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Pros: The BIOSTAR|HI-FI A85W A85 FM2 R is a quality mainboard with solid state capacitors. It went together and fired up without a hitch the day it arrived. It is ideal with the combined CPU/GPU, an HDMI port and a PCI slot (for a satellite tuner card) as a media computer. It is ideal for the 10-50Mb tv video rates from satellite feeds and compared to FTA set top boxes it is a powerful dude. My prior 2 core AMD Athlon 64 X2 5800+ on a Gigabyte mb was often pushed above 90% cpu usage while the inexpensive 4 core AMD A8-5600K Trinity on this board runs at less than 20% cpu usage. A pair of (Biostar unlisted) 1866Mhz Gskill 2Gig slices of memory was sufficient along with a left over 60Gig OZ SSD.
Cons: None really.
Other Thoughts: This board was a pleasant surprises in how much technology has advanced, especially considering its price. In fact, it was a real steal at $57, but if you are not aware of what APU and FM2 are all about do your homework first. The Newegg 30 days is far more than necessary to verify any board’s acceptability.
It is not for serious gaming without a high end video card, which would ignore its most practical use. When sending audio over HDMI to the TV don’t expect it to be present on your monitor speakers or on S/PDIF. My previous AMD based Gigabyte mb setup had the same limitation.
Pros: EVGA video cards have been well built, using solid caps, and quiet fans that run forever. My last EVGA card was and still is running after more than 4 years. Their treatment of customers is very reassuring from the comments of others although I have never found it necessary to confirm such.
Other Thoughts: Experience with my last EVGA card led me to stay with them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This unit commented on its use of solid caps. I have seen lots of PSU failures due to electrolytic cap failures. The cables are nicely packaged in sleeves and there are plenty of them. Includes rear switch and is quiet. Gigabyte builds quality in my book and this one is at a very reasonable price.
Other Thoughts: The quality of Gigabyte motherboards and the solid caps led me to try their PSU.READ FULL REVIEW