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GIGABYTE GV-R645SL-1GI Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: everything about this card. Bought one for my home entertainment system. Streams HDMI perfectly at 1080.
No fan ultra quiet. Does get warm but thats my fault because I really did not put any fans in this system to keep it ultra quiet. (going to add a high volume lo speed 220 to the case lid)

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: during my initial build I was using a low profile case. so I removed the dsub connector and put the low profile bracket on. fit perfect. I see people complaining that the dsub doesnt fit in a low pro case and the pins are in the way. NO KIDDING!!!! thats why the dsub is removable. if you want to keep the dsub you can do what I ended up doing and buy an old AGP low pro card off fleabay for $5. remove the card and use the lowpro bracket for the dsub connector. but seriously people trying to put this card in a low profile system without swapping the bracket need to stop complaining and start reading.

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MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+ AMD 990X + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: cheap ? no wait thats a con...

Cons: This board has plagued me with issues from day one.
i have 6 core AMD and 8 GB of 1866 RAM. nothing fancy here. GTX450 video card to top it off. computer boots up installs windows and only shows 3.97 GB of useable RAM although it tells me it has 8 GB. I reboot six times and finally it shows 8 useable. I restart for updates and I the PC never comes back on. reset the BIOS and it comes back. but I have to change my memory settings EVERY TIME!!! yeah it sees my 1866mhz RAM as 1300mhz RAM. of course after it comes back... 3.97 GB useable RAM. I call MSI tech support and the guy walks me through a reboot like I'm a child only to have me read the BIOS version and tells me to update the BIOS. Done and done went from 22.2 to 22.4 guess what... the BIOS hangs at B4 and takes at least 60 seconds to POST. I deal with it whatever...new BIOS update gets release 22.5 I flash it and guess what... still slow as slugs to boot. and STILL 3.97GB useable RAM.
I figured maybe I had a hardware issue and I swapped EVERYTHING. RAM, CPU, VGA drives. NOTHING CHANGES. I picked up a cheap ASUS board just to test and BAM everything works fine. I dont even have to adjust my memory on first boot ASUS picked up the correct speed out of the box. I'm going to contact support again and if they can't walk me through fixing it I will send this back ASAP and I pray they will credit me the value and let me toss in a few extra dollars for a nice new fancy ASUS.

Other Thoughts: I was a huge MSI fan until this board. Unless something special happens in the next few days I think I'll be steering me and all of my friends, family and co-workers away from MSI. thats pretty sad news coming from a systems engineer =(

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Bobby D.'s Profile

Display Name: Bobby D.

Date Joined: 10/06/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/21/12
  • Last Review: 03/13/13
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