Well, I got my SLI rig from Velocity Micro today. I haven't had a chance to do any gaming or anything yet. I'm still in the middle of transferring over my files from an external hard drive. I'm also downloading 3DMark03 and 05 to do a little benchmarking.
- I'm very pleased with the look of the case and the wiring of my machine. Everything is nicely tied off and silver rounding is used on the thicker cables.
- I am pleasantly surprised at how quiet the machine is. After reading the CNet and Maximum PC reviews (which both claimed the machine is loud), I was quite worried. I'm glad to say that I don't find the machine loud at all. Perhaps the Ultra video cards are much louder than the 6800GTs.
- I was a little disappointed to see that no overclocking was done to the machine, though I paid extra for "Advanced tuning and overclocking." Perhaps they don't offer any overclocking on the SLI rigs, and that's understandable, but it shouldn't be an option in the configurator if they don't. I might inquire about this to see what their policy is.
- The only problem I seem to be having is some flickering video. I've got the rig connected to my Dell 2000FP 20.1" LCD via DVI. I had no clue which of the DVI ports to connect it to, so I chose the one in the top-left corner. Everything appears fine, but I'm seeing some flickering in the taskbar, and I've noticed it in a few dialogue boxes that have opened too. I'll have to see what happens with the games.
- The packaging was nicely done, and though the binder is not personalized and is kind of cheap, I'm pleased with the bundle that came with this rig. Far Cry, Battlefield 1942, and HL2 all came standard. I can't wait to try them all out.
- The hard drives are louder than I'm used to. You can really hear them when they're chewing on something, but this is not really a huge issue to me.
- I'm pretty amazed at how...well..."zippy" everything is. The machine boots up in no time, and if I right-click on the desktop or open a folder, it happens instantly. Way cool.
That's all for now. I'll be posting a fairly thorough review with pictures and benchmarks sometime very soon.