Date Joined: 02/21/08
Pros: I love this board. It works great in my home server and has been reliable for several months of uptime now. The build in Female USB slot on the motherboard is great for people that want to run an OS/Hypervisor off a bootable USB stick.
Supports 3TB HDD.
IOMMU passthrough works great with ESXi. I have been able to pass through several PCIe nics, and a M1015 Serveraid card.
Onboard Nics each came with their own PCIe channel.
Bios is basic and easy to work with. The heat alarm and automatic shutdown function great. I mismounted my CPU cooler originally and was pleasantly surprised to hear the alarm go off. Its good to know that if something goes wrong in the future this will shutdown before serious damage occurs.
I also love the range of available CPUs that work with this board. Newegg doesnt have a huge selection but the market is full of used C32 chips at very affordable prices.
Cons: Onboard RAID chip is software based RAID. It works fine if you are just putting something like Ubuntu on the machine, but ESXi will not recognize the array and will see each drive individually.
Successfully passedthrough a PCI wireless NIC to different VM's. Although PCI passthrough worked, I wouldnt recommend it, and I stopped using it because the PCI slot shares a channel with the onboard VGA. Not a big deal for me though. I just put in a PCI ethernet nic and use that for my ESXi management interface. PCIe passthrough works great.
Northbridge runs hot. I installed an aftermarket Enzotech NB cooler that I got on newegg and it works well. Some of the cheap heat tape on the stock cooler was stuck on the NB chip and wouldnt come off. I gently removed what I could and used some artic silver with the new piece and it works well.
Overall Review: I bought this board used from someone who was upgrading their equipment and am happy with my purchase. I would recommend this board for anyone looking at a budget priced server.
I am running using a 4171 HE CPU, and 8GB of Unbuff ECC RAM. Currently running ESXi 5.1u1 with a pfsense VM as my router, and Ubuntu 12.04 Server running PLEX for my media. Side VM's for testing include a LAMP server with Joomla, and several desktop OS's. My lack of RAM prevents me from running as many VM's as I would like.
All in all a great little box to serve my home needs, and test new stuff.
Pros: Overall this case is great. I also have an R4 by the same company and the high quality of both products impresses me.
I use it for my home server, and it is dead silent with stock CPU cooler and 4 total case fans going. It sits in the living room in the corner and is great.
Cons: Rear fan clicks when case is on uneven ground. I have it on a carpeted floor which is not perfectly level. The case warps a little bit from the uneven weight distribution and causes the blades to hit the plastic mounding bracket.
I shoved a shim under the one side and its fine now.
Overall Review: I imagine this case will last me for over a decade. In 5 years when I upgrade my media server I can see reusing this case. Its so big that it makes it seem future proof.
Pros: I waited a month to write this review. The drive works well in my media server and I have no complaints. If anything changes Ill post an updated review.
Cons: none so far
Overall Review: Im very paranoid of these large drives failing. Hopefully my fears are unfounded.
Pros: Once I got it setup it works great.
Cons: Terrible firmware. See other thoughts.
Overall Review: I got this to use as a Dumb AP for my network. I thought this would be a fire and forget type of deal. I changed the SSID, setup the passworkd/security, disabled DHCP and plugged it into my router. It worked, but not well at all.
My unit came with the most recent firmware, and out of the box it was terrible. Dropped connections and instability galore. I was on the verge of doing an RMA but decided to try out one more trick.
I ended up flashing the firmware with OpenWRT and now it works great. If it worked this well out of the box I would have given it 5 stars. I had a TP-Link router I bought years ago and thought it still works flawlessly, so I decided on this model for my new setup. IDK what is going on with the software side, but they really need to fix whatever the problem is. This unit is pretty basic and it has been on the market for years. The fact that it doesnt perform its advertised functionality is a terrible oversight.
Pros: Works well so far. The cables are a great length. I used this in a Fractal Design R4 ATX case and everything connected just fine. The R4 case is a monster, and if they had enough length for that then it should work in 99% of cases on the market.
Overall Review: Ill update with another review if I run into problems. Currently they are showing this as out of stock, and I hope they get more. I would definitely consider buying these again for future builds.
Pros: Worked great. Have used it for a day. I installed an OS copied some files and surfed the net. No clicking sounds or anything else bad.
Overall Review: Ill update with another review if things change. I am new to the whole refurb HDD thing, but if it works then its hard to go wrong at these prices.
Pros: Easy to work with.
Compatible with fx-6300 out of the box
Decent UEFI Bios
Cons: IOMMU passthrough does not work with ESXi or KVM.
BIOS boot order is buggy. Does not recognize some USB sticks without manual selection, even with bios configured to boot from USB drive first.
Overall Review: Overall I really like this board, and I think it would be great for the average person. My system went together without a problem, and it worked great feeding to a home theater, and doing office work. The onboard sound was pretty good in my stereo.
