Date Joined: 02/22/03
Pros: Does what it's supposed to and has been reliable so far.
I have 2 of these drives...one for a little over a year and then another one just recently. I haven't had a single problem with these drives unlike other drives the I own from maxtor/seagate.
Cons: No problems here.
Pros: Bought two of these mainly for storage. I haven't had a single problem with them.
Overall Review: would like to get a couple more but they are out of stock.
Pros: Everything works! It's fast and it's stable without having to tweak too much (yet). I am anticipating the life of this motherboard lasting beyond seven
years before something on it fails. (I owned another Gigabyte motherboard that lasted over five years before the capacitors bulged and leaked). A big plus for this board is that it supports up to 16GB RAM. This means upgrades are possible
when affordable (2GB and 4GB sticks). Windows XP 64-bit runs the way it can and everything works fine as far as the motherboard is concerned. I would reccommend this motherboard foundation for people who want a decent multimedia game system for a
Cons: The onboard graphics didn't seem to work in a way I wanted (yet). The BIOS settings for PEG and onboard wouldn't allow the PEG to be primary display and
onboard to be the secondary display. Having to disable the onboard to get the PEG as primary is a waste of resource. However, the onboard graphics chip wasn't a driving factor for purchasing this board, so it's acceptable. That's what the
PCIe x16 slot for anyways.
Overall Review: I had issues with the gigabit until I upgraded the motherboard in another computer on the network. ActiveArmor was detected as blocking LAN access and the Firewall settings that were supposed to be in the web interface weren't there to
configure. (Ironically, this issue wasn't even a
consideration for upgrading the
motherboard in the other computer). It handles the 4GB of Corsair XMS2 6400C4 RAM the way it's allowed to. The installed Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor doesn't run too hot while playing games, watching movies, listening to music, transfering
files/folders locally and the network/internet in various combinations of these tasks. I intend to build a twin of this with next generation graphics. The turnaround time for Mfr response is slow (2-3 days). Luckily the issue wasn't a
driving factor for keeping this board.