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This review is from: GIGABYTE SkyVision HD Video Seamlessly Transmit GT-WS100 HDMI Interface
Pros: The nvidia proprietary driver for Linux is quite good. I purchased this card with the intent of building a mini-itx Linux gaming rig. It is paired with a core i3 2100, 4gigs corsair mem. And a foxconn h67s mb. I modified an apex mi-008 case and installed a silverstone 450w psu. With this setup, It works well with native Linux games in steam. It works well in windows 7 for games too, provided you don't plan on any resolutions above 1080p.
Cons: Gaming at 1080p is difficult for this card. Even in a game as simple as ME3 it tends to get inconsistent frame rates and choppiness when the action gets intense. The comparatively priced hd6870 in my other AMD based rig is a much better value. The Kepler GPU's are not well supported in wine or play on Linux. It requires a wine registry edit to fool wine into thinking it is a gtx560 in order to be able to play any games.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a decent entry level gaming card. If you are planning on building a Linux based gaming rig, and would like to use nvidia, I would go for a gtx560 or other fermi based GPU card as they are better supported by wine/pol. If you are simply going for best value the amd hd6870 is a better performer in both windows and Linux (if you're willing to use the linux beta driver and are somewhat tech savy.)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Inexpensive mini itx form factor, perfect for small, quiet HTPC. Pci-e x16 allows for adding pci-e tuner card, or more powerful graphics card for gaming. Simple and effective BIOS. Everything seems to be working perfectly out of the box with Ubuntu 11.10.
Cons: Does not come with SPDIF header. At first it was extremely slow to boot, seemed to be performing memory test or something. But after install of OS seems to be normal now. The instruction sheet is pretty space, fortunately a more complete manual is available from foxconn's website.
Other Thoughts: This is the second foxconn motherboard I've used, and I have been plesantly surprised by the quality and features of their products for he money.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H67M-D2-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: inexpensive sandy bridge, compatible with OSX86 and Windows8 developer. a good amount of USB ports
Cons: lacks on board firewire, no PCI slots. even though it is inexpensive for a sandy bridge build, the AMD AM3 Motherboards still offer a significant value over an Intel based system for a budget build.
Other Thoughts: i bought this MB because it was recommended for a OSX86 build, it does work excellent for that application. it also works well for Windows8 developer, and although i am waiting for Ubuntu11.10 to be released, im certain it will work correctly with that OS as well. I usually buy ASUS Motherboards and this board is comparable in quality, but somewhat lacking in features. overall, this MB is a good product for a specific application, and an average MB for a basic PC build.READ FULL REVIEW