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ENERMAX Aurora Black 104 Normal Keys USB Mini Keyboard
  • Owned 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
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned 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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CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The first pair of memories (same manufacturer product number) I
installed in mid-Jan 07 had no
problems & tested fine.

Cons: The second pair of memories (March 2007) fails memtest86+ with bit error at fixed location in one DIMM that also caused OS installation to fail. This was at nominal voltage & frequency, not overclocked. I also cut the frequency in half to 400MHz & upped the voltage in several combinations, but had the same failure. I swapped the good & bad DIMM in their sockets and the problem followed the DIMM. I do not believe that this pair was actually tested as the data sheet claims and as I paid for.

Other Thoughts: You should know about the downloadable memory test memtest86+ (rev 1.70) and run on
new installs & when debugging hw.
In my experience, you should only buy this memory if you're willing to take a 1/2 chance that you'll have to pay restocking+shipping+your time for the privilege of trying them. Be suspicious when there's a big rebate. Returned for refund not replacement; buying ECC instead.

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Display Name: Ronald P.

Date Joined: 11/24/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 03/22/07
  • Last Review: 04/27/08
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