Date Joined: 04/15/07
Pros: Well, it's cheap and spacious. I haven't had it very long, but I wanted to get the setup information up here right away.
Cons: As some people have noted, this drive will often be detected by the BIOS, but not Windows. Since it doesn't come formatted, you'd expect that. Unfortunately, the Windows disk management utility doesn't detect it either. However, GParted does detect it and format it in NTFS format, which will then enable you to use it in Windows.
If you're not familiar with GParted, it's more or less the standard disk formatting utility for Linux, and it comes bundled on most live CDs/USBs. If you have a CD burner or a USB thumb drive, google "Ubuntu Live Disk". Then you'll want to get the desktop version, and there should be an option along the lines of "Try Ubuntu without installing". Choose that, and after it boots, do a system search for "GParted" and run that. From there, it's pretty self-explanatory. :)
Pros: Overall, it's a good video card. Fast. Overclocks decently. Yadda yadda.
Cons: With the most recent drivers, I can't mine bitcoins and watch videos of any sort at the same time. Basically, the card can't multitask very well.
Also, it is LOUD. Not a huge con, but..woah. Loudest video card I've ever had; and I had a lot of cards that people claimed were loud that didn't bother me. This one...ohhh boy.
Overall Review: Didn't try the whole 'flash bios and get a 6970' trick.
Pros: With no voltage mods or BIOS flashing, managed to pull 875mhz core clock -- nearly a 10% overclock. Stable at a very safe (in that it won't die in the next 5 years) 73-74c with a single 120mm case fan. I do have the fan speed manually maxed out, and it is a bit louder than what I'm used to...but not particularly bad.
Excellent performance, DX11 features, decent stock heatsink...and AMAZING price.
It came with 2x 8-to-6 pin power adapters -- helpful for those of us who realize a high efficiency 400w PSU can run almost anything, even if it doesn't come with all of the 6 pin connectors we need. Also, came with a DVI to VGA adapter, which was convenient -- I didn't have to go scrounging for a DVI cable.
Runs basically everything maxed at 1080p.
Cons: Hmm...If I wanted to overclock more than 10% I'd have to use something other than Catalyst Control Center?
Pros: Runs well, had great bang/buck when I purchased it, safe temps, etc. I can run pretty much any game at 1080p (with a few rare exceptions) on maxed settings. Mines bitcoins like a boss.
Cons: Overclocking is a bit limited -- anything about 885mhz core clock runs up against a hard wall caused by voltage limitations. MSI Afterburner and ATI Tray Tools can't modify the voltage, and bios flashing doesn't seem to help (I may be doing it wrong, however).
Overall Review: In summary, it's a pretty darned good card, and for the right price definitely worth having. At stock, it idles in the mid-low 70s for me -- which is VERY safe, despite what others may tell you.
Pros: It gets a solid signal, it's easy to move the little antenna around for adjustment. Biggest plus: works out of the box in Ubuntu.
Cons: Drivers are cr*p in windows, at least the ones that come on the CD.
Pros: Picks up and can connect to 4-5 APs where there was only 1 (unconnectable) AP on my laptop with an 802.11b adapter. The antenna is pretty good with 2dB of gain. Comes with a nice utility for monitoring your networking.
Furthermore, the antenna is disconnectable; you can attach a coax cable to the usb dongle for a remote antenna if that's what you're looking for.
Cons: Gets a bit hot when lots of transfers are going on, but I'm not sure it actually hurts performance/lifespan.
Overall Review: Good, cheap device which can be used for a USB cantenna, if that's what you're looking for.
Pros: Overclocks beautifully. Right now with the vcore at 1.34v (just a tiny bit above stock, if I recall) it's running at 3ghz perfectly stable with stock cooling. It's an outright beast; it currently outperforms EVERY non quad core chip (at stock speeds) on the market if you crank the FSB up from 200 to 333mhz. I cannot impress enough just how happy I am with this beautiful chip. Thank you newegg, and and you intel. :D
Cons: Err... It... Smells like...Silicon?
Pros: Solid, fast, pretty, and overall just a happy day.
Cons: Have to manually configure in order to get the right voltage. Or just live with the random crashes, if you prefer.
Overall Review: Newegg says the voltage is 2.0, but I kept experiencing problems with the memory until I cranked the voltage up to 2.1v (which is what most ocz memory is rated for). I almost filled out an RMA request, but figured 'what the hell?' and tried it out with the voltage cranked up. Newegg may want to change the specification written on their site; faulty information almost cost them an RMA.
Pros: New chipset with support for intel's upcoming 45nm chips, incredible overclocking opportunities, verrry nice bios controls, and really freaking awesome bundled utilities.
Cons: Vcore vdroop is pretty hefty, like the previous reviewer said -- I currently have my bios set to 1.4125v but the cpu is only getting 1.336v
Also, the motherboard is -always- running hot 44c is the lowest I've seen it, and right now it's staying at around 46c. The good news is that it doesn't fluctuate much; it pretty much sits at that level. It won't break anything, but it sure is discomforting.
Overall Review: I've brought my e4300 up to 3ghz on this thing with stock voltages...still tweaking for reliability with orthos stress test.
Pros: Cheap, solid, and easy to overclock.
Cons: Fanless chipset heatsink, but for this price, I can't complain. Weird bios.
Overall Review: Overclocking may be easy as taking candy from a baby, but squeezing the best possible performance out of it is difficult to say the least. It has an unusual bios interface for overclocking -- allows you to easy overclock the entire system by 5, 10, or 20 percent. However, the chipset really can't handle a 20 percent overclock unless you play with the voltages and tweak it all manually. Getting everything you can out of it takes a strange combination of both manual and automatic settings that I find a bit disconcerting.
Pros: Can run oblivion pretty much maxed out. Only gets choppy in pretty demanding up situations. It's incredibly quiet. The fan looks puny the heatsink is even covered in plastic -- but it doesn't really seem to hinder performance.
Cons: Well, oblivion -does- get choppy occasionally...
Pros: Solid speed. Scored 4500 on PCmark CPU without an overclock; overclocks 15-20% on retail cooling with a decent motherboard
Cons: None at this price
Pros: Pretty cheap, lifetime warranty as long as you don't screw with it. Easily recognized by my mobo's bios. Dual channel DDR2 800 can handle just about anything you can throw at it, within reason.
Cons: This may not be due to the ram, but my roommate (for whom I bought the ram) experiences occasional errors while running oblivion, causing the program to crash. However, the memory is never specified in the error messages; it may be a software issue.
Overall Review: It's a great price for some decent ram. When I paid for it, it was 60, when it was delivered, the cost had dropped to 50 -- kind of a bummer, but who can complain in that price range?