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ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Does what I hoped - after much aggravation.. 10/30/2012

This review is from: ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Once I got everything working properly - this product did what I hoped. I bought this board for a HTPC and this one had been tested using a variety of remote controls to power on and power off.

That worked as designed - but getting things installed and working was a great pain. See other thoughts below.

Cons: If I did not have extra parts laying around - this would have been a complete failure...

Other Thoughts: The system build was fairly straight forward; however, I did encounter an issue out of the gate where the mobo would not display video via HDMI or D-Sub. The system posted properly - but no video.

I had an old video card laying around and put that in. Viola - I had video. I upgraded the mobo bios - still no mobo video (note the old video card was still in at this point). I went ahead and installed Windows 8 anyway - just for the experience - figuring I would have to RMA the mobo.

As one last test - I removed my old video card - rebooted - and the onboard video started working properly via D-sub. I am not sure if the bios upgrade fixed it or Win 8 since I did not try removing the old video card until Win 8 was already installed.

This same behavior occured when I went to plug the htpc into my HDTV using HDMI vs the D-sub I used during installation. Again - on the first boot with HDMI - no video. So I did a hard restart and video worked without an issue.

Outside of that - the sytem works great. I can boot from completely off into Win 8 (auto-login) in under 5 seconds. It actually boots faster than my TV initializes - so the behavior is perfect - by the time the TV is on - the screen is already there.

I am still playing with the remote - but it does power off and power on the system. The default arrows navigate Win 8 metro without any issue and can enter the apps using the OK button. However, once in the apps - it seems to do nothing. It works perfect with Media Center (since that is what it was designed to do).

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AMD A4-3300 Llano Dual-Core 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D AD3300OJHXBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unit was easy to install but the fan is LOUD!!!! Put this in a HTPC build and the fan is the only audible thing on the rig. Will probably replace it at some point - but for now will just run it on low.

Runs Blu-rays on a ASROCK A75M mobo just fine - after some initial issues - see comments below.

Cons: Extremely loud fan. Not great support for Win 8 - yet.

Other Thoughts: The system build was fairly straight forward; however, I did encounter an issue out of the gate where the mobo would not display video via HDMI or D-Sub. The system posted properly - but no video.

I had an old video card laying around and put that in. Viola - I had video. I upgraded the mobo bios - still no mobo video (note the old video card was still in at this point). I went ahead and installed Windows 8 anyway - just for the experience - figuring I would have to RMA the mobo.

As one last test - I removed my old video card - rebooted - and the onboard video started working properly via D-sub. I am not sure if the bios upgrade fixed it or Win 8 since I did not try removing the old video card until Win 8 was already installed.

This same behavior occured when I went to plug the htpc into my HDTV using HDMI vs the D-sub I used during installation. Again - on the first boot with HDMI - no video. So I did a hard restart and video worked without an issue.

Outside of that - the sytem works great. I can boot from completely off into Win 8 (auto-login) in under 5 seconds. It actually boots faster than my TV initializes - so the behavior is perfect - by the time the TV is on - the screen is already there.

I am having issues with NetFlix and Hulu playback in Windows 8 (search pb4+hulu) that many people are having with this initial Windows 8 release. I expect it will be resolved in the near future though - the price you pay for new software I guess........

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hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fit the bill perfectly for a subtle, understated HTPC build. This thing is not flashy - but it gets the job done. Much sturdier than many other reviews led me believe. With a bit of focus - the cable management is not horrible and provides very good air flow.

Built in power supply seems to work fine and is quiet to boot.

Cons: None yet

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Display Name: Steven H.

Date Joined: 04/07/08

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  • First Review: 10/30/12
  • Last Review: 10/30/12
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