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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 11/30/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great little board for family PC or HTPC

MSI A68HI AC FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
MSI A68HI AC FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've had this board about a month now, and decided on it mainly for the following reasons: - 4 SATA III ports (most AMD boards this size come with only two) - Mini-ITX for a small footprint - Included wireless that is actually pretty good

Cons: One of the nuts holding one of the antennae connectors in place was loose, which I didn't realize until I already had everything crammed together in the tiny SilverStone SG13B mini-ITX case, so I unfortunately had to take it halfway apart again so I could hold it in place from the inside while tightening it from the outside, so that was a little annoying. Other than that, smooth like butter.

Overall Review: This is a great motherboard for general use or a home theater setup. I got this for my family and have not had any problems with it at all. Setup was smooth with Windows 8.1 x64, which was then upgraded to Windows 10. No problems seeing either the SSD used for the OS or the HDD used for storage during setup. Currently, this board is playing well with the following other components: - AMD A10-7800 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.5GHz - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB - CORSAIR CX series CX430M - SilverStone SG13B (super awesome little case) - Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F120GBLS 2.5" 120GB - An extra 500GB 2.5" hard drive I had

Most Critical Review

Failed after 5 weeks

SAPPHIRE 100925 Active Mini Display Port (M) to Single-Link DVI (F) Cable
SAPPHIRE 100925 Active Mini Display Port (M) to Single-Link DVI (F) Cable

Pros: It worked great for 3 weeks.

Cons: After 3 weeks of use, the monitor this adapter was connected to went blank. After unplugging it and plugging it back in, it started working again, so I figured it was just a loose connection. Two weeks later, the same thing happened, only this time, the monitor would not turn back on after re-seating the connector. I tried it on a different monitor, then a different computer/monitor, but nothing worked. Finally, I borrowed a different adapter from a co-worker, and the different adapter worked. All tech eventually goes bad, but complete failure after only 5 weeks is unacceptable. Unfortunately it was just after the return period ended, and it is not worth the hassle and shipping expense to RMA this piece of junk.

Overall Review: Do yourself a favor and buy a different adapter.

Does what it's supposed to

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Great card for the money. Excellent value. As long as you don't want a rediculously fast wireless connection, this will suit your needs just fine.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: XP didn't find the drivers automatically; I had to install them manually. No biggie, though.

Simple and easy

NETGEAR 5-Port Fast Ethernet 10/100 Unmanaged Switch (FS105NA)
NETGEAR 5-Port Fast Ethernet 10/100 Unmanaged Switch (FS105NA)

Pros: Put it on your desk. Plug it in. You're done.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: It's really small. Like the size of a peanut butter sandwich.

12/25/2007

Headaches are not worth the low price!

SABRENT SBT-SP6C 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
SABRENT SBT-SP6C 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Well, I got it to work... Finally. So that's a plus, I guess.

Cons: This thing was nothing but problems from the start. First of all, the driver CD that is included with the card doesn't have the right drivers on it, or at least drivers that are compatible with XP. There are very poor instructions included with the product, and no customer support provided by the manufacturer.

Overall Review: There are about a dozen different device drivers on the CD, none of which would work, so then I turned to the internet. I found several different drivers that were supposedly compatible with this model, but two didn't work at all, one installed but produced choppy sound, but finally I found one that worked. The file name for the drivers that finally worked is "wxp1319.exe", and the device installed as "AW540/FM801 PCI Audio (WDM)". If you search the internet for that file name, you should find it pretty easily. AVOID THIS PRODUCT! If you've bought it already, hopefully the advice above helps.

Not that great...

ABIT KN8 Ultra 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
ABIT KN8 Ultra 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Very robust BIOS. Plenty of options for expansion. Good RAID and overclocking features.

Cons: Not very stable. It will freeze at least three or four times a week.

Overall Review: I ended up switching back to my old 754 socket board since it's much more stable. I'll proably buy an A##s 939 socket board eventually...