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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great board at a great price - 8x SATA FTW 09/22/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great little board that was perfect for a home server/NAS build. I wanted plenty of onboard SATA ports to allow for future expansion and this is one of the very few boards with 8x SATA ports (and 4x memory slots) that's super affordable ($53 after rebate if it shows up - awesome)! Had some issue getting it to POST (see other thoughts) but everything works great once I figured that out.
I've paired this with a A8-7600 (running @ 45W TDP for low power, low noise) and it is a great upgrade for < $160 total (including a Hyper 212 Plus cooler).
Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS installed flawlessly on this rig - running it as a headless server hosting plex and it easily transcodes/encodes 3 - 4 video streams at a time without breaking a sweat.

Cons: Weird issue with getting it to boot properly, but this is a minor thing once I figured out how to work around it.

Other Thoughts: This was the first build that I've had not post on powering up first time. After investigating usual suspects (power cables, different display ports + monitors, memory, cpu seating), I thought I'd gotten a lemon for sure - everything seemed to be powering up (all fans were spinning and LAN port was blinking) but nothing on the display. Finally, I tried something - pressed the reset button on the case when the power was on and guess what, it posted flawlessly. This is with an Antec 300 case and this board - I double checked my wiring of the power and reset switches to the mobo and I'd done everything absolutely right. So if you get this board and it doesn't seem to post, make sure you try this trick to see if it helps you out. Everytime I have to reboot this sucker from scratch, I have to first press the power switch to turn it on, then press the reset button to actually get it to boot!

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SanDisk Ultra Plus 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Not the fastest but gets the job done 11/29/2013

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Plus 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDHP-256G-G25

Pros: Not the fastest SSD but the price was good and has been rock solid for over 5 months now. Big boost in perf as I was using a 1 TB Samsung HDD as my OS drive before - haven't noticed any issues at all whatsoever. Comes with a bracket, but I didn't need it. 256 GB is the sweet spot for me between price and storage.

Cons: None - buy it, I don't know why you'd pay extra for slightly faster performance as in real life I doubt it matters a whole lot for most people.

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Transcend TS-RDP5K USB 2.0 Card Reader
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works fine 11/08/2013

This review is from: Transcend TS-RDP5K USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Works fine.

Cons: One issue that I didn't realize till I got the reader is that inserting the SD card sideways can cause issues if you're using something else in one of the USB ports in front. The card protrudes and you'll need to rearrange devices so that you can plug both in. I prefer the rosewill card reader (more than 5 years old now!) where you insert the sd card into a slot in the back rather than the side.

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Display Name: RAMKUMAR N.

Date Joined: 09/25/04

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 06/14/09
  • Last Review: 09/22/15
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