Joined on 04/15/05
Pros: -Quiet and cool -Lowest priced 1060 out there -Overclocks to match the highest priced 1060's on the market
Cons: -Not a 1070 or 1080 ... -That's reaching, though. I don't have a single complaint.
Overall Review: This is a bare bones card, no frills, no lighting gimmicks, no water cooling vapor chambers ... you don't need it for the GPU on these cards anyway. It OC's to compete with the best 1060's on the market, but for a lower cost. If you wants lights / colors ... add them yourself. :) Now, I only game in 1080p, as that's my monitor's native res, but I'm gaming at 144hz. And my system still rocks that great i5 of old, the 2500k. With that in mind, I still regularly hit 70-80 fps in BF1 on Med / High settings. Any older games, like Shadow of Mordor, L4D2, CS:Go -- those games hit over 100 fps. This card is all you'll need at 1080p.
Pros: Small design (like most 560's), seems to run cool.
Cons: Fan clips shroud, making lots of noise. Non-standard for this card, I believe. Expecting replacement to resolve that issue. Also, crashed the system out of Black Ops and Mirror's Edge (last is not terribly stressful for this card.) Based on reviews of the silicon, and Sparkle in general, I expect I simply received a bad bit of kit. Unfortunate I've got to pay shipping to replace a faulty part ... c'mon, Egg, that's a bit ridiculous.
Awesome chip, gaming and productivity!
Pros: High clock speeds 6 cores Comes with a very decent cooler in the box Easy install
Cons: Must have updated BIOS on motherboard if you bought the mobo before, say, August of 2020. No other cons
Overall Review: I would absolutely recommend this chip to anyone for gaming or productivity. I do run a lot of games (Star Citizen, Battlefield 5, bunch of others) that all benefit from good CPU and GPU combos. I've seen anywhere between 20% - 50% FPS improvement from my 2700x (which is still a great chip). Also, rendering a movie for a wedding I shot took 90 minutes on the 2700x, and only 48 minutes on the 5600x. All other system specs remained the same, so purely from upgrading the CPU. On top of that, the lower TDP means less power consumption / heat than my previous chip. Over all, I'm extremely happy with it. While there is no drawback to the chip itself, I must encourage people who buy it to ensure they upgrade their BIOS *first* ... I updated mine in October, but it was faulty, so when I first put in this chip it failed to boot. Went back and found a newer process / BIOS that was verified, and once installed, the 5600x had no issues. Combined w/ the H100i AIO cooler I'm running, my idle speeds are around 30C and 65C under load. Fantastic! Awesome chip, can't recommend it enough. Unless you're doing some very heavy lifting in the process load area, there's no reason to go up to the 5900 series (and forget the 5800's, they're a waste). This chip is the only one you need. For now. :)
Brix for the win
Pros: Low cost, low power, high performer. Runs Win7 and XBMC perfectly, pumps out video at 1080 without a hitch. Wouldn't recommend high-end gaming on it, but other versions might have even better graphics ... I haven't looked. Haven't needed them for what I want.
Cons: No optical drive. Makes installing the OS a bit tricky.
Overall Review: What a phenomenally good purchase this was for me. My ageing full-tower media pc (XBMC) was just getting slower and slower, and burning up $30/month or more in electricity costs. This little Brix devil outperforms the older system, processes video faster, and is totally silent ... all for less than the price of a few cups of coffee a month in electricity. The lack of an optical drive is only an issue for me, in that I can't play DVD / Blu-Ray right from the machine, but then I rip most of my media before access anyway. I put a 128 Gig SSD in the box and have a 2TB HDD external, and no slowness on access. I'm thinking of getting another one and building my own NAS with a reliable external multi-disk enclosure. HEADS UP: when installing an OS from a boot USB disk, make sure you set the BIOS correctly to boot from USB. It didn't come setup by default, and there was some tweaking I had to do ... can't remember what ... but use Google to search for it, it wasn't difficult.
Pros: More GDDR, more ROPs, more power. This card replaces my 8800GT (which, to be honest, was a fantastic workhorse and an excellent card in its own right.) As a gamer, my 8800gt was starting to fall behind, so I upped to the GTX260, and it's a fantastic piece of hardware.
Cons: It does draw more power, and it's a 2-slot card vs. the 1-slot of my old 8800GT. Nothing to dock and egg for, though -- find me a high-end card that doesn't do either of those things!
Overall Review: Had I done a slight bit more research, I might have discovered the GTX 260 / 216, which nVidia made as the second generation, adding 20 or so more pipes to the card. The performance difference isn't significant, and not worth trying to return the card in order to upgrade again.
Great service, great item, thank you so much!
Randomly found a Ryzen 5600x when they were still hard to find ... happened upon it here at the Egg. Never heard of this seller, but they've been around for a while, so I took a chance. Package delivered on time, as expected, and in brand new, unopened box, working perfectly. Thank you, PlatinumMicro! I'm the only one of my friends with a new Ryzen CPU now! :) -J