Joined on 10/18/05
Pros: I've been a fps addict forever, and it just comes down to soft v hard mousepads and what you like. Been using a version of this smooth cloth pad for a couple years and it's perfect for me. Huge, so I cut it to fit, heavy for a soft pad, because of the rubber base that grips well enough, and ultimately it's all about the performance- which is amazingly noticeable when you replace an old dept store pad with it. Final "pro"- look at that price then go price ANY hard pad. This is dirt cheap for what you get.
Cons: If you like glass/hard pads you won't like this. It doesn't grip to rough wood very well, but what pad does? Black attracts lint? If that's all I can come up with...
Overall Review: Just ordered this again, and as I said, after 2 years I really just wanted a new one-- just because (it's cheap). Old one's still going strong, but it's just so cheap and maybe the old one has faded some, but the performance hasn't. OH AND I USED a laser mouse on this for months so I'm not sure what that reviewer was talking about. Why use anything but a mx518 anyway? :D
Pros: I'm a fan on the bulky design. No big surprise to me that the bass was less than what you'd get with a 2.1 system- pro's are that it's a better mixed/integrated sound, which I was happy with for the first 3 months until the right speaker started cutting out.
Cons: Right speaker cut out at 3 months old. Right speaker was always a little quieter than the left, no matter how I tried to set them up.
Overall Review: For $100 I expect better quality. No, it's not a ton of money, but I should be able to forget about them for at least a year. I'll return it and hope for better- but seriously---- 3 months? That should never happen, and obviously from the other reviews, it's happened more than once with newegg customers alone. Stay away. VERY disappointed.
Fast and Cool
Pros: Screams. Even with an underpowered cpu (e6750) and psu (500w) BFBC2 was silky smooth at 19x10 maxxed with 8x aa XP 32bit 3gigs ddr2 Much cooler than my 8800gt under load- similar idle temps but who cares? Might be 2-3c cooler when idle. Having an ethernet issue (unrelated) so I can't give 3dmark scores but I'm seeing double the frames. Massive upgrade that I can move over to a new mobo+cpu in the next few months. No rush now at least.
Cons: Another review complained about the length- uh yeah- it won't fit in a microatx- no surprise there. It's a long card but he excellent cooler is worth it and shouldn't be a problem for most peopel who ran 8800gt's or other 9" cards.
Overall Review: 5770 wouldn't give me enough of a boost to justify it, mainly b/c I don't have a crossfire mobo, but it's not like I can't get 2 of these when I do. Just the best bang for your buck.
Best $ for Perf
Pros: Best price for performance, hands down. And if you have a sli capable mobo, you can have the very top of the line performance in a month or two when you pick up a 2nd.
Cons: None. Whoever said there's no "manual fan control" is just wrong. Riva*uner is running my gpu fan at 70% instead of the stock 29 (and you can hear the difference when you crank/lower it, it's not one of those "lightswitches to nowhere").
Overall Review: None. You can pay a little more for an overclocked version, or overclock this yourself, or wth just don't oc at all, the benefits are grossly overstated.
Still Going Strong
Pros: Currently running my e6750, 8800gt, sata HD, DVD, 3gigs of RAM, and X-Fi Pro. No problems.
Cons: Had to bump the voltage a bit to get my ram stable but that has nothing to do with the PS- so "none" but I am worried about what will happen when I go SLI this month.
Overall Review: Running strong after 3 months. This was the 1st piece of my budget-rig puzzle, along with a case, and for the price you can't beat it. Cutting corners like this helped me get up and running, and now 3 months later I'm ready to upgrade to SLI, so if this PS can't hang, I'll just upgrade the PS in a couple weeks. If you're on a budget and/or married, it's the only way to go. Check out ev**'s Stepup program for another corner to cut with your vid card.
Pros: Worked fine for 8-9 months, but nothing spectacular. After all this- I shoulda gone with a Viewsonic and paid the extra $50 for real quality.
Cons: Here's the problem with Hanns G- unless you're in CA or near CA they have NO service centers in the country, when mine died because I startedup Bioshock, I had to send it cross-country, AND they told me I had to pay for the shipping ($50-70) to which I said WRONG, this thing is only 9months old, so eventually they agreed, and sent me shipping labels (the slowest delivery they could possibly pay for). So, about Jan12 I send it, Jan22 they get it, and now Feb4 they're telling me, a few more days to repair, then 2 days to test, then we'll ship it back (which they'll go cheap on again so add another 10 days to that). in all, for a $180 lcd, they wanted me to pay another $70 and wait at least a MONTH to get a "refurbished" monitor.
Overall Review: Totally unacceptable customer service. Warranty shwarranty- if I buy electronics from ANYONE and X breaks down within a year? They fix it. In fact they send me a new X that works, and don't punish the customer for being stupid enough to buy their product. NEVER AGAIN. The tech support people couldn't care less, too.