Date Joined: 08/18/06
Pros: - Inexpensive Enterprise drives
- 64mb Cache
- rated higher than segment competition
- 5yr Warranty
Cons: - lower MTBF than most Enterprise HDD's
- suspect that cost savings is found in cheaper parts
- out of the box 1 HDD failed due to bad sectors
Overall Review: These drives will be used in raid 10. Even though they are built to be used in a raid I firmly believe it is critical that you do a multiple pass read/write to the HDD's before building your raid and writing data. It is the old school equivalent of a burn in. Writing and reading the data back will determine if you got a good, marginal or bad disk and save you numerous headaches down the road. I'd also recommend that you buy at least one extra disk when planning on building -- think of it as a spare tire.
Pros: Once broken in they sound very full;
fairly attractive in a generic kind of way;
solid and heavy;
Best used in a smaller enclosure, with a sub and or as a satellite (which is what I've done)
Cons: The MDF and the faux wood covering appear to be rather cheap;
they are bigger in reality than they appear in the picture (be sure to measure your space);
As a wall mounted satellite thy will require a heavy duty mounting bracket.
Overall Review: I use these as rears in a 5.1 that includes Monitor 60 II, a CS 11 center, 10" sub and a Pioneer vsx 1122. I paid under 100 and don't think I'd be as pleased with them if they were my mains or if I had paid full price
Cons: not properly tested by corsair prior to shipping.
Overall Review: Buy this memory and test it. I assume that many/most sticks are just fine and therefore worth the risk at such a low price.
I Tried re-seating and switching slots, but the memory wouldn't pass. Put the old memory in and it passed w/o issue.Requested RMA.
Pros: Great price, Attractive, reasonably powerful, easy to setup, lots of setup options, good documentation. I bought these to go with a pair of Polk 60II's. They are in a 15" x20" room which I believe to be about the max for this sub and speakers may not be suitable for anything too much larger -- lucky guess on my part as I was debating speakers that were a bit smaller. The sub is great at filling the holes for the speakers, but it will not work (in my opinion) for techno, house or other music that is heavily weighted toward bass unless it is used in a small area. The sub is great for most music and video uses.
Cons: Sub woofer was shipped with the lower rear corner dented. The MDF was crushed. The box and inner foam was fine which leads me to believe this was dropped prior to boxing and shipping. The sub itself was fine and because its at the back I am opting to keep it. When I registered the product I noted the damage -- mostly to see if Polk actually read the comment and if there CS would respond -- no response yet, but I'll post if they do.
The dent = 1 egg kicked to the curb
The sub requires constant tweaking. I'm constantly adjusting the range and power depending upon the music or video type. It may be that room is little large fro the sub, but there appears to be no sweat spot. On the one hand its kind of annoying on the other I like dialing in the best sound and I suspect this is more or less true w/ any sub and not a reason to deduct an egg.
Overall Review: Don't pair this sub with speakers that are substantially more powerfull or in a large room. Other than that I am happy for the purchase and would be happy to recommend.
Pros: I'm no audiophile, but I do appreciate good music. I paired theses with the the polk 10" sub in 15" by 20" room and they have worked out great. I can imagine that they might get lost in a larger room and if you like your music really load they might not be enough. One indicator of how well they fit is that we can listen to music or a movie at what appears to be a comfortable level w/o distortion and yet when we try to talk to each other we can barely hear what the other is saying. The sound is full the mids being better than the highs and the sub appears to be required, but all in all separation is great.
Cons: Finding the sweat spot for the sub is not easy and needs to be altered constantly depending on type of music or video. I believe this to be the weakness of the sub and not the speakers -- the room size may be at the outer limits of this sub.
Overall Review: The current set up is 2.1 and my receiver/amp is not very good. In addition needed to ground loop everything and it appears the cable box is the biggest offender. Long term I'd like to add either another pair of 60's or 70's a better receiver and possibly a larger sub. As a relatively inexpensive 2.1 speaker setup I am very pleased.
Pros: Sent it back to Asus due to onboard NIC failure. Asus sent me back a new board. It is now running a raid 10, 2T (4x1T HDD) NAS owered by fedora.
