Date Joined: 05/23/09
Pros: Very small and light for a 3090.
Fans not too loud
Only 2 8-pin power connectors required
It's a 3090
Cons: Can't really overclock. But I'm fine with that.
Overall Review: Works great if you're editing 8K video and doing 3D animation.
Pros: It's USB hub and it functions as such. Attached devices work at their respective normal speeds with reliability. There are pretty little lights to tell me where stuff is plugged in. It's a sturdy little device.
Cons: If I try to plug bus-powered HDDs into every port, sometimes the power can't keep up. No big deal. I really don't need to plug in that many HDDs at once.
It scratches easily, but again, no big deal. I don't think people really buy USB hubs for their aesthetic appeal.
Pros: This is a great motherboard. I purchased mine after getting fed up with my dying second-hand Gigabyte AM2+ board. The Sabertooth was easy to get installed. There are plenty of fan headers in well thought out locations, including two separate 4-pin headers for CPU coolers with two fans.
This board is very sturdy, and can handle my Noctua D14 without any noticeable flex or stress on the board.
The first thing I did after booting into the BIOS was switch to advanced mode and update the BIOS, which was incredible easy and fast. When I started to explore the BIOS, I was greeted by the largest variety of settings I've ever seen. Overall, the UEFI BIOS seems improved on 990FX over the Intel boards with it.
Soon I was running Win7 and ready to overclock. This board let me push everything hard with no stability issues. The heatsinks on the Sabertooth allow for excellent cooling in a case with good airflow. My 1055T is currently at 4.0Ghz on air (in an non-airconditioned house in the s
Cons: The BIOS can be slightly intimidating at first due to it's large amount of features, but is definitely worth it if you're willing to use your noodle and spend a little time online doing your research.
Overall Review: A few little words of advice:
Look at the QVM when selecting RAM. It will save you time and money.
If you're using an AM3 CPU (Deneb, Thuban), I'd recommend turning off LLC and making sure your voltage is set correctly.
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
AMD 1055T @ 4.0Ghz, NB @ 2778mhz
2x2GB Corsair XLS1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1642mhz
Gigabyte GTX 460 @ 910/2100
OCZ Agility 3 60GB Boot drive
2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 data drives
Pros: I bought this power supply along with a case in May 2009. I had never heard of the brand, but it was a good deal. I spent the last 6 months blaming this PSU on my overclock problems, but after some real testing, I discovered that I've been wrongly blaming my faithful old PSU, while my *gasp* Gigabyte motherboard was really the culprit. On that note, this PSU has survived almost constant heavy use for over two years, and is still working perfectly. I would probably still buy a Corsair over anything else a this point, but that doesn't change the fact that this thing really gave a lot of bang for its buck, and is about to power a new 990FX setup.
Cons: Still a really obscure brand
Pros: This card performs outstandingly at 1920x1080. Stock speeds are enough to max out just about any DX10 game. Haven't tried any DX11 games just yet.
Also, using MSI afterburner, I can run it at 800/1600/2000. Even under load, the cooler keeps the card right at 60c. Overvolting, I can OC the card to 900/1800/2100, but it's only stable for about 30 minutes. Good for benchmarking, but not too logical for gaming.
Also, this card is a folding beast, getting an average of 10988ppd.
Fans are efficient and very quiet. I can't even hear it unless I turn it manually to 90%.
Also, the card is relatively short, and fits very nicely in my case. It would fit nicely in smaller cases too.
Cons: The cooler design vents doesn't vent hot air out of the case too well, so 2 of these in SLI might cause some heat issues. But I just put a 120mm exhaust on the side of my case next to the GPU, and temperature problems are easily resolved.
Overall Review: I love this card. HUGE step up from the 9600GT I was using before. Great price too. Definitely a better choice than getting a 5830 or 5850.
Pros: Out of the package and into the MacBook Pro in less than 5 minutes. Popped right in and booted right up. Works like a charm. Boot time is faster, and overall performance is significantly increased.
Cons: None. Kingston delivered a good product, as always.
Overall Review: Definitely a good upgrade to do along with the upgrade to Snow Leopard. A really noticeable performance boost.