Joined on 07/18/03
Great little board
Pros: I didn't realize how small a a microATX board would look in my big case. But it installed easy and had a nice color sheet for the headers so it was much easy to hook up than my last Asus mainboard. Runs rock solid, paired up with a X2 4600+ and 2 GB of RAM.
Good solid router but.....
Pros: Dual band is nice, I have two desktops and a laptop using N and the rest of the devices on G (Xbox, Kindle Fire, Blu-Ray player, etc.). Can't complain, it seems much better than my 8 year old Linksys :) Seems full featured.
Cons: Very disappointed in the ReadyShare feature. It doesn't see the little Toshiba 1TB USB drive I just hooked to it for network storage. Looking into it further per Netgear there are only about half a dozen specfic USB drives that will work with it.
Overall Review: There is a Genie app that comes up for just the very basic setup. It took me a while to figure out you have to HTTP to the router to actually change settings and get to the advanced configuration. No external antenna but it doesn't seem to need it like my old router and has much better range across the house.
Pros: Reasonable cost, quiet fan, works as advertised. Lowered temp about 6 degrees C from the AMD 9850BE cooler and the PC is in a warm room. Installs easy enough.
Cons: Apparently nobody from OCZ's QA dept has tried to install a retail packaged version. The protective plastic covering on the polished face left a glue residue that took a good 5 minutes to scrub off using Goo Gone. Not a big deal but annoying.
Overall Review: Fit's, barely in an older mid-tower case. Had to choose between blowing the warm CPU air up into the PSU or pulling warm PSU air down through the heatsink and onto the video card. I chose down but reversed the porthole fan to blow some room air into the case, onto this unit.
Pros: For a lower end unit, it has everything I need and a bit more, and thus the 5 stars. The mount stays on tight and the device pops on and off easily to stow, move to the other car, or let you take a walking tour. I can get obscure handwritten directions somewhere, and when leaving just hit navigate Home. A lot of free voices available on their website, but I purchased John Cleese ($12). Light touch on the screen. 5 minutes to set it up initially. 15 minutes playing in the menu's and you've learned it! Multiple day/night color schemes to choose from. I won't die in a crash trying to drive and read directions at the same time.
Cons: mapquest.com might go out of business? The only thing that bothers me is it doesn't go to "sleep" or otherwise shutdown when I leave the car, but the higher end Tomtoms might do that.
Overall Review: If you travel a lot for business or often tour the country I would reccomend a higher end model. I haven't used it on a long trip but it should be fine. If it takes me 10 miles out of my way for some reason I wouldn't know anyway. Love the extra downloadable POI. I got it from work in an awards program, so free is a great price! Website lets you load new maps and features, and backup your GPS.
Pros: Great little MicroATX board. Nice built-in overclocking feature if you want to use it. I installed an AMD X2 4600 but can upgrade to a Phenom later if I wish. Much easier to figure out the headers than my last MB (Asus). Seems to be a nice layout. I have a large case so no worries with the install. Built-in graphics DX10 surprised me; I'd say a bit more powerful than the 6800 GS I had in my old Athlon 2500 system. This plays BF2, HL2, Far Cry on high settings. Just loaded Hellgate London and play is smooth at med-high settings at 1024x768. Has DVI connector for when I replace my old dark CRT. On board sound is good quality and I like that a screen pops up when you plug something into a sound port and you can assign what it is.
Cons: Only problem I have is with the Ethernet on the board. It doesn't work with the CD drivers or the chipset drivers off the web. I'll email support and get the right driver eventually. Using a wireless adapter anyway since this build will end up in my daughters room by the end of the year. Low cost build and will last a 10 year old girl several years.
Overall Review: Thanks NewEgg! Beat local prices by up to $40. Looks like some aftermarket CPU coolers may not fit into the socket area for the overclockers. But this board isn't for the high wattage processors anyway so probably doesn't matter.