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ZOTAC GF9300-A-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9300
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Lucas H.
  • 9/23/2011 5:24:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood little board

Pros: If you're looking at this board, you probably know it's Pros. Also, I received a $15 MIR with this board, and I don't remember EVER receiving a MIR so quickly, so kudos to Zotac for quick and simple MIR processing.

Cons: I temporarily had a problem with both CPU cores not showing up inside Windows XP. Now everything is fine. Read below for a detailed explanation and solution to the problem.

Other Thoughts: This board replaced a Gigabyte board that had gone bad and I couldn't wait for their 3-week RMA process. Instead of using installing Windows XP from scratch, I decided to "repair" the installation. I did this several times because each time it completed, Windows XP only reported 1 CPU core.

I realized that in between the blue Windows XP setup screen and restarting to continue installing Windows XP, the setup program could not detect the 2nd CPU core. So what I did was "repair" once more through the blue setup screen. Once it wanted to restart the computer to continue installing, I shutdown the computer instead of just letting it restart.

I think this let the BIOS go through it's full boot-up procedure and verify both cores. I don't know if this is necessarily the fault of THIS board, so that's why I gave it 4 eggs instead of 3 or 2. I just wanted to document this in case someone else had the same problem.

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  • Steven B.
  • 9/17/2011 2:48:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks reasonably well

Pros: Works well with 16 GB of memory and Core 2 Quad processor. No serious problems with installation. Seems like a nice MB and the only remaining option of which I am aware if you want to upgrade a Core 2 Quad to 16 GB.

Cons: Some problems with display card using ATI X300 chipset. Had to disable most advanced features, which is OK as this computer is used mostly for long, numerical computations which require a great deal of memory (e.g., transient nonlinear 3D FEA).

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  • Andrew B.
  • 9/16/2011 10:32:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBoard is cranky but awesome

Pros: The motherboard accepted my Q9650 Core 2 Quad 3Ghz and low latency DDR2 800 RAM without any issues. I plan on using the RAID feature to eventually run a clone of my O/S. I also plan on dual booting with this hardware as a setup for Windows 7.

Cons: The board would not function with my Corsair eco-friendly power supply. My build was done professionally by a local business. Since they sold me the power supply they tested the board with 2 other Corsair power supplies that had different wattages. Neither worked. A generic 750w power supply is now doing the trick

I think that when you change the BIOS to use an external VGA card that the SLI function would be disabled. I was getting blue screens during windows initialization. When I disabled this option my problems went away. I think the board was trying to establish SLI with my external Zotac GeForce GT 430. I didn't research that interaction before my purchase but it wouldn't dissuade me from buying it in the future.

Other Thoughts: I thought my first board was DOA because of the incompatibility with my PSU. The board has 2 on-board LED lights that create the numbers 0-9 and letters A-F. With my original PSU the LED's would blink with power for a minute and go dead. Further attempts to start it didn't cause a blink and the board appeared dead. I thought the board was DOA so I RMA'd it and the replacement board I had professionally installed at a cost of $89 plus I spend an addtional $79 purchasing a new tower unit and then add an additional $74 for a retail generic 750W PSU after I found out my real trouble. A good outcome was that the business bought back my PSU for $30 off the labor. I spent more than I wanted on this build due to shipping costs, labor, and the new case.

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  • Shimin Z.
  • 8/22/2011 11:33:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDO NOT install nVidia update

Pros: Good board layout, integrated HDMI, DVI, 4 memory slots instead of 2. Good HTPC board

Cons: nVidia display driver >260.99 will crash and give you a BSoD. Just like another user mentioned before...

Other Thoughts: Contacted Zotac support. Asked me to get a replacement from newegg. I'm glad I didn't rush for the replacement and did a little bit research. Except for the latest nVidia driver is still not supported, I'm happy with this board. I had to deduct two eggs though, one for the ignorance of the tech support for their own product, one for not supporting the latest nVidia driver, although I am not sure whose fault it is.

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  • CHARLES M.
  • 7/13/2011 4:06:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, Simple Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard is small and does its job well without issue. Fits in my HTPC case without any issues and has all of the ports / sockets I could ask for. Has decent on board video that has so far run everything I needed it to with ease (emulators like Project64 and some HD video). The fact that it has ALL the typical forms of video out (HDMI, DVI, and VGA) was an awesome addition. I use this build as a video server / TV connected computer so not having to buy an HDMI out ready graphics card to throw in this computer was totally sweet.

