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GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Specs look good on paper, has 4x DDR3 banks, stable, for the most part.

Cons: This MB takes forever to boot Ubuntu 14 from an SSD as the main HD. I have to restart the PC like 5 or 6 times before it detects the OS. I bought the rev 2.0 in late August 2014, now I find that the rev 3.0 came out 2 weeks later. Seeing as how they have different bios, Gigabyte must have updated something. Newegg had no info on which version was for sale, nor that a newer one was being released so soon.

I feel like I got sold a bad MB, with a load of problems. It's not like I'm even trying to OC this thing or have any exotic options. I just want to boot from the SSD, the first time I turn it on. There shouldn't be any issues detecting an SSD in a MB released in 2014, especially one that calls itself "UltraDurable", at least have a bios update that fixes the issue, instead they come out with a new version, leaving previous owners in the lurch.

Now I have to go through the RMA process, or get a different MB.

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LITE-ON Slim 8X DVD Burner 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DS-8A1P-18C
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Burns Dual layer dvds; quiet.

Cons: Only burns 6x DVD-DL, otherwise none thus far.

Other Thoughts: Replaced an H.L GSA T10N with this one. The previous one would not play DVD+Rs or dual layer movie dvds.
This one does.

Would have bought the sata version which burns 8x DLs, but my laptop only has an IDE port for the DVD.

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PowerColor 26PRO512M AGP Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good card for the price. I use it for an HTPC.

Cons: WARNING!!!

The card I received had a 6PIN PCI-E Connector, and not a 4pin molex connector as shown. Luckily I had an adapter in my posession, or i would have been royally piss3d.

ALSO, the card is set to PAL, not NTSC out of the box. To get S-Video in NTSC, you must move the jumper on the fan side over one pin.


/WARNING!!!

Other Thoughts: ATI only has drivers for the PCI-E version of the card on their site. If powercolor stops supporting the card you are S0L.

Only consider purchasing this card for a legacy AGP system for HTPC or for children or grandma.
DO NOT build a new PC around this card. PCI-E versions are cheaper, faster and have better OEM support.

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Display Name: Gary R.

Date Joined: 08/15/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 09/23/07
  • Last Review: 12/25/14
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