Date Joined: 03/12/03
Pros: looks sweet! mobo (p45 maximus II) auto-detected 1066 and SPD!!!!! Did not have to touch a thing in the bios! very, super easy!
This is UNLIKE my other 1066 sticks, corsair dominators.. which defaulted to like 800 6-6-7-20.. yea ok.
Cons: for some reason the board didn't like me putting in all 4 at once. Didn't boot. Took 2 out, booted. Added one, booted. Added another, problem solved.
Overall Review: hey, for this cheap, can't go wrong.
Pros: I haven't owned this board for long so I can't say much for long-term stability, but so far this thing works as advertised. I'm really impressed with all the bios options, it booted up first shot, raid 0/raid 1 is RIDICULOUSLY easy to setup - there are two sata ports marked for it. You just click an option in the bios, done. No raid drivers, nothing. Good memory support, the x-fi sounds good, and its the best looking board ive ever seen. (The x48 rampage extreme will soon change that.)
Cons: Price. X48 boards cost about as much (or less), but I don't know of one that presents this feature set. The only thing this lacks is the dual pci-e 16, otherwise we're basically talking about the same hardware. So if you're buying on extras definitely get this.
Overall Review: You know what, its probably my video card, but it deserves a mention. My 9800 gtx in cod4 has to be underclocked to not artifact every so often. Didn't happen with my 790i. Compatibility problem or bad timing? Dunno.
Pros: Plenty of connectors, stable power, one of the highest rated power supplies on the market
Cons: not modular.. seriously, if this thing was modular, best ever.
Pros: Booted first time. Good bios. No problems whatsoever!
Cons: SATA ports are a bit out of the way. Runs hot, but then all 780i boards do.
Overall Review: 780i, ati 3870, e6750, 2gb 1066 // after THREE (count em) x38/x48 boards died on me, evga saves the day. They will always have me as a customer.
Pros: nicest ram ive ever owned..
Cons: cheaper to buy fan separately than get the kit
Pros: Its good if it works?
Cons: CPU INIT. CPU INIT. CPU INIT. This is all I ever saw of my brand new expensive motherboard. It goes without saying the cpu itself is fine and works perfectly.
Overall Review: Newegg was excellent with the RMA. Never hesitate to buy from here. 5 eggs for newegg, 1 egg for asus. Wait, can I give negative eggs? This is my 3rd dead -formula board, the first two were x38s.
Pros: excellent overclocking features, really really fantastic. Good accessories package, easy install, booted up first try. As far as function/features goes.. awesome. 5 eggs here..
Cons: BUT - NB runs hot! The nb/sb on my boards (I returned the first, second had same problem) was at 57C idle! That presents serious stability problems, although to the board's credit I haven't actually experienced any as of yet.
Overall Review: buy it, maybe you'll get lucky and not get a bad one. I'm tired of playing the motherboard lottery so I won't be buying asus again until they can fix their QA process.
Pros: I'm giving this chip a 5 even after I RMA'd it because hell, its just that good. On paper its awesome. Don't hesitate.. however..
Cons: many of these chips have problems with their temp sensors. They have one core stuck about 20C higher, or both are averaging like 45C, which is just stupid. I mean hey, its not my cooling, I got an e6750 in the same setup right now running just slightly above ambient.
Overall Review: But again, its an awesome chip. If I wasn't planning to overclock (and you SHOULD with this chip) - id have kept it. It runs fine, but it runs "hot" - I say "hot" because it was probably like 30C in actuality but I could never be sure.
Pros: looks nice, good airflow. roomy.
Cons: most everything else. The side panels are the most horrible designs on the planet, they will NOT stay on the case and fall off at the slightest touch. Cable management is useless because anything in the back will of course make the side panel fly off. The hard drive cage is the worst ive seen.
Overall Review: easily the hardest install ive done. basically no written instructions, its all pictures. one of the "button" latches was shipped broken. The only reason this isn't being rma'd is because it'd be a pain to take apart.