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Jerry M.

Jerry M.

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BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The motherboard has worked flawlessly since I purchased it. I posted about it previously on March 20, 2009 @ 9pm if you want to read my other original opinions. This is an update for future buyers, there is something that you need to know about this motherboard.

Cons: This is a single plane motherboard with regards to the AM2+ power specification. CPU's like the Phenom II 955 will not run on it. If you use any Phenom II, the TDP of the chip will be much higher and some of the power saving/management features will be unavailable. The cpu specs are based upon you using a AM2/AM3 dual power plane motherboard. I would expected that a manufacturer of a AM2+/AM3 ready motherboard will have followed the specifications in full. However this is not the case with this motherboard. It does not fully support the full AM2+ spec an thus you may, like me, find some disappointment later on.

Overall Review: I would have still purchased this motherboard, I just wish they had been forthcoming in the defiencency. When you do research and read the AM2+/AM3 spec, you are expecting a standard to have been followed. I had originally purchsed it with a 7750BE with the intention of upgrading CPU's in the future. Well, I did, and now I can not use it as intended. I just want to inform you of this issue so you can make an informed purchase. It is a SOLID motherboard and has had ZERO issues till I tried to upgrade the CPU. I put the 7750BE and everything works as advertised.

NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)
NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)

Pros: FIVE Gigabit ports, wireless b/g/n on the 2.4 ghz band ONLY (see cons for more on this) It has a 480mhz processor with enough RAM (64 megs) to handle a lot of connections. The USB NAS funcationality allows you share a USB drive with the whole network.

Cons: Wireless range is less than the WRT54G that it replaced. I feel the lack of external anntenna factors into this. For something that is supposed to attract the enthusiast crowd, it is lacking in features. It should have all the bells and whistles. It should have been a dual band 2.4/5.0 wireless device with more flash and RAM. This would allow even more experimentation and development. In essence, the 3rd party crowd could write the firmware that make the router shine and develop features that can be rolled back into the consumer & business router. That is the benefit of open source. What we make can be used by ANYONE.

Overall Review: Face it folks. This router was built to cater to the 3rd PARTY FIRMWARES. Expecting great things from the stock firmware is foolish. Yes, it work but it is not great. Get DD-WRT or TomatoUSB if you really want to see this router perform. If you are not prepared to flash one of these, then move on to a more mainstream router like a Linksys E2000 or a Netgear WNDR3700 router. They get regular updates that are vetted by the maker and are less 'experimental' I use TomatoUSB Toastman builds. I can browse, download full blast uncapped torrents AND have my wife game online in MMO's while in ventrillo/teamspeak with ZERO lag. This is with some 2000 connections going simultaneously. The 3rd party firmwares add functionality that is not seen in router gear costing 5 times as much.

GREAT Value from AMD with a possible bonus!

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 - Athlon 64 X2 Kuma Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W black edition Processor - AD775ZWCGHBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 - Athlon 64 X2 Kuma Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W black edition Processor - AD775ZWCGHBOX

Pros: STARS K10 architecture, 65nm, good sized cache. AM2+ socketed CPU, overclocking goodness. Folks, don't believe all the benchmarking naysayers. This chip is fast and gets the job done. As someone stated before, this thing thinks it is a quad. Even if you MAX it out, it still stays snappy. This has to be one of the best dual cores that I have ever used. On stock voltage, you can OC to 3.1ghz without issues. Bump the voltage and a better fan/heatsink and you can get 3.4ghz without much apprehension. In Vista is rated a 5.5 on processor right out of the box. OC it a bit and you get 5.7, REALLY OC it and you can get to 5.9. You get half a Phenom for less then half the price. What more can you want? Read the other thoughts for the suprise bonus I found.

Cons: 95W for a dual core? This is a bit high in my opinion. However, see other thoughts for the REASON it is so high. The stock cooler is more than functional if you have a well ventilated case. If this is the ONLY fan in the case then YES, it will run hot. I have not gotten it over 40C under a full load on the stock cooler at stock speed. Heat is not as big an issue as others make it out to be. I have an OLD Compaq case and it more then keeps everything cool with LOUSY ventilation. Yes, if you OC, you will need a better FHS, but this is a given. While the stock FHS works I think for a BE which they KNOW is going to be overclocked, they should have included a better one. Something like the Quads got with heatpipes would have been more appropiate.

