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Pros: giving a neutral 3-star rating because I hope I won't be getting so far as powering it up.

Cons: As other reviews have stated, four of the 6 SATA connects are right-angle and so cannot be used with the normal straight-in SATA cables. I started the assembly in a Silverstone FTZ01 before realizing my mistake (and Gigabyte's stupidity).

Other Thoughts: It might be possible to use "left-angle" SATA cables. But that "solution" would only allow use of 2 of the 4 rear-facing conectors.
I've ordered some, but they haven't come yet, and so cannot say for sure that it fits. My measurement says it will but it is VERY tight...some things may be "compressed". But I've decided to return it if I can since I'm building a nice system. If I cannot return it, I'll dispose of it somehow. Save yourself the trouble, don't buy this....there are better choices (or at least they don't have this problem).

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ENERMAX Aurora Black 104 Normal Keys USB Mini Keyboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs key failed at 11 months 04/27/2008

This review is from: ENERMAX Aurora Black 104 Normal Keys USB Mini Keyboard

Pros: Heavy, low-profile feels like "quality".
They promptly supplied an RMA.

Cons: A key failed at 11 months under light home use so
that it's hard to believe the spec "10 million plus keystroke lifetime". After no action and no communication for a month, I learned they were out-of-stock of the KB002U.

Other Thoughts: The KB002U model is no longer on the Enermax website.
The newegg link is stale.
It appears to be replaced by the KB007U which is what Enermax gave as a replacement under the 1 year warranty.

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ASUS M2A-VM AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs great board, no problems, thumbs up 03/31/2007

This review is from: ASUS M2A-VM AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It was very nice for a change to have all the required drivers on the installation disk (especially since this was for Vista Ultimate 32). I also like the fanless NB/SB cooling. When it comes time to inherit my son's
PCI-Express x16 graphics card, there's a place to use it. The ability to populate to 3GB economically was also a plus (Some other 690G boards have only 2 DIMMs.)

Cons: The only con is that the asus support website has been having problems lately--not that I needed to fix anything, but I was just curious if there were any problems (none posted) or updates (none posted).

Other Thoughts: 1. I have no problem playing DVDs through the on-board graphics under Vista Ultimate (I was pleased & surprised that it included a DVD codec); if anyone is having problem with that maybe software is the problem. When Blu-Ray drives
become economical this board may well become an HTPC.
2. Regarding memory timing:
I think it is true that you cannot adjust the cycle-count latencies, but you can adjust the frequencies (without it automatically changing the cycle-counts). At first I had DDR2-800 installed & it automatically set the freq to 867! I ended up with DDR2-677 ECC-unreg & I manually set it to DDR2-800 with no problems in MEMTEST86+ or installation/running.

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Ronald P.'s Profile

Display Name: Ronald P.

Date Joined: 11/24/03

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/22/07
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
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