltake Video Card add on Power Supply so my total TT power was well over 400 dollars and only the Video card one still runs just perfect. I have now moved to corsair power supplies when I used to be Thermaltake all the way. I am very UN-Impressed with the longevity of this Power Supply. Thus very UN-impressed with Thermaltake in general. I have even moved away from their CPU fans. Now I run Tunia and a couple others. But all my Thermaltakes are box decorations in storage.
Overall Review: Back in the day, when this first went caput, I emailed Newegg and they told me tough luck, it was out of warranty, by less than 30 days. LOL. Nice, a 300 dollar PSU and I'm done. I must say though, New Egg has always treated me right so I would assume that it is a Thermaltake issue. I even sold my Cube for 100 bucks and went with an old Alien Ware case and a couple Cooler Masters.
Pros: This drive has very high read/write rates, it loaded the os without issue and has thus far performed flawlessly. It took a somewhat quick laptop and turned it into a near lightning fast laptop. From the time you press the on button to fully ready to roll, 4 seconds with Win7Pro and 8gigs RAM.
Cons: The only thing I can think of seriously is that I know they are holding back on sizes to milk the SSD for all its worth before upping the capacities to within reasonable costs.
Overall Review: SSD's have been around long enough now that we should be able to get a 500 gig for around 200 or less. Yet, we are still paying a buck a gig?? C-Mon.
Pros: High quality, fair/reasonable cost for the product that you get
Cons: None really. A little more expensive than the others but with that comes better quality so I do not consider this to be a con.
Overall Review: If you are no concerned about quality and just need something to fill the slot, go with the cheaper one.
Pros: Extremely quick compaired to a platter driven HDD.
Cons: Does get to the point where it starts to slow down if you make too many software changes. I simply did a wipe of the drive and started over and "planned" my installation and it works fine now.
Overall Review: This is a great entry level drive to wet your tastebuds on the SSD world. Once you have had one, you will never go back, it is like dial up to high speed connections, could not immagine NOT having one now.
Pros: It is an SSD, it made my laptop smoking fast for about three days. It makes a great looking paperweight@!!
Cons: Too nuemerous to list: Dead, Dosn't work, Worked for about three days, Slowed down before I even had office installed. I put the OS on then Anti-virus and by that time it was slower than a 5400 rpm value drive that was full.
Overall Review: Quit selling this drive, it is garbage. I should have listened to the reviews I read. I assumed that it was probably inexperienced users and took the chance anyway because the price was right. However, I have much cheaper paper weights. Plus, I sent in the 10 dollar rebate and was told it wasn't mailed in time, so I lost my rebate, and the drive cause now I can't RMA it. Just awsome. Save yourself the headache, spend the extra money and purchase a better drive. I am going to bite the bullett and purchase a higher end drive because it did make the system much faster. The drive scored a 7.2 in Win7 64bit's rating scheme when it was working right.
Pros: Very good memory at a great price. Running 8 Gigs with no problem
Cons: Had to up the voltage to 2.0 to get full speed.
Overall Review: Why is it that you always seem to have to up the voltage to get the rated speeds and timings? Initially ran at 800.
Pros: Cheap. Fairly full featured. Great card for the price. If you need a longer VGA ribbon you can purchase them for a few dollars.
Cons: Obviously it is not a high end card. "to be expected for a 20 dollar PCI-X card" Supports dual monitors. 64bit even on a low end card is kind of LOW. But, most are not expecting any super performace anyway, so it is not "really" an issue. Overall, great card.
Overall Review: To Jerry and N/A. Please don't post petty complaints that detract from the overall purchase potential of the card. Obviously you "think" you are technically savvy when you are not. One posts that there are no instructions on "how to" make it low profile VGA, well, it seems fairly obvious that you remove the dual plate and use the two low profile plates and put one next to the other. Yes, it takes up two spaces in that configuration, no, you cannot remove the DVI port from the board and attach the VGA port in its place, COME ON. What kills me is that you claim to be technically savvy...ROFLMAO. People rely on these posts to guide them in purchases, don't post your own ineptitude. To potential purchasers: As allways, IF you have a problem, let NewEgg know ASAP and they will take care of you.
Pros: Decent cost for such a quick and highly equipped computer. Very fast, competes with my fastest desktop. I plan to put an SSD in this computer as well which will really make this thing fast.
Cons: I have not found a con yet really. I did the bios upgrade and it did definitely lower the core temp of the laptop so it is not really a con. When a simple Bios upgrade can fix the problem, I tend to consider that a non-issue since I keep my Bios up to date anyway and I feel that you really should no matter what.
Overall Review: For the cost, and for the performance, this is one heck of a good laptop, it is very fast and does quite well under pressure. It is by far the quickest laptop I have owned to this point. Most definitely would recommend this to anyone. Don't cut yourself short by purchasing a i5 or a core 2 duo when the i7 is available for a couple extra bucks.
