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MSI Z97 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs DOA Audio / Not Military Grade Components 09/14/2014

This review is from: MSI Z97 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bios / Drivers are easily upgradable. There were a few things that the engineers got right on this board but the one or two bad layout decisions sort of makes the good decisions pointless.

Cons: This is probably the 2nd worst motherboard I've had since I've started building computers 15 years ago.

Audio was DOA. Not detected by anybody.

Unfortunately their return policy requires you to be without a computer for the 2-6 weeks they anticipate it takes them to round trip a return. (You send us the product and wait 2 weeks and then we'll send you a return package 2 weeks later). Unfortunately Newegg's return policy is not that much better either.

The UEFI Bios resets all settings to manufacture default about 80% of the time on reboots/startups.

The location and choice of the PCI Express slots make utilizing a two video card setup along with any othe peripheral devices a pain. The sound card pretty that I had to put in because Audio was DOA is directly underneath a video card. Almost all mid sized to upper range video cards now take 2 slots.

There appear to be other hardware issues with the motherboard and I am expecting this motherboard to be replaced very quickly.

Other Thoughts: For being advertised as having "Military" grade quality components I expected far better quality control and at a bare minimum a system that had all components functional and had normal stability (being able to run for several months without a problem).

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NEC Display Solutions EA192M-BK Black 19
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: There is almost nothing good about this monitor aside from the fact that it works.

Cons: It has a very poor vertical and a limited horizontal viewing range. Anything that is dark is almost unviewable. A black screen is a very bright blueish/purple black. I am comparing this to the NEC MultiSync LCD 2470WNX which I own two of.

Other Thoughts: Might be acceptbale to somebody who is not very discerning but if having exact colors (e.g. web development/design) or if you plan on viewing it regularly it in a manner that is not within it's normal limiting range then i recommend passing.

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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Everything and then some 12/09/2010

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This seems to be a pretty great motherboard with lots of features that are hopefully designed to be semi-future proof in this ever changing world.

Cons: Semi-Slow Bios Bootup - not too important but it is noteworthy.

SATA connector positions. Note where the SATA connector positions are. if your Case is not large it may be extremely tight/difficult to plug in your SATA cables. They are on the right most end of the motherboard. In my case I had a HAF 932 so it was not too much trouble. In my prior case i think it would have been almost impossible.

The 2nd biggest flaw I see is not really important as long as you don't need the IDE socket (and aren't running 2 video cards. I am and so I will point out that most likely if you're running 2 video cards you're going to use PCI-E 1 and 3 because big cards in 1 and 2 do not leave any room for heat to from #1 to dissipate.
However most large video cards overlap wherthe IDE cable must be plugged in. It will not allow a card to be seated properly/at all unless you do like me and rip off a part of the IDE cable's cover to make the end plugged into the motherboard shorter as it's plugged in

Other Thoughts: I am hoping that this motherboard lasts longer than my ASUS. I Paired it up with a i7-950 replacing my q6600 with asus p5b deluxe which died a slow death after a very problematic life.

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