Joined on 01/02/08
Pros: Built-in gigabit networking, high-quality built-in SigmaTec sound, USB, FireWire, 3.0GB SATA, takes DDR2 800 RAM and Core2 Duo processors.
Cons: Windows Vista rates the video as only 3.8 on the Windows Experience scale. This is good enough for the Aero glass UI theme, but if you're seriously into gaming, you'll want a separate video card.
Overall Review: Basically the same board as the Intel DG965SS, but in a full ATX form factor rather than mATX, and with two extra PCI slots. I put a Core2 E6420 CPU on it with Kensington DDR2 800 RAM and it's very happy.
Pros: Attractive, well made, solid case. Very easy to work with. Built in power supply is adequate for a basic PC.
Cons: No audio or FireWire ports in front, and the front USB ports are actually on the side, which is a little odd. I also wish this case didn't have a non-removable sculpted floppy drive facade, because I don't see any reason to put a floppy drive into a PC anymore. I don't even remember the last time I used a floppy disk.
Overall Review: I also own the mATX version of this case (they're identical aside from this one being taller, deeper, and very slightly wider) and it's great too.
Not bad at all
Pros: Inexpensive and surprisingly good for the money. Works with Linux (Ubuntu Gutsy recognized it automatically) and Windows Vista. Powers itself off the USB line, so you don't have to plug it into the wall.
Cons: A bit slow and noisy. Scans can look a little streaky depending on settings (in which case the solution is, turn down the gain a bit and if necessary brighten the image up in software later).
Pros: Built-in gigabit networking, high-quality SigmaTec sound, accelerated video, USB, FireWire, 3.0 GB SATA, etc.
Cons: Windows Vista rates the video as only 3.8 on the Windows Experience scale. This is good enough to run the Aero glass UI theme, but a bit weak if you're into serious gaming.
Overall Review: This is basically an mATX version of the ATX-form Intel DG965RY board (which I also own), minus two PCI slots. I put an Intel Core2 Duo E6420 CPU on it with 2GB of Kensington DDR2 800 RAM and it's quite happy.