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ASUS E35M1-M PRO Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bought it primarily to build a HTPC. It serves that function flawlessly. With an SSD and its large heatsink, it is nearly without moving parts. The only fan is in the power supply, which is unavoidable. As a result, it runs perfectly silent.

Cons: I would have expected it to run some lower-end games a bit better with its 6310 gpu, but it was crippled by even fairly undemanding games.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great board, just don't expect it to fill a role it wasn't meant for. Microatx makes for a nice portable form factor and it can be tucked easily away into a theater shelf, given the right case.

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ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Overall great, only 1 flaw 08/20/2011

This review is from: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Amazing tweakability in BIOS, very stable, can save multiple profiles. SATA ports are sideways off the board, so that even very large video cards do not render them useless (just somewhat annoying to get to). Runs great.

Cons: Only 2 complaints about it.
1) do not use AI Suite II. One of the dll's gets hooked by games and slows framerates down to a crawl in almost every online game. Uninstalled the overclocking component, and my frames went back to normal.

2) when I later moved to a sata 6gb/s SSD, I found out the Marvell 91xx series controllers (which I hadn't been using prior to the ssd), are horribly bugged and end up causing the system to crash nonstop. A firmware and new driver HELPED, but performance on the Marvell controllers is still garbage compared to what it should be. I just wish ASUS would ditch Marvell and stick with Intel for BOTH controllers instead of just the lower-speed 3gb/s one.

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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs great performance, bad firmware 08/17/2011

This review is from: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Extremely fast drive, when it's working. Both read and write times are really unbelievable coming from a world of non-raided spinning drives. Installs, file transfers, boots, and app/file launches are incredible. Game load times are minimal.

Cons: Cranky power management. The drive is great as long as I'm at the computer not letting it idle. Even with all power management settings both in windows AND bios disabled, it would rather crash than idle gracefully. Bootups after a crash can be tricky, and I've already had to repair windows more than once. All the LPM disable registry fixes seem to be for Intel's controller...and me running a Marvell 9128, I don't benefit from them.

Other Thoughts: Gave it a 3 for now due to the idle issue, I didn't want to taint the drive with an angry 1-egg rating when it deserves better. With a solid fix for the 91xx series controllers, this would definitely be a 5-egg drive.

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Justin M.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin M.

Date Joined: 01/04/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/17/11
  • Last Review: 04/25/13
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