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Patrick C.

Patrick C.

Joined on 02/19/03

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Smoking Fast

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: The most graphics intensive game I own is Skyrim. It is difficult for me to get the framerate to dip even at Ultra + settings (the + indicating that I downloaded some addons that increase water reflection physics as well as 4096 x 4096 texture packs). When I started UT3 on it, I think I heard it laugh at me.

Cons: Runs a little warm. I think this is because of the light overclock. For the <10% "superclock" you don't see much performance increase over a stock speed GTX 580, and it does run quite a bit warmer.

Overall Review: System specs: CPU: 2600k @4.0 GHz MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z RAM: 4 x 4 GB G.Skill @ 1866 Hz GPU: EVGA GTX 580 HD: Crucial M4 512 GB SSD

12/14/2011
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Plenty of space for everything I could want. Very intuitive overclocking tools, great for a first time overclocker. Several 6 GB SATA ports, and enough cables to actually use them. The PCIe slots are far enough apart that you could do a tripple SLI pretty easily (as long as you don't have any collant systems taking up >2 slots).

Cons: POST takes awhile. With my current system, I can boot windows in about 7 seconds, but my total startup time as around 45 seconds (from power button to usable windows). Most of that time is eaten up by the BIOS POST. I keep looking for a "quick boot" option like I've seen in other BIOS's but no luck. Even so, a 45 second boot time isn't terrible, but I was hoping for more with a 2600k and a SSD.

Overall Review: System specs: CPU: 2600k @4.0 GHz MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z RAM: 4 x 4 GB G.Skill @ 1866 Hz GPU: EVGA GTX 580 HD: Crucial M4 512 GB SSD

12/14/2011

Looks fantastic

ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlight Monitor
ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlight Monitor

Pros: Everything looks flawless, and I spent almost a day straight staring at it after Skyrim came out. Not too big that I have to crane my neck to view it, but big enough that it takes up my vision. No signs of bad pixels, or ghosting as others have seen. Contrast looks great.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: System specs: CPU: 2600k @4.0 GHz MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z RAM: 4 x 4 GB G.Skill @ 1866 Hz GPU: EVGA GTX 580 HD: Crucial M4 512 GB SSD

12/14/2011

Faster than Advertised

Crucial M4 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT512M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT512M4SSD2

Pros: Clocked the read speed at over 500 MB/s max, which is over the stated 450 MB/s. When playing most games, the level load time is so fast I can't even finish reading the "Did you know that..." sentance (Skyrim, UT3, etc).

Cons: SSDs in general are going to seem overpriced per GB storage space, so cost. That being said, for a SSD this is fairly inexpensive, especially considering the relative performance.

Overall Review: System specs: CPU: 2600k @4.0 GHz MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z RAM: 4 x 4 GB G.Skill @ 1866 Hz GPU: EVGA GTX 580 HD: Crucial M4 512 GB SSD

12/14/2011

A Beast

Intel Core i7-2600 - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600
Intel Core i7-2600 - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600

Pros: About a week after I got this, my wife was having trouble logging into STO (an online game we play together) so I had her remote desktop into my machine while I was playing. I alt + tabbed out once or twice to check on my CPU usage, and it never topped 40%. The biggest game i have to throw at it is Skyrim, but even with Ultra settings (+ some additional options that aren't available by default) it loads maps in about 4 seconds a piece. In fact, it wasn't until I saw a friend play that I even realized the loading text changes if it sits there for over 10 sec.

Cons: Not many games take full advantage of the quad-core architecture yet. That said, it still has a really fast per core speed.

Overall Review: An amazing processor. System specs: CPU: 2600k @4.0 GHz MoBo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z RAM: 4 x 4 GB G.Skill @ 1866 Hz GPU: EVGA GTX 580 HD: Crucial M4 512 GB SSD

12/14/2011