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ASRock FM2A88M Extreme4+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice features for a small board

Cons: Board came with older BIOS and had to be flashed to boot any system at all. With new BIOS and UEFI turned off, it is unable to boot Fedora or OpenSuSE linux. It boots Mint, but has unstable operation. I have most on-board features turned off and no overclocking. I am able to install Mint, and sometimes it boots the installed system. I suspect problems with graphics drivers. I could spend another hundred and try operation with a new video board - but why should I have spent my money on an APU processor and board to begin with.

Other Thoughts: If you plan to run Linux, get the AM3+ board with a 6 or 8 core processor. I cannot recommend Asrock for any motherboard.

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AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W AD785KXBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quad core at 3.7 GHz, seems to be good upgrade from my old AMD Kuma 7750 dual core. Matched with Asrock FM2A88M Extreme+4

Cons: Catalyst drivers for Linux in beta only and unstable. No sensors have standard driver support with Linux as of this date. Several popular Linux distros will not boot with this CPU (Fedora, OpenSuSE). Mint boots, but has stability problems. Forget about overclocking - is this a CPU or a motherboard issue? Difficult to know.

Other Thoughts: Might be a good product after software matures - if graphics performance improves. I am getting an external video card (Nvidia), leaving the built-in graphics unused. I should have bought an AM3+ 8-core CPU, as I have to get external graphics card anyhow.

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SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface
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3 out of 5 eggs Good idea -- incomplete implementation 03/03/2010

This review is from: SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface

Pros: Successfully streams digital channels to Linux MythTV and VLC. Great concept for networked homes with multiple PC's. Also a good learning platform, when you want to learn more about digital TV and cable broadcasts.

Cons: Documentation seems to be written for people already knowledgeable about things like QAM64, QAM256, ATSC, etc. You should expect to invest some time learning, before you can make this device work in your setup, especially if you are using with cable broadcast.

Other Thoughts: Newegg has usually been good to me, but this time they shipped an open box product, even though I had ordered the regular product and paid full price. Clearly, everything in the package had been opened up, including torn CD-envelope and cables. Product was received with non-factory installed firmware. I finally decided the product was in working order after installing later version of firmware. I was really tempted to return the product, but did not want any more inconveniences.

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Finn N.'s Profile

Display Name: Finn N.

Date Joined: 08/29/06

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 05/06/09
  • Last Review: 02/23/15
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