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GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Has a very high HTT stability. Been able to push it over 300 HTT during overclocks without any issues but VRM heatsinks are a necessity when overclocking.
- Native SATA 3 support
- Robust VRM layout compared to other offerings on the market for an AM3+ mATX board.
- Best set of options and chipset for the form factor with an AM3+ platform.
- Using a fan control manager such as speedfan, the CPU fan port can actually be run in dual fan control mode. It can control both voltage and PWM on the CPU port, allowing a 3pin fan to be controlled by voltage, and the 4th pin for PWM connected to a PWM fan or controller independently.

Cons: - No IDE support, had to resort to using an IDE-to-SATA adaptor for my CD drive but this was expected during purchase.
- The BIOS is a bit buggy, causing poor stability after a recovery during overclocks regardless of settings unless defaults are saved and the last settings to what you had before recalled from 'last working settings'.
- The F3 and F4e BIOS are very unstable at stock!!! Using the same settings used in the F2 bios, an F3/4e bios would cause issues booting and issues maintaining stability such as trying to save a copy of the bios settings to hard drive when it isn't selected and thus hang. Further, a couple settings were 'stuck' and unchangeable such as 'ProcOdt(ohms)' would always be set at 240ohm REGARDLESS of what it is set to which is likely why the board is unstable starting with the F3 revision bios. In the F2 revision this is usually at auto whereas setting to 240 manually would result in the same instability experienced in the F3/4e version and thus the likely culprit. Cannot update bios versions as a result of this.
- The SATA port placement is a bit jerky with duel-slot GFX cards but can be worked around using a pair of left and right flat-angle cables to run them under the card. Don't expect to be able to manage using all 6 in this regard but instead only 4.
- The mouse/keyboard port is wired only for only one of them not both with a splitter as the colour coding would have you believe. The second half is not wired for use of a splitter (the data pins are connected to +5vole instead it seems when split on the other port). As a result a user is forced to run either the keyboard or mouse over USB. Other manufacturers wire both halves to be used with a splitter unlike gigabyte in this regard.

Other Thoughts: Lacks a heatsink on the mosfets but can easily accomodate Enzotech's BMR-C10 over each cluster if overclocking it.

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SYBA SY-ADA40011 SATA to IDE Adapter, Convert PATA Devices to SATA Port, RoHS.
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - it works in a pinch when needed for a simple drive conversion if your board is lacking IDE headers.
- Works on CD Drives for reading purposes well.
- Works well enough for Hard drive usage.
- Nice array of status LED's for troubleshooting purposes.

Cons: OPTICAL DRIVES:
- Will not function with for disc Writing. The device will fail stating hardware error when attempting to do so with this adapter.
- Causes long delays after a powerdown when reintializing the device upon access.
- May cause detection issues on some motherboards after initial startup. Warm boots will result in device scan failures of the connected drive.

*- Drive used in this was an IDE LG GCC-4120B CD/DVD Reader/Writer

HARD DRIVES:
- Will cause a BSOD when accessed for S.M.A.R.T. scanning
- Max transfer rate is Multiword DMA Mode 2 based on windows detection despite DMA resets.

*-Drive used was a Hitachi Deskstar 160gb PATA-Drive

Other Thoughts: Would have been beneficial to either have had a 90 degree cable included or a right-angled Sata header on the device as the adapter causes the cable to stick out far more. This results in the device not being able to fit in some cases.

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Enzotech BMR-C1 VGA Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fits the job exactly as needed. 10/26/2013

This review is from: Enzotech BMR-C1 VGA Cooler

Pros: - Adheres strongly without coming off providing the surface areas are properly cleaned prior to application and then heat cycled after.
- The Thermal tape comes already applied for an effort free application.
- Copper being soft as it is was a breeze to reshape 2 pins due to blocking a CPU power connection clip.

Cons: None that I can foresee really. They are heatsinks and serve the purpose compared to not having them in the first place.

Other Thoughts: If only they came with taller heights like that of the full length VRM solutions for specific boards such as the MST-66/88. The dimensions however were an exact fit for the VRM clusters on a Gigabyte 880GMA-USB3 v3.1 motherboard.

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Cassandra R.'s Profile

Display Name: Cassandra R.

Date Joined: 12/11/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 12/15/08
  • Last Review: 05/20/14
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