Overall Review: Here is a DOOZY for you. I have a Biostar TA790GX XE and with the latest firmware and ACC on, all FOUR cores work. Yep, it unlocks the other two cores and then the REAL fun begins. To be honest it shocked the heck out of me. I was experimenting with OC'ing and did not expect a QUAD to come out of this DUAL core. Now, you may not get stable cores (You know, they may have been disabled for a reason) but if they work (and mine do TYVM) this is an added bonus. This is WHY the thing is rated at 95 watts. You have the extra baggage of the two unused cores sitting there. BTW: With all the cores going it is a 140W processor. MAKE SURE YOUR MOTHERBOARD CAN HANDLE IT BEOFRE YOU TRY THIS! With that said, *IF* you get the other cores and they are stable, the stock FHS sucks. It will not get the job done. Even at idle the CPU is near 60C. Do not try the ACC trick if you do not have a better FHS on hand.

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: uATX!!! & 790GX shipset with decent onboard graphics, AM2+ socket. If you do not plan to use crossfire then this is a good board. I had no need to do dual GFX cards so this board was an easy pick for me. I put a 7750BE , 4 gigs of G-Skill 1066 memory, and a 500 gig SATA2 barracuda hard drive. Not too bad in the speed department. Boots up and gets the job done. Also, this thing runs COOL. I have it in a older compaq case that does not have the best ventialtion and I run at 78 degrees on the CPU and slightly less on the motherboard. I have Cool and Quiet disabled and heat is not an issue. The BIOS is initially confusing as heck. The manual for the BIOS is on the supplied CD. You just have to print it out for review. Once I found it things went a lot easier. Once you get a feel for the adjustments all I can say is WOW. You can have a lot of fun tweaking it.

Cons: Did not autoconfig the DDR2 1066 memory. I had to go and manually clock the memory. (-1 egg) As another person stated, the supplied Biostar programs are not the best. You get some decent OC with them, but do not expect much.

Overall Review: Here is something that has not been mentioned in a review: Scores in the WIE of: CPU 5.5 Memory 5.9 Grapihics 4.4 Gaming Gfx 4.2 Disk performance 5.9 Yeah, I know that this is not the best way to benchmark it, but it is easy for most people to understand. This is with the CPU in its default speed and before I figured out that the memory was underclocked.

IOGEAR GCS92 2 -Port DVI PS/2 KVM Switch with built in cables and remote switching
IOGEAR GCS92 2 -Port DVI PS/2 KVM Switch with built in cables and remote switching

Pros: GREAT PRICE ($50 off!), Switches sound/mic as well as keyboard/mouse & monitor. You can also switch the sound/mic independently of the KVM by using hotkeys. This is a nice touch.

Cons: You have to have the computer selected when you start it otherwise the monitor resolution will be off. This is a minor annoyance once you are used to it.

Overall Review: The cable length is not to bad as it has been made out. The computers can be about 5 1/2 to 6 feet apart. There is quite a long monitor console cable that helps the situation. This is a perfect solution if you have two computers at the same desk/workstation and you need to conserve deskspace by having only one monitor If you need to connect computers from across the room you need to look at other options. As a side note, the DVI fixed aspect ratio works propely with this switch. Older non-widescreen programs will stay in the correct resolution (i.e NOT STRETCHED!) as long as you have you drivers set correctly. This ONE thing was the main reason I purchased this product

Intel Pentium 4 2.8 - Pentium 4 Northwood Single-Core 2.8 GHz Socket 478 68.4W Processor - RK80532PE072512
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 - Pentium 4 Northwood Single-Core 2.8 GHz Socket 478 68.4W Processor - RK80532PE072512

Pros: Performs as advertised

Cons: none

Overall Review: Updated a older Dell 4550 machine that was donated to me. Took out the older 2.0GHZ P4 400 mhz FSB and dropped this in. Instant speed increase. This is a cheap way to keep an older machine viable.