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Tim C.

Tim C.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent price for great feature set.

ASRock ALiveNF7G-FullHD R3.0 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock ALiveNF7G-FullHD R3.0 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Very good price with great features (4 ram slots, Gigabit Lan, Nvidia chipset, decent onboard video with DVI out, 2 pci slots, 1 pci-e x1 slot and 1 pci-e x16 slot). I've installed a number of ASRock motherboards at work. None of them have given me trouble. I find ASRock a really good brand. Very nice set of features for a min-ATX motherboard. This board didn't give me any major troubles and runs reliably under a pretty heavy load. Ubuntu 8.04 recognized all of the hardware. The onboard video ran compiz pretty smoothly.

Cons: FSB speed is 1000MHz (the low end of AM2/AM2+ motherboards). The ethernet port on the motherboard has no lights at all. You won't be able to tell of the ethernet port is up or if there is activity from looking at the back of the PC. The ASRock board detected my memory speed at 533 instead of 800. This problem is easily addressed by manual setting the speed in the BIOS. The video is slow to start up on a CRT monitor during boot. Never saw the BIOS start screen with a CRT. LCD monitors start up fast enough and see the BIOS boot screen. Lacks HDMI port, surround sound jacks and any S/PDIF jack. Features that many HTPC builders are looking for. But you have two work around for this limitation. The DVI port supports audio out if you connect it to a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. This board also has a HDMI audio header to connect to graphics card with a HDMI port to pass . In my opinion, these cons are greatly outweighed by the great price of this mother board.

Overall Review: Running with an AMD Althon X2 4850e (have no troubles at all with the processor unlike another reviewer here), 4 gigs of DDR2 800, SATAII 320 Gig HD, IDE DVD Rom, Antec Basiq 350W, PV-155 CCTV capture card, Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit. I'm currently using this system to run Zoneminder monitoring 9 CCTV cameras. This box is running 24 hrs, capturing video form 9 CCTV cameras, and writing to a harddisk non-stop. The motherboard is taking the load without an problems.

10/26/2008
Most Critical Review

Nice portable formfactor, supports linux pretty well but underpowered hardware

Lenovo Convertible Notebook Flex 10 (59420879) Intel Celeron N2810 (2.0GHz) 2GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 10.1" Touchscreen Windows 8.1
Lenovo Convertible Notebook Flex 10 (59420879) Intel Celeron N2810 (2.0GHz) 2GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 10.1" Touchscreen Windows 8.1

Pros: * Nice netbook-like form factor. * A good amount of storage * Was able to shrink windows partition and install Ubuntu without any problems. (note older flex 10 models had issues installing Linux due to 32-bit uefi. This model has a 64-bit uefi) * Hardware has excellent Linux driver support. No driver issues. Ubuntu supports touch screen * Able to watch flash videos and local video files in 720p in Linux * Nice keyboard (though I'm not a fan of having to press the Fn button to use the F1-F12 keys)

Cons: * Price is hiring than other touchbooks * The wifi doesn't support 5ghz spectrum.(BIGGEST disappointment). * WARNING!!! CPU is **NOT** a Celeron N2810@2ghz like the listing states, it is a Celeron N2807@1.6ghz. * Very slow performance. Windows 8.1 is extremely sluggish. More usable with linux install * Only input ports are 1 hdml, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 and 1 dual headphone/mic jack. No SD card reader. * Only has a power LED indicator. Now Wifi or HDD indicator. This device could really use a HDD LED indicator because Windows 8.1 lags so much. * Only 2 gig of ram, and not upgradeable would get alot better performance with 4 gigs * Only has a non-removable 3 cell battery that will get you 2.5 to 3.5 hrs battery life * No interchangeable parts, the device is not built with the intention of changing the HardDisk, RAM or battery. * Touchpad is a little small and doesn't register right clicks very well.

Overall Review: I got this as a replacement for my Eee PC 900A netbook. Overall I'm pleased with the performance upgrade and the ease of the Linux installation. I'm able to play Minecraft and Startbound pretty smoothly (on Linux). However the wifi, battery life and lack of a SD card reader is a disappointment. The listing of having a 2ghz processor when it's actually a 1.6ghz is something that should be corrected. The performance with Windows 8.1 is really lackluster, I would only recommend this device for people who are planning to install Linux on it. People who are looking for a touch-book experience but don't want to go with the trouble of installing a non-Lenovo-supported OS, I recommend trying the Chromebook variants.

Excellent bang for buck.

PNY GeForce 6200 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card VCG62128AWB
PNY GeForce 6200 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card VCG62128AWB

Pros: The card is very good bargain in terms of performance and accessories. I can play the Doom3 demo at 1024x768 on medium detail settings. I got 60-90+ fps at 1024x768 playing Quake3 based games (Enemy Territory and Tremulous) with the graphic settings maxed out. Another nice thing is that this card comes with all needed accessories (DVI/VGA converter and S-video wire), these are things ATI wouldn't give you in their low-end cards. All in all this is a great card to get for older PCs.

Cons: You probably won't get good performance in newer games like Oblivion and FEAR.

Overall Review: I got this card to replace my Radeon9600se on my Linux box (Pentium4 (Northwood) 2.4ghz, 512mb). I couldn't believe how much of a performace improvement I got in Tremulous.