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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports by AMD SB950 - Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: As I said in my review on 3/9/2014, it worked.

Cons: After one year and just under one month, it died a quiet death. I hadn't had the case open for months, and one day: nothing. I suspect the VRMs with no heat sink failed because the board showed no indication of power. I don't have the tools, time, or inclination to do forensics.

Other Thoughts: A cheap board that gave me a year's service. Can't slam MSI too much, so 3 eggs. This is probably a decent board for an average desktop user that just does office applications using a relatively low TDP CPU. But I suggest gamers stay away from this one.

My system is back up and running with a different vendor's motherboard, all other components identically the same.

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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.

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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.

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 08/31/03

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