Cons: it broke, but all things break. ASUS stood behind it I have no issues.
Overall Review: If you're looking for an inexpensive MB for your older chip and memory this is a good choice.
Pros: Solid computer for all but hardcore gamers
Good Raid controller
Easy fast setup
decent OC capabilities
Dual monitor capable
Cons: IDE is in a bad place next to the power plug
This board will not do Hybrid Crossfire (if it could it would still not be a great gaming machine)
Network plug (not chipset) died at 6months. Board has been RMA'd and is at Asus now
Overall Review: Asus tech support was good with regard to answering phone and supplying RMA it remains to be seen what they will do with the board. I will repost when I hear from them.
This machine was configured with Phenom ii 940 BE x4, 4 gigs of gskill ram, 2x wd 80 gig Raid0 (OS) and 2x wd 25 gig Raid 1 (data) and win 7 64. Other than the network plug it was trouble free.
Pros: Owned these for a little less than a year and have had zero problems.
Cons: would like the price to go down so I could add another set.
Pros: Low power, great - excellent performance, Hydra grid and Eyefinity work well together. appears to oc well if you wish. Runs very cool and operates very smoothly on two 1080p monitors.
Cons: The mouse cursor turns to garbage, requiring me to turn on cursor trails to alleviate, which makes the cursor disappear in some games. Drivers seems a bit immature or at least that is my hope.
Overall Review: Other than the silly sword decal this is an excellent card.
Pros: I'm not an AV pro and I didn't buy this from the egg, but I thought I'd share my experience. I bought this tv at a big box where I was able to compare 7 or 8 LCD's of a similar size as well as probably 25 lcd's of all sizes. The picture of quality of Samsung lcd's was noticeably better than other LCD's and the 40" 5 series was far and away the best at that size.
Cons: Wall mount it the stand is just so so.
Overall Review: I bought this with the Samsung Blue ray player. the remotes are too similar especially when watch with the lights dimmed or off, but the combination works really well.
Pros: dx11, eyefinity, hydra (if you have the monitor area this is great for productivity), performance v. power consumption (I have 600 4year old 600 watt ps) performance v price, low heat, low nice
Cons: dumb decal on on card.
Overall Review: This is a great card it was on of a couple items bought to bring my old Asus M2n32 MB up to speed. This card along w/ 10 gigs of ram, a phenom ii quad should give this 4 year old machine another 3-4 years. WEI for the machine 5.9 (outside of the HDD its a 7.3-7.6
Pros: Great feel, weight and price
Overall Review: one of the best keyboards I have owned at one of the best prices.
Pros: Size, appearance, price, display quality. I can't say that they are the best in the size/price range as I am not that knowledgeable, but I am very satisfied.
Cons: stand is not great.
Overall Review: I went from a 2 monitor steup where one was 16:10 and the 0ther was the traditional 4:3. That worked well from my Design and dev job. this has taken some getting used to , but in combination with ATI CC Hydra and eyefinity it has already exceed my expectations and increased my efficiency.
Pros: dual head on board vid, takes cheap AMD quad core; cheap DDR2 mem. and 4 sata ports. It has all the makings of being a perfect, inexpensive Win7 64 box that would do everything my wife asked of it (Editor, Researcher and Writer) for years to come.
Cons: Issues that annoy:
No cable for IDE, only 2 Sata cables for the 4 ports. No phone no. for support. manual little info & poorly translated. 1 case fan head. LPT/com pins no cables/heads
Issue that earns an RMA.
System would boot to an overheating message. I didn't want to damage the MB or CPU so I followed the written directions regarding over heating - reseated cpu cooler & applied new coat of thermal paste , ck fan etc. Still over heated went into bios & saw that the system temp was 30c & cpu was 40c. Turned off bios overheating protection. On reboot still shut down due to over heating. Started over from beginning, reset bios, reseated & applied new paste cpu (again). At this point I brushed my hand against the NB cooler & was nearly burned. Obviously the NB was exceeding 30c. Obviously the system temp sensor was useless, disabling throttling was also useless (probably a good thing). Most importantly w/ no live tech support the MB is useless
Overall Review: Will contact New egg. for an RMA. I'm good with getting a bare bones setup w/o all the cabling as I have most everything from prior builds, but this is shipped more as an OEM then a retail and as retail they need some from of *real* cust support. Should Biostar decide to post a comment here that is fine, but it is not support just being web 2.0 aware. If they should post an answer to my overheating then they'll know the value of proper support instead they get an MB back.
