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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs My 3 Years Experience with this board 03/26/2015

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: It went back to ASUS for repair twice, and both times they turned it around pretty quickly.

Cons: Lots of stability issues. Random lockups, especially when plugging in an USB device. Even when it doesn't totally lock up, it often does not recognize a USB device that's plugged in, or it will take for ever to find it, and suddenly it will blue screen. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: I got this board along with FX-8150 and G.Skill RipjawX DDR3 1600 RAMS during the Black Friday sale back in 2012 here on newegg.

If you go to the Asus support website for this board, you'll notice that ASUS has released no less than 17 BIOS updates with many updates simply labeled "Improve system stability".

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/HelpDesk_Download/

On one hand it's nice to see that ASUS is working on trying to solve the issues with this board with BIOS updates. One the other hand it really points out to the fact that this board has some serious stability issues, that my experience is not an isolated case.

I've been building systems for about 24 years; ever since the original Windows XP release. I typically build a new system about every 3 years, with a refresh about every 18 month in between. I've built a lot of systems, and I've had good experience with ASUS products in the past, but sadly, this has been one of the most frustrating mobo I've owned and I really cannot recommend it.

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ECS CDC-I/D2550 v1.0 Intel Atom D2500 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Yes, it has the D2550 CPU 07/18/2014

This review is from: ECS CDC-I/D2550 v1.0 Intel Atom D2500 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Low power consumption. Mine is running at about 30 watts, which in a 24/7 video surveillance application, will pay for itself in energy savings alone in about 10 month over the 7 year old 90 watt system it replaced.

It takes 204-pin SO-DIMM module, which means I was able to take the memory and 2.5" HDD I had laying around from upgrading my laptop, and make a decent system.

Cons: No HDMI output.

It is NOT 100% metal caps. Mix of metal and electrolytic capacitors means it might suffer a premature death from the dreaded leaking capacitor issue.

Other Thoughts: Newegg description says D2500 cpu but as the model name implies, it does in fact have the D2550 cpu. This is huge because D2550 supports hyper-threading so it will run 4 concurrent processes. Very cool!

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PNY Polaroid 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model P-SDH32U1-30-GEPOL
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Perfectly fine for what it is 04/06/2014

This review is from: PNY Polaroid 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model P-SDH32U1-30-GEPOL

Pros: It's cheap. Really cheap if you catch it at one of the numerous 30% discount sales.

Despite the "Polaroid" branding, it's made by PNY, which is a good thing as I've had good luck with PNY memory products.

Cons: Warranty is just 1 year. Most manufacturers still have "lifetime" warranty, even on the cheapest value cards.

The speed is not as advertised....

My Crystal Disk Mark Score:

Read: 21.75 mb/s
Write: 19.32 mb/s
(50mb Sequential R/W)

This is pretty much the same as my old 8GB Class 10 card tested under the same condition (21.6/19.3 R/W).

Other Thoughts: Be sure to format the card in the device you plan to use before using it.

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