Joined on 07/17/05
Big Power in an Itty Bitty Box
Pros: Speed, Speed, and more Speed
Cons: An Aluminum heat sink (What was Intel thinking?)
Overall Review: If you have done your homework then you know what this chip is capable of. Sitting on top of an ASUS P5GDC-V MB this cpu is extremely fast. You need a MB that can utilize the capability and the architecture of this cpu, so research carefully before you select a MB. As for the heat sink, its just like some of the other reviewers said; its not very good. The thermal conductivity of aluminum is about 110 max. Copper is 230. With a cpu running at these speeds you should not cut corners on cooling. The cpu tops out at 30 degrees C in a Cool Master Centurion case with a Thermaltake Jungle512 heat sink, carefully lapped with high silver content compound.
A Book & Its Cover
Cons: Performance & Quality
Overall Review: I have used these power supplies before but I must tell you that if reliability is important then use Antec. While these look nice they are NOT good supplies. The last one I ordered had a voltage regulation problem out of the box. If they were tested at the factory, that should have never happened. It could have damaged a rather expensive MB. Since I build high performance systems for people, I can't afford to have a quality problem. I'm going to stop offering these PS as an option. Thanks Egghead for getting my replacement to me so quickly.
Good Loud Copper Heat Sink
Pros: Very effective copper core heat sink.
Cons: A bit loud (I SAID ITS A BIT LOUD) Mounting can be trying
Overall Review: This is a straight-up Intel replacement heat sink, except it is copper not aluminum as are some of the stock Intel HS. I too had some trouble getting a good mount to the ASUS P5 board, but you need to understand how the mount actually works and then mount it with the MB out of the case. That way you are sure then the locking pins are extended. Getting a grip on the knobs while the MB is in the case can be most of the problem with not getting a good hook-up. I tested the P4 640 CPU 3.2 MHz which tops out at 30 degrees C under a high load (playing a game while running a DVD and a music CD in the background). This heat sink works fine. Be sure to wipe off the thermal grease that comes on the heat sink core and use a good silver thermal compound instead, (spread across the cpu evenly with a razorblade), for best results.
More Power To You
Pros: Quality Performance Installation & Modular Wiring Quit Fan Reliability
Overall Review: If reliability and quality are important, or if you are just plain sick of power supply problems, then spend the money on this. The modular wiring is a breeze and helps to eliminate unwanted wire just dangling in your case. The PS fan runs between 800 to 900 RPM under a heavy load (there is a fan RPM lead that connects to your MB so you can monitor its performance or detect a fan failure before there are real problems). If your budget allows, its everything you want or need in a PS. Rock On Newegg,com
Comments: Although I think that this MB is good hardware, MSI’s support is much less than “world class”. The Live Update didn't flash the BIOS correctly and MSI wasn't much help in getting it resolved. Their policy is not to update the BIOS unless you’re having a problem. As an engineer I know that it’s not always possible to tell as an end user if your having a problem unless it is a problem that effects something obvious. MSI has a dilemma of providing utilities that advise when a BIOS needs updating with a policy that advises against updating to the current revision. In my experience I believe that this reflects a software configuration management issue at MSI. In the years to come I'm concerned about the ability to get the most from my MB and ensure the longest and most reliable life. I'm not sure that I'll buy another MSI MB because of the support and what I perceive as a bad support policy. I built a computer so I could get leading edge performance. If I wanted off the shelf performance I would have bought a Dell. Incidentally, their own FAQs state that this is a problem that may require a replacement of the BIOS chip. BIOS beware!