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ASUS  M5A97 R2.0-R  AM3+  AMD 970 + SB950  SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX  AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Certified - Grade A
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap and does most of what it says it does. The boot-to-BIOS button is a handy feature for getting the machine set up. Has no problem with some of what I want it to do.

Cons: The audio chip in the board is fouled up- apparently this is a recurring and long-standing problem on ASUS boards. It's something in the audio logic and not the connectors as both the onboard ports and the front panel connectors have zero output or even register a device being plugged in even after all the appropriate drivers are installed.

It also doesn't seem to like handling older hard drives, as I had to plug most of my hard drives into a SATA expansion card to get the OS to see them. The only drives it consents to see seem to require a complete format and update to a new file structure.

Other Thoughts: If I didn't have cheap workarounds available for every problem this thing throws at me I'd return it. As it stands if you have the spare parts lying around and just happen to find one of these in a dumpster it's not a bad choice to pick up. Otherwise, spend your money on something else.

4 Channel Audio 3D PC PCI Sound Audio Card w/Game MIDI Port
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not for 64-bit systems 01/03/2015

This review is from: 4 Channel Audio 3D PC PCI Sound Audio Card w/Game MIDI Port

Pros: Cheap, it is what it says it is. Has a GAME port for anyone with old joysticks kicking around.

Cons: Almost no documentation. The card is a Yamaha DS-XG WDM or at least a good enough knockoff that Yamaha's drivers come with it. Yamaha stopped supporting this card in 2001, so there are no drivers for Windows 8 or any 64-bit operating system.

Other Thoughts: Probably worth it if you run a 32-bit OS older than Windows 7. If not, this card won't work for you. Can't rate it low or high since I can't actually get it to work on a newer system.

Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It connects to wireless networks.

Cons: I have never had a worse adapter. It drops connections like an insecure guy at a singles bar. Most of the time I get thirty minutes at best from the adapter, sometimes as little as two or three. It seems to drop the connection entirely of its own accord- unplugging it and plugging it back in seems to fix the problem, but this is hogwash I shouldn't have to deal with when selecting an adapter. There's nothing like that delightful feeling when an online game hangs and drops its connection for absolutely no other reason than the adapter decided to have a conniption at that moment. While I rather like Linksys as a brand and have had few complaints about their previous products, this offering seems to indicate a decided drop in quality and suggests that another company may be a better option for my internet needs.

Other Thoughts: I would not accept this adapter if it was free. Do not buy.


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Display Name: John C.

Date Joined: 03/01/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/14/09
  • Last Review: 01/03/15
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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