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This review is from: BIOSTAR A68N-5000 AMD A4-5000 Quad-Core APU Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Runs cool and fits in ITX cases without an issue. Completely silent.
Cons: Would be nice if it would sports external power supply connector but not a real con.
Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard to run MythTV master backend only connected to HD Homerun Prime. It was able to handle three streams (recording) and playbacks at the same time without an issue. It does have enough horsepower to tag commercials without hiccups of the streams. I do suggest after it's been configured and running is disable the xserver so it won't load up the desktop to save on resources if this is only going to be the backend not backend / frontend.
HD playback works in 1080p without an issue.
Love the fact I can populate this motherboard up to 16 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Even tho it's only single channel but for MythTV it works fine.
I went ahead and added the CPU fan which doesn't really need it but was able to set it in BIOS to only spin it if CPU needs it. My room gets pretty hot in the summer so it helps.
I got this when it was on sale. Even at $69 it's still a bargain.
Pros: Very tight timings of 9-9-9-24. It's XMP profile ready so if your motherboard supports it just set it via BIOS.
Other Thoughts: This is not a con but I had an issue with one of the sticks on my ASRock Extreme6 Z97 motherboard. Memtest86+ 5.01 reports the same memory error location on test #7. So I swapped sticks around and error went away. Figured it was just a fluke. Then I temporarily removed the RAM sticks and swapped the CPU heat sink with something better and reinstalled the RAM it failed the test again. So rather wait for me not having a computer while RMA sends me the replacement I ordered an identical set with intentions to populate this computer to 32 gigs anyway. I moved those sticks to different slot on the motherboard and placed the new sticks in it's place. So far all 4 sticks are running without an issue after running MEMTEST86+ several passes. So I don't know exactly what happened or if it's just a fluke. I will run the memtest again in a couple of weeks. It's probably fine as it'll either work or not. G.Skill's lifetime warranty makes me feel better knowing they stand behind their products.
It's really hard to say if it's a problem with my motherboard or the stick. For now I'm satisfied that it's working just fine on my Linux Mint 17. Really fast system now paired with Intel i7 4970 processor.
Pros: Easy to set up. Great looking display!!
Cons: Not big con but auto calibration should be automatic at first and second power up.
Other Thoughts: I bought two of these when it was on sale and very good displays.
As I mentioned in the con section it should have automatically calibrate itself to the video card you are using. Because after messing around with my video card settings trying to clear up the "ghosting" or slight blurring of the screen I realize that I have to "reset" the settings on the monitor to defaults so it can also calibrate the resolution to the video card I am using.
Once I did that I now have picture perfect screen on both monitors.
Brightness, colors, saturation on both displays are exactly the same after I did the reset.
I haven't tried some of the advanced features on the CDs as I tried to enable dual monitor mode in the settings of the monitor and said the software on my PC isn't loaded. This may only work in HDMI..don't know yet as I am only using two DVI connections from my Radeon HD 6950 card.
Overall very happy with the purchase.
Display Name: Noah D.
Date Joined: 08/10/04
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