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GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Quad-core A8 Processor, 35W TDP
- Hudson 2 Chipset
- F3 Bios Installed [a la GB-BXA8G-8890]
- PWM 50mm Fans
- mSATA and SATA III connectors
- two (2) SODIMM slots
- a/b/g/n/ac wireless
- bluetooth 4.0

Cons: - disabled video card taking up space [did someone mention the GB-BXA8G-8890?]
- outrageously lousy heatsink on the APU
- driver support for Bluetooth and USB3.0 rough [saved by Realtek?]

Other Thoughts: I've installed, backed up and reinstalled Win7, Win8 and Win10 upgrade. With a SanDisk X300 256 gB mSATA, a WD Blue 1.0 tB, and 8 gB of Crucial RAM, it hums along quite nicely once topped up. Well, hum is really not the right word. I'm inclined to whine about things, and I really have a lot in common with this box.

On the plus side, I haven't seen it go above 80C. I've gotten pretty good about disassembling and reassembling this box, just to try different thermal compound treatments. To their credit, the original assemblers did a good job the first time, trying TX-4 actually made it about 4 or 5C worse under load, and the AS-7 is maybe 1 or 2C better uncured.

That heatsink on the APU? What a RIDICULOUS load of, well... Yes, it really is. The heatsink on the disabled video card has surface space and fins galore. AFAICT, a real gem. Why not put something like it on the APU??? Here's an idea - pull that out, and put in something that might actually cool the APU, Gigabyte.

Judging by the BIOS, this is current product. rev.1.1 needs a better APU cooler. Heck, MINE needs a better APU cooler. Anybody got any ideas??

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AFT iDuo Reader 3.0 3-in-1 USB 3.0 CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC. Media Reader
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solidly built.
Decent Cable
No extraneous slots

Cons: microSDXC slot speed doesn't match SDXC slot speed

Other Thoughts: Bought this because my new 64GB Samsung Pro micro card was testing a max of 60MB/s in the SD slot, and only 40MB/s write in the microSD slot, in my existing internal USB 3.0 reader.

Looks like the newer/better chipset in this reader does the trick. Card is rated for 90/80 MB/s R/W by mfg, and this card reader allows it to reach those levels.

Note, you have to use the passive adapter and the SD slot to get full speed. Looks like a common shortcoming...

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SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Latest technology.
Very high life expectancy.
Very high performance.

Cons: Won't work with AMD RAID

Other Thoughts: I've got a pair of these. Work fine with a separate Marvell 9130 controller in RAID0. Rearranged the box and have a RAID5 through a HighPoint controller, so the PCIE4x isn't available, and the MOBO controller is the only option.

It just won't work, and I'm WAY far from the only one. This has been going on for months and months. Samsung aren't the only ones who don't work with AMD AHCI RAID drivers, but there are some that do. AMD invented the technology these Samsung SSDs are based on; you'd think they would have an interest in making their drivers recognize them. At the very least, Samsung should jump in and do something with their BIOS.

I'm ready to switch to older technology, just to get the RAID0 performance boost, and forget the durability. Starts with In...

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Date Joined: 01/01/05

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