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GIGABYTE GA-H81M-DS2V LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent motherboard. I purchased this as part of a deal for the G3258K processor and I couldn't be happier. At first I wanted a more enthusiast friendly chipset but then Intel forced the vendors to release updates and BIOS revisions that basically turned this motherboard into a gaming platform.

It's been running the Pentium G3258K slightly overclocked for a few weeks as a home server / ESXi machine, 24/7, and I eventually took the Pentium out and put in a 4790K. The 4790K is also running 24/7 in my home server, and after a few weeks it hasn't needed a reboot or any attention at all.

Bought it for a total of <$80 with the Pentium G3258K and I couldn't be happier.

Cons: No cons whatsoever. Just be aware the board is a Micro ATX motherboard, space is very limited. I eventually managed to get a Corsair H80i installed on it in budget Rosewill case, but the socket is so close to the top corner that I had to have my wife help me install it because the tubing needed to be bent so much.

Other Thoughts: The BIOS looks like something from an Alien movie. Full UEFI, mouse movement, high definition options, you can even customize the background. You can disable this if you want and revert to the more familiar text display that Gigabyte has been using for a while. I had initially tried using onboard graphics and the default BIOS options but the HD TV I was using wouldn't recognize the video and when it finally did it wouldn't properly show the BIOS. An actual monitor saw it all immediately, so definitely do all configurations with a monitor if you start having difficulty.

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PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent drive for value and speed. Installed to a laptop that was slow because of the rotating drive, now it boots rapidly and has slightly longer battery life. Very quick drive for pretty much everything the laptop needs, including Sims 4.

Cons: No cons. It replaced a 400GB drive so I did lose some space but it's not like I didn't know that before I bought it.

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Team Color Turn 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Brown) Model TG016GE902C3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still an excellent drive 08/17/2014

This review is from: Team Color Turn 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Brown) Model TG016GE902C3

Pros: Second review of this drive, I bought 3 so I feel I get more than one review.

Still an excellent flash drive, I routinely use it to transfer files from my computers to my xbox. It has been completely written to and deleted at least once a week for several months. No issues at all. 2 of the 3 are still working great, one is not because I lost it. It's probably still in great shape back in the wild. The color has grown on my and seems to be a theft deterrent. I'll take a bunch of weird brown flash drives that are this fast.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This has been my go to drive for months, and has been used vigorously for media, read/write/erase constantly, and has been booting Kali linux to rescue many systems. Normally I buy name brand drives for the quality control I assume they have, but I'm glad I took a small chance when these drives were so cheap. I'm a Team color turn fan now.

Unrelated, I just bought a pair of USB 3.0 - 128GB flash drives from PNY today for <$40 each. We'll see how that risk pays off shortly.

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Display Name: Lemmons

Date Joined: 09/26/07

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 05/28/09
  • Last Review: 09/19/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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