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ASUS B85M-E/CSM LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice board with lots of features. Now I can take advantage of my case's front USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: Purchased 2 of these from another place. Both have the same issue paired with a Core i3-4150. Tried different power supplies and even used verified Crucial RAM.

The first time you turn on the power switch to the power supply, the motherboard will not POST the first time. After you power it off then it will power on and POST. Not an acceptable problem when you're building a computer to sell to a customer.

All BIOSes have this problem up the latest 0810. BUT, I found a work around ONLY with 0706 or lower. Versions 0805, 0806, & 0810 will not POST the first time no matter what BIOS setting is changed. Version 0810 even complained about a failed overclocking the 2nd boot even though all the settings are stock. Versions 0805 and higher say they support 4th gen Cores, but they're unstable. v0706- seems to be more compatible.

The "FIX"; I had to disable Hyper Threading in 0706 and lower to get the first POST to work. But now I have 2 computers with Hyper Threading disabled. It's either this, or return these for a refund and deal with a lot of wasted time for me and my customer.

Suffice it to say, I will not be purchasing any more of these boards.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice power. Good cable management.

Cons: Having problem with it on our server built 1 year ago. Causing problem on the Intel motherboard. Sometimes it doesn't post, other times it runs really sluggish.

Swapped it for a temporary 450W power supply, and everything is back to normal again. Many many power cycles and it posts every time and runs smooth.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if I'll be purchasing any more Corsair power supplies in the future.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great OS 10/22/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Pros: Too many pros to list here.

Cons: The only con would be that there's not enough self-fixing knowledge base helpers. The Microsoft Fix-It fixes you find sometimes when you're searching for a solution for a problem. It would be nice if that was built-in.

Other Thoughts: Why did Microsoft shovel a tablet OS down everybody's throats. People blame tablets and the economy for the drop in desktop sales. But let's be truthful, it's Microsoft's fault for putting Windows 8 on new desktop & laptop computers. Everybody you ask about Windows 8 have the response of, "eww, I've heard bad things about that". And if you're reading this message, so the circle keeps spinning.


Thomas L.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas L.

Date Joined: 12/11/06

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/03/10
  • Last Review: 06/06/14
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