Date Joined: 04/26/07
Pros: Sound deadening, quality and usability. 1. The sound deadening is quite impressive. 2. Airflow is pretty good.
These two points allowed me, for the first time in over ten builds, to try a combination of "Air" for the GPU and a CLC for the CPU instead of a full water cooled setup. Very pleased with the overall results. Space in front of the PSU and behind the lower front fan is fantastic. If you are not using more than one HDD. I used one in the middle (Placement allowed three positions, not two) to allow airflow and cable management of the excess GPU power cords as this case allows near direct access to the GPU from a creative cutout. Overall, this is a fantastic case and has become my new favorite. My prior favorite case (Because of all the customization options) was the Cooler Master Stacker 830 with the Corsair Obsidian 800d glass door as a close second. Those saying it is heavy, might be coming from cases of lesser quality or minimal design. This case is not heavy to me yet strong, well thought out placements and will last a lifetime.
Cons: Glass door is not easy to clean. It is porous. When trying to clean with, microfiber fragments are now stuck everywhere on the glass. It is awful and far worse than fingerprint smudges. Velcro is weak. Still need to us zip ties for total control "Behind the scenes". The cutouts below the MOBO area is a great idea and welcomed. However, for the EVGA Z490 FTW, not so much. Two of the USB connections are impossible to access after the MOBO is mounted due to the area that they did not have a cutout. One must plug those in as needed before mounting the MOBO. There is no light to show off the PSU cutout for lower light conditions (Personal preference). The four plastic sliders they use to "Hide" the cables is a good idea. The problem is, they do not offer enough depth to actually slide back so that all of them can be uniform without a good amount of cable manipulation. They could have positioned the front fans slightly more to the left (Closer to the glass door) and allowed for a bit more depth of the sliders without any impact to the airflow.
Overall Review: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING, 10G-P5-3897-KR, EVGA Z490 FTW, CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2B3200C16, Intel Core i7-10700 Comet Lake 8-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1200 65W BX8070110700 Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630, Phanteks Eclipse P600S PH-EC600PSTG_BK01 Black Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Four Phanteks PH-F140SP 140mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition, EVGA CLC 360mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 3x FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 5 YR Warranty, 400-HY-CL36-V1, EVGA SuperNOVA 850 T2, 80+ TITANIUM, (2) Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X, Phanteks PH-DRGB_SKT Digital RGB LED Starter Kit Includes The Controller Hub and DRGB LED Combo Kit, Phanteks PH-FF140RGBA_BK01 Halos Lux RGB Fan Frame High density LEDs RGB 140mm fan mounting,Black, Phanteks NEON Digital-RGB LED Strip Combo Set (PH-NELEDKT_CMBO) – 2X 400mm Smooth Lighting Strip, Full Color Range, Flexible mounting
Pros: Works as it should. QLED is actually pretty impressive. We have not experienced any tearing or stuttering from the monitor itself. I do feel that the look of the monitor is better than others around the edges and the ability to hide the cables is an added benefit. All the cable/connection options are included. The built in quick click settings (Three different "Saves") allowed for us to create one gaming setting, one work and one for what I call evening mode. So I did not feel like I need to sit ten more feet further away from the monitor. Really love having that feature! The light in the back is actually not as bright with the cover off as I was led to believe from other reviews online. In fact, the monitor is so bright for your eyes, one has to "Look" to see if the wall is blue or not from the light. That said, once the monitor goes to sleep it is a nice calm blue lighting up the wall. Not bright, but bright enough I would say.
Cons: No screws when using the VESA mount as the screws they give you, mount the mount to the monitor. And the stand, while I understand their intent is to keep the monitor sturdy... Is awful. Just to big. And why hide all the USB's in the back?
Overall Review: I use our monitors in native settings, with of course adjustments to our viewing preferences. This is used 50/50 gaming and work related activities. Having more screen up and down is quite helpful. We came from 3x24" ASUS 144hz 1920x1080 in surround. Going down to one monitor is going to take some adjusting. While I am still a huge fan of surround, I wanted at least 1440 and I am tired of the 12-15" in height many of the options provide. So this limited our options. It is also why I went with this monitor instead of the Asus ROG PG348Q as it only was 13" in height without the stand. That just seemed silly. Once I do some real world testing, we may buy two more and go back to surround.
