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SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAL-i-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Worked out of the box with two Xeon X5650's, 12Gb of Gskill non-ecc DDR3 1600 (running at 1333) and a GTX 480.

The layout works well to make the most out of the small ATX size.

The board has an excellent high quality feel to it. Comes with a thorough manual written in real English.

Cons: No cooling for the VRMs.

Heatsink on the chipset becomes half covered by a decent sized video card and so far it's gotten up to 80c. I'm sure it's okay since it was designed that way, but a larger heatsink or a fan would have been nice as some of the other Supermicro boards have a small heatsink/fan combo on the chipset.

No heatsink on the ICH10R, probably doesn't matter though but most other boards seem to have one.

5500 instead of 5520, lack of PCI-E lanes.

Other Thoughts: Noctua NH-U9DX's fit fairly well.

It's amazing that so much can fit into the ATX form factor.

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CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works at rated speeds and voltages!

1.8V, stays nice and cool, no problems so far.

Good value, if I get the rebate back, it will be an even better value.

Cons: A little more expensive than some of the cheaper brands, but it's still a great deal.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's free eggsaver shipping using DHL is awful, I will never use that again. The free shipping on here used to take 2 days at the most; it was the only reason I really used this site because I could count on getting things shipped quickly and safely. This took over a week, the tracking number provided didn't work, and it came in a ripped up padded envelope.

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SAMSUNG 2433BW High Glossy Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bezel and form factor are very nice.

For a TN panel this screen looks great, colors are consistent and not overdone when set right and it's nice and bright while still having great contrast and thick blacks. The viewing angle thing isn't as bad as most people make it out to be.

Response time is excellent, this monitor is great for gaming or movies.

Cons: The stand is base of the stand is difficult to attach to the monitor, I wish I had read that using oil or something would help. I nearly broke the monitor trying to force it in there.

Only dsub and DVI (with HDCP) inputs, not bad, but an hdmi would have been nice too.

Got one dead pixel, but nothing you can do about that.

Other Thoughts: Fast shipping and a great price from newegg! For the price this is an excellent monitor that I don't see being suggested as much as it should!

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Brennan M.'s Profile

Display Name: Brennan M.

Date Joined: 11/12/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/21/08
  • Last Review: 11/06/10
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