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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports by AMD SB950 - Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: An affordable motherboard with modern technology. It offers all the features you would expect to find including an UEFI bios.

Worked well with Windows 8.1 x64.

Has the ability for core unlocking in AMD processors.

Cons: Very limited UEFI. I was surprised how awkward the bios menu was to use and navigate. I'm use to Asus UEFI which is a pleasure to work with.

The form factor was weird. It thought it was ATX but the holes did not line up with the screw posts on the case. The edge of the motherboard was hanging off in mid air. I was able to mount it but it seemed to me that they were just trying to save money by making the motherboard smaller than it should be.

Other Thoughts: The core unlock tool really caused some problems. I tried using it on a Athlon II 435 but it did not succeed in unlocking the 4th core. Instead it caused the motherboard to lock up. It would not function at all. I tried removing all the components including the 2032 battery but nothing would allow the motherboard to POST. Eventually after an hour of troubleshooting it just started working for no apparent reason. Since then it has been good.

CCTV 800TVL Color IR Cut Technology/ 3.6mm CCTV Outdoor Security Camera by Xsecu
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Pros:
Steel Construction
True to Color Image
Wide Angle
Multiple Adjustment Joints
Mounts Easily
Ascetically Pleasing
IR night vision mode works great
Perfect for 960H DVRs

Cons: Sunshade can sometimes be seen in video frame

Other Thoughts: For the money, this is one of the best value security cameras on the market. I have purchased numerous different cameras in the $15-40 price range and none of them compare to the build quality and video quality of XSecu.

I have been using 4 of these cameras for the last 3 months and I am very happy with their performance. Even with rain, snow and extreme cold weather (-8F) these never failed.

Compared to Zmodo and Kguard cameras, these come perfectly configured from the manufacture. The color reproduction is natural and true. The brightness and gain control is effective and produces good quality video.

One of the best features of these cameras, they turn on IR night vision mode perfectly. The zmodos turned on much to soon. This meant that the image would turn black and white even when it was still daylight. This was annoying and reduced the video quality unnecessarily. The XSecu transition to IR mode perfectly.

I uploaded a video to accompany this review. Unfortunately there has been snow on the ground for the last 2 months so it was hard to find some video footage with some color in it. The video was shot with a XSecu 800TVL weatherproof bullet camera feeding into a KGuard DVR recording at 8fps D1 Resolution. I would like to upgrade my DVR to 960H resolution to take full advantage of the camera quality.

KGuard KG-OT801-4HW227A-500G 8 Channel DVR Security System & 4 Cameras 600 TVL with Smartphone and Tablet Remote viewing
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 channel
D1 resolution on every channel
Kview and KviewHD smartphone apps (better than other brands)
WAN internet viewing using portfowarding and DDNS
Audio recording inputs for every channel.

Cons: At D1 resolution, DVR only supports 60fps total/7.5fps per camera. You can allocate 15fps to only the 4 cameras that come with the kit.
Does not support the new 960H resolution standard.
The computer software is junk. The webinterface only works on Internet Explorer.
Remote playback of previously recorded footage doesn't work on mobile and very difficult on computer software
One camera's IR LED failed in a month.

Other Thoughts: The cameras uses 6mm lenses. This means that the viewing angle is tighter than the typical 3.6mm camera lenses. This is good for long distance, but bad for large areas or close up. I would probably not buy this kit again just for this reason. You can purchase other brands security cameras to work with this kit however.


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Display Name: Victor E.

Date Joined: 08/15/10

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  • First Review: 08/15/10
  • Last Review: 04/03/15
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