Date Joined: 08/27/09
Pros: -actually available
-fast Newegg order processing/shipping
-made in Vietnam
-very quiet fan
-no additional power plugs/requirements - everything from slot
Cons: -expensive for performance/spec rating (was $79 when first released over 4 years ago)
-no display port
-64-bit mem interface
-dvi output (some might like it?)
Overall Review: Decent card to get you by if you need a vid card. Ok for light/low res gaming. Good for regular 2D desktop use. Very low power requirements which is good.
It would have been nice if it had display port or 2 of them for dual monitors. DVI is kind of extinct.
Be aware there is also DDR3 models - don't get those.
So -1 egg for no display port and -1 egg for price/performance
Other than that decent solid little card...........until better cards have better availability and pricing.
Pros: -10 yr warranty-quality electrical output/characteristics-fan hybrid mode-fully modular
-Newegg return support
Cons: -cables a bit stiff (I wish all psu makers would use cables with EPDM jackets and more and finer copper wires for improved flexibility)-ribbon type cables (I would prefer round/sleeved cables - personal preference I suppose)-I've read capacitors in cables (not a big deal still works if they burnt out, just may get a little bit more ripple)
Updated April - well unit lasted a whole 2 weeks, after that something let go inside it. Blew the internal fuse in my tripplite isobar surge bar, I thought it was something else. I plugged the psu directly into the wall outlet and it tripped the breaker. Put the old psu back in and all is good again.
Overall Review: Good product, a definite recommend and buy again. I would like to see a 350W and 450W version. For PC's running on integrated graphics or with a small video card 550W is more than enough power.
Disappointed - lasted 2 weeks and blew the internal fuse in the surge bar, another thing to fix now. Great service and return support from Newegg.
Hopefully the GM-550W in another PC lasts with not issues.
-2933, 3200, SPD speeds at 1.2V
-passed 5 hours of memtest by passmark
-passed 24 hours of prime 95
Cons: -lack of information on/of dimms
-multiple dimm configs with same product #
-not dual ranked (at least ones I got)
Overall Review: I two of these for 32 gigs due to it being on the motherboard verified/tested list for ram. On the motherboard ram QVL it stated dual rank and Micron E-die chips.
Information on the website was basically nothing with only a disclaimer saying dimm info can change anytime.
These sticks are actually single sided and single rank and look like might be SpekTek chips and not Micron, difficult to determine. Odd thing, exact same part number for completely different dimms, no rev, or anything else to distinguish any differences from single rank dimm with SpekTek chips.
So -2 for lack of info and lack of transparency.
Other than that, the AMD 3400G and Asus B550 motherboard booted no issues into default 2933 speeds and is stable.
Pros: Works after playing around with different usb 3.0 drivers.
-will transfer 90MB/s+, well as fast as a mechanical drive anyway
Cons: Didn't work with newer usb 3.0 drivers (18.104.22.168)
Works with older USB 3.0 driver 22.214.171.124
Overall Review: Strange it didnt work with the newer usb 3.0 drivers. I tried an older usb 3.0 driver (ver. 126.96.36.199) and it worked. Maybe windows updates helped too?
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: Doesn't work for the drive I have.
Overall Review: I dual boot with XP x86 and Win7 Pro x64 and it did not work with either OS. The light came on and the drive did spin up, windows showed installing device driver and nothing. No drive, I couldn't even get it through disk management.
After some researching this unit uses a Jmicron JMS539, at Jmicrons website they say it is ONLY sataII, the drive I have is an old Maxtor 250GB sataI, which may be the problem. I have an older sata/ide to usb adapter which recognizes the drive though.
I also tried 2 different cables and a few other things, I will try with a newer sataII drive and if it still doesn't work it will be getting an RMA to Vantec.
Pros: -fairly quiet
-nice plain black front
-NEC MC-10045 Japan Chipset
-nice big square button
-shipped from within canada!!, got it quick
-very very well packaged newegg (*impressed)
Cons: -no extras Lightscribe, etc, but I knew that and dont use it anyway
-no software (but I knew that also)
-no cable (but I knew that also)
Overall Review: I wanted a decent drive with an NEC chip since it has pretty good quality burns with verbatim and Taiyo Yuden media.
If it lasts 5yrs without issues, maybe I will give it 5 eggs.
Pros: Seems to be good build quality.
Ran first boot no problem.
Cons: Layout - floppy connector should be beside ide connector, should be a fan header at the rear, and why 2 sata ports sticking out and the other 4 pointing to the front?
F5 BIOS!!!!!!! WOW
doesnt auto set voltages properly and overvolts them!!
cant undervolt SB, RAM, and sideport memory, and voltage incremements are 0.025 and 0.05V where as 0.01V increments would be way better.
Fan noise with voltage control cpu header from bios (seems to vary the speed often??)
Overall Review: I gave this board 2.5/5, -1 layout and -1.5 for bios.
About the bios, after updating to ver. F5, under Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker (MIB) sub **system voltage optimized** there is manual and auto. YOU SHOULD SET IT TO MANUAL!!
I set it to auto and assumed it would use default voltages, HOWEVER it pumped 1.425V to the cpu instead of 1.35V (955be and same for a friend 940be same mobo) also on mine it pumped 2.05V to the ram, which is ocz LV platinum rated for 1.8V with 1.85V rating for OVP from OCZ.
I caught this after xp was installed, and figured out, had to change it from Auto to manual, even at manual though my ram is still overvolted to 1.87V still over OCZs 1.85 OVP, but better than 2.05V,:| and I also undervolted the cpu to 1.2V prime95 stable :) Hopefully people notice this and check it before they melt their cpu and or ram!!
This board has great potential to be a great board if GIGABYTE can get the next BIOS rev WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD