Date Joined: 05/13/07
Pros: -The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is because I had to RMA the first one I got. The card itself worked beautifully but the DVI port was bad (see full description below).
-For the price, you cannot beat this card. I paid almost the exact same price for my other card (Gefore GTX 560 TI), and this card quite simply blows the GTX out of the water.
-Having the 8GB of RAM is amazing for running a ton of browser windows, while playing my favorite games at the same time.
-It over-clocks well and runs very stably as long as you have good heat management.
-The card is utterly silent! even when the fans kick in, its still the quietest card I've ever used.
--Gotta love the clean looking MSI back plate. it give the build a cleaner/finished look and is very aesthetically pleasing, while also protecting the back of the card from dust, potential impact damage, and potential shorts; as well as adding a bit more heat dissipation on the back side.
Cons: -I have 2 monitors (one is HDMI and the other is Dual-Link DVI. The DVI port was all snowy and pixelated and would routinely go black and cause the system to crash/reboot. but as long as I didn't have anything plugged into the DVI port, it ran just fine. Newegg, of course was awesome with the RMA process, so 5 stars to newegg of course! I just received the replacement card (4/4/2019) and it works perfectly so far.
-This card is very POWER HUNGRY/GREEDY. It will pull a LOT of juice, so make sure you have a good beefy PSU and plenty of cooling capacity in your rig.
Overall Review: - I wouldn't quite call this a con, but the card is huge. make sure you have plenty of room...
- And as I stated above, my hat is off to the newegg customer service team. I work in the customer service industry and so I tend to usually be very critical of my interactions with customer service with the companies I do business with. But newegg has always treated me well. I have been buying from newegg for over a decade, and this is only the SECOND time I have had to RMA a product... They were nice enough to set me up with an Advance RMA preventing around two weeks of down-time for me and I cant thank them enough for that. Kudos to you newegg!
Pros: -This is probably the best budget chip on the market in my opinion. Runs stably out of the box and the stock heat-sink manages the heat decently (as long as you don't plan on gaming with it).
-The on-board GPU is good as well.
-If you are building a computer for your retired "mom and dad"then this APU is the way to go.
Cons: -it runs hot. if you have a small/cramped case with minimal heat management, then the stock cooler is only going to work for you if you don't do any heavy gaming or video editing etc. if you only plan to do basic web surfing and office applications etc, then the stock cooler should work fine. but I would suggest throwing $35 at a decent after-market fan at minimum.
Pros: -For the price, you cant beat this case. I cant say enough good things about it... but I will try.. so here we go:
-PSU mountable on top or on bottom.
-Plenty of room to work with without being a monster... and I mean PLENTY! this case will give you all the real-estate you need without the need for PSU cable extenders.
-Very sturdy/simple construction. Front, side and top panels are very easy to work with. example: the front and top panels are connected independently of each other so you don't have to take on off in order to take the other off.
-The 3 stock intake fans provide plenty of static pressure while allowing for a 120mm/240mm/360mm liquid cooling radiator block to be mounted.
-The 3 stock intake fans along with the rear 140mm exhaust fan run incredibly quiet... its the quietest full-tower I've ever worked with.
-The top mounts use a slide-rail configuration allowing for complete flexibility for mounting pretty much any size of fan you want. I'm even thinking of mounting a second 120mm liquid cooling block for my GPU. (It isn't "officially" supported, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.)
-The back/side panel cable-ports are spacious and plentiful, and the fan controller is awesome. I am able to run virtually all of my cables behind the side panel leaving plenty of open space for good air-flow as well as being more aesthetically pleasing, giving it a clean/finished look. And even being a full-tower, I have no issue with the cable length.
-The front panel USB ports, fan control switch, Power/Reset switches and audio ports are in the perfect spots.. period. its just awesome. period. Instead of being front facing on the FRONT panel or at the bottom of the front panel (and therefore harder to reach) they are on the TOP panel facing up. so for anyone who keeps their rig on the floor rather than up on the desk, it is just perfect.
-Two mounts on the back-side panel to mount SSDs; which means that unless you intend to run a few terabytes of secondary HDD storage, you can completely remove the HDD mount and take the whole thing out entirely opening up more space for cable management and airflow.
Cons: -the ONLY thing I would change is the front panel fan mount configuration. If you install a 240mm radiator, you cannot fit a 3rd 120mm fan above or below it. (I realize that this is less of a fault with the case design, and more a consequence of the radiator design itself. but if the front panel had the same kind of slide-rail flexibility that the top panel has, it would be easier to work with.
Overall Review: -Something to keep in mind, if you mount the PSU on the bottom, the feet on the case will give it plenty of clearance allowing the PSU to ventilate well (and the filter is removable/cleanable), but you need to set the case on something solid to allow the feet to give that clearance. setting it on carpet could end up blocking off airflow to the PSU fan altogether.
Pros: -Fantastic Band for the Buck . I'm running 2 sticks of these (4 GBs each) and I am very much considering adding another set. I have them overclocked to 3333 MHz and they run very stably without having to loosen up the timings even a little.
-Very fast at stock speed. My Motherboard recognized them perfectly and the stock timings are nice and tight. (I'm running the MSI B450 Tomahawk gaming motherboard).
-In a few weeks, I will likely start pushing the OC on these modules a little further and I anticipate they will rock it with no problems.
