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Renaldo J.

Renaldo J.

Joined on 03/03/10

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Most Favorable Review

Overclocking

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX

Pros: More "Bang for Buck" than Intel processors.

Cons: Didn't cook me breakfast (but I'm sure it'll get hot enough, lol)..

Overall Review: This review is pretty much the about the overclocking potential. I'm a noob at OCing, so I used the AMD OverDrive utility that is downloadable from the site (I think it came with the software CD as well, but I don't have access to it right now, so I can't say for sure). After using AMD OverDrive's "Auto Clock" function, the highest stable setting has my system running at 3895 Mhz. My motherboard is the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO, and I'm using a ZALMAN CNPS9700 CPU Fan that's connected to a Scythe KM02-BK Fan Controller. I also have an Antec 902 case with two additional 120mm fans, so I get awesome airflow. My point is, this 3.2GHz processor is scratching at the ceiling of 4.0 GHz, and that's with automatic clocking. The settings disappear after a reboot, but can be reapplied by AMD OverDrive after loading the computer back up. What I did was to document what Auto Clock tuned my PC to, then I went into my BIOS and manually put in the same settings.

Most Critical Review

Waste of money

ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler
ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler

Pros: It looks nice. High RPM and still quiet. Directions are easy to follow. Installation isn't complicated.

Cons: "Adhesive" on the memory heat sinks is useless. Hope to heaven that you have a fan controller or such, because the cable isn't compatible with the 4 pin layout of the 5870 (thanks for not including an adapter, Zalman). The red casing can be removed and is highly pointless unless you want to add size to an already large family of GPUs. Bring your own thermal paste to the party.

Overall Review: My workstation is now a very large and expensive paper weight until I get a new GPU because, for whatever reason, my computer does not even get past BIOS (I can't see it pop up on my network, allowing me to even Remote Desktop in and check around). Last time I buy Zalman, which is unfortunate, because the CPU fan I have from them is absolutely brilliant.

Didn't Work

hec XP1080 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
hec XP1080 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Newegg's very simple return policy.

Cons: Didn't work right out the box.

Overall Review: Was very excited about this PSU, but it turns out that the 730w PSU I had works just fine for CFX with two 5870s. Oh well, that's $80 that'll go towards Holiday shopping for my parents.

I LOVE THIS GPU

MSI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R5870 Lightning
MSI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R5870 Lightning

Pros: Aesthetically pleasing Quiet Fans HIGH QUALITY Ships running at 900 MHz

Cons: Can't connect it directly to my fan controller. Pretty pricey (even though I was willing to pay)

Overall Review: Let me say that I can't say enough how awesome this card is. It shipped with 900 MHz, and with ATI OC software, I got this baby up to 985. I turned it down because it was showing graphical artifacts, but the fact that it got that high without dying on me is impressive. All MSI took was the core 5870 GPU, and they added their own chip architecture, their own heatsync, and their own memory. This baby is worth every penny, and I've been EAGER to review it for weeks, but it wasn't available on Newegg anymore (yeah, she's popular with ALL the guys). Who cares about benchmarks? This is probably the best Single GPU component you can buy for $500. The cooling system alone is worth it. Bumped it up to 70% and still couldn't hear it. The best part is, in a year and a half when it's FINALLY obsolete, I can buy another one and Crossfire. Two words: Buy it.

Love it

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Onboard cooling is substantial. Great OCing potential. BIOS gives a ton of options and easy to navigate. A LOT of cables included in the packaging. Easy installation due to labeling and adapters.

Cons: See "other thoughts"

Overall Review: It's hard to review a mobo, because everyone's needs are subjective. I'm a gaming enthusiast (I like nice stuff, but not going to spend over $2000 for a rig), and this board is awesome for my needs. -The 4 RAM slots are perfect for me. -The two PCIe ports are substantial, even though I doubt that I'll be doing Crossfire in the next year and a half due to the power of MSI R5870 Lightning, which is awesome in its own right. -Didn't want an onboard GPU anyway. -Ton of USB ports, and slots for Case USB ports as well. -Easy to overclock IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Great board that I'd totally recommend to any other enthusiast who wants an AMD board w/o onboard memory and Crossfire expandability.

Great CPU Fan

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Can be rotated in 4 directions at 90 degree increments. Blue LED brightness corresponds with fan speed. Sturdy construction. Can be easily connected to Fan Controller.

Cons: Kinda huge (but if you want smaller, keep researching). Thought I was going to crack my CPU when installing the fan, but it just needs to go on tight.

Overall Review: I really like the fact that this fan can be rotated in any direction. For a while, I had it blowing air out the back of my case (Antec 902), but since I have a huge exhaust fan at the top, I decided to face it towards a bigger fan. It's nice, and even though it's fairly large, it fits well in my case without getting in the way of the optional 120mm fan I put on the door.