Date Joined: 08/24/04
Pros: Not much to say... it was as described and works fine. Good condition with only a couple minor dings and scratches as I would expect from an older used computer. If I needed another one, I would not hesitate to make another purchase of the same. I was satisfied with my purchase.
Cons: None... I got what I purchased and wasn't expecting anything more.
Pros: Works great and easy install. I tried it in my evga Dark x79 (x4 slot) and couldn't get it to work. I researched and found where someone has it working in this motherboard . I tried it (my gaming computer) and it recognized it as a PATA (as I recall). I then set everything I could find to UEFI (again as I recall) and using my install disk of Windows 8.1 (apparently has the drivers), installed without a problem and as my boot drive. After installation, I disabled CSM. I'm writing this review on the computer that it is installed on. I then updated the drivers from Intel. I'm running SLI Titan X and installed it in the available PCI-E slot between the 2 graphic cards. Everything appears to running at full speed (at least the cards) according to the applications... GPU-Z, etc. I'm satisfied with the drive speed and it appears to be running close to specs... CrystalDiskMark (read: 2098 / write 891.8) Seq Q32T1
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: These are my results and your results may differ, depending on system specs and configuration. However, I was able to get it to work. Not sure of all the settings and exactly how I got it to work... but it's working great.
Intel 750 Series (main - boot drive)
Samsung EVO 840 (backup drive)
Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
i7 4820k (oc to 4.3 GHz)
2 way SLI Titans X Superclocked
32 GB G.Skill 2133 (running at rated speed)
evga 1000w power supply
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Pros: Performance, reasonably quiet. Plenty of settings and adjustments. Price.
Cons: It was noisy when I first installed it... sounded like a bunch of tin cans rattling. Appears to be ok now (nice and quiet), except sometimes when first powering up; it might do it a little... but then stops. It's idling now very quiet.
Overall Review: I'm using this in my main pc, whereas I do some basic video editing and gaming that doesn't support SLI. I have SLI in my high end gaming pc... so for the performance and pricing, I think it's a great value. It appears not to support CUDA or PhysX per GPU-Z. Can't say I noticed and difference from my gaming rig (nVidia) COD Advanced Warfare as opposed to this machine... meaning it handles it fine on high settings.
Pros: I like the style and it does what it's supposed to. I had no issues putting it together. Nice lightweight case with enough room for all my components. Metal is thin, but it gets the job done at low cost... I'm satisfied with my purchase.
Cons: None that I could find.
Overall Review: I think it's a good inexpensive case.
Pros: Upgrading from CS3 and no learning curve (at least for me) to be able to use it right off. I'm sure it has more that'll I'll explore over time. Last reviewer wrote and excellent review and was very helpful. Downloaded and installed without a problem (following the instructions from the last review).
Overall Review: I wanted a current version without having to buy a subscription and it appears this is the last one. Should last me for many years. I'm not a professional, but somewhat knowledgeable with some formal training (and use it from time to time) and have been using Photoshop since the late 90's.
Pros: Please read descriptions below. I tried to put this in the Questions and Answer section, but it had to be entered as a question... and it's not. I put the rating in the middle as not to inflate the rating, whereas I already rated it 5 eggs. I just thought some may find this information helpful.
Cons: It does take a lot of tweaking to get everything set to your preference.
Overall Review: This is not a question but some information you might find helpful. I wrote the review with the title called Awesome. Again, you may not get the results I did, but it worked for me. I purchased the Spyder4 Express to calibrate the monitor. I was skeptical... but it worked. The instructions were not very helpful, but I finally figured it out. What I did: I reset the monitor to default and ran the calibration per instructions. I tilted the monitor back so the unit could sit flat on the panel. I slid the weight on the cord to position it behind the monitor. I set the nVidia control panel to other applications and color settings (permanently). I ran the calibration and it worked. However, it uses a Utility that loads when the computer starts (loads the file store on the computer). I then adjusted the 3 presets on the monitor to where I liked them. I use button 1 for my other applications, and 2 & 3 for my gaming presets (per my adjustments to the monitor)... leaving the Choose how color is set to Other applications controls color settings (nVidia control panel). I don't care for the fact the Utility has to load a profile with starting... but it works. Again, your results may vary, along with your preferences. But, it worked for me. Just thought this may be helpful. Still not like an IPS monitor... but it's actually not too bad.
