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OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 3650 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Used as my home network gateway/firewall. Worked like a champ for the last year and 4 months.

Cons: One of the NIC ports died just now, 1 year and 4 months into ownership

Other Thoughts: Think I'm going to look for a different gateway solution.

XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X DirectX 11.2 R9-270X-CDFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: N/A PC won't boot.

Cons: Prevents POST when used with ASRock H97M Pro4 mobo and XFX XTR Series P1-550B-BEFX 550W PSU. Possible compatibility issue.

1 rating due to absence of GPU compatibility info in manual.

Other Thoughts: Will update rating if I can get this to work.

Intel BOXDZ77GA70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Visual Bios looks nice. Normal booting from MBR works.

Cons: A couple cons:

- In the product details, it says "PCI Express 3.0 x16: 2". I bought this mobo thinking I would be able to have crossfire running on two x16 PCIe 3.0 slots, but inspecting my configuration in BIOS shows that both slots are only at x8. So... that detail needs to be fixed on the product specs.

- Recovery jumper is underneath one of the video cards, so I have to pull out that video card to reset my BIOS settings if I happen to somehow disable video inadvertently.

- The aforementioned inadvertent video disabling happens when Legacy or UEFI Boot is disabled (can't remember which one) and seems to be some kind of bug.

- Speaking of UEFI, this does not seem to work well. In linux, I can use efibootmgr to inspect the EFI table, but my settings don't seem to hold during a restart, i.e. the new row in the EFI table points to nothing whereas before rebooting it points to the correct drive/partition/file. This last one might be user error on my part, but a lot of google searching reveals posts concluding that the UEFI support is spotty on this board due to some bugs past the version 0049 firmware where UEFI support issues were supposedly fixed.

Other Thoughts: One thing to keep in mind, it seems that as of 2013 we will soon be able to buy >2TB drives for our personal use, and our normal BIOS will not support partitions over 2TB or total disk usage over ~3.999TB due to storage addressing limitations of classical BIOS architecture. This board may not be viable for much longer if the UEFI support is not improved.


Thomas O.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas O.

Date Joined: 03/11/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/21/06
  • Last Review: 10/24/15
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