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MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Great except.... 01/16/2010

This review is from: MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Tons of features for a mATX size board.
6 USB ports plus internal jacks for more (I've got 10 going on my board)
Active Power switching is supposed to save power/$
on-board dip switches for OCing - actually work!

Cons: Only has two fan controls (CPU & System). I would have prefered one more (CPU/Power Supply/System) like my old ASUS board.

But that's minor.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately for me, my analog audio connectors don't work at all. I've tried everything. The drivers are installed, the device is working properly, just the jacks are listed as "disconnected" and no matter how I try or what I stick into them (any of them) they don't recognize anything. No sound = not good.

Yeah for me. Another RMA.

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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: On the compatibility list for my motherboard (MSI-785GN-E65)

Nice looking.
Fast

Cons: Low quality

Other Thoughts: I got one stick of good RAM. And one bad. Yeah, I know it happens. But it happens way too frequently in this day and age.

And now I'm out another 10% of what these sticks cost me to RMA them back to NewEgg. And that sucks.

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Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV125-S2/40GB 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs SSDNow leaves me wanting more... 01/08/2010

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV125-S2/40GB 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: +Fast
+Relatively inexpensive. I said relatively
+small and lightweight
+durable
+low power consumption
+silent

Cons: +storage size - it's only usable as a boot drive really

Other Thoughts: Newegg was the first to have this for sale and if you were luck enough to be awake between 12 midnight and 3am pacific time on that fateful day in November, you could have got a helluva deal (assuming you receive the rebate). I wasn't one of those 10 people, so I waited and bought (should I say BUY) from another vendor at almost the same deal.

This thing is about the size of a deck of cards. Light too. I put it in my socket 939 AMD system, installed W7 and noticed an immediate improvement. I actually ran a time test and it shaved off over a minute of boot up time compared to my old spindle drive.

I installed in my case simply by laying it on top of my spindle drive. No brackets, velcro, duct tape or anything involved. This thing has no moving parts, so no worries.

My only complaint is the size: 40GB is just enough for a boot drive and a few essential items. I'll still have to use a spindle drive of data storage. For now anyway.

Currently no TRIM. But it's coming.

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Display Name: Dennis B.

Date Joined: 03/03/05

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 01/08/10
  • Last Review: 01/16/10
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