Joined on 12/11/08
Great Card, terrible driver software
Pros: Considerable improvement over my Sapphire 5770. Maxed out HAWX 2 (I know the game kinda sucks, but I was curious) at 1600x900, the max resolution for my monitor. Last summer when I did my build I thought that the 5770 was the cat's meow, but this card is absolutely amazing! Definitely a great buy, from a great manufacturer. I'll definitely be sticking with Sapphire.
Cons: AMD's drivers apparently have a difficult time recognizing AMD's GPU's. After considerable frustration and screaming I got (almost) everything taken care of. Won't take off an egg because this is apparently a known problem with AMD drivers. Board is HUGE! Covers 2 of my front facing SATA ports. It's about a good 1-1.5" longer than the 5770. Raised the temp inside my case a few degrees C. Not dangerously high, but from like 33 to 36 at idle. Under load it's even more than it was before. Box came slightly torn on top, but was still a new card. And UPS decided 3 day shipping meant 5 days. Not Newegg's fault, at least with UPS.
Overall Review: After looking around at different cards, both AMD and Nvidia I decided to stick with another Radeon for the price and performance for said price. Went with this instead of the 2GB model because after reading some reviews on Tomsharware and Tweaktown I decided a few FPS really wouldn't matter. I normally don't bother to try with the MIR, but I think I will this time.
Pros: Nice color scheme?
Cons: Will NOT run stable with my MSI 870A and 955BE. I thought it was just bad RAM modules after extensive changing of voltage and timing and failed stress tests. Would lock up completely at random. RMA'ed through Corsair, just got the new sticks yesterday. Put them in side by side with the G.Skill Ripjaws I got (which work FLAWLESSLY), and the exact same stuff happened. And good luck trying to get a hold of Corsair tech support. I bought this back in August, so I guess I'm out what I spent on some completely useless RAM.
Overall Review: This was the first and only time I'll ever try Corsair. I've used PNY in the waaaay back past, and then got G.Skill to replace this. I'll be buying 4 more gigs of the Ripjaws. If I could go back in time and tell myself to not buy this garbage, I would.
Pros: Cools way better than stock Relatively easy to install (and I had to disassemble my PC to do it because of the backplate) Affordable, offers great cooling for the price
Cons: I guess one con is it's HUGE. Seriously, it's not an issue for my in my setup but can definitely see where it would be a problem in more compact systems
Overall Review: This is actually the first aftermarket cooler I've ever bought, on account of the stock cooler from my i7 going bad (I don't overclock, at least didn't). Solved my heating issue. The whole process to install (remove everything from motherboard, remove motherboard from case, etc, then put it back together) only took about an hour, but might be more time-consuming in a mid-tower or smaller case. If you're looking for a cheap cooler, look no further than the Hyper 212 EVO!
Cons: Not heavy enough to be a paperweight. Still no response from Corsair support. RMA'ed (at my own expense to ship) once and got a new set of worthless RAM.
Overall Review: Corsair, really? REALLY? The RAM wasn't DOA, but anytime it's used (such as bootup, installing an OS, etc) there's a very high probability that it will cause the system to go kerploo-ey and require a reboot just to replicate the problem. After replacing a perfectly good mobo (which is still going strong) and trying a new HDD I replaced this junk with G.Skill and my system has been going strong (7 months, normally for weeks at a time constantly on). Corsair refuses to do anything and doesn't respond. Forget them.
I was foolish
Pros: SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0. I falsely blamed the board for what I later determined to be bad RAM being at fault. Works great. I RMA'ed a perfectly good mobo.
Cons: Placement of the PCI Express slots is a bit tight, especially if you plan on using a higher end gfx card. As it stands, if I were to get another 5770 I wouldn't be able to use my PCI wireless NIC. BIOS is a bit difficult to navigate if the last board you built with was a Socket A ECS...
Overall Review: As I said before, I foolishly RMA'ed my first motherboard for what I later found out to be 2 bad sticks of RAM. Side note, it defaults to 1333 with 1600 RAM, but it's a real easy fix in the BIOS. As it stands now, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another MSI board.
Pros: Massive for a mid-tower. Lots of space inside. Plenty of airflow
Cons: Massive for a mid-tower. Barely fits underneath my desk, cables for my PSU are a bit short but work.
Overall Review: This was my first foray into a nice, name brand case and I couldn't be happier. I actually like the SSD slot in the front, mostly because I've been too lazy to mount my SSD inside the case yet lol