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Rosewill RCW-1-CAT7-GE 1 ft. Cat 7 Grey Color Shielded Twisted Pair (S/STP) Networking Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Connects point A straight to point B without looking like a totally messy cobweb of cluttered cable. Handles my 1.0Gbps piggyback connection.

Cons: Grey looks very boring and it's the traditional grey that makes these blend in perfectly with ordinary Cat 5 cables. At a glance the shielding is really the only way to tell this apart from a mess of otherwise indistinguishable cables on a messy rack but thankfully this is small enough that it shouldn't matter.

Other Thoughts: Cat 7 is probably overkill but the price is right and my rack is happy.

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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: THIS is what I needed! 970, not 790GX. Toss the "green" multi phase power design. SidePort memory wasn't made for DDR3 and the 790GX was a huge engineering derp that ruined everything exciting about AM3. The improvement here starts in the layout. Correctly highlighted dual memory channels, NB and SB have breathing room, no stupid COM ports or cables near the NB and most importantly: USB 3.0 ports aren't along the top PS/2 connectors like every other DOA board.

This design alone is a MASSIVE improvement and I'm extremely proud of Biostar for making my first purchase this impressive. POST is fast, simple, stable and reliable. No POST hangs, sudden video hangs, bus conflicts, voltage spikes, spontaneous reboots or random aggravating nightmares like the last board. AMD 970 is the answer.

Cons: My only serious gripe is the bios. AMI is fine but seeing incremental add values to voltages instead of the full number is scary when you don't know the base values and need to get stock speeds going before anything else. I'm also a total outlier. I have some kind of magical unicorn pair of 1600 memory that wants 1.9~2.1v stable(Mushkin 996601). The added voltage looks a bit frightening and I suspect that it may be causing high system temps but it doesn't appear to be a problem.

I'm no longer running a heat exchanger and finally stock cooling so this gets HOT!!! The temps on my 955 are less than half of what I used to see with a giant water block strapped in but my system temps are well into the late 30s and that doesn't look good.

Other Thoughts: THIS is how you design a board! I want to see more results like this in the future. A bad chipset is clearly to blame for my troubles with Asus, ASRock and MSI but Biostar seems to be the only manufacturer left that understands that the point in making something that works on the first try. I won't recommend this board to anyone because of my weird hardware but I will be keeping a very close eye on future Biostar boards and I'm already looking at getting the TA990FXE for a friend. I'm surprised I didn't go with this much sooner.

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Intel PWLA8391GTL Desktop Adapter PRO/1000 GT Low Profile 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: A very straight forward plug and play solution to the classic 10/100 NIC bottleneck nightmare. Works exceptionally well in Windows Server 2003/2008 and Hypervisor. This is the card that's on the VMware ESXi compatibility list so GET IT! Low profile card fits the Norco 2u and agrees with the 11 year old Pentium 4 board.

Cons: It went up $1 in the past 3 years and between the new Atheros and Realtek stuff showing up as stock board options these days, network devices haven't improved at all. It seems like all it's good for is improving OLD computers and experimenting with Hypervisor.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts? There are no thoughts. Get this and get stuff done. Turn those painful 6 hour long network backup waiting periods into 10 minutes. If you're experimenting with Hypervisor, this allows you that option and that kind of freedom is definitely worth exploring at least once.

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Display Name: Lucas F.

Date Joined: 12/22/03

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 08/28/06
  • Last Review: 01/13/14
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