Overall Review: This is great RAM for the price, and is a good quality ECC memory. I am running it in a Dell Server and it is working just fine and has been for several months now.
Pros: The problem with the screen going darker during different lighting conditions can be fixed by either shutting off the Web Cam, or changing settings in the power settings to full power at all times. Simple as that and then you have full brightness no matter what.
Cons: not writing about cons
Overall Review: No other thoughts
Pros: This is a very fast Quad Core laptop with 8 threads, 2 per core. It is faster than most desktops, has a graphics card that is better than most desktops and is overall, a smokin' fast laptop that can do just about anything you could ask of it. Not to mention that it will take you quite a few years before it becomes out dated, which, most laptops sold today are already outdated.
Cons: Yes, the fan is loud when it is cooling this powerful CPU and GPU, it has to be. It is tough to cool something this powerful packed inside a laptop case. I don't even consider this a con, but some people "Just Have" to have something to complain about.
Overall Review: As for the quality of the display, There is a work-around to brighten up the display, the BIOS is holding back some power and Sony should definately put out an update to fix this.
Pros: This is a great quality Cisco product.
Overall Review: In the review of this product stating that the firmware is out of date that person gave the product a 3 of 5 because of this fact and then stated that it was a quality product. It is misleading to rate something based on the fact that the firmware may be outdated. This only shows that Cisco is constantly improving their products. I would be much more upset if the product had no firmware updates, THAT would bother me.
e.g. Don't mislead the public simply because you "feel" that the product should have come with the latest updates. New egg has great deals, and they do that by purchasing large quantities and putting them on the shelf. If you want the firmware updated to the most current, pay the extra couple hundred "or whatever the cost may be" and purchase the product directly from Cisco.
Pros: It was simple to set up and works great.
Cons: It is not night vision, only "nightmode" which just ups the saturation, brightness and contrast to allow it to see better at night. Does not show the typical green glows of night vision. Does not work at all in extreme low light.
Overall Review: It works great in places that have security night lights and is supurbe during the day. Recording is not bad, I recorded 10 hours straight and didn't use more than 2 gigs of space and I bought a Terrabite for security footage storing.
Pros: For the money, this is a great CPU, does just fine under a load and decodes video quickly. I have been very impressed with this processor.
Cons: None really, For a lower end processor, it definately does great.
Overall Review: Everyone is saying that this thing runs hot, but I have an Thermaltake Orb II cooler on it and it is running at about 27c to 32c
Pros: It is a well priced motherboard for what it can accomplish. I really enjoy the fact that you can surf the internet without getting into the OS. It has good overclocking potential and has many features that other boards in this price range would not even dream of. I have allways been a fan of ASUS though and that is all that I use. I purchased one INTEL board and RMA'd it once and INTEL would not RMA it the second time even though it had a three year warranty. So needless to say I am partial to ASUS, as well as NEWEGG.
Cons: I have not found any yet, if I do, I will revise my posting here.
Overall Review: It is a great mother board for the price. Make sure that you realise that even though this is a LGA775 that it is a built on 45nm architecture and not 90nm so your Pentium 4's with Hyperthreading will not work, and neither will the older Intel Core 2 Duo's. Also, it only takes DDR3.
Pros: It is a good set of Memory. It clocks out great with a little tweaking on the voltage.
Cons: User needs to modify voltage to get it to run at 1066. 2.1 to 2.2 should be fine for a stable system. I am running at 2.1 with an quality Asus Motherboard.
Overall Review: Definately a great set of memory for a great price.
Pros: Ok, for all the nay-sayers out there, I say, get a life. This is hands down "one" of the best cases on the market. I am running an Asus Striker Extreme, Theremaltake ToughPower 1000 and Thermaltake 350 Video Card Supply, Dual 8800 GTX's and a Intel Q6950 and am Idling at 28c and maxing out at 39-42c those numbers incase your really don't know anything, are comparable, if not better than, a liquid cooled machine. It is loud and large and Kicks Booty. If you can't take the size or the noise of the 11 120mm fans, don't game. By a wide screen TV and an xBox.
Cons: Ok, it is large, but with the four heat chambers, it cools awsome and is worth the size. "not really a con in my book"
Overall Review: I want another one, and also, "as a complaint" I have had a tough time finding the media window and the 7 inch motorized display, even from thermaltake themselves.
Again though, this case is awsome, and for the price, you can't really beat it. Simillarly set up cases are costing six hundred bucks. This case does it better for less than half that price.
Buy one, you will NOT be disappointed. As for the doors floping closed while working on it, put two CD cases under the back of it and they stay open....DUH.... The fan fliters work awsome too, for all the cfm flowing in this beast, my components never get dusty. I love it, and you will too.
