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MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not compatible with WHS 2011 08/25/2014

This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price for CPU/Motherboard was nice and performance is decent paired with AMD Athlon 5150. Nice solid motherboard with all the features.

Cons: AMD Chipset not compatible with WHS. Thumbs down for AMD not making newer drivers compatible with Windows Servers. AMD is not supporting Windows Home Server, Server 2008, or 2011 with drivers.

Other Thoughts: Bought as an upgrade form my Windows Home Server because it draws less power and decent performance. For WHS performance, paired with Athlon 5150, this is more than adequate. However, AMD drivers require users to use the Catalyst to install any drivers. The drivers will not install unless you have Catalyst installed. AMD Catalyst will not work on Windows Home Server. None of the AMD USB 3.0 drivers will work with WHS 2011. Never had this problem with Intel chipsets.. Intel USB 3.0 drivers support Windows Server, Home Server, 2003, 2008, 2011. AMD is now only supporting drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you want to use Windows Server (2008, 2011, 2012) stick with Intel - AMD states that they do not support any server operating systems with their drivers.

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TP-LINK TL-WDN3200 Dual Band Wireless N600 USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I purchased this last year when it was on sale. I have a dual band router and wanted a spare. Tested it with TP-Link Dual Band router when this came in last year and found it had good range and speed. Drivers installed and was connected in 30 seconds. Put back in package since I bought for a spare.

Cons: My other adapter quit working a few weeks ago so I pulled this off the shelf - it was new but had been sitting for a year so the warranty is expired. No problem when I plugged in the adapter 4 weeks ago. Very good speed and excellent signal - for 4 weeks that is. Adapter went completely dead a few days ago. Glad I did not buy more of these.

Other Thoughts: I have several TP-Link routers and adapters. Never had a problem until now. May have been just a bad one in a batch but I won't buy anymore TP-Link Dual Band adapters. Was inexpensive for dual band, but expensive when you consider I got 4 weeks of use out of it.

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HGST 0J11563 750GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Arrived factory sealed - manufactured in Jul 2013. Not marked on label as refurbished and looks just like a new sealed drive. WD diagnostics ran with no errors. Drive had 11 hours power up time.

Good price
Lots of storage for laptop
Factory sealed
Good packing in shipping

Cons: Nothing negative.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased several WD and HGST (WD Owned) refurbished drives recently and they all appeared factory sealed and are not marked refurbished on the labels. I suspect WD is just clearing out inventory because they appear new and have very few hours on them.

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Display Name: Kenneth R.

Date Joined: 01/30/02

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  • First Review: 05/12/03
  • Last Review: 08/25/14
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