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This review is from: ASUS P5Q-EM DO LGA 775 Intel Q45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Worked great for a year. Ran reliably, never had a problem until the very end.
Cons: Completely shorted and fried my processor along with it. Just one day...didn't start up. Big white visible burn marks when removed from case. looks like it started with an electrolytic cap on the top blowing.
Other Thoughts: wish i could definitively say it was cause of cheap product...but i ordered Asus because i've got a similar board running for years now and no issues, despite the computer being roughly treated...maybe just a bad unit?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: worked alright for about a year
Cons: After around 13 months, the computer started freezing about once a day. Not BSOD, just complete freeze, screen, sound (does that skipy, endless loop thing), even mouse and keyboard lost power (lights shut off on both). I first assumed it was malware, began running security checks, nothing panned out. Freezing grew more often and i began to assume overheating. cleaned out the inside completely, using the compressed air to clear all dust and make it look almost new again...and it still didn't help. finally, during a restart cycle it just started beeping loudly. Looked up the sound code in the manual, which suggested the video card had died. I went to the local tech outlet, bought a cheapie card and put that in...only to have the comp still freeze. I restarted and the new video card died then too (mobo started beeping again). I tested both cared in my backup system and...they're dead.
Hoping that it didn't fry my HDs too :(
Other Thoughts: not buying Gigabyte again...sorry but a year is really pushing the acceptable limit of "planned obsolescence."READ FULL REVIEW