Date Joined: 03/10/03
Pros: Very easy to hook up. I'm using UTP Cat6. My run is 60ft over solid UTP cat6, and then I have my own patch cable (cat6, about 12-18in in length) going to each interface. It doesn't even take a moment to initialize. If you unplug the cat6, it'll work again as SOON as you plug it back in. I'm currently using this with two USB devices, an IR receiver for Windows Media Center and Kodi, and also a wireless Lenovo keyboard/mouse (the handlheld type). Works great.
Overall Review: Sorry, I didn't test USB speeds as I don't need to hook anything else up to it. I may try a flash drive, but right now I watch all movies over the network to a XFS file server.
Pros: Added a 3rd monitor to my setup. My current desktop at work is a small form factor and won't fit one of our standard quad display cards (standard PCI-size, not low-profile). I popped this baby on and running it at 1680x1050 on a 22" LCD. I don't watch videos on it, but I did test a full-screen youtube video and it came through just fine.
Cons: A few times a month all displays will go out for a couple of seconds and then come back on. It doesn't really bother me because it's infrequent and very brief.
Overall Review: Yes, I consider myself a 5 for technical knowledge as I'm an IT tech who has done desktop support, help desk, and now specialize in doing product evals at work as well as managing our virtual environment.
Please take a look at the CON. I would have given 4.5 stars if that was an option, but I don't think it was enough to drop it a full star, so I left it as a 5.
One thing I thought may be a problem: choppiness
THIS IS NOT THE CASE!! It's not choppy at all, to my surprise. I have this thing tucked in the back of the desk and heat doesn't seem to be an issue.
Pros: Beautiful, sleek, 320GB, 2 controllers, newer console design (slim), comes with the BEST xbox 360 game of all time, wifi, and the list goes on.
Overall Review: I've been playing Gears of War since the date the first one came out. Played the second one since the day it came out, and then the third one since the day it came out.
This is my FAVORITE video game at present. Yes, I like it much better than Call of Duty games (although I like those too).
This console is so hot... my friends are jealous. I'm 30 years old and still I thought it was a must have. The game alone goes for $50, the controllers are probably $50-60/each (when compared to a normal wireless for say $40/each - you get the added design), the 320gig drive is over $100, and the console without the extras is $200.
Add it all up and the price makes sense, except I got it on sale at newegg for much less. :)
I LOVE how I hear the Gears of War sounds when I push the power/eject buttons. :)
Come join me on Gears!!
Pros: Affordable when it's on sale and was useful when I first had it. No wires or a mess on the floor as it stick onto the wall outlet.
Cons: Awkward, and unbalanced. Maybe if someone had industrial strength outlets would this be awesome, but if I have it plugged in and stretching horizontally towards the left, then the left-most outlet is tough to use. When I plug something into it, I have to hold the whole Belkin surge protector tightly into the outlet so it doesn't pop out or break the wall outlet.
Also, I used to use the USB ports when charging phone when I was sitting at my computer desk for hours on end, but now I NEVER use it. 500mA is way too weak with today's standards and smartphones. Useless.
Overall Review: Buy this if you don't care about the slow charge. Also make sure you're aware that when you plug something into the farthest outlet from the socket plug, you will likely need to hold the whole thing down.
Pros: It's fast. It's still a great buy!!
Cons: Coming from an OCZ Vertex 60GB, I almost broke even with this upgrade and I just like trying new things, which is why I bought it... well, the Vertex gets a 5-star rating, but why is this only 4 you ask?
It's simple... my Vertex was JUST under 60GB when formatted... it showed up as 59.XXGB - I don't remember exactly. What I do know is when I lost about 4GB in this upgrade. To me, that's HUGE for an SSD, since space is always lacking b/c of the price per GB ratio.
Overall Review: Look, it's cool if all 60GB OCZ SSDs come up as 55.90GB, but come on... they are both marked as "60GB" - at least have them format similarly... I swear... if I knew I'd lose 4GB, I wouldn't have made the change, but what's done is done.
Pros: I finally got it to work, so I couldn't give it only 1-star...
