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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Why PCI Express covered by Video Card 03/30/2015

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Seems to be a good stable board with a nice UEFI BIOS. Working well for client

Cons: Why is it that these boards are always designed so that when you insert a nice graphics card in the top PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot as directed for single Video Card operation, the video card covers the top PCI Express 1X slot, and if you insert anything in the 2nd PCI Express 1x slot you are blocking the fan for cooling the GPU. I know space is at a premium, but perhaps you could put the older format PCI slots where they are the more likely ones to be covered with a single GPU, and have the more modern PCI Express x1 mini slots at the bottom of the stack where they are more likely to be useable. Even then, a dual GPU setup would most likely render ALL other PCI slots unusable.

Other Thoughts: GPU designers, figure out a way to move most of your hardware ABOVE the slot, so that the adjacent slots are accessible and useable for their intended purposes. May need a cutout for Mother Board NorthBridge or SouthBridge heat sinks.

.Or design a cutout in the appropriate area for access to the PCI Express x1 slots, and move your fans further back on the card so they are not blocked by a PCI Express x1 Card.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price at the time, got 2 to set up in RAID 1 configuration for data redundancy.

Cons: After just a couple of months started getting error messages that the Mirroring RAID was not happy. Now machine won't boot. RAID Scanning drives ............ Warning, you have a hardware problem. Couldn't even get to BIOS or boot from CD to run SpinRite. Disconnected drives one at a time, and with the bad one disconnected machine booted right up from the SSD Boot drive. Can not even get to BIOS with just the bad drive connected.

Other Thoughts: I think I am through getting Refurbished Hard Drives. I assumed that from Seagate they would replace any bad controller cards and such, and make sure they were in good condition before sending them out, but people have been having a high failure rate with this particular model, so something is bad with the controller, firmware (Perhaps NSA Modification to firmware did it), or something else is wrong with this model. I've had good luck with Seagate over the years, but no more Refurbished drives for me.

ORICO DCAP-5S-BK 5V/8A/40W 5-Port USB Smart Charging Station with Intelligent Charging IC for iPhone 6 5s 5c; iPad; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; HTC One; and most USB-Charged devices
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wanted a single charger for my suitcase to charge iPad, Android Galaxy, and other misc devices.

Cons: A little larger than I had hoped. Does have short power cord so if I can find one outlet in hotel room I can charge everything.

Other Thoughts: Bulkier units with plug on block don't fit some outlets, and don't offer as much flexibility. This can replace several chargers on the road, and I can charge all my devices even in hotel rooms with limited outlets.

Would like them to make a smaller thinner travel size.


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Display Name: Donald D.

Date Joined: 11/28/05


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