Date Joined: 01/23/08
Pros: Price; AM3 provides future; x6 support out of the box; Feels well build and sturdy; over-clocking potential while runs cool enough.
Cons: As others have mentioned, this board has the 770 chipset, not 870 as it leads one to believe by the model number. My XMS3 DDR3 and this board have issues (timing/speed), but that might be my fault. Two eggs are lost due to the current Version 5 (A05) having major stability issues that brought blue screens during routine tasks (ripping, encoding, browsing...no gaming). It drove me insane, as at first it didn't seem repeatable. Months later, I now know this was 100% a BIOS issue, because rolling back to BIOS Version 3 (A03) completely resolved everything, in turn saving me and Newegg a RMA. 'Only kwirk after the rollback worth mentioning is that AMD Quiet and Cool doesn't work if you overclock. OC'ers beware. If you are having this frequent crashing problem with this board, go to youtube, search '870-g45 bios,' watch video, follow path as he says, download files, flash BIOS, restart and ENJOY. Against better judgement, I did the above and it fixed everything. Maybe I'll try V6?
Overall Review: Conclusion: for the price, and with already knowing how to resolve the BIOS issue, I would buy this board again. I didn't "core unlock," but it is intriguing. I am at 3.96ghz @ 1.5 volts with the AMD 560 BE cooled by an Artic Pro 64. Temperatures are very reasonable, 52c at 100% load in Prime95's hot torture test. Ambient temps around 22-23c.
AMD PIIx2 560 BE @ 3.96ghz
XFX 4870 1GB GDDR5
4GB SMX3 1600
60GB OCZ Vertex II SSD; 2 TB WD Green; 300GB Barracuda
SB Audiology 2ZS
TRX2 - 850w PSU
Sesame seed bun.
Pros: Cheap, matched, 4x512=2GB and a faster G4! Installation of memory on a G4 PowerMac could NOT be any easier. OS X recognized the memory without any tinkering. Newegg's shipping is legendary.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I wanted to reply and negate the comment below stating this memory does not work in a "FW800" PowerMac G4, because it DOES. My machine: PowerMac dual 1.42 GHz G4 (FW800) was BTO with 1GB (2 x 512MB) from Apple. Recently added two of these Kingston modules to bring total to 2GB. Leopard boots about 15-20% percent faster; no complaints and this is a must for those running G4's. Full spec: PowerMac dual 1.42 GHz G4 (FW800); 2BG SD RAM; ATI 9600 PRO; 120 GB HDD; Superdrive; dual displays; 802.11 N; USB 2.0; Gigabit Ethernet.