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Pros: * Very Fast
* Extremely Quiet
* Small Form Factor
* Very Low Power Consumption
Cons: * Windows 8 (ugh)
* No USB 3.0
* Limited Expansion Options
* Can't Customize
Other Thoughts: I currently own two of these units (Gateway SX2865-UR26) which I use in my home office for email, web browsing, and legal research/writing (I am an attorney). I bought these to replace a super-powerful desktop PC with an 8-core AMD processor. My previous PC was hot, loud, and fast but very buggy (it was homebuilt and gave me huge problems from Day #1).
I decided to replace my hot-rod PC with something more basic, and these little Gateway units seemed perfect (got one for myself and another for my wife). For basic home use, they are pretty flawless. They are surprisingly fast and yet nearly silent....SO much better than my old PC.
One negative -- Newegg sent me a unit that was SMASHED. The exterior box itself was perfect, but the interior styrofoam was broken in several pieces and the actual PC case was absolutely crushed....it wasn't even square anymore....more of a trapezoid or parallelogram shape.
After many years of purchases, this was my first issue with anything from Newegg so I didn't even know how to request an RMA. I ended up trying a live chat because I thought that would be fastest....BIG MISTAKE. I got some one who spoke and acted like a robot. Although she eventually understood the problem, it took much longer than necessary.
Bottom line - I would give Newegg zero or one eggs for this purchase (they did approve the RMA, but still....)
As for the PC, I would give it 5/5 eggs....it's a great little PC for anyone who wants to do basic office work but doesn't need huge horsepower to play 3D games.
This review is from: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 8-Core 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
Pros: Not sure if anyone cares about Windows Experience scores anymore, but this processor is giving me score of 7.5 in WIN7-64 with no overclocking. It seems more than powerful to handle any/all tasks I throw at it.
Cons: Stock fan is beyond LOUD.....but we expect that.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * Board looks good
* Has lots of USB ports
Cons: *** EXTREMELY SLOW POST
** Destroyed my power supply
** Visually sharp BIOS which is actually mostly useless
** Terrible SATA port locations
Other Thoughts: I've been building my own PCs from scratch since 1996, and I don't think I have ever owned a motherboard that has given me as much trouble as this one. The first issue was that after building my new system, this board apparently did something to my existing 500 watt power supply....it just killed it; the power supply no longer works with this board or with the previous board.
The next problem I had was a recurring issue with BIOS settings not being stored after a reboot -- this made it so I had to re-enter BIOS after EVERY reboot before I could get into Windows. This problem eventually went away on its own, but why did it happen in the first place?
The biggest problem, however, is the EXTREMELY slow POST times -- 51 seconds from a cold boot until the "Starting Windows" screen appears. WHY? I am running an AMD FX-8120 8-core processor with a SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD -- there is NO REASON for this system to POST so slowly....it's awful.
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