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BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works well. Good value. 12/12/2011

This review is from: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Bought one for a budget build. installed and ran easily (I always forget how tiny microatx are) and eventually I was able to unlock my Phenom II with the build in ACC. Pretty standard bios, but easy to use.

On board graphics was easy to use until my video card came in. Just plugged in my monitor and it worked without fuss.

Cons: My first motherboard was DoA. It happens (though personally if it's a defective product I think Newegg should pick up the tab on returns...I've sunk a lot of dough from returning defective things).

A PCI slot also gets blocked if you're using a video card with a fan or heatsink. I realize that it's a micro atx but it kinda ruined my plan of having a wireless adapter and a sound card.

And maybe I'm just spoiled, but two SATA cables was just not enough. Needed one more. Kinda went through a hassle to buy it.

Other Thoughts: Solid manufacturer. Solid build. Plan on only one PCI adapter if you're using a mid to high tier video card. Comes with two sata cables.

I ran a 2.8ghz Phenom II tricore, 8gb 1333 PNY with two hard drives, an optical and a wireless adapter on this motherboard with no problems.

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G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, great for builds with large coolers that have huge overhang. Competitively priced (When it's on sale it's quite the deal). Looks cool (not really a selling point).

Cons: The only issue with this was that the timings don't default to their regular 9-9-9-24. I was expecting this from other reviews but it was still a minor hassle to deal with that. Took an egg off just for that.

Other Thoughts: Works perfectly. Just check those timings! Proud to include in my build.

i7 2600k @ 4.5ghz
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3
GSkill 16GB 1600

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Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Buy it cheap. Stick it in your case. Plug in some wires. Use it. No problems.

Cons: Bad cup holder.

Other Thoughts: Packaging seems a little cheap (wrapped in bubble wrap, i guess it works) but everything is there and it works well.

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Display Name: Haan L.

Date Joined: 10/24/07

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 12/08/11
  • Last Review: 12/12/11
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