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GIGABYTE GA-H97N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Gigabyte Quality & Solid Design 06/22/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H97N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Integrated 802.11ac. The atenna is magnetic. The board seems fairly well laid out, but honestly, many are standard these days.

Cons: I can't find much wrong here. My only gripe is that the drivers for the Intel 802.11ac chip needed to be updated for optimal performance.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to do a few things when building a new system with this board.

1) Update the wireless drivers. Go to intel's website and download them directly.
2) Turn off some sleep/power-down features that are on by default through Win7. This includes the USB port power down and the wifi power down. Both will not wake up quickly and I don't think this has anything to do with the board. It sure did give me some grief until I figured it out.

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Vantec 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Piece of garbage: DOA! 01/07/2014

This review is from: Vantec 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2

Pros: No pro. It arrived DOA and I tried 3 different drives. I switched to a Sabrent product and it worked perfectly fine on usb 2.0.

Cons: If you want to gamble whether you get a functional unit or not, be my guest. Mine was DOA and it was likely due to the power supply provided (is my guess). You'll be forced to pay the return shipping.

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MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
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2 out of 5 eggs MSI P7N Platinum - Unstable 06/19/2008

This review is from: MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Hardware wise, this board is packed full of goodies...

SATA (raid), eSATA (raid), SLI support, HD Audio, clear cmos switch, intermediate hdd led/pwr sw/rst sw connectors.

Cons: Hardware is nothing without drivers. I constantly had blue screens for various reasons. I was running a SATA raid setup and could not keep the machine on for more than 6 hours. I think there is an issue with the IOAPIC BIOS option, but after disabling the setting, it continues to show up enabled after every reboot. I swapped out the CMOS battery and still had problems.

I would definitely stay away from this board if you are running your system in a raid configuration, and probably if you are even running windows XP.

Other Thoughts: It is sad that this board is associated with MSI. I don't think the hardware is necessarily faulty. I think the drivers from maybe both MSI and nVidia are just subpar.

As others have said, I'm probably going to order a P45.

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Evan G.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan G.

Date Joined: 06/19/05

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 11/11/05
  • Last Review: 06/22/14
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