No pixel issues but I do have bleeding around the edges. Not enough to worry about. If it is a luck of the draw, I would say this one is a 9 out of 10. The monitor we revived is pretty darn bright and I find that I am using the "Eye Saver" in the evenings to cut the brightness down about 30-40% but is UGLY for colors. . Ours did default to 1.4 DP unlike other posters have. 144hz was also the default.
Pros: Mechanical keys are easier for me to use and worth the cost. I do a decent amount of typing a day and am pleased with the Browns. I also game about Two hours each night.
Cons: No power adapter included. Really CM!! Really poor choice and makes me question any future purchases from CM as I expect a product to have necessities. And powering the USB's in today's world is a no brainer...
My "Minus" key on the 10 key pad sticks. Bothersome, but not worth taking time out of my production and expense to get one without issues. Hopefully it is just a fluke.
Not pleased with just one color. Would have liked multiple color options like I have been using with other keyboards. Red gets old pretty fast.
Would have liked a little ridge or bump, or even a little rougher surface on the "F" and "J" keys like most keyboards have. I find myself looking down on the keyboard a LOT more than I used to because these little helpers are not there.
Overall Review: The heft is welcomed. I like a keyboard that stays planted an this one does that. Have not even unwrapped the wrist attachment.
To me this is an $89 value and currently over priced.
Pros: Quiet, efficient, well built.
Cons: Not one.
Overall Review: I purchased this to replace a pair of XFX 5870's running Eyefinity 5870x1200 in a professional office. The X58 system is water cooled as was the 5870's. This single GPU not only uses far less power, it runs cooler on air than the other two cards did under water when using Distributed Computing software BOINC (SETI, PrimeGrid, GPUGrid) 24/7.
I also own two EVGA GTX 680HC's. THis Gigabyte GPU is my favorite GPU ever. I cannot hear it at all in my 800D in my "Quiet" office. People come and go all through the day. Not knowing the work this GPU is producing for Humanity. The 5870's and the 360 RAD I had cooling them, you could hear. Very pleased consumer and I highly recommend this GPU for medium to heavy use. I could not be happier with this purchase.
For reference. I have owned 8800's, 200's, 400's, 500's series Nvidia GPU's (All top end single GPU units in SLI) and multiple AMD GPU's.
Pros: Everything works great. We purchased the Onkyo UWF-1 and used the rear USB to upgrade to the latest Firmware of Dec 20th 2011 before we even tried the receiver.
For the price Newegg is offering right now, and what features this receiver has built in... You cannot find this much quality or this much power or even this many features in any other amp for even another $200. I am not a fan or a Kool-Aid drinker of any brand. I just looked at price/power/features and found the Onkyo TX-NR809 to be a perfect blend.
My wife is pleased and could not be happier. She comments how there are new sounds in her music (Stay at home mom). And then we added the new polkaudio speakers. Now she is going through the DVD's and Bluray's so she can see what she had missed in the past with our BOSE 5.1 setup =]
One thing to note. You find out very quickly what iTunes you purchased vs. downloaded from other sites or your CD's. Now we notice easily the quality difference. We do love the iPod connection
Cons: Cannot change the colors on the front panel. This while disappointing, is not really that big of a deal. But with so many other electronics going to the darker blue accent lighting, this receiver is more of a blue-green...
Volume increasing requires a significant amount of turning of the knob by hand, but the remote turn the volume up/down very fast...
We do not like the fact that in order to have the iPod plugged in the front USB, that you have to have the front cover folded down. We worry kids eyeballs, or our pets might find one of the two corners. We would have liked the iPod/USB connection on the front to be accessible without opening the cover. We do have the receiver placed as far back as we can. But it is still not enough. We do leave the UWF-1 in the rear for our online music, and even though it is a very small USB drive, we would still have to remove it to close the front cover if we placed it up front, and is why it is in the rear USB connection.
Overall Review: We also own, Harmon Kardon, Yamaha, Pioneer and Sony receivers. All at various levels and age. All started n our HT and as we improved or upgraded the system they filter into other areas of the home...
By far this Onkyo TX-NR809 is leaps and bounds better than any we have. The on-screen feature is the easiest to use, the sound options is almost to much, but once you find what you want it keeps your settings unlike some receivers that keep that setting for all sound production (Cable/Music/Bluray), this one allowed to to select one sound for each feature.
