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

Pros: UEFI BIOS makes it easy to set up and even update BIOS.

Cons: does not come with a USB3 bracket for the back of the PC, yet has the connector.
Also it is about a 3/4 ATA board and does not have support for about 2-3" of the back of the board. This is the area you plug power and SATA Cables. I used some plastic standoffs and mounted them into the case (under the board) to support it.

Other Thoughts: It is a very good board despite the negatives, fast and simple to set up

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Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs It's a big sleeve bearing fan.... 08/08/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases

Pros: Fits the Side window in a Coolermaster Armor + case.
Provides some airflow to the top of the motherboard.
I'm not that big on LED fans.

Cons: As with any sleeve bearing fan it wears out the sleeve bearing and then the fan blades start to hit the vent and making noise.

Other Thoughts: Sleeve bearings are infamous for wearing out and/or loosing their initial lubrication and slowing down.

The fan blades are almost 8 inches in diameter and this weight and any unbalance (dust, initial condition) wears the sleeve bearing down until the fan blades tilt down a degree or two causing it strike the case.

Why no one makes a 2 bearing 200 mm fan is beyond me but I replaced the 200 mm fan with a 120 mm case fan. I hade to modify the case but it was well worth it

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Intel EXPI9301CT Desktop Adapter Gigabit CT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Much higher throughput than the integrated NICs.

Also much more reliable at 100 and 1000 Gb/sec speeds.

No driver issues.

Cons: only that I need to buy these since the integrated realtek 8111(a,b,c) are consistently failing on me when used at higher speeds.

Other Thoughts: N/A that wrote: ".... Just a note to remember when choosing PCI-e or PCI, both are just as fast."

WRONG! The link speed may be the same but the bandwidth on a PCIe slot is 2.5Gb/s vs ~132Mb/s on a 33MHz 32 bit slot and that is if the card is hitting the CPU with constant interrupts which normally causes NIC driver problems.

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Display Name: Frederick D.

Date Joined: 03/08/02

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  • First Review: 11/05/07
  • Last Review: 12/21/13
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