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This review is from: ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 HDMI USB 3.0 uATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: USB3, onboard video
Cons: Bought this with an 3.9 GHz 125W FX-6350 and G.Skill 2x2G memory. Board loads XP fine but reboots near end of installation. Rebooted bios screen said power fluctuation. Reset to 3.0 GHz. Boots fine. Able to load drivers. All components working. _However_, running DIVX 10 bombs. Will not take the load. It's got the newest 1503 BIOS already. chipset heatsink very hot to the touch. Southbridge heatsink hot also. No heatsink on VMR. Speculation: this might work okay for lower power CPUs..
Other Thoughts: If this thing is rated for 125 Vishera cores, it really should have heatsinks on the voltage regulators. Oh, the southbridge heatsink is pretty puny. I thought about replacing it and the chipset heatsinks with larger units before I decided to return the board and go with a 990 type board with 8+1 VMRREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice little micro-ATX board that still uses DDR2 and will support AM2+ and AM3 CPUs. 3 types of onboard video outputs - analog, DVI, and HDMI. 8 USB2 ports in the back.
Cons: ... where do I start? The first board was bad. Cost me $13 to ship it back for RMA. Newegg's second board was good. Could have gotten a more expensive board for the combine cost had I known... Gigabyte normally's pretty good. Must had a batch with bad quality control or switched to a new factory. The board is a v.1.3.
Other Thoughts: The first board wouldn't boot when it first came. I found the north bridge (NB) heatsink to be loose. I took it off, cleaned the dried cement off the heat sink and used alcohol and q-tips to remove the cement from the chip. Then I install the heatsink with Arctic Silver 5. Now the NB sink is HOT! Okay, the heat transfer aspect is working. Nevertheless, I can't run the MB standing on its side as the spring-loaded heatsink won't stay on tightly. The springs were too weak.
Then the MB rebooted halfway through OS loading. I found the southbridge (SB) heatsink to be completely cool! So I took it off and found (gasp!) that the thermal compound on the back wasn't even imprinted with the chip's outline. That's when I decided to RMA the board. Another weak spring issue.
They really should remove the flashy cover over the NB heatsink. It cut down the airflow and made the HS really hot.
Pros: Wow!. This is the nicest wireless setup I've come across. It only has the simplest features, but that's all I need. But the reach is really spectacular. I backed up out to 8 ft and it's still nicely responsive. And then I hit the wall.
The keys have a nice snappy feel.
Cons: The keyboard uses AAA cells. The mouse uses AA. It would be nice if both uses AA. However, I understand. We don't use the keyboard nearly as much, and the keyboard is pretty thin.
Other Thoughts: I've had this thing up running for 4 days now on couple pairs of old NiMH cells. This particular setup seems to take the lower voltage pretty well. We'll see how long this thing lasts. I've had 5 Microsoft wireless desktops and some of them (piece by piece variation) are just really touchy about the low battery voltage. Hopefully this one is the norm instead of the exception.READ FULL REVIEW