Pros: Best bang for the buck at the time of purchase. Great upgrade for an Asus AM2+ board. Runs cool and easily over clocks to 3.3ghz w/o over heating or voltage increase. Coupled with enough ram it has allowed me to migrate from Winxp64 through to win 7 pro 64. Seldom have I had a machine last 4 years without the last year or so be pure pain due to obsolescence. Not now and this chip is at least a third of the solution.
Overall Review: AMD may make slightly slower chips, but I get a WEI index of 7.3 with this chip at a cost of ~125.00. I don't believe I could have come close price wise with Intel. I am not a Fanboy. FWIW I have an ASUS AM2/2+ MB, 10 gigs ram DDR2 800 (WEI 7.3), 300gig VeilociRaptor (Wei 5.9), ATI/HIS HD 5850 (WEI 7.6) and another 2 TB (raid 5) and 1.2 TB (raid 0). I fully expect this setup to allow me to work efficiently and to play the occasional game for another 2-3 years before needing an upgrade. If it happens 6-7 years one computer is not too shabby.
Pros: The memory is good and stable my first 2 sticks have been going strong for over 18 months.
Cons: If you are thinking of adding to existing memory, it must be the same rev number and there is no way to tell what the number is on this page. As of Feb '08 I received Revision 2.1 my prior sticks are rev 1.2 and the two will not work together. Hopefully when the rev # changes someone here will let us know what the new number is. The second issue which has been addressed elsewhere but is worth restating. The memory is not 4 4 4 12, but 5 5 5 12 unless you bump the voltage and manually set the timing -- this is a truth in advertising issue
Overall Review: The memory gets a 3 as it isn't as stated and the undocumented rev numbers drops it down an additional egg.
I like the memory and have had good luck with this brand, but I may give another brand a chance next time. The false adv't on the timing and the rev incompatibility suggests that the memory isn't seeing version changes as much as being resourced to different (and probably a cheaper) manufacturers. Could it be the only thing tying one version to the next is are the heat sinks?
Pros: In combination with two Silverstone fans (fm122-b rear and the 121 in the front) I have lowered my temps as follows: idle cpu was 34-36c (fans ran full at all times prior to the silver stones and this heatsink) now the cpu with fans set to low the temp is 30-31c, MB 34-35c no change. full load before the cpu was at 48-51c and the MB was at ~38c, now with the fans on low the cpu stays at a steady 44c and the MB is @ 40c. With the fans on low the machine is nearly inaudible and beats the original setup by 4-7c for the cpu with a slight rise in the MB temp (2c). With the fans on high the machine is slightly nosier than it was but the CPU temp falls to 36c and the MB falls to 34c. This is a net of 12-15c for the cpu and a net of 4c for the MB. The other great thing about this heatsink is that the temps stay much steadier, even whilst the cpu usage is jumping around.My old fans were 2-120mm coolmasters with those stupid blue lights.
Cons: The Heatsink requires an adapter for AM2, The mechanism that locks the heatsink to the board allows the heatsink to pivot. Applying the duct is a bit of a hassle and the double sided tape is not so great. The AM2 adapter is easy to install and on my board it can be done w/o removing it from the case or MB tray. The locking mechanism is a bit of a drag because the duct applies pressure to the HS which can cause it to twist. To alleviate this and to make the installation go a bit smoother you can use a hair drier on the duct to soften it up and make it more flexible. As it cools it will retain the new shape (any of you play hockey as a kid with those funky plastic hockey stick blades?). So other than the locking mechanism the cons are all surmountable.