Pros: Installed without any issues and still running great... and fast! I'm stuck at 7.9 WEI... so not sure how high it would go with Windows 8.
Cons: No mounting tray.
Overall Review: System:
32GB G.Skill X-Series
MSI Z77 Golden
EVGA Overclocked Titans (2 way SLI)
Pros: Simple, yet effective. I had no problems, everything fit together perfectly. Great value... cheap, but gets the job done.
Accepts a large exhaust fan in the rear.
I just wanted something to put together a system with left over parts from upgrades and this worked out well. I have a GTX 680 in there and fits ok.
Cons: I don't care for the vent holes in the back for the exhaust fan. I'd like to see larger holes (less restrictive) or completely open (could use a grille).
Pros: Not much to say other than it works. Remote came with a battery in it. I'm using it in the garage (not attached to the house) while I'm in the house. Have to point in the direction of the device. I'm guessing it's about 25 to 30 feet.
Pros: Nice board and works great right out of the box. Stable with no issues. I was very surprised at the excellent tech support. Easy to contact and they follow up on your concern... some of the best customer support I've ever encountered. Uses only a 4 pin power connectors... great for older power supplies. This is my main system (not my gaming rig) so I'm trying to keep the power consumption down and this worked out perfect.
Cons: Not able to overclock CPU... so I have an i7-3770k stuck at stock speeds... confirmed by tech support. eCO is listed as one of the ECS EZ Utilities (at the time of this review) for this board on the product page of their website, but does not work for this motherboard (will not install).
If I change a setting in the bios and it won't boot, I have to use the jumper on the board to reset it. So in trying a different setting and it won't boot, and I have to start all over again.
Overall Review: System:
16GB G. Skill
Evga GTX 660
PC Power&Cooling 470w Power supply
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD
Windows 8 64-bit
Pros: New installation of Windows 8.
No installation problems... installed perfectly right out the box. Fast!
Cons: Just the drive... no 3.5 tray. Luckily I had a spare.
Overall Review: Very satisfied with my purchase.
Cons: Had create a uplay account.
MSAA had to be turned off to achieve smooth video.
Dark shadows around objects.
Convoluted... too many things to remember along with all the key commands. Heck, you even have to craft a holster... and not just one, but I think you had to craft different sizes.
Finally got to where I was on my own into game-play and just gave up. I had it set to easiest and came upon some men I had to take out. However, it required I use a knife, but they had guns (you know the saying, you don't take a knife to a gun fight). So no matter what tactic I tried, I kept getting killed... so I just gave up and uninstalled it.
Overall Review: I'm guessing most won't have any issues with the game and will find it enjoyable. For me, if its too much of a struggle, I just don't find it to be any fun.
I'm not a beginner... I've played through Far Cry and Far Cry 2 and enjoyed them both. Also many of the other popular games like Crysis, Crysis 2, Mafia II, Fear, etc. However, this game just wasn't for me.
i7 3770k overclocked
32 GB G.Skill Trident X DDR3-1600
MSI GTX 680 overclocked
Corsair Force GT SSD
MSI Z77A-G41 motherboard.
Pros: Works great in my X79 MSI motherboard... using Windows 7 64-bit.
Overall Review: I needed a card with a header because my motherboard did not come with a 1394 header. So this worked out great... I can now plug my cable in the front of my computer when needed.
Pros: Installed a couple days ago and running great.
Overall Review: MSI Z77A-G41 Motherboard
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Pros: I'm writing this review from the computer I put this board in and it's running great. I just bumped the clock up to 40 for 4 GHz and still running fine. Windows Experience Index is 7.8 on the CPU... and no error messages at all! This is the second MSI motherboard I've purchased (other was for my gaming rig-X79) in less than a year and both are running flawlessly.
Cons: No 1394 firewire header.