Cons: Let's start with the fact that this board has a default vdimm (dimm/RAM voltage) of 1.95v. What the heck? The native voltage for DDR2 ram is 1.8v. Well, several sticks of 1.8v value RAM would not run on this machine. I had to pop in a more expensive set of RAM which basically OFFSET the savings of buying this motherboard. I would have rather bought a more expensive board and settled with value RAM. The RAM I ended up using was OCZ Platinum (speced for 2.0v if I recall correctly), 4-4-4 timings, so it ran perfectly fine @ 5-5-5 1.95v. The cost difference was about $20-25, so I would have rather bought a mobo that was more expensive and quality (I love Gigabyte, ASUS is next in line).
See below for more info.
Overall Review: This is another CON, but not on the board itself, so I'm listing it here. I contacted Biostar customer support through their website, since I couldn't find a telephone# to call, and after over 2 weeks of waiting, I still have not received a reply.
I also tried updating the motherboard BIOS and a TON of other things. I ran memtest to ensure of memory errors, and several sticks of value RAM would cause memory errors.
Guess what, Biostar, I had TWO of these identical boards, and both boards reacted the same way. YES, I tried a different power supply, in an ATX case and caseless, with no additional devices, with a different CPU, and I covered all ends. I've been building computers since 2000, I've worked for IT companies, and now I run my own company, so none of this is user error.
Do NOT buy this board if you are not getting it on sale. Do NOT buy this board if you are getting it on sale and are going with value RAM. Buy it if you are okay with the 1.95v and if it's on sale
Pros: Yes, I have a high understanding... been building computers for 11 years, and been in the business for about 9 years. Pros: works perfectly fine in an Athlon II X2 build with 4gb of ram, 500gb 7200 drive, and a DVD burner.
Cons: The power toggle switch on the back is broken. It's stuck in the on position. The toggle switch works, but if you feel it yourself you will notice there's no more CLICKING involved. Even when it's on "O" it's still on, lol. So I could have it on "-" or "O" and it's always on. Oh well
Overall Review: At least it's stuck in the on position, or I would have RMA-ed. I'm a little disappointed about it. I know I could have opened up the PSU as I've done this kind of work before, but why VOID it when it's working. If I RMA-ed, it would have cost me about $10 to ship back and that would have been about half the cost of the item!!
Take the chance with this PSU if your machine isn't super expensive. It does the job FWIW.
Pros: I've been building PCs for 10 years and all I can say is lately all of my budget builds have been with this exact case. The only time I don't use this case is when I have a mid-atx motherboard, then it's a whole different ball-game. :)
Cons: I really can't name any. It's easy for me to say that there's no firewire or a front intake fan, but at this price can you really ask for that? If you did, you'd be asking Rosewill to go out of business.
Overall Review: I keep buying this case everytime NewEgg sends the newsletter offers with free shipping. It's a great buy!!
Pros: 6 cores for only two hundred bux when it just came out?!!!! 6MB L3 cache and you don't have to settle for no L3 cache to save money as this is already a great price.
Cons: As most other reviews on newegg would say, "...compared to INTEL.... " really it's apples to oranges. You get what you pay for and it always depends on your needs and your budget. If you need multiple cores on a budget, you are obviously not going to look anywhere else. If you don't need many cores but are still on a budget, the X2, X3, and X4 AMD chips are also great prices.
Overall Review: I can't believe someone took off one egg, quoted below:
"Unfortunately I had to knock off 1 egg due to the fact that the intel 6 core is still faster." by reviewer "Overall a good buy".
That's a sad statement. Again, comparing apples to oranges because INTEL's chip is 5x as much as this. You can't drop an egg because your brand new KIA doesn't have traction control like the Mercedes Benz. COME ON PEOPLE!! You're ruining statistics when you knock off eggs by comparing to items multiple times the cost. It makes absolutely no sense.
Pros: The portability of this thing is it's ultimate shine!! I've owned MANY, MANY flash drives, and although your typical usb drive is small, I sometimes still don't bring them places with me b/c it still takes up space in my pocket. This sucker has been in my wallet for I'm going to guess 2 years, if not more. I don't use it on a daily basis, but it's perfect to carry a bunch of my installation files, important docs, etc... esp when I go to clients to do I.T. work
Cons: I've a feeling the contacts will eventually wear out
Overall Review: I keep this little gadget in its flimsy, plastic(?) case inside an inner pocket of my wallet. I've had absolutely no issues plugging it into various usb ports. For those that have issues, you need to understand that it takes a little common sense to "get it in right". :)
Pros: Activities ROCK when you have to set your TV input, your receiver's input, and turn on/off devices to switch what you want to watch from. I can control everything I need to control with one remote. Screen is LCD color, which is nice (unfortunately I bought a refurb and it was a little burned in -not a good thing with LCDs)
Cons: The "0" button BARELY works. I've had my remote maybe 2 years... I bought it refurb, but still... it was great for about half a year, then the battery life drastically dropped.... I dealt with having to charge it like every week, to every few days, to now every 1-2 days. The weak battery isn't as much of a killer as the "0" button barely working. I have to push EXTREMELY hard to get it to work.
