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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs From failing fast, to BLAZING Fast!!! Found my issue, not the MB at all!!! 06/16/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Back to blazing fast!!! Going to give it a final test tonight, but I think it's resolved now! This thing is a monster if it runs right for you! Picky, but it's all about protection for sure!!! Learn from our mistakes here, research your build to ensure EVERYTHING will come together for you! This thing will not run if you leave 1 plug empty, it needs the power, because you will demand it!!! :D

Free 8GB DDR3 was WELL worth this trouble!!!

Cons: Don't touch the Gigabyte heatsinks, they look hardcore, but they are fragile as fairies!!! I had to reseat my north bridge heatsink as I think that was another issue I had... Touchy touchy, but don't be surprized when you get all the bugs worked out, this thing has potential!!!

Other Thoughts: Turns out, Speccy has issues with this mobo as far as reporting voltages... I loaded EasyTune that came with the mobo and found voltages are right at where they need to be, I ordered a "Compatible" power supply either way to ensure the power issue is resolved, it still tried to crash after I found the Cooler Master TX3 fan was reporting 0 RPM to 1500 RPM causing the system to think the fan was failing, then temps got a touch over 40 C. and that's what caused the crashing...

Running 12GB DDR3, Athlon II X4 640 (old CPU), GTX 550 Ti (old GPU), 2TB Hybrid Seagate (Amazing as well if you get a good one, glad mine has been!), LG Blu-Ray burner, Cooler Master Hyper TX3 (Careful with the fan, as it may have an RPM reading issue, I swapped mine with the back fan on my case, and no more shut downs... Old school CaseEdge silver case.

It's not a Super gamer, but for the lil bit of money I put in this, it's a Smoking hot value, and I'd give it Mid-grade or better gaming rank... Sorry I doubted this board Gigabyte, Hope this review replaces the one I placed before!

And NewEgg, THANK YOU for the deals!!! We'd be some broke geeks without NewEgg!!! A++++++++++

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing was amazing 1st 2 weeks I had it running. Gaming was outstanding... Then I started getting the bad... (Will mention in the Cons) File transfers were amazing, until further mentioned in the Cons!

Cons: The Cons started after 2 weeks, random brown-outs (how do I know they were brown-outs?) speccy and other monitoring programs show the voltages are way off base, my +12v is currently showing +8.112v, yesterday it showed +10.880v so now I'm not even in a usable state JUST from that. my -12v is showing +8.928. To me that is an failed VRM, tried 3 different power supplies, original was new, felt maybe it started failing APower 750w, went to my old power supply that worked GREAT in my old build which was also a Gigabyte board. Same components as this PC as I kept my Video, and CPU in this build. Only thing different is I went with 1 hard drive now instead of 3... I figured 70 more watts would be more than enough to compensate just a motherboard swap! I also tried a 550w, it didn't want to boot with that, so I powered up with no Blu-Ray/DVD, HDD, and only Hiren's boot USB stick to get speccy to show using Windows XP Mini. Came up with same failing symptoms... I ordered a "Compatible Power Supply" listed on Gigabyte's site, I feel I will have even lower specs by then how this is behaving!

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard build wise, BLAZING fast when it wants to run! I have 6 pc's on this circuit, none are this power hungry, I shut everything down and even checked my power line 115v coming in constant. I will try using a Kila-watt, monitors wattage, amperage, and voltage, once I find where I put it... VERY disappointed in this, spent an extra $55 and I think that won't fix it, but if it does I'll be happy!

I've built every PC I own, aside from laptops, and when I purchase them I'm super picky... I will check for a bios update for now to hope these voltages are showing as false positive for failure. Award Bios is showing my 3 power supplies as giving Exact or a touch over power when I rebuild my old PC, so I don't see my power supplies being the cause!

I gave 2 Eggs because when it does run, man does it run good! But really with how unstable it's become I forced to give 1 Egg regrettably, I feel it should have 0 Eggs for these kinds of products.

I see so many bad reviews of this board now, and wonder what their voltages are at considering it's random issues around the board for all, voltages is 1st thing I thought of. I use free version of Speccy! Great program, many others I tried showed same results... So I did try to find a faulty program reading. Under different loads, OS's I get same results from American Megatrends BIOS, I despise that bios, they want to be so dreamy, and really it's just glorified looks when Award Bios has user friendly options, and some technical settings more times than not!

HOPEFULLY, I will find the problem and come back to say only good things! Until then, I HOPE Gigabyte chimes in to help, maybe even email me, I think Newegg would give my email out to them, wish there was a way to just contact manufactures right through Newegg, so they don't make an RMA claim only to find I may already have one. But I'm rambling and dreaming at this point, time to go play on my slower computer... Ugg...

IOGEAR GCS24U 4-Port USB Cable KVM Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Goodwill Store find! 06/08/2015

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS24U 4-Port USB Cable KVM Switch

Pros: I found this at the Goodwill Store, so any defects are obviously not covered by any warranty. With that said, this device works very well, however I read another review about EDID, not sure what that is, but it really seems to be part of my problem.

Back to Pro's: This has supported resolutions as high as I can use, I don't think I've used anything over 1600x1200 yet. I personally use a USB hub on my keyboard and mouse end, sharing a thumb drive on the 2nd USB. That all works flawlessly (I doubt that is the intended use, but hey it works)! I use Logitech keyboard and mouse, and I have had 0 issues with detection on any machine for input devices, even with the thumb drive being KVM'd.

Cons: The Video EDID is apparently a problem I am having. I hope the review I read labelled this issue correctly with EDID, as I'm about to google it myself. I use my Windows 7 Ultimate with a GeForce 560TI and switch to my old PC which runs a GeForce 8400GS on Vista Ultimate. Upon using my new machine and leaving the old machine on to run background downloading, or burning to keep it in use as it's setup to do what I want, and the New PC isn't really ready for full change. Anyways, I switch back to the old PC and I'm stuck at 640x480 resolution... It usually takes a reboot, or this time I've goofed around for nearly 30 min and finally got it to normal resolution. I am trying to update my Monitor drivers and video card drivers now, maybe this will help I hope!

Other Thoughts: Any input on how to resolve this would greatly be appreciated. I think I provided enough info for any halfway decent company could resolve this issue... If it is a fixable issue, provided the hardware just may not function in a way to resolve this odd situation. Either way, a response would be respectful to those other customers looking to find a solution later down the road!

And by no means am I disappointed after paying less than $10 for this used! I would be very pleased if there was a fix for my issue at hand, also I have tried without the thumbdrive, and used the other 2 wiring harnesses. It seems to be some hardware in the KVM loses sync with the pc that is inactive. I have a few other ideas, for instance, turning off the screen saver I think may help, but I didn't want to burn in my screen if I had to leave for work and come home to find I forgot which PC I was on. Maybe this could be a BIOS setting? For the S1, S3, or any other settings available for this. Hopefully someone will find this info useful, and if nothing else we (consumers) can resolve the issue together if IOGear won't chime in.


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Display Name: Kriss B.

Date Joined: 11/11/02

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