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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This is the board to get if you are going with an AM1 chipset. HDMI and USB 3.0 were both selling features. I find that I always go back to Gigabyte because of the auto installing driver disk. I build a lot of computers and being able to check all the drivers I want, press one button and walk away is a huge time saving feature.
Sata ports are wisely mirrored next to each other, so locking sata cables are easy to use. Also, plenty of F_USB connections to accommodate any case.
Motherboard fits nicely in any micro ATX case that I have tried.
Cons: Only 2 Sata ports. However, I realize this is a limitation of the AM1 chipset, therefore an egg cannot be removed.
No F_USB 3.0 connection. This is a budget chipset so I was not surprised to see this missing.
Only 4 USB ports on the back. I wish one of the PS2 ports was swapped for 2 more USB 2.0 ports like other manufactures have done. (MSI)
Other Thoughts: This is my go to board when I have a customer looking to get a computer for ~$300.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a great little chip for home desktops running the usual apps such as Office, Chrome and even a little Photoshop. On a fresh Windows 7 install with only drivers installed my "Windows Experience Index" was - Processor: 6.3 Graphics: 5.1 Gaming Graphics: 6.2.
I have started to use this chip when a customer wants a computer for ~$300 and only does the basics.
Cons: Heatsink Developed By Disgruntled Former Intel Employee.
I think that pretty much sums up my only con for this chip. I can imagine an engineer holding an Intel heatsink and realizing the only way to make it worse would be to remove 2 of the 4 legs and make the push pins come apart into two pieces.
Well, mission accomplished sir. I have not had to read instructions while building a computer for many years.
Other Thoughts: The entire box that this thing comes in is half the size of a regular processor. The fan is extremely small, but under my testing was completely silent. I wonder if a 25 watt chip even needs a fan with how big the metal heatsink is?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have been using all the different variations of rosewill internal card readers for years. This particular one has the most features as long as you can spare an extra sata port. Every time I try another brand I am quick to run back to rosewill for card readers. I have also never had a DOA unit in over 20 ordered.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
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