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ASRock H97M-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Things Come In Small Packages 09/23/2014

This review is from: ASRock H97M-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Everything was easy to install. They packed a lot of stuff on a little board. What I like about the ITX is it has everything I need for the most part and none of the stuff I don't. I'm currently using this board for my G3258, I easily updated to the 1.40 Bios that came out on 9/10/14. I was able to drop in my processor and simply overclock to 4.2 ghz using the Bios Non-Z overclock feature which is AWESOME. Easiest overclock ever. The processor is running cool at 78C under full load overclocked on stock cooler. Yes, 78c is high, but for OC'd on a cheap processor in a Cooler Master Elite ITX case, I am a happy camper.

Cons: The wi-fi was kind of a pain to attach. You will want pliers to hold while you tighten it and be carefule while attaching the wi-fi antennas to the mobo as you don't want to break anything.

Other Thoughts: I have been an MSI guy for a while, but I'm totally jumping on the ASRock team. This product is just great and it is a product for gamers by gamers. My first Intel build and it went smoothly. Out of 4 builds in my life, this is the first time I ever booted up and had zero issues

Acer K272HULbmiidp Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: First thing that impressed me was the scaler for 1080p...PS3 at 1080p looked fantastic. It was still crisp and the colors were fairly accurate. AMVA panels are pretty good compared to IPS. Also, multiple inputs, didn't notice any lag or ghosting, but I'm not as picky as most. The monitor also has a wide array of OSD settings for picture adjustment. Overall it is a much better choice over Korean monitors.

Cons: LIGHTBLEED...its always there...but it was only really noticeable at 100% backlight. After you calibrate and dial some stuff down, I believe it won't be an issue. Also, can't seem to get 2560x1440 via HDMI, I will look into it, but I believe that you need HDMI 2.0 in order to get higher resolutions, or maybe Acer limits this like Dell does. Either way, Displayport and DVI are better and sharper IMO. HDMI is generally oversaturated.

Other Thoughts: I have a 27 inch QHD270 Crossover IPS monitor, and though I like the pic and semi-glossy coating on my crossover more, the scaler, OSD settings and adjustments, connectivity and 3 year warranty make this ACER a MUCH better deal imo.

Dell S2240L Black 21.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - contrast ratio is better than my 3D LG TV LM6400!!!
- because of this the colors pop
-Xbox 360 looks amazing on this, blows my old monitor away
- comes green tinted out of the box, you NEED to dial down the green in the custom RGB controls, 92 is a good number, after that, the monitor SHINES
- the picture is incredibly sharp and makes poor video quality video/games look bad...this could be a pro or con
-the glossy front is perfect, no more reflective than any other glossy screen I owned, just a clearer reflection ;-)

Cons: I REALLY wish I could have got this in 27 inches...the S2740L uses and IPS and I would rather just use my 47 inch IPS HDTV...I wanted MVA because it offers better blacks and something I can't get with a modern TV for the most part.

Other Thoughts: I used to have an HP2511x (highly rated TN panel) but want to give it to my dad so he can enjoy his computer more. This monitor blows away the HP 2511x in every sense after calibrated.

This is the closest you can get to a CRT monitor feel from a widescreen LCD monitor...I HIGHLY recommend it. Didn't buy from newegg because they were "out of stock" while they had a sale on, and then today, the day after when the sale is over, all of a sudden they have stock...would have bought new, but ended up with a used one for $150...which I am okay with.


Tyler A.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler A.

Date Joined: 08/14/07

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  • First Review: 10/16/08
  • Last Review: 09/23/14
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