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ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet -  2GB RAM Quad-Core CPU 16GB Flash (Wi-Fi Only)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Beautiful display, Android OS that is not polluted with Manufacturer bloatware, very fast.

Cons: The notification light on the one I received does not work. Reading around the 'net, this appears to not be a rare problem. I don't care enough to exchange it. But, it gets docked an egg for the lack of QC on ASUS part.

Also, ASUS has the gall to charge $50 extra for an extra 16B of memory for the 32GB model. We all know from the price of USB flash drives that is insanely too much money for a chip that probably costs a couple of bucks. But, of course Google, for some reason has disabled On The Go (OTG) memory [using a USB stick with a micro USB connector as memory) in vanilla Android. Probably at the manufacturers request to get us to buy the extra memory for too much money. You can find software, for a few bucks, that bypasses this limitation for at least some purposes, even on an unrooted device. But, OTG really should just work, like it does on my smartphone.

Other Thoughts: Really a great tablet despite my stated cons.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Stable, fast memory once you get ones that work.

Cons: One of the pair had problems

Other Thoughts: I bought a pair of these and a new motherboard over a year ago. They pair would fail memtest86+ in dual channel mode, but would pass in single channel mode. Being the only DDR3 motherboard I had at the time, I didn't know if it was the motherboard or the memory. So I just ran them in single channel mode. Fortunately it is a four slot motherboard so I have that option.

A year later I upgraded another computer in the house with a DDR3 motherboard, and with it one of the pair would consistently fail the tests. So, a year and 2 months after purchasing the module, I requested and received an RMA from G.SKILL. I shipped the bad module to them, and they sent me a working replacement a few days later. That is what I call standing behind one's products.

I'll be buying G.SKILL memory from now on.

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.

Cons: As many have said, no heat sink on the VRMs. There is an outline for where it should be and holes for attaching it, but no heat sink. How much more could that add to the price?

The Northbridge also gets pretty hot (the heat sink itself is 60C+, chip probably hotter). I measured this with a probe while the system is running. So even the heat sink on it is marginal

For reasons I never figured out, this board simply would not recognize my Samsung HD502HJ disk. The disk works fine in other motherboards, but simply is not recognized on this one. Fortunately, I had alternative choices on hand. Both other disks (1 WD & 1 ST) I tried were recognized correctly.

The BIOS is not really very intuitive.

Other Thoughts: This was posted by MSI in a review on this site August 2013:
We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. The web team will correct the CPU support list as soon as possible, the max TDP this board can support is 95W, thank you.

Guess what, they still list 125W TDP CPUs as being compatible on their web site, now March 2014.

Anyway, my first MSI board, and probably my last.


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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 08/31/03

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 04/16/08
  • Last Review: 01/03/15
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