I ended up having to RMA this board because I needed one that has IOMMU passthrough capability. Its a little weird because the BIOS has all the functionality that would indicate that IOMMU passthrough is functional, but it is not. This board was not able to pass through devices in KVM at all. This board would not reliably pass through devices in ESXi either. ESXi would *almost* work but any client VM with a passed through PCI device would crash.
If the boot order in the Bios worked properly I would have gladly given it 4 eggs, but between that and the IOMMU problems, I can only wonder what other little things might be wrong with it.
Corsair Vengence LP 2x8GB
Cheapo ATI 5450 GPU
All worked right out of the box, no fuss.
Pros: Works great, and cant be beat for the money. Range seems good, It worked 10 feet away from the pc.
I have my PC hooked up to my TV via a long HDMI wire in the house. Its nice to carry keyboard and mouse and surf the web/watch tv and play games from the couch.
The mouse works great for what it is.
Cons: None. It seems pretty solid and works well. Im comfortable that it will work since it is so similar to my other wireless setup from Logitech.
Overall Review: I had the old version of this, the mk300, and I needed a new wireless mouse/keyboard for a new build of mine. This mouse is much improved over the old one I had. The keyboards seem almost identical, which is great. I have dropped my mk300 dozen of times over the last 4 or 5 years, and it is still chugging away. In fact, Im typing with it now.
Pros: I love this case. I needed a case that was as quiet as possible without going totally overboard. This thing is near silent in operation with a stock AMD CPU fan and the 2 case fans. I cant hear my WD Caviar Black HDDs spinning at all. The case fans barely make a peep. I have to turn off everything in the house to hear it, and even then the hot water heater in the next room is louder.
The cable management inside was great. I had 12 different sleeved wire sets coming off my PSU and they all snaked through with no problems. All of my spare/extra wires are tied up behind the motherboard tray. It gives the main part of the case great airflow. Its easy to add or remove components due to the lack of clutter, and it looks great too, if you ever decide to take off the side panel and show someone.
Cons: There are no real cons, but it does take a little work to put it all together. I had to install the motherboard mounts, but Fractal included a handy little tool to help. Some of the thumb screws are really tight and required a screwdriver to loosen them.
Again though, overall a great case, and nothing most people cant handle.
Overall Review: This thing is heavy, the insulation is solid, and it is quiet. I bought it to make a combination NAS/Desktop for the family room PC. With 8 HDD holders it will be a while before I fill them up, and its so quiet it wont bother anyone when left on in the middle of the night.
CPU- AMD FX-6300
Mobo- ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM- 2x8GB Corsair Vengence LP
PSU- old 750w PCPC Silencer
HDD- couple of old WD Caviar Black HDD 750GB
Pros: The fan is quiet under most conditions, and it keeps my APU cool. Idle temps are near ambient room temp up to about 33c during normal operation. Fits nicely on my mITX mobo in my 7L case.
Cons: Under heavy load, my APU gets up to about 60c. I use a a10-5800k chip at stock speeds. The chip is rated at 100w TDP and this cooler is rated up to 150w TDP. Personally I would have liked this to keep my APU a little cooler, but it will have to do.
The included fan is kind of loud when running at max RPM, which it does when my temps get up to 60c.
The cooler attachment is a little loose when installed on the FM2 socket, and probably the AM2 and AM3 ones too. Its not terribly loose, but I can twist it a bit which makes me think the retention mechanism could have been designed better. I am willing to bet that if I was able to get the cooler tighter that it would lower the temps a few degrees.
Overall Review: My case does have limited airflow, but even when I open it up it doesn't make a difference. Playing most games my temps max out around 50c, but Skyrim pushes it to 60c.
I might try remounting this with some arctic silver to see if it makes a difference.
Pros: I have had this board for over a month now. So far I love it. I paired this up with a a10-5800k APU and some crucial1866 ram.
Built in bluetooth and wifi work great. I am able to use my ps3 controllers with games through the bluetooth and I get solid data transfer rates through wifi. Wifi works without the little antenna accessory with minimal impact on range. The bluetooth range seemed limited, but that could have been my old beat up ps3 controller too.
Nice overclocking options, and nice OC fail recovery settings. A failed OC will revert back to last known good settings after a set number of failed boot ups.
Audio through HDMI and the component output work great with my tv and stereo.
MSI liveupdate works well to update drivers, but it does also include some bloatware. It does not work for BIOS update at this time, but I didn't need a BIOS update for my setup. It does update all the essential mobo drivers like audio and wifi, so that is nice. I just manually install the updates I want and ignore the bloatware I don't need.
Cons: It gets hot when booted into the Bios; there is a problem with the heat management. Its as if the PWM for the fans doesn't kick in until the OS boots. The clickbios program is great though, and allows updates to any BIOS settings when running windows.
I dont trust the Supercharger program and uninstalled it. It kept trying to supercharge my external HD and mouse, but it did work as advertised for charging my phone.
Overall Review: I put this into the Lian Li qc09f case and it makes a great little package. A gaming capable HTPC with built in goodies is the way of the future and this board is leading the charge for AMD's fm2 APU's.