Overall Review: If you have a good warranty, buy the remote... if not, you might be taking a chance and could have a non-working remote after a yr or 2. For some, that may be plenty.
This doesn't deserve 5 stars, but it was definitely a decent investment for me. I want to get another one, but why do I have to pay Logitech twice for the same remote? That's not fair...
Pros: Plenty of SATA connectors, great price after rebate, stable, great design and placement, and enough PCI slots for my needs. :)
Cons: No power/reset buttons on-board, but this wouldn't justify giving it less than 5 stars as everything else is awesome.
Overall Review: I originally had my 945 Phenom II in an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe. I got sick of the issues I had with that board and also that board only have 5 SATA and 1 eSata... I couldn't believe it. That board wasn't a piece of junk, but I don't need crossfire, so I went for the "downgrade" to this Gigabyte board. It's actually an UPGRADE for me since I don't need 2x 16x lanes. Here's my specs:
-945 Phenom II @ 3.85ghz 1.50vcore w/Enzotech Sapphire block
-OCZ Gold 2x2GB 1600 @ ~1450mhz 7-7-7-16 1T
-HIS Radeon 4890 with an MCW60-4870 waterblock (still tweaking this, but I'm breaking 1000mhz gpu easily with a slight voltage increase)
-2x 30GB OCZ Vertex in Raid 0
-Win 7 Pro 64-bit
-Corsair 520W Modular (you don't need more than this!)
-Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Elite Pro
-2x Samsung DVD Burners
-MCP350 pump modded w/Petra top and a 10w to 18w toggle switch :)
-Panaflo HE120.3 Rad with 3x 152CFM 120x38 Deltas on a controller
-More fans, more goodies...
The machine runs like a champ!!
Pros: Reputable company, good price.
Cons: Tough to get to stock settings
Overall Review: Alright, I can't give this a 5 eggs since it just won't run 1600mhz, but I'm giving it a 5 eggs to offset the 2 eggs I gave yesterday. I'd give this 3.5 - 4 eggs personally.
Perhaps it is the board like OCZ mentioned, and although I could not stabilize 1600mhz, I was able to get 1333mhz stable by altering the QPI frequency.
I'm running tighter timings and at 1T command rate at 1333mhz, so essentially it's better than 9-9-9-24 2T @ 1600mhz if you ask me.
Sorry to OCZ for my previous review, but the fact does remain that this board will still not happily run 1600mhz, whether it's the RAM or the board.
For any novices out there, try testing other 1600mhz RAM if you end up returning these. See if those do better before posting a negative review. I may have acted too fast... still not 100% satisfied for my wasted time and not getting its rated spec.
Pros: It's a good price from a reputable company.
Cons: It does not run what it's rated. I tried AUTO settings, I tried manual settings, I tried different voltages, it will NOT run what it's rated to run.
Overall Review: Just to note: I've been building systems for over 9 years and have been overclocking/benchmarking for over 5 years, so my technical knowledge is fairly good.
When you check with CPU-Z, the RAM comes up as PC3-8500F (1066mhz). I don't know why it doesn't come up as 1600mhz or even 1333mhz, but even the SPD timing table only goes as far as 610mhz (meaning 1220mhz DDR). I wonder why the SPD timings aren't set to 1600mhz or even at least 1333mhz!!
If this ran 1333mhz at say 8-8-8 timings, I would be satisfied, but it won't.
I can't believe how I tell my client he'll have a 1600mhz DDR3 setup when it won't even run at that speed. Either he's going to say "alright" (in a not so happy tone) or I have to buy something else. :(
I've had this issue with OCZ ram lately. Even my personal AMD Phenom II system couldn't run some 2x2gb ocz gold 1600 kit @ 1600mhz. Why does OCZ do this? I might have to pay a few bucks more and go with other brands if this is the trend OCZ is going to
Pros: DD-WRT capable! Wireless N seems pretty good. I got it for cheap as a refurb!!
