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Christopher R.

Christopher R.

Joined on 10/01/03

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Most Favorable Review

Pick this over ASUS

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Handy overclocking features, nice on-motherboard display of POST status, CMOS reset external to case on back of machine, solid features, and best of all it actually works.

Cons: As many others have said, the positioning of some of the cable ports is pretty bad. It's survivable in a case with some room, but be ready for it ahead of time. Splash screen is cheesy as heck, but can be disabled. I understand some folks have had some issues with this board that may be related to certain graphics cards. I have an XFX 8800 GS 320, Corsair XMS DDR2 800, Antec True Power 550W PS. Worked perfectly the first time.

Overall Review: I have been fighting with an ASUS P5KC motherboard for about 6 months now. The thing wouldn't boot consistently no matter what I tried. Been through all different kinds of parts and even 2 motherboards from the MFG. Still no luck. Finally gave up and bought this board. Worked the first time, and boots every time.

Most Critical Review

Don't buy this one yet.

ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice features and flexibility. There's no question that (per spec) this board gives you a lot of options into the future for expansion.

Cons: May the almighty have mercy upon your immortal soul if you pick this board up now. I have been a strong ASUS supporter for years, but this board is NOT ready for prime time. I've been banging my head against my desk trying to get RAM to work reliably in this thing, and have got it down to the point now where I can at least get it to boot about 50% of the time. Once booted, it's a rock, but normally it won't even make it into POST. I have to believe that ASUS will continue to release BIOS updates to address these problems, but I strongly recommend purchasing another board.

It works, but it's slow as others have said.

SIIG SC-SA0L11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port Host Adapter
SIIG SC-SA0L11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port Host Adapter

Pros: It runs. Has two ports.

Cons: Slow.

Overall Review: On a PCIx 2.0 system (Intel Skulltrail 5400XS motherboard) I'm getting about 188meg/sec read and 75meg/sec writes. That's reasonably sad. The problem is it's not like you have a heck of a lot of other options (if you're going SSD). This card has the ASM chipset which supports TRIM (and I have confirmed that it does), which you NEED for SSD. All the other cards get panned in pretty much the same way. I'd say buy something else, but... meh. I suppose if you're running just standard disks this would be fine.

Still not working.

ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: At this point, none.

Cons: I have tried this board with four different kinds of RAM from two different manufacturers. I have tried two different motherboards, power supplies, video cards, processors... you name it. I have been in this business and working with systems for some 15 years and never have I had more issues with a board than I have had with this. I have tried DDR2 AND DDR3. I have purchased RAM from the RAM mfg website listed as viable and tested for the specific board. NO GOOD. Sure, some people have had success (I assume mostly luck) with this, but the simple fact is that the board is flaky at best. Recent BIOS updates have been no help. My recommendation at this point would be to avoid ASUS for a while and stick with a DDR2 only motherboard until ASUS and the rest of the MFGs get the kinks out. Not happy with ASUS at all. Long time customer of their products.

I got what appears to be a good one.

SAMSUNG 226BW 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor
SAMSUNG 226BW 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: Very bright, very clear and sharp, great color reproduction. Reasonable on screen menus. Good blacks for an LCD, almost no light bleed.

Cons: I hate the shiny black rim but that's just me. :) One stuck pixel but way up in the upper left corner and its light blueish, so I don't even notice it.

Overall Review: I'm a semi-pro photographer so the color representation is critical to me. I had a bit of a panic when I saw some of the articles and reviews here about some of these monitors having issues. The device I got is not identifyable as A, AU or S type as the bios info in the monitor has been removed/changed and the sticker no longer shows the letter on it. However, I've been giving this monitor some serious scrutiny tonight and I don't see a thing out of whack. I'm both pleased and very relieved.

11/27/2007

Avoid this board.

ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Theoretical long-term flexibility with memory options.

Cons: Go do a search on the major memory manufacturers and see how many of them actually support DDR2 for this board. None. DDR3 only. There's a reason for that. DDR2 will not work reliably at any speed, even 800MHz. What's more is ASUS tech support appears to now be denying that it will work, even though their manuals and websites say it will... or at the very least ASUS is putting some VERY clueless techs on and calling them "Level3". Laughable. An absolute disgrace from a company that I've bought hundreds of boards from.

10/19/2007