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ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server/Workstation Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This makes for a great workstation board -- finding a cheaper dual proc Xeon board in ATX form factor will not be easy. With two E5530's & 12GB DDR3, it runs pretty well over Server '08 R2. I like that the board has a legacy PCI slot as I use a scsi card for interfacing with a tape drive I use for backups.

Cons: Although I'm getting great performance out of the board, I have been unsuccessful in getting S3 standy to work (suspend-to-ram). Asus support has been completely unhelpful in even providing a concise answer as to whether the board even supports this power state -- the documentation is not clear. Tech support has basically given me one sentence answers that do not pertain to my questions. Very disappointing for a server product.

Other Thoughts: I do notice that, due to the compact layout of the board in ATX formfactor, the cpu's are quite close together. With Intel heatsinks on both processors, one cpu is pulling in hot air from the other cpu. So it is not uncommon for a 5-15C temp difference between the cpu's. I am considering other cooling options as the E5530 run fairly hot.

Although some have reported issues with memory I was able to run standard Crucial non-ecc/unbuffered desktop DDR3 that I had around the office without a hitch.

I would have preferred to have a few more usb ports, esata, and onboard sound as well. And it is somewhat of a drag that I had to shell out an extra $20 to buy an Asus specific sound card that only works with the Asus MIO slot. Of which looks a lot like an x1 PCIE slot but they adamantly insist is not. I'm really tempted to throw a x1 card into the slot just to see what happens.

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XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Got this as a Shell Shocker deal and finally had the motivation to upgrade. Went from the integrated Intel video on the G41 chipset and before that a...brace yourself...Radeon 9000 Pro. So yeah, it's quite an increase in performance. I've thrown a few new-ish games at it here and there with maxed out settings + AA and the thing doesn't hickup. Not bad considering I'm not a "gamer" and I got a nice deal.

Cons: I've noticed that the fan has a tendancy to seek a lot between high and low settings, with high being a loud whine and low barely audible. I'm wondering if there's a setting in the driver to adjust this to a more constant setting, but I haven't really dug in that direction yet.

Other Thoughts: My card did not include either the DVI-to-HDMI adapter nor the Crossfire bridge. In fact, there was a sticker placed over the original "What's in the box" part of the packaging with those two items omitted. I didn't need these pieces but the Newegg photos do show them. So if you're expecting them to be in the box, definitely be warned as they don't appear to be included any longer.

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COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330-KKR1 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Dirt cheap, nice aesthetics, great ventilation (mesh bezel), tool-free design.

Cons: Quality leaves a lot to be desired, came without a motherboard cutout, very thin thin metal, did not include replacement slot covers -- once you bend out the temp. covers, they're completely open.

Other Thoughts: I saw this case advertised in the latest NewEgg newsletter for a hard to beat price that also included free shipping. So I admit it was an impulse buy. But I was still a little disappointed when I opened the package today. It's definitely a cheapo case. I mainly got it to replace another case for an older system, so I'm not too bummed out. You get what you pay for.

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Display Name: Adam M.

Date Joined: 08/09/03

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  • First Review: 10/06/06
  • Last Review: 04/17/12
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