Cons: The administrative interface will lock up often when I make changes. I have DD-WRT on there, which is great, but many times the admin CP will lock up on me when I try to "Apply Changes" - this ALWAYS requires a reboot to fix, but at least the router still works, so it won't kick anyone off until you actually reboot.
Overall Review: I almost bricked this router. I flashed from the netgear interface to a DD-WRT std (standard) firmware, which is WRONG. MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS!! If you don't first flash to the mini the way DD-WRT forums explains, you WILL be sorry.
I was able to fix the situation by TFTPing the mini DD-WRT then upgraded to a STD. :)
Pros: Great price after rebate!
OCZ customer support is awesome, believe it or not.
Cons: Newer OCZ rebates aren't as fast as they used to be, but whatever they still come in.
Overall Review: Make sure you keep copies of your rebate submissions. Make sure you're not OVERLOADING your power supply and do realize that this is a dual-rail 18A power supply, meaning you shouldn't be pushing much more than 18A on each rail, so don't think this PSU is meant for some serious SLI or Cross-Fire setups. That's why they have the 600W, and 700W versions, and also the proxstream, gamexstream, etc.
Make your decision wisely. This power supply is sufficient for budget and mid-grade builds.
Pros: I've been building PCs since 2000. This case is probably my favorite (affordable) mid-tower case ever. I built my girlfriend's PC with this and man is it a beauty in every aspect. I really don't know what else to say. I have absolutely no complaints in all departments! :)
Cons: Price, when it's not on sale. I remember getting this for 62 bux after rebates and such, but that was a long time ago. Antec probably did those rebates back then to get people to buy this and rank it up, and now they sell it with ease at its current price.
Overall Review: If it's on sale, buy it if it's within your budget.
Pros: Been in the business since 2000.
Sturdy as heck. Great paint job. Easy set up. Great power supply. I don't always go for the expensive cases for clients, but when it's going to be a 24/7 machine for security cameras I want something nice. Nice price with the promo I used.
Cons: The rubber mounts on the bottom should be hard-mounted with screws, not glued. They come off... it's actually pretty annoying.
Overall Review: This build was for a client that used to have a Sonata II and those rubber pieces fell off too. You would think Antec learned to just pay for the 4 screws and just hard-mount them in place like most cases would.
Pros: Great price if you're one of the lucky ones without issues.
Cons: This board is not fully stable, even at stock settings. I've tried Prime95 and OCCT, and they can and will make the system freeze, reboot, or crash.
I've tried MULTIPLE different BIOSes. I've flashed with the ASUS Updater (which stinks, as it can't update through the internet - it only works if you already have the file, and YOU CANNOT FLASH TO OLDER BIOSes with this utility), I've flashed with the built-in EZ-Flash (this also stinks as it only worked ONCE - after that, it would always tell me something about the BIOS files being faulty, which they are not - I tried multiple different medias: diff flash drives, local hard drives, etc.) The only reliable flash method was with a floppy, which worked easily, but it still didn't fix the problem.
I've been working in IT since year 2000. I've been an overclocker since 2002/2003. I played with voltages, timings, reseating the CPU, trying different RAM, testing the power supply, trying different RAM slots, etc.
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Overall Review: Stay away from this board until ASUS comes out with a BIOS file to correct their errors. I'm not the only one with stability issues - I've posted on a forum where others have the same issues.
The board MAY WORK FINE for all of your daily needs, so if you already own this board and don't have problems, although it may not pass stress tests it may be fine for you. The machine doesn't crash if I don't run a stress test, but this is supposed to be a gaming machine for my brother, so I've no idea how it will run when he games on it.
Pros: Modular, great brand, and I got a sick deal a while back on a combo with a video card. Has been working in my overclocked machine for some time now:
Watercooling: modded mcp-350 pump, 3 huge 120mm deltas on my triple radiator
E8400 @ 4ghz 24/7
Gigabyte X48T DDR3 Mobo
4GB OCZ DDR3 1600
2x raptors, 2x 30GB OCZ Vertex Raid 0
2x Samsung DVD burners
Radeon HD4890 1GB
SB X-Fi Fatality
2x 120mm case fans
1x pci slot fan
4x 12" cold cathode lighting
Cons: My system hasn't been 100% stable even though I swapped out my RAM several times (I try different sets all the time as I'm an OCer), and even though I'm stress test stable. I don't know if it's the PSU or not, but it could be.