Pros: It's Affordable!!!!!
It made my AlienWare Area 51m Fly like an Eagle..(LOL) But seriously, its a great product and would recommend to anyone, even if my job depended on it, which sometimes, these descisions do.
Cons: Absolutely none, Corsair is in the top 3 of High-End Memory Producers.
Overall Review: 2 Gigs for less than 75 bucks is what I paid, You cannot beat that. Then, you get a mail in rebate to boot. Awsome.
Pros: Large Case with room for just about any component you can think of. Even with fan cooling, there is enough airflow that my overclocked Cor 2 Duo E6850 stays at 28c or below at Idle and never has reached above 38c NEVER!!
Cons: Very Large Case, it's not until this thing comes in the mail that you realise how big it really is. This isn't really a con, but you need to know what your getting into.
Overall Review: I have 12 120mm fans running in this case so it makes some noise, but if you have a good setup and purchase good fans that are controllable, you can minimise the noise. The case is large enough for just about any water cooling system without problems and with one or two fams in the right place, passive CPU and GPU cooling is more than reliable.
Pros: This thing cools like no other, I am running a Core 2 Duo 6600 and the hotest I have seen it get was 39c. I have two ThermalTake 120mm 2500rpm fans to top this thing off. It is amazing. The temp responds immediately slightly up or down depending on load. there is NO lag time, once the load is off, the temp drops immediately.
Cons: It is very large. The pictures do not do justice to the actual size of this thing. It wasn't a problem for me because I am using a ThermalTake Mozart case that stands around 2.5 feet high and a foot and a half square. I have no trouble with space issues.
Overall Review: This combination cpu/case/cooler gives water coolers a run for their money. I have not hit above 40c since I fired this thing up. It's a Asus Striker Extreme Mobo as well, with 6 Hard Drives and two DVD burners. A ToughPower 750 with a 250 SLI power supply as well running dual 8600GT's in SLI. This is screaming fast and cool. One heck of a combination.
Pros: These are a cost effective way to get into the Direct X 10 arena. Vista performs wonderful with these in SLI Mode. They are a wonderful card
Cons: Not exactly top of the line for the price you pay. I have had some trouble getting the correct S.R. out of B.F. 2142 with these cards. I have updated everything possible and stil no availe.
Overall Review: If I were doing this all over again, I would shuck the 7 or 8 hundred on one 8800GTX Extreme. They outperform most any setup, Unless it's two of the behemouths in SLI. Save you chash and go with the single 8800GTX Extreme. When the time comes, get another one to move to SLI.
Pros: Someone was saying that their card went "super mario" on them after about 15 minutes of game play. I would have to say that it's a Driver problem or a conflict with one or more of the other resources on your board i.e. memory etc. Download the latest drivers from NVidia's web site along with Ntune. Once you have that all done check your clock speeds and frequencies through ntune. Also check your temp and monitor your temp. It could be that it's getting to hot, but I would check out the drivers etc. first before delving in to solving that problem.
Overall Review: I have two of these running in SLI and they are pulling 3DMark06 scores in the high tens to low eleven's. They are only pulling about 1500 more points than my 7950 GT's were. If you can wait for the prices to drop on the 8800 series I would do that. If you want a great card now, this is a great card.
Pros: This is by far one of the best power supply's I have owned. It is very solidly constructed and has great cabling. The power that it puts out is very stable and does not fluctuate like some other supply's that show their maximum rated power. Thermaltake rates their supply's at a steady temp. and steady output. The max output for this supply is much higher than 750 but 750 is what it is tested to put out reliably and steadily for the life of the supply. I would give this one of the highest ratings available.
Overall Review: Research your needs before committing to a purchase. There are articles and venue's for information available to us all to find out exactly what your usage needs are.
Pros: This is a great card, it puts out a 3dMark06 score in SLI of ten thousand four hundred something. I can't remember exactly. I have opted to go with the 8600 GTS 256's in SLI though. If you are going to spend two hundred, spend the extra fourty and get the 8600. Like I said, this is a smokin' card and buying this would not be making a mistake. However, I would go with the extra fourty dollars and get the XFX 8600 with active cooling and Direct X 10 support.
Overall Review: I am running this in SLI with four gigs of Corsair DDR2 6400c4 mem. In a Thermaltake Mozart TX with 12 120mm 3500rpm fans. A Core 2 Duo E6600 and four 250gb wd hd's in a raid 0+1 setup. I am running an Idle temp of 28c on die cpu and 35c on card temp for the GPU. At full load these cards are putting down a temp of no more than 45c. This is due to the VERY large heat sink on them and the mini typhoon I have going on in my case. Some have reported as high as 70c+ though.