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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Lots of SATA ports. 16GB DDR2 1066 memory.(Though i have yet to still ever come close to exceeding my current 4GB's) 2 - 3pin fan connectors, 1 - 4pin, and the CPU fan connector. Good cheap board for the low end user still using AM2/AM2+. No onboard Video :D
Cons: Had two of my SATA ports fail on me after about a month. The connectors seem kinda loose. Luckily i'm not using all 6 so i was able to swap to a different port. This really confused me when it failed on my RAID 0 configed drives.
Onboard 1394 (I've never even used this)
I'm not marking it down for the onboards, but i have never had good experiences with onboards before with many different boards. Especially the LAN and Audio. Wish they could just leave the extra onboards off, and add useful PCI slots so people could actually build and customize their own PC. ;) Maybe that will help bring down the price a bit too. I'm just saying...
Other Thoughts: Lots of PCI Express x1 slots. Wish it had more standard PCI slots than the Express x1. Hard to find PCI Express x1 cards for specific applications.
Also wish it was AM3 and supported RAID 5. ;)
AMD Phenom AM2+ Quad 2.5GHz
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro Fan and Heatsink
4GB A-DATA DDR2 800 (2 x 2GB)
2 - 500GB WD HDD in RAID 0
1 - 1000GB WD HDD
1 - Radeon HD 4850 GPU
HT Omega Striker Audio Card
Used mainly as an entertainment system for watching DVDs and Blu-ray on a 55" LED HDTV and 5.1 surround system, minimal gaming, and video editing.
This review is from: Pioneer VSX-519V-K 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver
Pros: The sound is great from all my audio sources. Have my HD CableTV hooked into this rcvr via HDMI and out to my TV via HDMI. The image quality is still excellent on my HDTV and the sound is great from this rcvr.
Cons: I had wired my house with in-wall banana plug connectors. Wish it had all speaker channels on banana plugs, but only the front speakers are. Only 2 HDMI inputs, but i knew this going in. Didn't realize how much i would be using HDMI. Should have moved up in model to get more inputs. Really my faults and not the recievers fault.
Other Thoughts: -Desktop computer using SPDIF
-HD CableTV on HDMI
-PS3 on HDMI with switch box
-XBox on HDMI with switch box
(PS3 and XBox hooked into a cheap HDMI switch for one HDMI cable into the reciever. A nice cheap alternative than upgrading to a higher model, but not as clean looking.)
-WII using component cables
All hooked up with no problems. The HDMI switch was a nice add-on.
This review is from: G.SKILL 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) FM-25S2S-128GB
Pros: It works. Put into my Toshiba Satellite laptop and runs pretty fast. Starts up fast from log on screen to all applications loaded. Actual computer boot up to the log on screen still takes a while.
Cons: Runs real slow and hangs if you are trying to do more than one operation at a time. ie: Multiple read or writes. Writes 700MB of 1GB in a few seconds then can take over a minute just to write the last 300MB. Have to make a lot of changes and tweaks and changes to my Vista system to try and improve the performance.
Other Thoughts: Running Vista Home Premium 32bit. With 4GB ram. Well ~3.5GB. Loads single applications fast. But trying to do more than one read or write operation at a time can seriously slow things down and hangs.READ FULL REVIEW