Joined on 12/27/08
This One's A Winner
Pros: Coolest running GPU yet. Idles at 28c to 30c. At full load looping Heaven 2.1, temp has not gone higher than 68c, with an ambient room temp of 77F. And, that's at a full bore overclock! Physically shorter than the 200 series by 2". Overclocking headroom is insane. I'm rock solid at 840, 1680 and 2090...that's a solid 24% overclock over the defaults. Tessellation goodness is awesome. Price to performance ratio just can't be beat. I purchased 2 of these and configured them in SLI, and they are out performing a single GTX 480 by an average of 10% to 15%, and cost $100 less!
Cons: Useless as a fishing partner.
Overall Review: I hear a lot of people saying that you need to spend the extra money to buy this card with 1GB of memory. In my opinion, as long as you are running a single screen, and your resolution is 1920x1200 or less, the 768mb version is perfect. The 1GB card will gain perhaps 2 to 8 fps more in most apps which is meaningless. If you intend to run higher resolutions, or multiple panels then of course the extra memory is very important.
Seem Rediculous To Me!
Pros: Does everything Intel says it will do. Excellent CPU.
Cons: I have built 2 new i7 computers. Both use identical hardware except for the cpu. One uses an i7 920, the other an i7 975. In my opinion the entire Core i7 line-up of CPUs are all fundamentally the same. The only real difference is the clock speed. When I can easily over clock a 920 to 3.8GHz on air safely for 24/7 operation, having spent only $280, I believe it makes no sense to spend $1,000 for a 975.
Overall Review: Do yourself, and your bank account a favor, and buy a 920.
Not The Fastest Out There But...
Pros: The difference in speed between this SSD, and faster drives, in real world application is measured in milliseconds. Only benchmarks can tell the difference. So, unless you're the type that runs benchmarks all day, this drive will be plenty faaaaaaast!!! It has a history of stability, and is pretty much bullet-proof. Perhaps a year from now, this drive, or others like it, will be selling for $89.00, who knows. However, for the here and now, $199.00 was a great price! I couldn't be more pleased!!!
Cons: Makes a very poor fishing partner.
Overall Review: When you see a price with which you are comfortable, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.
Pros: Well packaged and protected. Shows pride on the part of the manufacturer. Comes complete with all cables, and hardware you'd expect. Assembles easily, performs perfectly. I installed a Western Digital Blue 500GB HDD. It performs flawlessly, and barely get's the enclosure warm. The aluminum dissipates heat very well. Price is reasonable, what else could you ask for?
Overall Review: I purchased this unit at a local store, so I paid $3.00 more than Newegg's price, still very reasonable. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.