Joined on 01/31/03
Nice little hub
Pros: This hub uses the GL850A Chipset which uses less power than any other USB 2.0 hub. This hub is small and good looking.
Cons: The short USB cable is not well attached(no strain relief and cold soldered) and can easily be broken off the circuit board. The GL850A chipset is marginally slower than the GL852 chipset. This hub doesn't come with a power brick.
Overall Review: The first thing I did was open this thing up and was pleasantly suprised to find it was a GL850A. I also accidently broke two of the four USB connections for the short incomming USB wire by simply moving it a little. This is still the best hub for the money.
Pros: - MythTV is installed and is extremely fast(overclocked 50%) - Extremely fast network transfers(60MB/s)
Cons: - BIOS reports 4864MB, when 4GB is installed(less reports fine) - If 4GB is installed you must pass mem=4096MB to the Linux kernel because of BIOS bug - r8169 driver in many Linux distro's is VERY buggy, you should use r8168 - Leo4Allv3 DVD restarts continually - Kalyway installed, but didn't boot from HD
Overall Review: For linux it is useful to have another network card around for installing while you fix the r8168/r8169 driver problem. The memory bug is annoying but not a big deal, hopefully MSI will fix it in an update.
Pros: - e2180 stable at 3Ghz - Gigabit ethernet - Dual Channel RAM - supports my old 20pin + ATX Power Supply
Cons: - FSB was limiter on overclock - CPU/FSB Voltage is not adjustable - 4GB Memory Max - Doesn't seem to support 100W or higher CPUs
Overall Review: Great as an upgrade. I got my e2180(meant to run 200Mhz * 10) to boot at 3.2Ghz(320Mhz * 10), but it wasn't stable. The limiter here seems to be the FSB since a I couldn't get a stable system at 333Mhz * 9 or any other 333Mhz bus setting. You can select up to a 600Mhz bus in 1Mhz increments.