Date Joined: 10/14/10
Pros: I use it as the LAN interface in my OpenBSD gateway, works reliable handing anything I throw at it, including internal file transfers at a gigabit.
Cons: Nothing so far
Pros: Fantastic keyboard. Every key is mechanical and the brown switches are amazing to type on. Backlight looks great and is nicely adjustable. Macro editing is easy in windows, I only use linux however. Once the macros are set in windows they work perfect in linux though.
Cons: None really. Its occasionally squeaky but its rare and doesn't bother me.
Overall Review: Cooler Master should really opensource the macro editing program. I know a lot of the linux community would be more enthusiastic about choosing a keyboard if there was a nice linux program.
Pros: Sturdy build, nice power for the price, runs linux mint like a champ. Sleek and not unnecessarily big anywhere. 5 and a half hour battery life is great.
Cons: Can't stand the touchpad. Holding your finger on the mouse click area while moving the mouse causes bad behavior. This model used to have a much nicer material that felt soft, almost like fake leather, but has sense been replaced with plastic.
Pros: After making the array in the boot menu (very easy), the array showed up in my bios as a marvel controller drive and was bootable. Install linux mint across my array and everything worked flawlessly. No drivers needed, even in utilities like clonezilla. Great little card for the price!
Cons: I tried putting two samsung 840 pro SSDs in raid 0 and was disappointed to only get 630MB/s (mobo raid in windows got over 900 in as ssd). I'm not sure if my inconsistent benchmarking techniques are to blame however.
Pros: Consistently see over 125MB/s read and write, great performance.
Pros: Excellent speeds. I am using two of these in Intel RAID 0 on x79 with a stripe size of 32K. I see ~750MB/s write and ~950MB/s read on average in AS SSD. Also seeing ~140,000 IOPS read ~100,000 IOPS write. I'm using the array for large amounts of virtualization (~10 simultaneous VMs).
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I tried installing Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon 64 bit but was unable to make it work. I was having grub issues on install, when I was finally able to install it installing software broke cinnamon. Not sure if that had to do with the SSDs but be advised.
Pros: Best board (arguably) for x79 builds. Extra SATA ports are great for someone who has multiple RAID arrays on the intel controller like me. Mobo supports 128GB of RAM, but a 3930k/3960k can only use 64GB, I guess its good to future-proof. Dual NICs is nice to have.
Cons: First of all newegg has incorrect info on this board. There are 2 USB 3.0 headers on the board, not 4. RAID is only supported on the intel SATA ports, (2 SATA 6 and 4 SATA 2), not all of them (4 ASMedia controlled SATA 6 ports). Haven't checked all the information but newegg needs to fix that.
Half the RAM slots were dead (all 4 on the right of the CPU). I RMA it to MSI. 2 weeks later I get my board back, absolutely no repairs made. They held onto it for a week and a half then mailed it back without trying. Calling them again.
I had the exact same experience with ASUS (my gfx card failed, I RMA'ed it and it was sent back in worse shape, bent and unfixed). It took a month and a half to get a new one. I switched to MSI to avoid ASUS because of that, because of the RIVE bent pin issues, and because I heard the RMA department has been good recently. Instead I got another nightmare.
MSI has UNACCEPTABLE customer service. Probably the last purchase I will make from them.
Overall Review: I got mine at fries (newegg doesn't like it when you spell their competition correctly).
Not docking more then an egg because maybe a perfect board would be awesome? Sounds like it will be, but dealing with MSI's RMA department is almost impossible. I will update when they actually give me a working board to use.
32GB Corsair Vengeance RAM (8 x 4GB) 1600MHz 9-9-9-24
ASUS AMD Radeon HD 6970
Corsair 1200W PSU
Pros: Massive. Cable management becomes pretty easy. 10 hard drive bays fits my RAID array without trouble. Lots of space for fans makes for good airflow and lots of water cooling options. Dusk meshes are effective and case is still very very quiet. Case can really fit any configuration. All USB 3.0 with an adapter for the back of the mobo. SATA dock on top.
Cons: The casters suck and all of them snapped when moving my machine. 4 DVD drive bays is less then I'd expect from a case this nice. Could have been designed in a way that allowed unused HDD bays to hold DVD drives. Cannot purchase the blue fans that come with the case separately. I'm being nit picky though, nothing worth removing an egg.
Overall Review: I've put this in it:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
i5-760 LGA 1156
2x4GB Patriot RAM 1333 9-9-9-24
ASUS AMD Radeon 6970
Corsair 750W PSU
1 Blu Ray drive, 2 DVD drives
4 2TB Seagate barracuda's in 2 RAID 1 arrays
Crucial C300 128GB SSD
Soon to upgrade to an MSI Big Bang-XPower II, Intel i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E, G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB RAM build with full custom water cooling loop (2x180mm rad on top) and will have plenty of room for everything.
