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ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Be sure to MANUALLY get the latest BIOS from the website! 07/03/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good board, when it works...

Cons: I had to manually download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website before it worked stably. It came with a buggy BIOS (0702), which caused the computer to hard-lock and BSOD under heavy load, and the Asus EZ update utility found and installed the next version (0902), which had the same problem, rather than the latest one! Assuming that the utility had done its job and found the latest BIOS, I then spent 3 days pulling my hair out and literally swapped out every component of the computer except the motherboard (including the SATA cables!). I was about to return the CPU, thinking it was defective (I had swapped the i7-4790k I was using with an i7-4770, which eliminated the crashes), when I randomly decided to check the website for updates. To my surprise, I saw that there was a BIOS update (1204) that the EZ update utility hadn't found! I flashed it, and the crashes with the i7-4790k disappeared.

It's probably obvious, but I am not a happy customer.

Other Thoughts: To re-emphasize, if your computer is crashing, MANUALLY download the latest BIOS from the website. Don't trust the EZ update utility to get you the latest one! It can be used to flash the BIOS you download from the website, however.

Hopefully I've saved a few other people a major headache.

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NEC Display Solutions  MultiSync P241W-BK Black 24.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sharp, clear picture. No tint variation across the screen or between monitors.

Cons: A little thicker than newer LED-LCDs.

Other Thoughts: I ordered a pair of these monitors because the pair of Dell monitors I ordered had different tints. One of the Dells was slightly more yellow than the other. I read that the problem was rather common across brands since many use the same LG supplied IPS LCD panel, but NEC was one of the exceptions. While these NEC monitors are thicker and heavier because they use older technology (cold-cathode fluorescent lamps vs. LEDs), they're still thin enough for my purposes.

If you want a good quality monitor (especially to avoid weird tint issues) and don't mind it being a little thicker than an LED display, I recommend buying one of these. They're well worth the price premium over other brands.

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Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought two of these monitors. They both produce good color pictures. One produces nice, bright whites.

Cons: The whites are different on the two monitors. One has a yellow tint! That's unacceptable in a two-monitor setup. Search the Internet and you'll find that it's been a common problem with these monitors for nearly two years.

Other Thoughts: I would have expected Dell to fix this problem by now.

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Trevor E.'s Profile

Display Name: Trevor E.

Date Joined: 10/27/02

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 05/30/04
  • Last Review: 07/03/14
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