I did not buy this board from newegg. It has been hard to get and after monitoring several different sites for a few weeks I was able to get one. This board was routinely selling out within hours of being available and I am very happy I waited rather than going with something else.
Pros: This is a good cooler. Its very quiet, and quite capable, but it didnt work for my needs. See Other thoughts.
Cons: Rated for maximum 65 watt cpu. I was using this with a 100 watt cpu and it didnt meet my needs.
Overall Review: I would like to start off saying that I got this cooler to squeeze into a tiny case, and this is best in class for the ultra thin form.
I used this on the A10-5800k and it worked well over all. For web browsing, watching movies, hulu, nextflix, and listening to music it worked great. For gaming, it was was quickly overwhelmed, but still functional. It kept the CPU at 30-33c at idle, and about 66c at max load during hours long gaming sessions.
Technically 66c is within the heat specs for the a10 chip, but I prefer to keep it more in the 45-50c range at max load.
I have replaced this with a different cooler but this product is ultra quiet and very capable given its form and intended use. I just wouldn't recommend it for a 100w chip if you plan on anything other than basic computing.
Pros: Great looks, compact.
Cons: Gets hot in there!
Overall Review: I was the guy who wrote that the USB 3.0 cables were terrible. I sent an email to Lian LI back when I wrote my original review. They sent me, free of charge, an updated set of cables with the motherboard header, so I no longer need to use the pass through cables.
Pros: This is a great TV. I was hesitant to spend this much money (Newegg is 5% cheaper than the local retailer I purchased mine at) on a tv, but in the end I am very happy I didnt settle and get cheaper LCD. The menu options are great for creating your own custom color/picture adjustments. You can even tweak any of the several pre-programmed picture modes without worry, since the menu allows you to reset back to the default settings.
I have a 19" samsung LCD monitor with 8:000 to 1 dynamic contrast and 1440x900 resolution... I thought this monitor had a great picture, and many people have commented on how well it handles games like fallout 3 and action movies like the dark knight... After hooking up my PC to this Panasonic beast via a HDMI cable the same movies and games look even better.. A great LCD tv/monitor does not come close to the picture quality of this TV, even though this tv has lower resolution. The colors are amazing and blacks are almost as dark as when its off
Cons: If you leave the tv on it will automatically turn itself off if it detects no active signal.. great right?
Yeah, but when the tv is turned on the next time a window pops up to notify you that the tv shut down due to no signal.... may cause marriage problems if your mate likes to pick fights because you leave the tv on
Overall Review: I cant say enough good things about this tv. 1080p is overrated.. look around at some tech sites to see how close you have to sit to a 1080p tv to tell a difference between 720p. I sit about 10 feet back from my tv, which isnt very far, at that distance 720p looks every bit as good as 1080p on a tv this size.. measure your living room, and find a chart or website describing how TV size and viewing distance factor in to picture quality, you might save a few hundred bucks by skipping 1080p without losing any quality.
PS- This TV is very cool, it has an excellent heat management system... many plasma tv's are like giant space heaters... heat and electronics dont mix... just by virtue that this tv is so new (mine was made in Jan 09) it should last longer than comparably priced tv's that are made using older techniques
Pros: This thing ran perfect for 9 months straight. Never had any issues until it suddenly died.
Cons: One evening while playing games my pc instantly shut down for no reason. I restarted and it worked fine. Two days later my pc died again but this time the PSU began to exhaust thick white smoke and leak fluid into my case. My case is clear and it was very easy to see it happen.
Overall Review: Newegg is great, sent it in for replacement and expect to get a new one soon.
Pros: Looks Nice. Really seems like a great deal
Cons: The first case I received had a defective VFD. So I had to RMA this to Hyper. The thing is the card reader and the chip-like piece that fits into a ram slot have very cheap connections. The card reader connector was breaking as I tried to remove it from the case. No big deal. I send the case the PSU the Ram-like chip and the card reader to Hyper. Well they only returned to me the Case and the PSU. So here we are, what would have made a nice Christmas Gift is now an expensive semi-functional computer case. I hope Hyper is good enough to send me these parts they kept. 2 eggs for hope it will work out.
Overall Review: Given all this hassle I would go with a case that has a different return policy... Silverstone has a nice similar case here on Newegg for only 9 bucks more than I paid, and it has the Standard Return policy.
Pros: Card works great. MP3's sound great, new games sound great, old games sound great, movies sound great. This card was easy to install. The software was easy to install. Some people have complained about compatibility problems with Vista 64, but I experienced no problems. Im not an audiophile, but I can appreciate good PC sound and this card has it.
Overall Review: My system: CPU-Athlon 64x2 5000+,Mobo- DFI LP UT M2R, Graphics- POWERCOLOR HD 3870 512mb SCS3; Soundblaster X-fi XtremeGamer; HDD- RaptorX 150Gb; PSU- PC P&C 750W Silencer; Vista 64 Ultimate. everything bought from newegg except the mobo