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This review is from: Foxconn G41MXE LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great price for an LGA 775 motherboard, very straightforward. Will accommodate longer video cards decently. Nice compact design.
Cons: My only complaint on this motherboard was there seem to be quite a bit of delay on file transfers and accessing files it seems to lag when you opened them quite a bit. Have not experienced this on other G41 based motherboards.
Other Thoughts: Be aware of the 8gig memory limitation of the G41 chipset.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ECS A780LM-M2 AM3 AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice layout of the motherboard as well as being compact. Easy to set up and ran well out of the box. Also comes with a three year warranty on parts. This is a nice straight-ahead no-frills motherboard that you can use for a basic machine, with your leftover AMD processors laying around the house.
Cons: I only rated the motherboard at three stars and this is why, "the motherboard is listed on the ECS website as being able to unlock cores. In fact after trying two known AMD processors that can be unlocked core wise, neither of them would unlock." After looking further on the ECS website they list actual motherboards that have this feature and the A780LM-M2 was not on the list at the time I viewed it. The feature that supposed to allow this is called "ECS "Special ACC"technology" and is not functional on this motherboard.
Other Thoughts: Other than the fact that you cannot unlock cores this motherboard, it is a very decent basic AMD motherboard. You should not be deterred by the unlock feature not working if you don't intend to use it anyways.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It has a nice extruded aluminum housing, not plastic (with the exception of the cap). Has USB 3.0 capability, as well as backwards compatible. I personally experienced high data transfer speed, (write speed: 12.43MB/sec read speed: 66.32MB/sec). The read speed was faster than some older hard drives I have. Not a bad price to boot. Works well as a Windows 7 USB install Key, quite a bit faster than the DVD.
Cons: none as of yet, but have only had the drive for less than a day.
Other Thoughts: I didn't put this and the cons area because it was more of a fluke than a con. Apparently at the factory somebody had a sense of humor that day, and formatted the USB stick in FAT16 (Which has a two gig capacity). So when I tried to transfer a 6.23 GB file onto it on its first use I got an error message stating, "drive is full, please use another drive with larger capacity"READ FULL REVIEW