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ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Lasted a couple months past warranty, then died in the middle of streaming video. 06/17/2016

This review is from: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Right Features. Right Price. Right Size.

Cons: Like so many other customer reviews, mine eventually gave me the blank screen of death. I went through all the checks and swaps and nothing made any difference. AMD verified my A-10 CPU/APU was not at fault. I will add it was giving me the occasional buggy video issue in the first year, but it just wasn't often enough, or lasted long enough, to make me think a total failure was eminent. Too optimistic on my end.

Other Thoughts: I gambled that I might a get a good one that didn't have the fault(s) of the others because I wanted the features in the mini-ITX format. First time in over 20 years I had a mobo die like this. First time I bought an ASRock mobo. Considering that many other customers have had the same problem, I will be less likely to buy ASRock products again.

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Crucial V4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Did as advertised and significantly sped up data access from the system drive and even after two years of use it still easily beats a fresh Win 8 system in boot time to use. Has not given me any troubles at all and it's used every single day for several hours.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Although I never had a problem, I updated to Crucial's latest firmware when it was available and whether this
forestalled a time bomb or not, the drive has worked flawlessly for me for over two years now in constant use.

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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: USB 3.0 connector for future upgradeability. Very quiet included case fans. Tooless drive trays which can accommodate 2.5 & 3.5 inch drives via clip release slide rails. Plenty of case loops to tie down cabling (part of the case metal, not adhesive loops). Plenty of ventilation ports in case shell.

Cons: Dimmer power and very dim hard drive LEDs. While some cases go too far to ultra-bright - these LEDs are fairly dim and hard to see. Power button is all black and matches case so until you get used to its position, it's hard to press because it blends in with front panel.

Other Thoughts: Generally a very good small case for the price point with some nice features inside I did not expect to see. Would buy another one.

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John H.'s Profile

Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 11/08/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/19/11
  • Last Review: 06/17/16
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