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Pros: Fits mini-PCIe slot, theoretically offers the features I want.
Cons: Installed in my Acer Aspire 5560-sb613 - no POST. Removed from laptop, machine boots normally. Unable to ascertain whether the blame falls on Intel or Acer on this one just yet.
Other Thoughts: Giving it a few days while I deal with support and try to find a workaround. With luck I can update this to an awesome review.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Had this board since November, and it's been awesome. As I stated in my original review, it supported my new FX-6300 out of the box (without a BIOS update). Offers a ton of BIOS tweaks I've yet to mess with. Let's me use my ancient Model M keyboard. She's also cool about UEFI - handy dandy switches in BIOS for enabling/disabling that for install media.
She's stable - I've left it on and unattended for days and weeks at a time, jiggled the mouse, and went right back to work. Seems like she's pretty well put-together as well. I foresee this board lasting a minute or two.
Cons: 90-degree sata ports. Pointing right at the (very nearby) drive cages. I've swapped a few drives since the initial build, and it causes me much irritation, especially if the drive is connected to one of the bottom ports. Not worth docking an egg, but it does make me shake my fists at the heavens and scream "WHYYY!?" a lot.
Also, it demands to supply power to the USB 2.0 ports after shutdown (so you can charge phones and such). This is all well and good, but there isn't a clearly-labeled option in BIOS to turn it off, and I've got a few USB audio and MIDI devices with lots of lights. Took me a minute to find the right setting.
Other Thoughts: Haven't messed with overclocking at all, combination of not wanting to buy a new PC for a few years, and AMD's current lack of [expletive redacted]s given about power efficiency. My CPU already sucks enough juice.
Also haven't tested SLI/Crossfire, so can't comment on how well this guy does with multiple GPUs.
Pros: -Performance, first and foremost - huge upgrade from my old 4770. Won't run everything at preposterous settings, but it's more than fine for me. Ex: Crysis demo runs in the mid 30s at maximum quality / 1080p - so long as you keep AA off. Far Cry 2 was hovering around 120fps at max settings / 1080p / 4x AA.
-Meshes pretty well with my FX-6300. Both components are kind of in the same performance tier, so it produces a pretty balanced machine. Also, the fan is noticeably quieter than my old card.
-The thing looks pretty decent, and the form-factor could be a boon to those with more compact cases to work with. Also, it apparently has a lifetime warranty, so long as you register the thing with PNY within 90 days of purchase.
Cons: Not so much a con as an odd observation - there is absolutely no branding on this card, with the exception of the stickers with the serial number and all that jazz.
Don't really miss it - keeps my build looking clean - but I just find it very strange not to see at least a brand-logo sticker on the center of the fan or something.
Other Thoughts: This is my first card from PNY, so I have no idea what to expect as far as reliability and longevity are concerned. It does seem to be put together with a reasonable amount of care, so that bodes well for the future.READ FULL REVIEW