Date Joined: 07/13/05
Pros: Good performance for the price
Cons: This card is more than 2 slots wide, so it will block the next slot on most motherboards.
Overall Review: If you have the room, this card is a good performance value for the price.
Pros: - Variable speed with knob.
- Great airflow with good static pressure.
- Included a quality "extras" kit (e.g. screws, washers, control knob on PCI backplate, temp sensor, thermal tape, 3-to-4 pin power adapter, INSTRUCTIONS!)
- Fan is well balanced, free from plastic imperfections, and seem to be very good quality.
Cons: - At maximum RPM, the fan gets loud. But, come on, 95 CFM For The Win!
- The connectors that extend from the side to attach the thermal probe or control knob are on very short stubby wires, which makes them difficult to move out of the way if you need to fit the fan in a fan-cage designed to hold 120mm fans.
- The control knob switch is held to the PCI backplate by being sandwiched between to metal tabs (instead of having a threaded shaft with a nut on the protruding knob side. This makes customization more difficult.
- With lots of these, your case may spontaneously take flight, while simultaneosly causing a blizzard.
Overall Review: I ordered 10 of these fans for my CoolerMaster 830 Stacker (4 in the side door, 1 on top, 1 in back, 2 out the bottom, 2 in front). The problem? Who has 10 PCI slots open for all the switches? So I a 5.25" bay cover and drilled holes in it. But the switches mount in a U-shaped bend of metal with detents in little holes, instead of some threaded shaft mechanism. A trip to the hobby store got me some square balsa-wood strips which I glued on the back of the cover plate to align the switches, then I glued the face of the switch to the back of the faceplate. Look great now!
Overall Review: I don't own this yet, but simply wanted to point out that the manufacturer's website now lists Phenom compatibility as well:
Pentium 4 (Socket LGA775)
Pentium 4 Prescott FMB 1.5 (Socket 478)
Phenom (Socket AM2, AM2+)
Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX (Socket 939)
Athlon XP (Socket 462/A)
Sempron (Socket 754)
Pros: I bought 2. They work good. In Crossfire they hold decent framerates in most modest games. I haven't tried Crysis or anything crazy like that. PCIe 2.0 is nice, and it's backward compatible (you can stick it in a PCIe 1.0 slot if you don't have 2.0 ones). The PCIe 2.0 cards are cheaper than the 1.0 cards for some reason. No fans to fail, no extra power cables needed!
Cons: They don't include the Crossfire cables. So now I need to spend $20+shipping on 2 Crossfire cables for $65 worth of video cards? How stupid is that? You can do software-Crossfire without the cables, but the cables really improve performance.
Pros: Low latency. Nice-quality heatsinks included. It works.
Cons: I sometimes wonder with these heatsinks, how much they help. When you load up all 4 slots with RAM that has heatsinks on them, they leave only VERY small air gaps between them. So your choices are heatsinks with poor airflow, or no heatsinks with good airflow.
Overall Review: Tests have shown that there is little performance gain (1-5%) with the high-end gaming RAM, even though there is quite a gain in price (150-400%). Talk about the "law of diminishing returns"! This RAM is cheap, and works good.
Pros: I purchased this as part of building my wife a new system that would last her a couple years. The processor performs well. It doesn't seem to generate too much heat, even when doing some gaming (e.g. WoW, CoD4). The 95W power consumption doesn't stress the motherboard too much, like some of the more power-hungry processors do.
Cons: These triple-cores only exist because they were born quad-cores, and one core failed testing, so AMD turned it off. These are priced exactly 3/4 the cost of the same clock-speed quad-core. AMD could have done better than that for something they would have otherwise just had to throw away.
Overall Review: It's kind of novel having 3 cores. It's like that 3 cylinder engine they had in Geo Metro's for a while.
Pros: 16MB cache, and SATA II improve performance. It's a good price for a good quality drive, with excellent performance.
Cons: Could have more capacity for the money.