Overall Review: This is, as the title states, real world. YMMV. I kept it simple. There are only 2 fans, the cabling is channeled out of the way and major holes (ext HD drive area have been plugged). This helps to control airflow. I also put a filter (standard AC filter doubled over and cut to size) over the intake to reduce noise and dust. To me the quality of the fans and the air flow are critical to this Heatsink’s success. I researched the heck out of this and other heatsinks and what I found most true is that anyone will write a review. At the end of the day you need to think for yourself. I figured that this thing had the basic design covered (lots of surface area, big heat pipes) and by pulling the case air through it I would have lower overall temps. I was right. The CPU is an AMD 64 dual core 4200 AM2 socket running OC’d at 110% on an Asus M2N32-SLI Delux Wireless. I have 6 HDs (2 RAID 0 and 4 RAID 0+1), 2 opticals (DVDR & CDR), a floppy & 1 vid card (Nvidia 7600) in a full tower
Pros: Nice feel, great shape and not bad to look at. If you haven't used a good laser mouse this is an inexpensive place to start
Cons: Software is much better than most, but limited. This is fixed quickly with the uberoptions.
Overall Review: Google rlowens and uberoptions for some terrific modifications to the mouse software.
Pros: This is not my first ASUS. My Experience with them has been very positive - until you need help. I haven't needed it with this board. Installation was simple; documentation excellent (for an Asian tech company); features are outragous; the extra bits of hardware are well thoughtout; and over all quality appears to be high. I have setup the following with little or no issue (beware of those who claim to be experts and yet cann't get the board to work I make no claims and I have had no issues): Raid 1 for apps (150 gig), Raid 0 1 for data (500 gig), 2 gigbit bridged lan, AMD x2 mild OC, ddr 2 1024 XMS2 running at the rated speed and timings (except t2 not T1). Everything worked out of the box and runs very well.
Cons: The board was a bit warm and the chip w/ stock heatsink was hot. I got the board down with silverstone fans, the chip will be getting a Termalright shortly. OC'ing AMD's are a bit of a pain and the memory not being able to do T1 is bothersome. Nvidia drivers are problematic and there help is not great (but better than ASUS). It seems as if the nFource drivers are in a constant state of beta. For these reasons (nfource drivers and the heat) I won't be giving the board 5 stars. I'd have given it 4.5 or 9 out of 10, but 5 should be for perfection and few things are perfect.
Overall Review: I bought this board 1) because of my exp w/ asus 2) because I wanted a bridge to the quad's, but couldn't wait and 3) an AMD box spec'ed out cheaper than a similar intel. I have been very happy and I suspect I'll be able to live with this board as is until Vista reaches SP2 and Quads cost less than dinner and drinks for two. The wireless works well but the software is little rough around the edges. It appears that the raid is swapable, but haven't tried and finally get a good PS. You will probably be adding lots of drives, fans and especially if you are going to be utilizing the SLI. I bought a 600watt Quad rail.
Pros: simply a great fan. It can be loud at full speed, but is far more effecient than fans that are much louder.
Cons: the speed controler might be a problem for some (it sticks out aways) and the zip tie was far to tight.
Overall Review: I removed the fan controller from the bracket, drilled a 1/4 inch hole in my case and mounted it were it would be handy. I also addded a filter (AC filter cut to size) it reduces the noise at full volume and keeps the case clean. I have just order 2 more of these fans (actually the 122b and the 82) to replace the Arctic Cool (nice to look at no air flow) and the remaining Cool Master (good flow, but not silverston good, loader than it needs to be and it has those, made for 13 year olds blue lights -- so whats up thit the lights? Does it make your computer faster more stable or just more annoying?)
Pros: good speed, silent, great value
Cons: be careful if putting together a raid 0 that the drives match. Mine didn't -- worse the odd one was defective.
Pros: This memory works with the ASUS M2N SLI Delux. I'll give up more information in time, but I thought this might be helpful to those looking for memory compatable with the asus board
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: I'll play with the timeings and what not and report back..
Pros: Wonderful keyboard, excellent feel, great price, handy usb plugs, and attractive. If only I owned a MAC
Cons: Works on PC, but built for a MAC
Overall Review: I haven't found anything as simple or as good that is specific to a pc
Pros: 6 sata drives, one optical, a floppy a 16x GPU and too many fans all on an ASUS SLI Delux and it purrs. I'll give up more as time goes on.
Cons: The 6 Sata connections are 3 plugs on two lines this makes 0 + raids a bit of a pain.