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ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got it on sale
It has the latest (but still old) chipsets

Cons: Ram Incompatibility! This proved to be extremely frustrating. I have built over 20 computers and I have never seen such poor ram support. The board includes "MemOK!" function, however it doesn't seem to help at all. I had 2x2GB corsair ram modules which tested fine in both an Intel and AM3 motherboard. (I realize they are not on the qualified vendor list, but that list is ridiculously short anyways.) I could not get Windows 7 Professional x64 to utilize all of the available ram. System information claimed that only 1.92GB was usable. The Windows resource monitor told me that the remaining 2GB were "hardware reserved". Finally, after reading other reviews and forums I tried installing both ram modules into the same channel. It worked! Windows resource monitor told me only 18MB was hardware reserved, which is pretty normal. Unfortunately this means I am going to have a small performance hit because the computer is running the DDR3 in single channel instead of dual channel mode.

Other Thoughts: First, this board was a replacement for a Asrock motherboard which failed. I didn't want to throw my 1090T processor out so I bought another motherboard. I would never buy an AMD/ATI product again. No matter what company makes the motherboard or graphics card they always fail when it comes to driver support and compatibility.

The UEFI bios is terrible on this motherboard. I have used many Asus Intel motherboards and the menu selections are more intuitive. It was frustrating trying to find simple options that I needed.

SCEPTRE E248W-1920 Black 24
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap. Multiple inputs. Very lightweight.

Cons: Poor color and definition. It doesn't look very sharp. The monitor will not turn on unless it is receiving an input. I tried to change the menu settings but it will not display the menu unless it is receiving a active video signal (at least using HDMI). I had one bad pixel. It is stuck red. Very distracting when the screen is dark. The stand is very cheap it just clips on with some plastic tabs.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to use a vesa wall mount however the stem of the base is permanently attached with no way to remove it. This makes it look really dumb when its mounted on a wall having this black thing sticking out the bottom of the monitor. I had to disassemble the monitor and remove the screen in order to get to the back side of the mounting bracket where the screws are attached on the inside. After removing the screws it allowed the stem to be pulled out. I then reinstalled the screen. I've never had a monitor that was designed this way. Why include vesa mounting holes if it is this difficult to use? I probably voided the warranty. Oh well.

WD Se WD2000F9YZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cost effective. Long warranty. Raid compatible.

Cons: Slow transfers. Loud noise while reading or writing. Poor reliability.

Other Thoughts: Used 2 of these drives in a Raid 1 storage array. After only a couple weeks the IRST alerted me that the array was degraded. I tested the drive on a standalone system outside of Raid and confirmed it was defective. For 5 year reliability, my confidence is shaken. I do however like the RE models. Also, WD has a very smooth warranty process. I even got upgraded to a 4TB drive. Coincidentally, this also forced me to buy another WD SE 2TB drive to match my current array.


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Display Name: Victor E.

Date Joined: 08/15/10

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 08/15/10
  • Last Review: 01/11/16
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