Later this week our new three channel Emotive Amplifier will be here and will be used for the front two and center speakers...
LG 55LH90 | Onkyo TX-NR809 | Emotiva XPA-3 | polkaudio RTi12 | polkaudio CSi5 | JBL ES250P | polkaudio RTi4(4)
"Sound satisfaction is in the ears of the beholder and what that pocketbook bares"
Pros: This is my second purchase from the egg for an XFX HD 5870. Best money I have spent to date on my system.
Game play is as fast on one HD 5870 as it was on my GTX295 in every game I play. First Run out of the Box I place in the top 150 in the world in all of the single card entries for all brands of cards... At stock GPU clocks.... on HWbot running the Performance test in Vantage.
This card is much lighter (Weight) than my 295. Makes me feel better about it hanging on the PCI-e Slot.
The Heaven bench tool looks amazing and shows this card and DX11's true potential.
All the Red parts on the case react to my UV lights in the case! Love the look!!
Very pleased ATi is making Nvidia work for their crown every six months again. This is great for us as consumers. It helps bring out great products like this. Just think about how p!$$ poor ATi was just two years ago! This card is perfect in every way. Can't wait to see the first "Real" driver for these so we can see what they can
Cons: Pricing... I think $329 for this card would be far more appropriate.
Overall Review: ATi has finally caught back up to Nvidia. This is very good for us consumers. True competition instead of hype wins every time. I had enough of ATi with my 1600.. swore I would not go back.... Then they came out with Eyefinity. Add this to the Nvidia delays, and I simply could not wait any longer. I buy most games as they come out and wanted DX11 and Multiple Monitor support that this new tech brings.
Eyefinity= Remember those stickers on the back of pickup trucks as kids that said something like....
"You can have my Smith and Wesson, once you pry it from my cold dead hands"?
Yeah.. it is like that. It is that frikn impressive!
Running... EVGA Classified, 920, 2000 RAM, RAID0, Win 7-64 (3) Dell P2310H's in Portrait Eyefinity, Crossfire 5870's
Pros: Game play is as fast on my HD 5870 as it was on my GTX295 in every game I play. First Run out of the Box I place in the top 150 in the world in all of the single card entries for all brands of cards... At stock GPU clocks.... on HWbot running the Performance test in Vantage.
This card is much lighter (Weight) than my 295. Makes me feel better about it hanging on the PCI-e Slot.
The Heaven bench tool looks amazing and shows this card and DX11's true potential.
All the Red parts on the case react to my UV lights in the case! Love the look!!
Very pleased ATi is making Nvidia work for their crown every six months again. This is great for us as consumers. It helps bring out great products like this. Just think about how p!$$ poor ATi was just two years ago! This card is perfect in every way. Can't wait to see the first "Real" driver for these so we can see what they can do!
Cons: Did not come with the Game Bundle: Dirt2 download coupon as claimed in the Newegg Specs. I contacted Newegg on live chat, they told me that it is the Manufacturer issue not theirs. Now I understand that. But I felt put off by the response and the way I was told. No offer to make it right. I build about 5 systems a year from the ground up as a hobby. Guess they only see the last order and $400+ is not worth their time. My fault I guess for thinking the way I did. Anyway, I contact XFX... They say it is Neweggs' offer not theirs. What a surprise. I purchased this from Newegg because they offered the Dirt 2 and Zip Z00m Fly was not.
Fan is louder than I expected. I am using a Full size Mountain MOD case and the fan is as loud as the 295 and the 285's I once had, @ 50% or greater in speed.
I am still giving this Five stars because review this is about the card not the silly game.
Overall Review: I purchased this for three reasons.... 1. Eyefinity. 2. DX11 3. Nvidia has taken far to long for me to wait any longer.
I found using the Unwinder written software called Afterburner made my life very easy to control the cards settings for game play.
Running... EVGA Classified, 920, 2000 RAM, RAID0, Win 7-64
Future plans in the next couple of months.... Eyefinity 23" or 24" monitors @ 120hz (For 3d) and a second 5870 once the Fermi's come out and force these currently overpriced cards down to a more reasonable performance cost value.
Pros: I have tested these to their fullest. They will not reach 2133 speeds for 24/7 use, but 2000 is achievable. For their cost and performance value I am hard pressed to find a better kit. I tried! This kit is currently running 24/7 on my folding/crunching system with ZERO issues @ 2010 with the stock settings @ 1.67v. Simply an impressive accomplishment considering this is not the top kit from Muskin.
