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Pros: - No fuss. Everything plugged in fine.
- It's a small motherboard so it fit fine in the case too (but size wouldn't have been a particular issue for me).
There isn't much to say, everything worked fine upon installation. What's more interesting are the cons....
Cons: - It didn't register the drive with my OS, so I had to go into the BIOS to configure that (this isn't a problem, I expected this). The first and most arduous problem I had to tackle out of everything was touching the BIOS PERIOD. For some reason my cursor wouldn't work properly and kept gluing itself to the upper left. If I tried to move it, the cursor would just fling itself back to the corner. I solved this issue by plugging a spare mouse directly into one of the motherboard's USB ports, but I don't exactly understand why I couldn't use the USB hub I had connected to the motherboard. It was a bizarre problem. The other issue I had was that the BIOS menu wouldn't register my PS/2 keyboard either! I'm not sure what the issue was, but it was frustrating to deal with that.
- I made the mistake of confusing my PCI slot types. I thought the PCIEx4 was a PCIEx1. This isn't a real con, just a word of caution to double-check whenever shopping.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm satisfied with this purchase... so far. I'm aware it's refurbished, so who knows why the previous owner shipped it back or whatever. I'm not usually a first-day reviewer but since LGA1155 motherboards are seemingly becoming outdated I thought it wouldn't hurt to post a review once I got everything set up.
The reason I purchased this motherboard was because my previous one seemed like it was dying, and multiple data transfers were literally bogging the computer down to an almost standstill. Based on what I've seen that problem's been corrected, so I'm glad to finally be able to go back to my daily routine of data flinging without having slowdown issues.
Pros: - Fits well underneath the cover I have for my iPhone.
- Feels sturdy, but I've only owned the item for a week at most. I haven't noticed anything peculiar, though.
Cons: - Not really anything serious but I couldn't get a different color. The iPhone case I have is black and blue, so it would've been nice to get an adapter with the same color(s). The con's inconsequential.
Other Thoughts: I bought this adapter to replace another one that stopped working for some reason. I don't think this adapter is the same one I bought before, but I'm not really sure. Whatever the case, I'm content with my purchase. I'm watching carefully to see how long the adapter will last compared to my previous one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Lots of USB ports.
- USB 3.0! Woo!
- Good size for my case. Not really saying much though since it's a full-sized case, but there's plenty of room left.
- No issues using SLI.
- I really like how the SATA ports are on the side of the motherboard. In fact, this is my first time having the ports on the side like that rather than somewhere on the motherboard. Makes organizing wires more helpful.
Cons: - The slots are kinda squished together due to the motherboard's size. Not too bad for me since I don't have many cards to put in, but others may want to beware. I had to do some calculating to fit in my two video cards and sound card.
- This is just me, but would a motherboard of this caliber really need a floppy input? Why not a PATA input or something else? This just boggles my mind. I didn't consider this bullet a part of the rating because that would seem unfair, but it still confuses me as to why a floppy input is on the motherboard instead of something... more useful?
Other Thoughts: The motherboard was stable right out of the packaging. I've had it for several months now and it looks like it's still going strong. The spacing might be an issue for those with a lot of cards so keep in mind of the motherboard's size.READ FULL REVIEW
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Date Joined: 11/07/04
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