Pros: I just purchased another one of these but have been using 2TB barracudas since they came out. Very reliable and fast. Price is excellent. I have only had one failure but it was due so to something hitting the drive, not the drive's fault.
Overall Review: not sure how much they new SATA III interface is helping you. You cant really read/write fast enough to saturate SATA II anyway. Either way, it isn't hurting!
SATA II = 3Gb/s = 384MB/s
SATA III = 6Gb/s = 768MB/s
My best read speed 141.8MB/s
Tested with HD Tune 2.55.
Pros: Price isn't too bad, it sure is fast.
Cons: Not full advertised speeds, but close.
Overall Review: I use it as a boot drive and to run all my programs. Steam games can be a bit glitchy on SSDs still, so if your upgrading size for that keep that in mind.
Pros: Extremely powerful card, will run anything you throw at it. I using it for gaming and hash cracking with OpenCL in windows and it works great. Also rather quiet.
Cons: Had trouble with getting the AMD SDK and OpenCL drivers working in linux. Poor linux support overall. That goes for all AMD cards though. Not enough for minus and egg as it doesn't effect the average user.
Overall Review: You cannot do eyefinity with monitors in mixed resolutions without shrinking all of them down to the size of the smallest one (and having some black space). Kinda obvious but I thought I should mention.
Pros: Works well, not bad price
Pros: Very quiet, thats why I bought it, keeps things very cool. I have an i5-760 stock at 2.8 that I overclocked to 3.37, and it loads with prime95 stable at 55C. Idles at about 35C. Great first water cooling kit.
Overall Review: Best for the money probably.
Pros: Big, good display, good connectivity.
Cons: I got a stuck pixel, but I can probably get that unstuck. Its not dead. Annoying but not enough to knock off an egg
Pros: Good display, very very thin.
Cons: ...mine doesn't tilt. Maybe I'm stupid and overlooked something but I cant see how this tilts, its pretty annoying.
Overall Review: The power supply has the transformer outside of the monitor. This means you cant just plug a standard power cable into the back but its very thin
Pros: Everything. The scroll speed wheel is great to have. buttons are placed nicely, has a good feel to it. got this working with my logitech keyboard from one reciever, nice.
Pros: Has a lot of interfaces, SATA and USB was really nice to have
Cons: Dont forget the adapter. I did, I got one at fr*s but it didnt fit to well with this. Still works great, not worth an egg, just remember the adapter.
Pros: not that hard to get into, USB 3.0
Cons: Price is a little iffy but I got it on sale
Pros: Fast.... very fast. WEI gave it a 7.9 when I first installed on it :D It has since gone down when I installed programs however. Set-up was easy, be sure to enable AHCI! Trim cannot pass without AHCI enabled. If you do it from the BIOS before you install windows windows will have all the settings correct but if you install in IDE mode its easy to fix. There a registry value you need to change (google it), enable TRIM, and set it in the BIOS. I use it as a boot drive in my desktop.
Overall Review: I got it for $100 on sale!
Crucial RealSSD 64GB Boot drive
Seagate Barracuda 2TB data drive
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard
ATI Radeon HD 5770 GPU
Intel i5-760 CPU, stock @ 2.8
Corsair 650W power supply
Kingston 8GB (4GB x 2) RAM @ 1333, 9-9-9-24
Pros: It does what it is supposed to do. The 90 degree tilt is great for motherboards that have 90 degree sata portsa
Overall Review: Used it on my new SSD
Pros: Keeps my CPU cool, super cheap!
Cons: Big.... no, its really big. Couldn't fit a fan that came with my case on because of this thing. Get a nice and big case and this thing will be fine
Overall Review: Was really load at first (I have 2 fans on it). Realized I had it set to 100% all the time in the bios. quick fix, now its not too loud.
Pros: Install the driver and plug it in and it works exactly like it should in win 64 bit. The best part about it is the price - super cheap!
Cons: none here
Pros: Looks awesome, great airflow, can hold lots of optical drives/hard drives, plenty of extra screws.
Cons: Hard drive cages are a real pain to get out. Couldnt fit my hyper 212 CPU cooler with the side fan, hence the 4 eggs. Not that detrimental but I had to remove the side fan to get it to close. Keep that in mind if your looking at the hyper 212.
Pros: Got it with a rebate nice and cheap, works well, packs a lot of punch
Cons: Not modular...
Overall Review: i5-750
8GB 1333 RAM
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB, RAID 1
Pros: Works, exact one that came with my hyper 212 CPU cooler