Cons: Newegg shipped me these in an envelope. This has to be the dumbest idea I have ever seen from Newegg. They will get more RMA's if they continue this practice. I mean... Have you even seen what the shippers do with our packages????
Overall Review: Running on an EVGA Classified with a 920 DO. Perfect combination for high end performance, but just falls short of Uber performance. But that's what the $450 RAM kits are for!
Pros: Flawless. These are the second set I have owned. I Had the Version 1's in TRI SLI, then made the mistake (IMHO) of selling them and going to Quad 295's.... The 295's are nice, but the 285's simply work better for the gaming do...
Frankly these cards are perfect. I no longer get the F.T.W. or S.S.C. cards. For me I would rather spend the extra $$ on water blocks than for a factory BIOS... I have had 12 Vanilla cards over the years and all but one of them ALWAYS overclocked past the F.T.W. clocks I had paid extra for in the past. 24/7 usage by the way...
Cons: A package deal would be nice. Buy tow for 10% off?? Come on Newegg... Help stimulate more sales!!
Overall Review: I mounted the new Version 2 Danger Den water blocks, and all my testing has had an ambient temp of 80f or higher and the cards have yet to reach 57c. In gaming or Folding....
Pros: Solid performance, great deal with back plate and being the F.T.W. model for just $20 more than the SC... noice... Great card for folding if you into that. I get 8400 PPD on this card with zero CPU help... Love the color scheme... Right now we get three games for free!!! One from Newegg and two from EVGA once registered in the first 30 days... How cool is that!!
Performance is a major improvement over my 9800GTX if either of my systems are overclocked. (See below) Crysis is ok. Needs SLI... I bought it because the newer games coming out are using more and more Physx.... And I felt the price was far more reasonable than the 280's had been just 8 months ago.
Cons: Not an offering of a discount if getting two for SLI.... Now that would be cool! Come on Newegg... Take 10% off if we get two or three!! Make it an option in lieu of the free games...
Overall Review: To really see any overkill benefit and true performance of this card... On a 775 system you need to have your CPU clocked at 4.0 or higher. Dual core or not. For 1366 systems anything above 3.6 allows this card to come alive...... The extra RAM will come in handy with heavy AA games and larger Monitors. Not really needed if your running a 22" or smaller screen, for the most part. I got it for the "Unknown" factor as new games come out and the video cards become a more utilized factor for all the eye candy... Just 18 months ago 512k was the norm.. I think the 2Gig will be by 1st QTR next year...
Cons: Yet another let down... Just like COD3 was...
Overall Review: Still fun to play, just tired of WW2 games..... MW2 will help that!
Pros: This is the first set of RAM I tried from Patriot. Flat out the best sticks I have ever owned so far. I do a lot of Overclocking and tweaking. This kit has allowed for a lot of flexibilty and stability.
Cons: Not trying this manufacturer sooner.
Overall Review: I have used Corsiar, and they had been my favorite. I have also treid Gkill with much success. THis was my ninth ground up build of the year. By far this is the fastest and most stable build I have ever built. 790i Ultra | Patriot DDR3 1600 | E8600 @4.5Ghz | SLI GTX280's | (2) Seagate 500g HD's @ RAID 0 | (2) EVGA GTX280's | Thermalright Extreme Ultra 120 & HR-05 SLI/IFX | LG Blu-ray RW | 100% AIR
Pros: Does as described.
Cons: None. Well. yes one. Newegg needs to ship these differently. By the time they got to me they had worked their way to the bottom of the box. Peanuts did nothing for them. Newegg, use bubble wrap please!
Overall Review: Taller than you would think. Rubs on the bottom of my Asus Silent Square Pro CPU Cooler. ANd the fan included does not fit with this cooler. In my Stacker 830 the ram does not need it anyway. They runn about the same temps as my CPU. no worries about over heating. Installed on a M3N-HT Deluxe with an AMD 9950BE and a GTX 280 For The Win
Pros: Easy to install on the board. This is our 10th build. For this system it dropped the temperature from 55c to 51c at peak usage during 48 person matches on COD4 and Crysis (Ran for two hours straight in both games to get temp readings). We re-built this system and Upgraded from the Thermaltake V1 to this cooler (And several other items). Loved the V1, but this cooler is half the noise level and moves more air creating a cooler operational temperature under all levels of use. This system was built for gaming… We did not want to her the computer, and the CPU cooler had been the noisiest fan in the case. We have 5 120m fans, on Antec spot fan (for the inlets on the back of the GTX280) and one 80m, VERY quiet case now… all run on low… Great airflow..
