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ASUS A88XM-E FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Note the part about "Onboard Video . . . in the A-Series APU". 06/01/2016

This review is from: ASUS A88XM-E FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price/features: With appropriate CPU or APU, can do AMD-V (enable SVM in BIOS) for hardware assisted virtualization.

Cons: At this price point, nothing really.

Other Thoughts: I haven't completed this build yet, but it's important to know up front the part about "Onboard Video . . . in the A-Series APU" in the Specifications tab. What that translates to is that to be able to POST and see video/graphics from this board, you need either:

1. An AMD “A” series CPU, more commonly known as an APU (ie. an APU is a CPU + GPU on single die).
or
2. A dedicated video/graphics card inserted into the PCIe slot.

In other words, there is no video/graphics chipset on this board. The video ports that you see on the rear panel are to provide output for an APU.

If interested:
I used an "($67.99) AMD Athlon X4 845 with AMD quiet cooler Quad-Core Socket FM2+ 65W AD845XACKASBX Desktop Processor". This is a nice kick'in 4 core CPU for VM testing work, but it's not an APU, so I needed to install a video/graphics card in the PCIe slot to get it to post. Without the card inserted, you'll hear one long beep and three short beeps, which typically means a problem with the VGA (ie. video/graphics) system. The only problem in my case, was the lack of any video/graphics system. Duh.

For RAM I used "($36.99) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ". Here again, suitable for my bench testing & development needs.

Hope that helps.

Regards . . .

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50 Pack Smartbuy 8X DVD+R DL 8.5GB Dual Layer Logo Top Blank Media Recordable Disc
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ditto Cecil S:
No coasters, work just the way they're supposed to.

Also - The pre-printed lines are easy to write on.
Also - burn speed was 4-8x, same as the pricier media.

Cons: Ditto Cecil S:
Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Ditto Cecil S:
What more can I say? They're inexpensive and they work.

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Acer B326HUL ymiidphz Black 32
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Ditto John N's review exactly.

I've bought some smaller Acer' LCDs for budget-conscious customers over the years. I've come to know that they have a good price/value ratio and are reliable.

At first I was hesitant to invest in this monitor for my own use, thinking it was going to be substandard in some way. I didn't want to get "quality-cheap" on myself for a business tool that I use 8-10 hours a day. Well, that thinking was just flat out wrong. I can't think of anything negative to say about this monitor.

So . . . 5 Eggs it is!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I only noticed the color shift when I have a completely solid color screen; like the blue screen I see before the Win8 logon dialog. Since that's a rare occasion, no egg deduction for me.

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Display Name: BRET B.

Date Joined: 04/27/06

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  • First Review: 09/03/09
  • Last Review: 06/01/16
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