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SUPERMICRO CSE-512L-260B Black 1U Rackmount 14
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Affordable 1U case that can fit mostly any ATX or M-ATX motherboard
-Rack mountable

Cons: -Power supply does NOT have SATA power connectors. Really SuperMicro??
-Breakout cable for front panel controls/lights needed if not using SM board
-If using a non SM motherboard your IO shield won't fit on the back of the case. If this is going into a datacenter this isn't a problem, but for anywhere else it allows for excess dust to enter the chassis
-H-U-G-E FAN PROBLEM! Seriously, on the newest revisions of this case the case fan will interfere with your SATA communications and mess up your HDDs. Ferrite chokes didn't really help, nor did a direct lead off of the power supply. The fan generates some type of interference when its on and wreaks havoc on SATA communications. That's why this case got 1 Egg...this problem is SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE!

Other Thoughts: If you buy this case and run into the fan issue I've described above you need to purchase SM part FAN-0038 or FAN-0038L. How do I know this? We had a few spare fans around the office from older SM cases. They don't interfere with SATA and FAN-0038 is the only model that you can still find on the internet in large quantities.

It's sad that a company as large as SuperMicro has not notice this issue. Maybe they are under the illusion that everyone still uses molex and IDE drives! (it's what the case supports out of the box anyways!)

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GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -8 SATA Ports (Perfect for 2 RAID arrays and CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives
-Windows 7 install is easy with the included driver CD that has SIGNED AMD drivers. I don't what other people are complaining about?
-BIOS is solid and works as expected. BIOS updates seem to be a regular thing
-Construction is top-notch and the board itself is laid out quite nicely.
-Great chipset, Dolby Home Theater audio makes the difference with any headphone/speaker system!

Cons: -When messing around with BIOS/RAID issuing a reboot can cause the board to hang sometimes. Not really a con, more like a bug. Nothing a simple reset/power on & off can't fix.

Other Thoughts: Seriously, buy this board. The construction is quite nice, Gigabyte's utilities are numerous, overclocks well, has TONS of SATA ports, Crossfire works great, numerous expansion slots (even with 2 dual slot video cards).

I've been through a Foxcon board and 2 Asus boards with my latest build. Each board had issues with the BIOS or stability that forced me to RMA them. Gigabyte is known for quality motherboards and they don't disappoint with this one. Yeah, its a bit more expensive when compared to other AM3 ATX boards, but for the price it's worth it.

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Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Looks nice, but that's about it... 12/05/2010

This review is from: Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice looks, quality construction, great coffee table centerpiece!

Cons: H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E BIOS. The support website is pretty awful as well...

First off, the motherboard won't read your CPU temperature correctly...ever. After 5 BIOS revisions it seems they have not yet fixed the 40 degree problem. Yeah, that's right....the system ALWAYS reads your CPU as 40 degrees! The ACC function is in some BIOS revisions but not others, the RAID-5 function disappears and reappears depending on the BIOS version, and good luck with trying to get DDR 1333 working correctly with this board. Ignore the spelling errors as well...they're part of the Foxconn 'experience'.

If you want something that WORKS get another motherboard. If you want a nice center piece for your coffee table this is THE board to get!

Other Thoughts: The latest BIOS version P07 has everything advertised, but it's BUGGY. I've had constant lockups with it. P03 (the original) seems to be the best if you want ACC and RAID-5.

Various forum posters out there have encountered the same issues as I have. No fix is in sight...

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Joshua W.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua W.

Date Joined: 09/24/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/05/10
  • Last Review: 01/17/11
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