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Pioneer Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal Blu-ray Combo DVD & CD Drive Model BDC-207DBK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Performance specs are ok. Drive works ok. Hasn't made any coasters.

Cons: Drive is very long. I got it for a small case, media center but the drive is 7" long and hence too big for the case. The depth was not in the specification so I did not know to be concerned about that.
The LG UN12NS30 is about 4.5" long. Just remember to watch for this problem in small spaces.

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: mATX MB, modest power requirement built-in HDMI and graphics, HD audio, 6MB/sec SATA, UEFI dual boot bios.
Very quiet operation and cool temps with stock cooling.

Cons: Still cannot get the SPDIF optical audio to work. Loaded latest drivers from Gigabyte, no luck. Loaded latest from Realtek (May 14!) no luck.
Having to use stereo audio through HDMI.
The optical light is on so it is less likely to be a simple electrical problem.
Desktop graphics is not wonderful (exp 2) but gaming (3D) graphics are acceptable.

Other Thoughts: This is to be a media player for WIndows 8.1 Pro but stereo audio is not satisfactory.
Because there is no simple test supplied by either Realtek or Gigabyte to check audio, it means you have to fire up a media file every time.
Other people have had this problem. I suppose Gigabyte or Realtek will fix the driver and install eventually. Meanwhile I've spent at least 10 hours trying to resolve the problem.

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed easily in my micro case for HTPC. I don't need to overclock but everything is there to do it. Lots of SATA and USB ports. Nice clean layout.
I had the case before but after 5 years a decaying power supply took out the MB. This is clearly an upgrade. I no longer need the graphics card for video, it's smooth as silk.
BIOS was easy and manual for BIOS explained anything that was new more clearly than most.

Cons: None for me.

Other Thoughts: I don't do as many builds as I used to. So I was pleased this one was so easy. Went from removing old MB to fully running system in 1 evening-- including getting in Windows and all the updates.
Overkill HTPC with
Samsung 840 EVO 240GB SSD
AMD A4-6300 (65W) processor
Videos all on the network server

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Robert F.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert F.

Date Joined: 01/04/07

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 12/29/07
  • Last Review: 07/28/14
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