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Michael K.

Michael K.

Joined on 09/20/07

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Most Favorable Review

Sweet SLI

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great overclocking options, it pushed my Q6600 from 2.4 to 3.5GHz on air cooling. SLI works surprisingly well, on XP at least. SATA ports are away from the GPU slots, which made connections easy. Good board layout in general.

Cons: I have my power supply on the bottom of the case, so it was hard to route the secondary power cable around to the top of the board, but that's really my fault for picking that case. The northbridge fan has good flow, but comes with a loud, high pitched whine. The board has good fan control options in the BIOS, I found 50% on the nForce fan was fairly quiet and kept temperatures bearable.

Most Critical Review

Worked OK for a while

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Lots of features, SLI, decent sound card included.

Cons: It has trouble overclocking quad cores, it got my q6600 up to 2.9MHz easily, without any voltage tweaks. Then I found out that it can't handle anything above that for quad cores, but it can go much higher for dual cores from what I've read. It also completely died on me after two weeks of light use, so I can't say that this board is a very reliable choice.

Overall Review: Newegg was great with the RMA, of course.

Caveat

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Pros: Fast, pretty, nice new features.

Cons: BIG problem with 4Gb of RAM, you can only install Vista64 with 2Gb, then put in your last few gigs after you've fully installed it. If you do that, the 4gigs works great.

Solid RAM

OCZ Titanium XTC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2T800C44GK
OCZ Titanium XTC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2T800C44GK

Pros: 4 gigs, cheap, relatively fast.

Cons: You sacrifice a little on the timings to get the full 4 gigs, but that's the price you pay.

Nice mouse

Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse
Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Can adjust the weight to be comfortable. Button placement and feel are very comfortable. The on the fly sensitivity adjustments work well.

Cons: Pricey for a mouse, but if you want better than the OEM junk, then you gotta pay for it.

Better than all the anti-hype

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Pros: Very slick GUI, some of the sidebar tools are actually really useful. Now that the UAC has been patched, you don't get nearly as many annoying popups, but it still keeps your computer locked up tight. The driver support has picked up a lot, the only thing I can't get to work is CoreTemp, a freebie utility. The 64bit side of things is great, some games (Crysis) is actually smoother and faster than in XP 32 on the same hardware.

Cons: The security features are somewhat annoying when trying to install software. Vista does use a lot of RAM, but with 4Gb in Vista64, it's very responsive, at least as good as XP. If you want to use SLI, the drivers still aren't optimized for 64bit, it rarely works better than the single GPU.

Overall Review: On the whole, I've liked Vista a lot. Games have worked great on it, and they've copied most of the cool features from OSX, Firefox, etc. If nVidia and DirectX get the stuff together and get SLI to work right, then it'll really rock XP.