Cons: NONE! If you have not seen one of these in person, it is far bigger than guessed. Fits great in my full size case.
Overall Review: We flipped the MOBO. BTX Style if you will. (We slid out the MOBO tray from the rear left side of the case flipped it 180deg and slid it into the rear right side) This dropped the CPU temp 5C in normal use. For those who have the ability to flip the MOBO tray and do not want to try water and want to stay with air. I HIGHLY recommend this. I then removed the fans and re-installed them so the air moved in the opposite direction they did from the factory. Now the rear fan rams air straight onto the CPU cooling fins, then strait to the RAM and finally right into the front fan and out of the case. The warm air does not have the ability to hang around and get hotter this way. None of the cables that block the airflow are in the way, and now the heat rises away from the CPU and the RAM instead of towards them. This also solved cable length issues and ugly wires everywhere. Computer building is not Lego’s! It takes time and patience. Not brawn and force. Good luck and enjoy your systems! We p
Pros: Picture quality for normal computing and gaming is one of the best I have seen for a monitor under $550.
Cons: The lack of lighting behind the buttons does suck. I would have liked at least the option to turn a backlight on and off. Beacause it is hard to see what button you are using. That said I love the look of not seeing any buttons or wording all over the edges.
Overall Review: Being able to raise, lower, move in and out, and go verticle is awsome. When I purchase all my next monitors (owner of a small business) they will have these options. It allows for the best placement for individuals needs. This size is perect for all my spreadsheets. NO MORE SCROLLING!!!
Pros: No blue screens. Fast, and can be tweaked. Gskill replacement policy and Lifetime Warrantee. I got this set from an RMA @ Gskill.
Cons: None for this set but a pain in the bottom for the G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800. Acording to the Tech support at Gskill, four Gskill single sticks and ASUS boards do not like each other with Vista Ultimate.
Overall Review: We had the G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (Purchased 4 Gigs here on Newegg) and we kept getting blue screens. We never saw the same blue screen code or could see any kind of patern. After severel conversations and tests we got an RMA number from Gskill and are very happy with the results. We purchased (Mostly from Newegg) Cooler Master Stacker 830, Cooler Master Pro 1000w 6 rail PSU, 2x EVGA 8800gt’s with Thermalright HR-03 GT coolers on both, 4 gigs 800mhz Gskill 6400, ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe, AMD 9850BE (OC to 2899.3 @ 1.408v or 230mhz in BOIS) with a V1 Thermaltake cooler, 500g HD, 26 inch Samsung 2693HM, G9 Mouse, Merc Stealth keyboard, BIOS 901 in SLI running Vista 32bit Ultimate
Pros: Easy to install on the board. For my system it dropped the temperature from 65c to 55c at peak usage during 48 person matches on COD4 (Ran for two hours straight to get temp readings). We purchased (Mostly from Newegg) Cooler Master Stacker 830, Cooler Master Pro 1000w 6 rail PSU, 2x EVGA 8800gt’s, 4 gigs 800mhz Gskill 6400, AMD 9850BE (OC to 2899.3 @ 1.408v or 235mhz in BOIS), 500g HD, G9 Mouse, Merc Stealth keyboard, BIOS 901 in SLI running Vista 32bit Ultimate.
Cons: Fan is MUCH louder than I thought it would be. For my system I have it running at 75% setting (a quarter turn from max). If you have not seen one of these in person, it is far bigger than guessed. Fits great in my full size case.
Overall Review: We flipped the MOBO. BTX Style if you will. (We slid out the MOBO tray from the rear left side of the case flipped it 180deg and slid it into the rear right side) This dropped the CPU temp 5C in normal use. For those who have the ability to flip the MOBO tray and do not want to try water and want to stay with air. I HIGHLY recommend this. I then removed the fans and re-installed them so the air moved in the opposite direction they did from the factory. Now the rear fan rams air straight onto V1 CPU cooling fins, then strait to the RAM and finally right into the front fan and out of the case. The warm air does not have the ability to hang around and get hotter this way. None of the cables that block the airflow are in the way, and now the heat rises away from the CPU and the RAM instead of towards them. This also solved cable length issues and ugly wires everywhere. Computer building is not Lego’s! It takes time and patience. Not brawn and force. Good luck and enjoy your systems!