What's the biggest CON of all is the freakin' fan!! It rattles and rattles... I know I could send it back to Thermaltake but:
#1- I don't want my machine down for that long, so I'd have to get a temporary PSU
#2- I do very clean work in my machines and a PSU takes me a while to neatly dismantle and put back together, zip-tie, hide cables behind things, etc.
Overall Review: I know this is a highly rated product. In fact, if you know anything about power supplies, this one is closer to the top of the list as far as build-quality and quality components.
Although my fan rattles, s*** happens and I'm willing to try this PSU again when I find the time to finally send this one back to Thermaltake
Pros: Cheap price
Cons: First time UPS delivered it and it was dented up... the packaging I guess is just not good enough. The RMA that I got from newegg looked and seemed fine, but after I spent all the time putting the system together AND delivering it to my client, I noticed how the power button would keep getting stuck. That design of the button might look nice to some, but it's dumb as heck. I've built MANY MANY machines over my time doing IT of 8+ yrs, and never have I had such a problem with the power button.
If it wasn't for the power button on this RMA, I would have given it 4 stars.
Overall Review: I couldn't give it 1 star b/c I'm sure some people will get lucky and get a decent case.
I must say, NEWEGG'S RMA AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IS UNBEATABLE!!! They refunded me in full for everything and paid for my shipping since none of this was my fault. I ended up using another case in the end.
Pros: I've built about 4 machines with this PSU. All 4 run rock-solid. One runs an 8800GTS 512MB and Core 2 combo. Another runs an AM2 combo with an 8800GT 512MB, another runs another AM2 combo with an 8800GS, and I forget what the specs on the other build were.
Overall Review: Perhaps some got unlucky, but I jumped on this PSU every time I saw it for 30 AR. GREAT VALUE!!
OCZ PSUs might die from time to time... not always, but it doesn't bother me b/c the several times I've RMAed RAM or PSUs to OCZ, they are ALWAYS TOP NOTCH SERVICE AND FAST!! :)
I'm a big time OCZ fan (not fanboy)... I respect the company for great service.
Pros: For the price, the decibel (dB) is expected to be a little more than quiet. I still rate it 5 stars b/c you get more for what you pay for.
I love how this has either a 3-pin or a molex option, AND the wiring is sleeved. You truly get value with this product. They're so cheap that I put them in my system builds for free. I'd rather spend the (very low) amount on this fan than have someone with a hot case.
Overall Review: I've been using this exact fan for YEARS. It started when someone posted on a forum that you could get 10 for 10 bucks. I can't believe years later it's still almost the same price. I always buy in bulk of 10+. I've probably gone through 30-40 of these so far.
Pros: Small, loud, good price, and I like how it also has a purple LED to let you know the phone is turning on or off.
Cons: Mic doesn't work at all.
Overall Review: I'd like to rate this a 1, but manufacturer defects are acceptable. It happens. I can hear calls clearly, but no one can hear me at all. I even called my phone from my land-line (I set my land-line to mute, so that I don't get echo feedback). I slapped this motorola speaker unit a few times and all it did was transfer random static sounds. This thing is shot.
I'm going for an RMA replacement. Will report back soon if I can remember. :)
Pros: After coupons and such I got this chip extremely cheap! Either way, it's a great chip for what it's worth. I have mine paired with a Biostar nForce 550SE that I got very cheap (used) from a friend.
Running the chip at 260FSB (x4 HTT) @ 3.00ghz exactly. Bumped vcore to 1.300 BIOS, ~1.37v CPU-Z read @ load.
Memory running 860mhz 4-4-4-13.
Primed for 72 hours and then cut it off (yes, I know I didn't need that much priming, but I forgot the machine on) :)
I have a budget aftermarket cooler on it (one of the Rosewills I got for $20). Idle 25C, load 36C.
Overall Review: If you can pair this with a budget board, the 11.5x multiplier will give you plenty to work an overclock at a decent FSB bump.