Please read the both the Cons and Other Thoughts section below for important details!!

Cons: This was a little expensive for a mostly antique motherboard. I only say this however because it's an LGA775 motherboard. There are plenty of modern motherboard that work with i7's and such that are not much more expensive at all than this and are cutting edge. This is my only complaint however, and other than that the motherboard has proven its worth so far.

If you are going to use this motherboard for HDMI output to a TV, you will NEED to go to ZOTAC's website and get the onboard HDMI audio nvidia driver. If you do not do this you will see HDMI output to your TV for one or two seconds every minute or so. This is extremely weird but that download from ZOTAC's website definitely fixed it.

Please read the Other Thoughts section below for more important details!!

Other Thoughts: IMPORTANT:
If you are going to use this motherboard with Windows 7 (in my case 64bit, but you should probably read this anyway if you are going to be using 32bit) be EXTREMELY careful with installing Windows Updates for the first time. You see, my typical way of installing Windows Updates for a brand new build is just to go down that big ol' list and check them all off and then let the computer do it's thing for an hour or two.

You do NOT want to do that for this motherboard. This is most likely not the motherboard's fault that this happens but one particular update for me would ALWAYS (happened 3 separate times) bring down the entire system with a BSoD and require a reformat. The update is this: "nVidia - Display, Other hardware - NVIDIA GeForce 9300 / nForce 730i". It's an optional hardware update that was released in May 2011. Make sure to set this update as hidden and then go to ZOTAC's actual website to get your drivers.

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  • Valeria T.
  • 6/10/2011 4:08:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsmeh..

Pros: good price, small footprint, it works for what your paying for.

Cons: I ordered this board about 2.5 years ago it recently just stopped booting, i believe the chipset heatsink cpu paste just wore out and the chip fried, being lazy I re-ordered the same exact board as replacement, the replacement came and was missing the bios reset jumper and it took me several hours to figure this out, took jumper from dead board and all is well now.

Other Thoughts: I would personally not recommend this board anymore unless your totally broke and like taking chances..

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  • Travis L.
  • 5/3/2011 8:14:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a bust...

Pros: Black board color..

Cons: I do believe my board is suffering from a hardware defect crashes with blank colored screens, unusable and unstable. Crash times from 1 sec to 3 hours apart.

Crashes well running the following:

Windows XP 32 and 64 bit
Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
Ubuntu both 32 and 64 bit
Also crashes when booting and well in the BOIS.

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear that. It should be a problem with the CPU. Please contact ZOTAC tech support, Hansel (Hansel@zotacusa.com), he will be happy assist you. Thank you!

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  • Paul T.
  • 4/18/2011 8:28:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnother A0

Pros: Small form factor. Zotac has made a strong focus on the mini-ITX format that I appreciate.

Cons: Board is DOA, just like another poster. Onboard LEDS show A0; nowhere is this explained.

Other Thoughts: A while ago, I put four Zotac-based ITX system out on the floor. A year later, within a three-month period, all have failed. This screams that Zotac is cutting corner on quality big time. Don't buy Zotac if you want a long-lasting system. (Honestly, sometimes it matters, sometimes it doesn't. If you upgrade often, it doesn't.)

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to see you are experiencing issues with our product. Please contact ZOTAC tech support, Hansel (hansel@zotacusa.com) to solve this problem. He will be happy to assist you. Thank you!

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  • Jonathan U.
  • 3/13/2011 6:09:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT PURCHASE ZOTAC PRODUCTS

Pros: Cheep, but you get what you pay for

Cons: Motherboard came DOA showing "A0" error.
NO WHERE is there documentation on what that error means.
Called their 24x7 support and after a 1 hour wait I was told to return the motherboard through the retailer. When I asked why I should return it via the retailer and not them, they replied that it would take 1 MONTH to RMA via Zotec and that it would be better to just return it to the retailer. I find it one hell of a cop-out to put the cost of a return for DOA hardware on the retailer and not themselves.

Other Thoughts: Zotac customer service is less than helpfull.

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  • Leslie A.
  • 3/5/2011 6:20:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: very impressed. Booted first time. Used a low profile cpu cooler. Zalman cnps8000. Nice to see Nvidia chipsets still been made. Even if they are for the LGA775 CPU.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Recommend over Intel G31,G41 chipset boards. Better video.

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