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David S.

David S.

Joined on 08/28/04

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Most Favorable Review
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T 30" WQXGA 2560 x 1600 (2K) DVI-D (Dual link) LCD Monitor
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T 30" WQXGA 2560 x 1600 (2K) DVI-D (Dual link) LCD Monitor

Pros: This towering onyx monolith resembled an artifact of great power, dug up from some ancient Assyrian desert. It sat before me, unassuming, yet pulsing with great power. I knew it was nothing less than an edifice for the powers that be, claiming its place before me while diminishing my stature as a man. Who am I before such an item of power? I am but the servant, and as a tool of the supreme beings awaiting for their moment to spill unto the earth, I pushed the button. Like opening the Ark of the Covenant, I had to avert my eyes. It was too much for one man, I thought, but I HAD to see what I had done. I turned, opened one eye, and then the other, and beheld the magnificence. And I saw that it was good. And as I sat, awestruck by the visage before me, they told me great things. No longer would I need anti-aliasing. No longer will I desire more screen space. I could easily adjust the height and tilt for best comfort in any environ. And it came with FOUR USB ports to boot!

Cons: One stuck pixel - shows green on red, black on white, and black on black. Not bad. No eggs deducted because Newegg has no control over this, and to have only ONE stuck pixel out of 4 MILLION of them is VERY GOOD. Do not expect to get this monitor with zero dead pixels - not gonna happen! I'm going to try a pixel exerciser but I'm not that concerned - the pixels are so tiny it's impossible to find, and even more impossible to distinguish from a bit of dust.

Overall Review: Some people comment that the USB ports are in a bad spot. Frankly, I've never seen a monitor with USB ports on it where anyone said they were in a GOOD spot. That said, there is NOTHING wrong with the USB ports on here. I have my Nostromo speedpad and cordless joystick receiver plugged into them. Sure, it's a bad place if you're plugging your thumb drive into them, but why would you do that? Just plug something in that you'll never need to fiddle with. Same thing goes for the connections. They're a little hard to attach if you can't get right behind the monitor, but once they're in, that's it - you're done. Additionally, for those concerned about physical size, at its lowest height the monitor bezel sits about two and a half inches above my desk - this is far lower than my 24" monitor, meaning it still fits fine under my center channel speaker. Horizontally... some things had to move :)

Most Critical Review
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Addendum to following review -

Cons: I also forgot to mention that when I pulled off the plastic CPU socket cover, I was greeted to the sight of hundreds of perfectly aligned pins - except for one. Could see it because it was tilted to the side and reflected light differently. Of course, to get to this pin, I had to peel off the sticker over the CPU socket that said 'Any damage to CPU pins will void your warranty'. That said, it seems to be working fine, but seriously, why should I even get one that is, at a glance, obviously faulty? What's more, that my warranty probably is now void because if I send it in, EVGA will see the pin and say 'Oh HO!'. Yeah. These would've been 2-egg reviews, except the board's pros make up for one of them. Probably the worst EVGA product I've owned.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: i7 960 @ 3.86 GHz clock - (154.62x25) My motherboard automatically throttles the fans. At idle, with the fans as low as possible, my temperatures average at 41C. With Prime95 torture test running, my average is right on 62C. That is *unbelievably* good cooling. If my fans were running full at idle I wouldn't be surprised to see this thing get down to 30C. This is also with Arctic Silver 5, and apparently their thermal poop is even better!

Cons: None whatsoever.

Cooler Master ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Awesome. It's absolutely huge - bigger than you may think. TITANIC. It's also MOSTLY open (see cons) so in general it makes doing things a breeze. Cable routing was easy (though I just ended up smashing them all on the backside of the spot where the drives mount). Which, speaking of, mounting drives was (again, mostly) very easy. Finally, this thing moves air. Like, a lot of it. And makes no noise while doing it. Fans that are as big as my head will do that. To top it off, I replaced the 120mm fan with a silent one and put rubber screws in it.

Cons: Not really a con, but the case is SO big, it was impossible for my PSU (Corsair 1200W Gold) to reach the top drive slot for SATA power. Had to put the DVD drive in bay 2. Design-wise, only one real problem. When you have the main side open, there's a VERY big metal piece towards the back (you can see it in the pictures). Picture where you would normally screw in a PCI card... this makes putting the motherboard screws in hard, as well as plugging in power connectors for fans and the like. Now... the worst part - you have to be some sort of wizard to install a 3.5" drive. First unscrew the 3.5" bracket and pray you don't round out the screwheads because Hercules himself put them in. Then take off the plastic mounting thing. Then go find the springs that shot out when you did that. Then trial-and-error how to put the brackets on the 3" device, put the plastic clip back on, try to put the screws in THROUGH the clip's insufficiently tiny holes, and you're done. WORST 3.5" MOUNTING

Overall Review: The 3.5" drive slot is 'just' a 5.25" drive bay with a funny bracket in it (that can be removed, meaning it's still a 5.25" drive bay), and a 5.25" cover panel with a removable 3.5" panel in it. What this means is that while you only have one 3.5" drive bay, there's NO REASON why they couldn't have just made all the panels like that. This is just silly. Yeah, yeah, 3.5" drives or whatever you have are out of style, but considering all they REALLY need to do to have more 3.5" drive slots is to put in some extra brackets. Granted, it's the most irritating way of installing a 3.5" drive I've EVER seen, but I really wanted at least two. Only one. Unfortunate.

EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good layout of SATA ports... lots of fan connectors and things like that. Also the BIOS firmware is very good, lets you tweak anything. The dummy overclock and auto-voltage adjusting makes overclocking a breeze (though it is pretty tame if you do the dummy OC). Also, has high-speed SATA ports! (which the system identifies at SAS)

Cons: Alright, let's do this. 1) Whoever at EVGA decided that a GAMER BOARD should have a passive cooled northbridge should be fired. I'd suggest you buy an aftermarket cooler for it unless you want your case to initiate fusion because that NB cooks at 50C while sitting at the BIOS! 2) The CPU power connector is in a completely terrible spot. Once the Mobo with CPU cooler were in my case, it was almost impossible to plug it in, I had roughly an inch of space to work with. 3) As mentioned by another poster, CMOS changes require it to boot twice. This is annoying (at first I thought it was broken) and probably not good for hard drives. 4) A passive cooled northbridge? Seriously? 5) Only two on-board USB connectors for chassis USB ports. 6) The driver disk installs a lot of stuff and I have no idea what any of it was. What the heck is Marvell Magni?

Overall Review: Why can't someone make a Tri-SLI motherboard that *doesn't* block all the PCI slots? The only thing that stops me from doing Tri-SLI is the fact that I bought a nice sound card and I *am* going to use it. Replace that tiny PCI slot nobody uses on top with a full-size PCI-E. Bam.

SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler
SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler

Pros: I'm sure it works when it fits on your motherboard.

Cons: Doesn't fit on EVGA boards. I've checked three different types, and all EVGA boards have Northbridge standoff holes that are about as big as a CPU's heatsink mounting holes. If the heatsink came with little metal tabs to extend the reach of the screwholes, it'd be great. But it doesn't, making it totally worthless.