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Shawn B.

Shawn B.

Joined on 11/18/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great mobo but misleading manual and silkscreens

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Works great out of the box with Linux - Almost completely silent; no whine from components

Cons: - None

Overall Review: As noted by another reviewer, the DIMM slots are mislabeled. Both the manual and the mobo itself label the slots as 4-3-2-1, counting from the CPU socket. They are actually reversed from that, however. If you have a single stick in slot 1 (which is really 4), the system will be unresponsive when power is on. However, with a single stick in slot 4 (really 1), everything works fine. Further, dmidecode reports that slot 4 is actually: "Locator: Node0_Dimm0; Bank Locator: Node0_Bank0" Minus one egg for this problem issue which isn't a technical fault of the board, but has caused confusion for several people here, myself included.

12/21/2015

Love this little box

ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System
ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System

Pros: It's tiny. It's silent (paired with an Athlon 200). It sits there, troublefree, being my desktop and development server. I've even reinstalled Steam and have been enjoying some games I'd forgotten about.

Cons: None, for me.

Overall Review: If you're installing Linux, you may need to upgrade to a more recent BIOS. Mine came flashed to the oldest BIOS revision, and a Linux kernel would not boot successfully. Updated to v3.20 and was off to the races. Just flashed to v3.30 with no problems, so I'm ready for the Athlon 300 series.

Very nice.

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: Does what it says on the tin. Works flawlessly with Linux. Plugged it in and the ath9k driver was loaded and ready to go. Pointed wicd at it and I was on the internets. Good signal strength thanks to big honkin' antenna. Cheap.

Cons: None.