Joined on 05/08/04
Tight fit, but good product
Pros: I bought this product because I needed to add a hard drive but didn't have any more space for another drive. Since I had an empty 5.25" bay, problem solved.
Cons: You need to use the key to turn it on. I have no reason to lock the drive in, but unless you turn the key to 'lock' the drive it doesn't activate. At first I thought there was a problem with the unit.
Overall Review: Very tight fit for my Western Digital drive, but with proper care you can get it in the case without damaging anything inside. Just be careful not to force it in and damage any of the wires connecting to the front LCD panel. I acutally broke one and had to repair it.
Pros: Overall I was happy with this board. For the low price you get decent onboard video (I'm not a gamer), 6 SATA (my case holds 6 drives- Antec Nine Hundred) and supports up to 4G @ 800 MHz...good enough for me. Don't think I'll be needing 8Gigs of memory any time soon.
Cons: I was a bit concenrned about the memory issues. I used ADATA (2X1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) and had not problems. There was a notice in the box that said 1GB memory was not supported, well I'm not sure what that was all about. Just make sure you get 1.8V and 5-5-5 memory, you'll be ok. Oh, I needed to load the RAID floppy drivers (even if you aren't using RAID) to install Windows XP Pro, good thing I had an extra floppy drive in my closet.
Overall Review: I read that some people had overheating issues with the north/south bridge chips. I noticed this too, but only when I wasn't running adequate ventilation in my case. This board needs decent air flow over the board for the heatsinks to function properly. Oh, and for all those geniuses that didn't like the colorful and illustrated assembly instructions....PRINT THE MANUAL! I'm not sure how any body can boy a board without first PRINTING AND READING the manual. An idiot can assemble a PC but it takes some research and understanding to make sure all the pieces are compatible.
Nice power supply
Pros: So far, so good. I guess you don't really know a good power supply until you really tax it. I upgraded to 500W since I found that I had more CD/DVD burners and hard drives than when I first put my PC together. It's a nice idea having the 20(4) pin connecter. If I upgrage my MB I can keep the power supply.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I almost thought this 20(+4) pin supply would not work with my MB. At first I could not plug it in since the extra 4 pins are blocked by the IDE on my MB. Then I realized the extra 4 pin connector snaps off of the plug making it possible to plug in to the 20 pin connecter.