Pros: Works far better than most. A must have for any CPU cooler change or swop.
Overall Review: Please do not just re-apply thermal paste over the old. I have seen more heat issues and CPU failures from lack of proper preparations.
Pros: We now have now built a 2nd gamer system using this board. This boards Owner’s manual is the key to a happy build. We are VERY happy with the results. We have had absolutely no issues. Quite simply the easiest board we have ever used. This is our 10th build (Father and Son) in a five year run. We purchased (Mostly from Newegg) Cooler Master Stacker 830, Cooler Master Pro 1000w 6 rail PSU, EVGA 2x 8800gt’s, 4 gigs 800mhz Gskill 6400, AMD 9850BE (OC to 2899.3 @ 1.408v or 235mhz in BOIS), Dual 500g HD’s, G9 Mouse, Merc Stealth keyboard, BIOS 901 in SLI running Vista 32bit Ultimate.
Cons: As fast as technology advances today, I would like to see companies go back to old school hands on R&D (Research and Development). It seems companies are building components on a computer more and more, running an automated computer generated test bed, and then releasing the product to the market before the product is actually ready or real world tested. If you read the early complaints of this or really any board in the past few years, they always suck at first. Then the manufacture response, “So sorry, please update to our new BOIS” or what not, and end up becoming a good board a few months later. Sorry for the sandbox.
Overall Review: We flipped the MOBO. BTX Style if you will. (We slid out the MOBO tray from the rear left side of the case flipped it 180deg and slid it into the rear right side) This dropped the CPU temp 5C. For those who have the ability to flip the MOBO tray and do not want to try water and want to stay with air. I HIGHLY recommend this. Now the Front fan rams air strait onto the hard drives, strait to the RAM and then thru the CPU cooling fins and finally right into the rear fan and out of the case. The warm air does not have the ability to hang around and get hotter this way. None of the cables that block the airflow are in the way, and now the heat rises away from the CPU and the RAM instead of towards them. This also solved cable length issues and ugly wires everywhere. Computer building is not Lego’s! It takes time and patience. Not brawn and force. Good luck and enjoy your systems!
Pros: Update to my review below……. Installed AMD 9850BE with no issues at all. Simply installed, let Vista 64 find it on its own, and rebooted. Love this board. Swapped in and out different products, all with the same result. No issues
Cons: People who have no patience or no technological knowledge and leave poor reviews when it is their issue, not the products.
Overall Review: LOVE Newegg……Update Bios before installing files and other software.
Pros: Once you crank every option up your game has to max, this setup comes ALIVE! With the EVGA Precision tool the SLI mode is fantastic. Almost life like when compared to none SLI.
Cons: None. You get what you pay for………….
Overall Review: M3N-HT Deluxe….. AMD 9850 BE……..Vista Ultimate 64…… 4gigs 1066……Dual 8800gt’s……600w Rosewill PSU……500G HD…..Shark Case………
Pros: This MOBO is amazing. This is how they should have been 10 years ago. This is the most expandable and future ready board I have seen in a long time. The box came full of extra cables and USB ports, a great back plate, two SLI cables (a 3 card and a 2 card) and so on. The heat sinks works very well. All of my components fit perfectly. Installation was the easiest I have done in years. The owner’s manual is outstanding. It is in English!!!!!! Fancy that. Newegg rocks as usual. This board RUNS COOL!!!!! I have a water system in another build and these two comparatively run very similar temps in idle, and the M3N-HT Deluxe board temp runs 3c warmer at max gaming temps than the water system does. CPU temps are the same. BUT the RAM runs 5c Cooler on the M3N-HT deluxe than the water system. Great job Asus! This Board is visually appealing for those that like to show off their cases. Came with BOIS 0702 which is only 16 days old. Then the 0804 came out on May 20th. Fresh Board!!!
Cons: Why can’t more companies run like Newegg? The owner’s manual clearly states that they recommend a 1000w PSU for this board. We are using a Rosewill 600w dual rail and it seems to run just fine. My guess is this board must need the 1000w for newer processors and the third PCI-E slot. REMEMBER THIS…… If you are going to run SLI cards, your two cards go into PCI-E slots #1 and #3 (The two blue ones). Most Boards have the three PCI-E slots numbered 1-3-2 from top to bottom on the board itself. This board is laid out as 1-2-3 top to bottom. So the dual SLI mode leaves the middle PCI-E slot unused(The black one). The SLI Bridge helps you see this. It is six inches long. This board may not fit in mid towers. The SATA connections are a right angle towards the drive bays. I am using a full tower (Shark) and this board was a tight fit. BUT, So worth it!!!!
Overall Review: This is by far the best board I have utilized up to this point. This is my 8th build. I have waited WAY too many years for this board with all these features. Welcome back AMD! You now have a board worth using for all walks of enthusiast. Too bad Intel still owns you though. Be warned! Once you get this board you will start updating all your other stuff! We have the PSU, 8 gigs of Ram, and a 9850 on order as we speak. *sigh* Our board came with BOIS 0702 which is only 16 days old. Then the 0804 came out on May 20th. Fresh Board!!! Current……Asus M3N-HT DELUXE BOIS 0804, Rosewill Stallion 600w dual rail, 5200+ AMD2 64, 4Gigs Gskill 800 Ram, 500 Gig HDD, Dual 8800 GT’s in SLI in a Shark Full Tower
Pros: Easy to install on the board. Visual improvement over single 8800gt once readjusted settings in games. LOVE Newegg and EVGA. Lifetime warranty? NICE! They offered me a 120 day Step Up to boot! Using EVGA’s Precision tool, works great to over clock and keep cool. Really like the dual temp feature in my Icon tray.
Cons: Pain in the bu** bois with the motherboard to get this card off the yellow warning triangle and onto functioning in SLI. This board must have at least the 801 bois to use SLI. Board came with 401 (Purchased last week). Asus now has up to the 1201 bois available. I used 1102 bois do too ram issues with the 1201 (only allowed 2 gigs I have 4). Asus tech support is horrible. They told me my SLI issue was my Vista 64, not the bois….WRONG!!!! Wasted my time backing up to Carbonite and Re-Installing Vista Ultimate 64bit TWICE!!!!! Sucks I used my entire 4 day weekend for this……… Hate Asus now…
Overall Review: Not the visual BANG I was expecting. That said when the 8800gt first came out I got the visual BANG, just hoped I get it again! The nice thing about it is the ability to max everything out. I was not able to max with just one card. Crysis looks like it should have when it first came out. COD4 is maxed, and rocks look like rocks not blobs for example. Asus M2N-E SLI, Rosewill Stallion 600w dual rail, 5200+ AMD2 64, 4Gigs Gskill 800 Ram, 500 Gig HDD, Dual 8800 GT’s in SLI in a Shark Full Tower
Pros: As fast as technology advances for the mainstream consumer, whether we like it or not this card represents the new minimum requirements for gaming on a PC. Today it can run nearly every game we own (currently 35 different tittles) on max settings. This card will only run Crysis on medium settings, but at 100% 40+ FPS. DX10 is amazing. Once you start to tweak the advanced settings inside Crysis you find Rocks actually look like rocks instead of large gobs of mud with shadows.
Cons: This card runs warm, needs the fan speed adjusted, and is LONG!!!!
Overall Review: This card was put on a high end medium build gamer computer for my 40ish year old dad. He could not be happier with the results. Originally we got him a 8600gt from Newegg, used the EVGA Step-Up program and moved into this card. The results are night and day. We would say the end result was just like going from the onboard video to the 8600gt. Only now we went from the 8600gt to the 8800gt. My system has two 8800gtx cards, and I cannot run all settings on max in Crysis. This angers me and makes us believe the statement of this 8800gt being the new minimum card to buy as the games that come out are designed for more eye candy and realism.
Pros: Snapped in and works like a charm. Definitely worth every penny. Would suggest buying in pairs or your max desire. G.skill does a great job in matching "performance like" units together. Newegg shipping is unreal. Great customer service and product selection.
Cons: Vista. You would think by now Microshaft would quit putting limits and performance hogging.... Well you get my point.
Overall Review: Will buy again. These run better in XP than Vista. Weird. Great addition to my system.