Overall Review: These drives are even faster than similar WD models (16MB, 7200RPM, SATA-II) of even just a year ago.
Pros: Cool looking, ergonomic, multi-media keys.
Cons: The space bar is akward to push. If you don't press it more in the center (as opposed to the outer thirds) it doesn't depress smoothly, but seems to get bound up on the internal guides. I bought this keyboard, and the first one the V, M, and Y keys didn't work. I returned it, which cost me 10 dollars, only to get one that the C key didn't work. I returned that one, for 10 dollars shipping more, just to get one that the K and G keys didn't work. I got sick of paying shipping so I went and bought the same one at the local electronics chain store, and returned the bad one there.
Overall Review: Maybe these are refurbs, they got a bad batch, or they are somehow seconds.
Pros: The headphones sound pretty good, you can hear a lot of detail in the music / game. The earcups seal very well against my head, and block out a lot of external sound (sounds similar to wearing shooting-style hearing protection). They seem very sturdy built, nothing seems too cheap, flimsy, or easy to break. The mic boom is flexible and easy to position, and can be rotated up out of the way when not in use. They are very comfortable, with plenty of plush padding in contact areas. The cord is long. I like that they DON'T have a mic/volume switch, because I've always had those break on me. Good buy for $30.
Cons: I like to chew gum, and the headphones put enough pressure on the top of my jaw to make chewing gum akward. It isn't painful, just try opening and closing your mouth while pushing with your fingers below your ears. I like the headset enough though (and for $30) to just avoid chewing gum while using them.
Some might not like that they don't have a mic/volume switch. I think it's good, because I've had to replace a couple pair of headphones that had those switches break, or had to leave them in one position because touching it messed with the connection.
Overall Review: I haven't had a lot of time to try out the quality of the mic, from a sound perpective. Assuming it works decently well (it's supposed to be noise-cancelling too), I'm definately going to keep these. With the ease of mic positioning, I don't forsee problems.
I'm no audiophile. These headphones sound fine to me. I can hear people talking, hear things happen in my game, listen to music clearly, etc. I'm happy. There may be people out there that can hear imperfections in the sound quality, but not me.
Pros: Excellent tracking. Vista x64 drivers. The ability to switch resolutions right on the mouse, with no software/driver interaction is a HUGE plus. The cord is covered in a cloth braid, and is long.
Cons: The mousewheel is nearly impossible to click. I use the mousewheel-click function a lot (in my Opera browser to open a link in a new tab, and I usually assign it a function in games). I found it so difficult to hold the wheel still and click it, that I assigned the side scrolling abilities of the mouse the middle-click function. If you use the middle-wheel-click a lot, DO NOT BUY THIS MOUSE.
Overall Review: Although I think it is a high quality product, I gave it away because it was so hard to use the middle-click of the wheel. While novel, the necessity of being able to weight-tune the mouse is debatable. I notice no difference after playing with the weight configuration several times. The uber-sensitivity of this mouse can be a plus or minus. With it all the way up, it is so sensitive that if you do not hold perfectly still, you will find it difficult to mouse precisely. I have two big dogs, and if one brushes my leg or chair, I get moved off target. But again, I think the quality of the product is excellent, and well worth the money if these issues don't affect you.
Pros: Great price, outstanding performance, and retail packaging (with cables). Works great with my 42" plasma TV for big-screen gaming. 12 pixel pipelines for superb performance. Vista Premium ready.
Cons: Windows wouldn't let me install the drivers until I manually disabled my MB's onboard video with a jumper on the board. I've never had that problem before, and it may not be related to the card.
Overall Review: Take note that the DVI port is the primary monitor connector.
Comments: Contrary to what shoult said above, this is NOT a hardware based RAID card. What makes this card so awesome and flexible is the fact that the RAID is implemented in software (driver). That being said, it will suck up CPU resources to do its job, but with a powerful dual-processor system you'll be fine. This card simply rocks.