Overall Review: System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3-1600 16GB
evga GTX 560
Corsair Force GT 120GB (7.9 WEI)
Pros: Will come in handy for looking into hard to get places. Picture quality is OK, but not great. Customer service... had an issue and customer service was great, replaced the original I bought.
Allows for addition extensions.
Features and accessories.
Cons: It takes gets getting used to... challenging to get the right distance for getting the image in focus. There is no focus adjustment, so you have to move the end to get what you're trying to see in focus and that's not always easy to do in tight places. But it does what it's supposed to do... allows you see see into hard to get areas.
The image displayed upside down (on the monitor) on the first one... they replaced it with a new one (ok now).
It appears the rechargeable battery for the monitor is built in. So I'm a bit concerned that down the road when the battery starts to fail... will the unit then become useless?
Overall Review: Yes, I would recommend this unit... especially for the price. If it were more, I'm not sure I would recommend it. Meaning I think it is a good unit... but not great.
Pros: Works well and has 2 remotes... you need to remote to activate and deactivate it. And the alarm setting seems quite loud. I think it's a good value for ten dollars.
Cons: The chime setting seems like a lower level alarm... not really what I would call chimes. When I think of chimes, I think of a nice melodic tone... pleasant to listen to. This is more like a lower level (not as loud - 2 tone) high pitch alarm... at least it seems it to me.
Pros: It worked fine... no problems at all.
Pros: Quality construction and satisfied with my purchase.
Cons: Tried to copy a 4.6GB avi file but wouldn't accept it. I had to format it to NTFS (from FAT32) and it then it worked fine.
Overall Review: Not much to say... it works and I'm satisfied with it.
Pros: Excellent quality and features with plenty of documentation. Installed a new i7 3820 and worked flawlessly. I'm using the OC Genie that bumped it up to 4Ghz... plenty fast enough for me.
I upgraded from an X58 and was able to use my triple channel (6 modules) that worked perfectly. I've been gaming off and on for a couple days now and absolutely no error messages and stable. What more can I say, it just works great... and fast!
Cons: No 1394.
I had to buy a mounting kit because (and not knowing in advance) the cooling heatsink assembly mounting screws are larger for the LGA2011... at least on this board. Would have been nice to see something in the information... something like requires specific screws, etc.
Overall Review: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D)
120 GB Kingston Hyper X Sata III
24GB G.Skill Ripjaws... not the X or Z series
evga GTX 580
Pros: I've only used it a little so far, but appears to be working fine... even the 5.1. You'll want to make sure it's set to 5.1 in setup if you want surround. Comes with remote and batteries! Just one cable (yellow and L/R audio). But a heck of a deal for $37 delivered.
Pros: Update to the recent Excellent review I posted. Started getting BSOD and running unstable. Tried everything... finally had to set CAS to 9-9-9-24; and now running fine. I upgraded to these from 1333 9-9-9-24. However, I'm only able to get 1600 9-9-9-24... running stable. So at least I did increase to 1600, but able to take full advantage of the rated specs... 8-8-8-24 1600.
Cons: Running smooth at 9-9-9-24. Unable to take full advantage of 8-8-8-24 rating.
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Older spare gaming rig...
QX9770 Extreme (O'Clocked to 4GHZ)
Evga 790i Motherboard
Win XP Home 32 bit
OCZ Agility SSD 180GB
Evga 560 Ti DS
550W OCZ PS
Pros: Nice card for the price. This is for my older small form factor computer. Works great and is quiet. Also came with low profile brackets.
OpenCL, CUDA, PhysX and DirectComputer 4.1 are checked in my copy of GPU-Z. I think this card provides a lot of power and features for a small inexpensive card.
Very satisfied with my purchase.
Pros: Works great! The mouse just glides across the pad with ease... no drag whatsoever.
Pros: Perfect! I had it up and running in about 30 minutes (installation and drive transfer). A quality product and well packaged. Came with a 3.5 inch installation tray; along with the screws. Also came with a software disk to clone my original drive and worked perfectly... I didn't even have to re-active Windows 7.
Cons: Absoluty none!
Overall Review: i7 975
24GB G.Skill 1600
Windows 7 Ultimate