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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Joined on 05/09/05

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Don't listen to the haters

GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-UD2H LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-UD2H LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is the board to get if you are building a non-SLI micro-atx gaming PC (you'll need the DFI if you want SLI). Great performance for a LAN-box if you are going cheap with LGA 775.

Cons: It would be nice if the PCI xpress x16 slot was not in the middle of the PCI slots. If it was on the top, airflow would be a little bit better. But, it works. Not a big deal.

Overall Review: You might think that getting the G45 over the less expensive G31/33/35/41/43 would be a waste in a gaming PC that won't even use the onboard video. But that'd be wrong. The key is that the G45 has the Intel ICH10R south bridge my friends. You need a good south bridge for gaming prowess. This thing will run 1033 nicely.

Works in intel 12th gen alder lake at XMP profile speed

G.SKILL Trident Z Neo (For AMD Ryzen) Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-32GTZN
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo (For AMD Ryzen) Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-32GTZN

Overall Review: Works great in my Intel board even though it's not on the supported list. And let's face it, the RGB looks great. Been using g.skill for soooooo long now.

11/20/2021

Many great qualities, just be careful with the SSD riser

GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 Mini-ITX Motherboard with DDR4, Dual M.2, PCIe 5.0, USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 Mini-ITX Motherboard with DDR4, Dual M.2, PCIe 5.0, USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5 GbE LAN

Pros: - It's the only Z690 ITX DDR4 board available right now at the Intel 12th gen launch - Cheaper than DDR 5 mobo, and DDR4 RAM is cheaper as well - XMP loads and works great with my DDR4 3600 RAM (g.skill F4-3600C18D-32GTZN)

Cons: - This is really important. If you are going to remove the SSD riser card (the manual calls it the "GC-Z690I BTB PLUG") to access the lower m.2 SSD slot, PULL OUT THE FRONT AUDIO DONGLE first (the manual calls it the "F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header") ! Without doing this there is almost no wiggle room for the back of the SSD riser card to get out and it could break! The motherboard manual should tell you to do this but it doesn't! Page 24, step 2 specifically. - The only PDF included with the BIOS download implies you have to do a lot of crazy stuff to update the BIOS. No... just extract the Z690IAULTRADDR4.xxx file to a fat32 USB drive, go into the BIOS, press F8 for Q-Flash, and select the aforementioned file.

Overall Review: This is actually a lovely board and made my build perfectly possible with the RAM I wanted, in the form factor I wanted, and at a reasonable price, especially by today's standards. I also like the RGB lights built into this thing. Seems to be a good performer at my RAM's XMP profile, karhu ram test finds no errors.

11/20/2021

It owns

Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Super fast, good storage, totally reliable.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: None.

Windows 7 64-bit luvs this thing

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Windows 7 installed this without any hunting Ralink's website at all. Ping times and bandwidth are as fast.

Cons: None, although I haven't had it very long yet.

Overall Review: The Windows 7 64-bit RC did not come with the driver on the disc, but found it immediately as an "Important Update" when I connected via ethernet.

Amazing price with no rebate required

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Pros: Got this RAM running at 7-7-7-20 1.65v on my EVGA x58 motherboard. Not bad considering I didn't know what any of that meant 2 days ago, let alone how to set it up.

Cons: Doesn't set to optimum rated speed automatically.

Overall Review: The price is amazing.