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David G.

David G.

Joined on 09/10/09

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Most Favorable Review

Not *quite* as pictured.

XFX One R-Series Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Low Profile Ready Plus Edition Video Card ON-XFX1-PLS2
XFX One R-Series Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Low Profile Ready Plus Edition Video Card ON-XFX1-PLS2

Pros: Beautiful performance, relatively low power requirement. Excellent inexpensive choice for small office and HTPC.

Cons: Very large heatsink wraps over top of card to cover the back, which is not as pictured; barely fits in Dell GX280 desktop, crowding wiring and had to be very cautious of capacitors on motherboard. Only the full-height and main half-height backplates were included in the box, so no SVGA connector to use my second monitor--bye, bye extended desktop. XFX made it impossible to register their supposed warranty. The registration can only be done when you first install the card, but there is no warning of that, and card installation requires a restart--BOOM!--Your warranty is VOID!

Overall Review: Card is passively cooled so Dell's system fan runs, distractingly, if either the CPU OR GPU is even moderately taxed.

10/28/2013
Most Critical Review

I HATES IT, I DO.

MSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Cons: Total $ spent, about $700 to end up with a dual-core A4-7300 full-height tower that--by the way--will not boot properly if dedicated graphics cards are installed, only since upgrading the BIOS. First, the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming motherboard I was going to use to make a Bitcoin-mining rig had to have a BIOS update to run the AMD Athlon X4 845. MSI claimed compatibility, but lied, so I had to buy another processor to boot the board to update the BIOS. Second, to update the MSI BIOS, I had to buy a copy of Windows 10 *just to install their update*. Third, after spending $ to buy a second processor and a copy of Windows for my /LINUX BOX/, the motherboard still says "FF" NO POST, PROCESSOR FAILURE. When I re-install the A4-7300 APU I bought to fix the motherboard's issues with the X4 845 quad core CPU I bought to run in this board, I have video from the APU but cannot use dedicated video cards--I get no video output from any video port (tried every port on three video cards plus the motherboard video ports run by the APU. When I shut down the computer [only hard-shutdown is possible], take out the add-in card, and go back to the APU, after recovering Windows I can see where Windows installed the drivers for the new video; but I have found no way to get video OUT. I've tried an old 1024x768 monitor, a Dell 1440x900 LCD, and my usual Dell 1080p. No video, no explanation, nothing from MSI.

Overall Review: I've bought this motherboard and two video cards, made by MSI. This motherboard was an attempt at future-proofing; instead, this is JUNK that has wasted hundreds of dollars. Of the two video cards, one has no video out. EVERY ATTEMPT BY ME TO CONTACT MSI HAS FAILED--I am down to postal mail to have any hope of response--their online product-registration system is a complete failure zero ZERO [0] success and MSI does not allow any contact via forum, e-mail, or phone, if your product is not registered On-Line. This is 27 August 2017, I purchased this board 02 November 2014, never a reply of any kind, no assistance of any kind, no offer of replacement by MSI. Save yourself an ulcer and DO NOT EVER BUY ANYTHING MSI.

DOA

AMD Athlon X4 845 with AMD quiet cooler Quad-Core Socket FM2+ 65W AD845XACKASBX Desktop Processor
AMD Athlon X4 845 with AMD quiet cooler Quad-Core Socket FM2+ 65W AD845XACKASBX Desktop Processor

Pros: If you are going to use dedicated graphics, anyway, why not use the Athlon and save some bucks?

Cons: First, the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming motherboard I was going to use to make a Bitcoin-mining rig had to have a BIOS update to run this CPU. MSI claimed compatibility, but lied, so I had to buy another processor. Second, to update the MSI BIOS, I had to buy a copy of Windows 10 *just to install their update*. Third, after spending $ to buy a second processor and a copy of Windows for my /LINUX BOX/, the motherboard still says "FF" NO POST, PROCESSOR FAILURE when I install the A4-7300 APU I bought to fix the motherboard's issues with this CPU. Total $ spent, about $700 to end up with a dual-core A4-7300 full-height tower that--by the way--will not boot properly if dedicated graphics cards are installed, only since upgrading the BIOS.

Overall Review: Absolutely cannot recommend because motherboards are not shipped ready to use this CPU.

Handy in an old Precision workstation.

EVGA GT 710 1GB DDR3 64-bit Single Slot, Dual DVI 01G-P3-2716-RX
EVGA GT 710 1GB DDR3 64-bit Single Slot, Dual DVI 01G-P3-2716-RX

Pros: Use that (almost--USB 3.1 is here, now) useless PCIe x4 slot! Doesn't seem to put out much heat. Frees PCIe x16 slot for a number-cruncher or SSD if you don't game but want to give an older workstation board propose. The single mini-DisplayPort output is a headscratcher. I guess it's all that would fit, and does tip the scales as a very solid and inexpensive triple-monitor single solution. I bought this for its ability to run three digital out in Windows 10 + see above ^^.

Cons: It would be nicer if the twin DVI ports would drive a QWHD monitor, that would make this spiffy for big spreadsheets; this is not a gaming card and it's not a card that plays well with others in any circumstance at-all--its niche should be Office Work (see Pros), but it missed a trick.

Overall Review: Leave your max-throughput x16 slot (s) for Tesla's.

If it works, great.

MSI Computer VGA Graphic Card GT 710 2GD3 LP
MSI Computer VGA Graphic Card GT 710 2GD3 LP

Pros: Nice office card for Dell SFF.

Cons: MSI manual is useless. MSI registration is a nightmare that never ends--think Windows boot loop for comparable frustration. MSI support is unreachable.

Overall Review: Buy another manufacturer's product. I've bought three MSI video cards (one Gaming, two refurbished for office PC's) and an MSI Gaming motherboard. Out of those, I'm satisfied with my purchase of one refurbished card--the rest are such sickeningly, frustration-filled disappoints that I'll definitely avoid MSI products in future. Seriously, burn-pit material. I'm never trusting those reviewers again!

Does Not Work

BIOSTAR TA75M+ FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA75M+ FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Pretty. Easy installation, all pins are well marked, actually pretty good manual too.

Cons: Horrible BIOS--definitely need the manual! Bought from NewEgg as a combo with an A10-5800k APU and 2x4 GB G-Skill 1866 RAM. It boots to POST just fine, will not accept RAM as 1866 no matter what, and will not load an operating system. I've messed with this off-and-on since December 2012, now July 2013, trying different USB drives (four different thumb drives, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/W, BD-R/W), netboot Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, SATA DVD. Windows 7 always fails, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu always crater on first post-installation reboot.

Overall Review: I bought the one-year insurance on each component--but I cannot load a diagnostic to tell me what's faulty!