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Carrie K.

Carrie K.

Joined on 02/03/09

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

One of a handful of elite coolers

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

Pros: 37c idle, 71c max after 6 hours of prime95. i7-860 @ 3.8 /w ht and turbo. Works with 775, 1156, and 1366 out of box. 2 sets of fan clips and thermal grease.

Cons: I'd like to see it ship with a nice high static pressure fan. 95pct of people will end up slapping a case fan on these that have no business on a HSF. Slipstreams and Kaze's need not apply. Panaflo, Yate-Loons, Sharkoon, Silent Typhoons sure.

Overall Review: The clips only support 120x25mm. I should have paid more attention as my 38mm Panaflo wouldn't fit. Its tie wrap time my new clips arrive. Fits easily in Lancool K-62.

Most Critical Review

Not all cards are built equal

HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

Pros: Everyone knows the 5870 is a great card. Running everything I can throw at it @ 3150x1680.

Cons: Had to flash bios to get displayport-dvi dongle to work. Don't let anyone tell you all the spec boards are the same. I flashed with ATI recommended Sapphire bios. Many people are flashing XFX bios for overclocking. This card didn't have an inch of overclocking room w/o artifacts.

Overall Review: Wish I had ponied up the extra few dollars for either Sapphire or XFX.

Exactly what I expected

Genius SP-S110 Basic Speaker System (Black)
Genius SP-S110 Basic Speaker System (Black)

Pros: 10 bucks and free shipping. They produce sound.

Cons: Electrical interference is major, keep cell phones away.

Overall Review: I love people that buy the cheapest part available and then are shocked that it doesn't compare to more expensive parts. It works as advertised, anything else is bonus and at these prices you don't find bonuses often. Be thankful if you get free shipping.

Pass on this

Thermaltake A2379 Black Cable Sleeving Kit
Thermaltake A2379 Black Cable Sleeving Kit

Pros: It's cheap. It'll work if you don't mind overlooking a lot of little things.

Cons: The braids easily fray. The shrinkwrap is mismatched in comparison so you never get a secure fit.

Overall Review: Spend the extra 10 bucks on a quality kit. Also, don't make the mistake I did and forget to pickup a connector removal tool. It's a royal pain to remove a ton of 3/4 pins with box cutter.

Amazing board

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Not a single hiccup. 2xSSD RAID0, 2xHDD RAID0, i7-860 @ 3.8 at stock by changing 2 settings. RAM auto-clocked to 2000. Great crossfire spacing on pci-e. 8 gigs Corsair 4x2 posted and overclocked with no problems.

Cons: It approaches a price range of boards that offer a little more for your dollar. WS Supercompter has NF200, P7P55D-E has SATA/USB III. I considered all three. While the Sabertooth doesn't offer either of those benefits its style, stability and ease of use is unmatched.

Overall Review: I really wanted a motherboard that had proper spacing for crossfire. I'm exceptionally happy with my purchase.

Monster

ABS SL series SL850 850W Continuous @50°C ,80 PLUS SILVER Certified ,Modular Cable Design,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
ABS SL series SL850 850W Continuous @50°C ,80 PLUS SILVER Certified ,Modular Cable Design,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

Pros: From the packaging to the perfect modular cables this thing is top quality. Running 2x 5870's, i7-860@3.8, 2ssd, 2hdd, 8gigs ram, 5x fans, DVD, and fan controller and there's been no hint of problems.

Cons: Wish there had been a modular cable with just 2x SATA power connects for my optical drives. Seriously, that's my biggest complaint, should speak volumes.

Overall Review: Very well laid out, from top to bottom this psu is quality. Might be some issues with larger cases as in my midtower the 24 pin and 8 pin were both just long enough to be routed behind the mobo.