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Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Classic GA-E350N WIN8 Desktop Motherboard - AMD A45 Chipset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It just works. Fast boot, connectors are mostly well-laid-out for mini-ITX cases. It does the job I wanted it for, which was to run xbmcbuntu and let me watch Breaking Bad without Breaking the Bank.

Cons: These are all low-priority issues for me, but I'll put them here anyway:

- CPU is not meant to be upgradable.
- CPU isn't really overclockable. Granted, I didn't try all that hard, but the few options in the BIOS didn't seem to do much.
- It's a little underpowered for certain things. 1080p/30fps video files will occasionally peg both cores, resulting in a few dropped frames. I have not tweaked the system much yet to try to fix this.
- No frills on the board or in the box. You get a motherboard, two sata cables, a rear panel shield, a driver dvd, and a manual. That's it. Some of the nicer motherboards have some extras like jumper helpers, but this is a budget board.
- PCI slot, not PCI-e. Fine if you can find something to put in it, but good luck with that.
- No USB3.

None of these were really surprising to me. I paid less than the cost of most of the AMD APUs for this board, and got pretty much what I expected.

Other Thoughts: This board will not dispense beer, make you a sandwich, or smite your enemies from afar. It will sit in a corner of your room and process whatever you throw at it in pretty decent time, and it'll do so on a very modest budget (both fiscally and watt-fully).

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Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap, quiet 3 TB drive

Cons: Died within 24 hours, taking 800 GB of (thankfully backed up) data with it.

Other Thoughts: Yes, it's under warranty, but I'm out the cost of shipping both ways. Western Digital used to be quality, but after reading the other reviews here I think I'm going to have to switch brands.

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SIIG SC-SA0412-S1 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It looks like a toaster.

Cons: A toaster would have been more useful.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this device at a local electronics store for the purpose of plugging it into a linux server and swapping backup drives in and out.

It worked exactly twice: once in the windows machine which I was using to test the device, and once in the linux server where it was to live. After that, it started throwing -71 and -62 errors in any linux machine, and windows just reported that the device was malfunctioning. Returning it for money back.

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Matt H.'s Profile

Display Name: Matt H.

Date Joined: 12/29/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/22/07
  • Last Review: 02/05/14
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