-The heat spreaders do a decent job even after overclocking the RAM.
Cons: -The heat spreaders aren't ridiculous but they DO stand a little taller off the board than I would prefer. (fortunately I am running a liquid cooling system on the CPU so in my case it isn't really a problem, but if you plan to use an Air-based heat-sink, you might want to make sure the heat-sink has plenty of clearance (especially if you plan to have a module in all 4 memory slots.
Overall Review: - It would be cool if these modules came with RGB spreaders.
Pros: -This is the quietest PSU I have ever used in any build I have ever done. the silent mode is just icing on the cake. even at full load, it is almost completely silent.
-RGB makes everything better...
-I was impressed with the cable packaging. the cable bag was a pleasant surprise.
-The cables are nice and long. some other reviews had me nervous. I have a Lian-Li Full-Tower gaming case and was concerned that the cables weren't going to reach well. but even with the enormous case, the cables are plenty long allowing me the run them behind the back panel leaving the build looking very clean and finished; which, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, it has the functional benefit of allowing more open space for good air flow.
Overall Review: - I love the fact that this PSU is fully modular. (I am putting this in the "other" section because this feature is in no way unique to this particular PSU, but it still needs to be mentioned. Full-Modular is the ONLY way to go... Anyone with any experience in PC building/customizing/modification should be well aware that you simply do not skimp on the PSU... And the cost for a fully modular PSU has become so affordable that I can't imagine why anyone would ever want to deal with a bundle of cables they they may or may not used cluttering up their Case.
Pros: -I don't care what all the benchmark fanatics say, you simply cannot beat this APU in terms of "Bang for the buck". I have this chip overclocked at 3.925 GHz and it runs completely stable and at a controllable level of heat generation (never gets above 56-61 degrees under load). There simply isn't a better chip for the money for a Gaming Rig.
Cons: -The stock heat sink is woefully inadequate if you intend to push this chip to its potential. When I opened the box I was even wondering if there was some sort of mistake. Fortunately I run this APU under liquid cooling. (But, honestly, who builds a gaming rig and actually uses the stock heat sink anyway?). I have purchased this chip for the last 3 builds and I am starting a collections of emergency/backup stock coolers that I will likely (and hopefully) never have to use...
Overall Review: -I admit, I have no idea how this chip performs with an air-based heat sink. so chances are very likely that it will run a lot hotter than what I am observing. but anyone who runs AMD chips should be well aware that they are definitely toasters and need plenty of cooling capacity.
Pros: This board was a breeze to install, not major configuration issues. Solid on-ship RAID controller. This is also the first motherboard I've used that has a BIOS using a modern GUI (point-and-click). Most of all, having compatibility with both AM3 & AM3+ chips, it grants the board longevity for all those whom do not want to ditch their once top-notch AM3 chip right away. (Great for upgrading across platforms.)
Cons: The over-clocking features are numerous and run stably, but they are not laid out intuitively in the BIOS, and making certain types of tweaks can get very confusing. For example, I STILL have not been able to find the setting that toggles ganged/un-ganged mode
Overall Review: This is not really a big deal, but having the front panel USB connectors located as the bottom end of the board makes it tough to connect the front panel of my full-tower (the wires are just about stretched as far as they will go.
Pros: -As other reviews have said, this is a good case if you're new to liquid cooling, so I bought this case for that reason.
-The thing has been running like a champ for 5 years now. Never any leaks, or failed components in the liquid cooling system. I experienced none of the issues that other customers have posted.
-Other pros: It's huge (fits everything with much room to spare), it's aluminum, very stylish without being "over-the-top", (you don't feel like you're looking at a half-computer/half jet-engine) and the liquid cooling system is easy to install and operate. Did I mention it is huge?
Cons: -It's huge.. (this is really only a problem is you have constraints on available space.)
-The AMD mounting clip is a bit flimsy, but it's held up for the 5 years I've owned it.
Overall Review: The radiator tank is a bit small, but for being a self-contained unit with no case modification required, I'd say it is very well designed.
Pros: I could not be more pleased with this ram. it fits perfectly, and is incredibly stable. ZERO errors on mem test and no crashes. EVER... I've used this RAM in 6 different PC builds and I will never use anything other than Corsair. (OCZ might be the only exception...)
Pros: Cheap, high stability, relatively quiet. When I bought this card, I had a pretty wimpy power-supply (by today's standards), only 420W, and I needed a card that could work without pushing my PSU over the edge. Since then, I have upgraded the PSU to about 950W, but I am honestly so happy with the performance of the card, that I see no need to upgrade to a new card. I am not a "power gamer" per se, but I do enjoy being able to max out all the graphics options in any given game, (there's a certain satisfaction that comes with knowing you're running a game to its full awesomeness, and I have to say, this budget card is a champ! Example: Starcraft 2 runs with maxed graphics in high-resolution and my system doesn't even heat up too much as a result. As long as you have decent cooling in your rig, you can't go wrong with this card!
Cons: It's a big bulky, otherwise no cons at all.
Overall Review: This card doesn't require a separate 4-pin power connector (which probably has a lot to do with its lower power consumption/requirements) so if you're already feeling like you're about to "break the bank" with your flimsy PSU, then this puppy would be a safe option. But honestly, do what I did... through out that PSU that came with your case and invest in a good high-end PSU. it's good long-term investment for PC builders...)