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ASUS M3N78 PRO <GREEN> AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Don't buy unless you plan NOT to fully utilize this board 10/17/2008

This review is from: ASUS M3N78 PRO <GREEN> AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Chipset heatsink feels cooler to touch than the GIGABYTE GA-MA770-S3 I had previously own.
Expressgate is interesting, but I usually don't use it for it's intended purpose. For it to be truly useful, it would be nice if it didn't need to be installed on a HDD. So you could use it for system recovery/diagnosis.

Cons: Doesn't recognize the EPP of my memory, & the bios is so noob that you can't even manually set the memory timings. So my performance ram of 4-4-4-12 is running at 5-5-5-18. Asus said they'd add this feature, but they're on 3rd bios revision, & it still hasn't been added.
Also the OC settings are pathetic, the OC is automatic based on percentages, up to 10%. Voltage adjustments are at odd increments.
Only 1 fan header with 4 pins, then the 2 others only have 3 pins. This includes the fan header for the chipset, if you want to add one.
Speedfan reported the chipset running at 127C. I don't believe it, and strangely enough, when I'm pushing the processor while video encoding the temp drops to 73C. So the sensors are off, or uncalibrated.
Network performance across the LAN is poor. Browsing the directories takes 20 seconds or so before it responses. Occasional large file corruption (fail CRC32 check). Never happened with LAN transfers on my old MB.
Can't get the 5+6 SATA ports to wo

Other Thoughts: Cont from Cons:
I couldn't get Ubuntu 8.04 to install on it
After I updated the bios, it wouldn't boot straight to XP (freezes before memory test) until I first loaded Expressgate.

Don't use nVidia First Packet, it slowed down transfers across the LAN for me.
I couldn't get the 5+6 SATA to work in AHCI. Those extra SATA ports only support AHCI or RAID. I would have preferred the 5+6 be used as IDE Mode, for a boot HDD and a DVD writer. Then the rest could be AHCI so I can use NCQ on SATA drives for whatever little benefits it provides.

I usually don't bother with m-ATX boards, why be constrained by size when it all depends on your case size anyway. I expect better from an ATX board, this 1 fails.

I got this board because of the 140W CPU support and I wanted to check out an nVidia based MB. That was a mistake. It's like cars, never buy a recently released model as it's still in beta and full of bugs.

Using with a x2 6000+ 125W, 2x1GB Mushkin PC2 6400 4-4-4-12, and CM 550

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EVGA 384-P3-N966-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Incredible performance for the price after rebate. Quite a step up from the 8600GT I bought just 1 year before. Dual slot cooler. Fan was reasonably quiet after the initial power-up. Came with all the extra cables(except monitor of course) and adapters for the connections the card provides. I can't say much more since I never got to play a game on it.

Cons: Not the best card for high resolution widescreen gaming. Your better off with a card that has 512MB and at least 256-bit.

Mine didn't work. Seemed like the psu wasn't enough for it. I unplugged all drives and fans in the case except the boot drive and it still had problems with system lock ups and corrupt mouse trails. The psu is a 550W CM RS-550-ACLY.
Now I'm waiting for a refurbished card from eVGA, so the price ended up not being so great.

Other Thoughts: I've seen people mention these are more cheaply made than the original 8800GS that these are based on. Probably why eVGA will only give it a 1 year(2yr total if you register) warranty.

Wish I could have gotten a 4670 for the same price after rebate.

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Thermaltake A2358 Dr. Power Tester
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Use for a quick test only 07/25/2008

This review is from: Thermaltake A2358 Dr. Power Tester

Pros: Great for a quick test of new power supplies before you plug them into your system, even though it's rare you could avoid some potential damage.

Cons: Won't tell you if your power supply can't keep up with your current hardware or diagnose more advanced problems.
Doesn't provide line voltages or simulate a real world load on the power supply. But if you want something like that, then you have professional level needs and won't be using this product.

Other Thoughts: If you think your psu is struggling try looking for a program that monitors MB voltages, although they are not very accurate but can still be used for an indicator if the voltage level is erratic.

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Date Joined: 08/21/02

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  • Last Review: 10/17/08
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