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This review is from: C2G 10338 11in DB25 Female Parallel Add-A-Port Adapter Cable with Bracket
Pros: I believe this is a quality product, based on its performance, installation and looks. My printer works just as well as it did with past motherboards of mine that had built-in parallel ports. I think the cable length is just right, also. Basically auto installation in WinXP, too.
Other Thoughts: Works fine, as I hoped. I bought this for my Gigabyte GA-EP45T-USB3P which has an LPT port on the board. You plug this adapter into that port, and you're ready to use your favorite parallel port printer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card is an outstanding value for the price, probably the best value of all inexpensive graphics of any brand or chip on the entire Newegg site. Great picture, and the Gigabyte utilities like HUD (be careful to use the exact version for this model and your operating system) do work as advertised on Win XP. With them you can choose to run your card at the 100% 3D speed all the time if you wish, which I did for one person's computer, and it's had no problems with heat or start up. The look of the fan may make you think of northbridge roarers of yesteryear, but I honestly can't hear it. Temperature is fine. Don't forget the generous 512MB DDR2 onboard.
Other Thoughts: I only use the drivers and utilities I get from the Gigabyte website for this specific VGA - nothing else. I've bought two of these over two months, and both had the F1 BIOS. This must be changed! Use their @BIOS utility to load the F2 that is available. You'll see a marked improvement in visuals and behavior, makes it a top notch, polished card all the way! Don't make adjustments to your monitor until you do this - things will come together nicely after the update.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS A8N-VM CSM 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: For the price, there are no comparable boards, and this is a huge value in a world of $200 choices. Has everything you need for a useful, fast computer with excellent expandability and capability. Lets you cut expenses on peripherals, like using your DDR and buying reduced price Athlons. Cool n Quiet technology is awesome: remember to install it.
Cons: See other thoughts. Forget overclocking - essentially no BIOS for it.
Other Thoughts: I knew this model had problems before I ordered it, but also knew it could be a tremendous deal if problems could be overcome. It seemed to me (reading reviews around the net) that so many and different troubles were consistent with burning up of the 6150 chip caused by poor heatsink mounting, and indeed, mine was easily rocked back and forth, thus not making contact in a flat manner. So before ever installing or powering the board, I changed out the heatsink compound to Shin-etsu which is a stickier clay. This stopped inadvertent non-contact by holding the sink still. Then, I installed a gold Zalman nortbridge type heatsink I had sitting around onto the 430 chip, again with Shin-etsu. There are holes for that purpose, luckily. Updated the BIOS immediately, set the options, and carefully chose the versions of drivers needed. Athlon 3500 CG; 4 Patriot PC3200 XBL 2-2-2-5; 550W Enermax. Has performed 100 per cent for 4 months now, with -0- quirks, problems, or tweaking. Board Rev 1.10CGREAD FULL REVIEW