Date Joined: 10/08/01
Pros: Simple easy installation without any problems. Runs cool out of the box.
Cons: It's a little expensive for my budget. The combo deals could have been more robust to make the purchase easier on my wallet.
Overall Review: Finally finished building my aunt's new rig. 3Ghz Ivybridge Core i5, Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, Crucial 16 GB Ram kit, 620W PSU, nMediaPC LCD Panel(so pretty), twin OCZ 240GB SSD's, and its all in a LIAN LI PC-Q08R. It takes like 3 seconds to restart. SO JEALOUS.
Pros: For the price this is a good little board to throw in an HTPC build.
Cons: Runs with memory rated at 1.50v @ 1066MHz so be sure to get compatible memory or memory that can be clocked down to this voltage and speed if you are using a core i3 processor.
I am currently trying to resolve an issue where the BIOS stalls during a cold boot(where the system hasn't been powered on for some time i.e. over night). I've reproduced the event by powering off the system unplugging the PSU and holding the power button down till the system drains the power. In this case it reproduces the event infrequently.
I have successfully/cleanly updated the BIOS to the latest version as of the day this is posted.
Intel customer service is unavailable on the weekends so I can't do anything till the week starts.
Cons: I did an install using this board and ran into memory dump issues. I checked the memory, hard disk drives, and even the optical drives using various testing methods which were all passed without incident. I made sure that the BIOS was updated and all drivers were up to date. I even ran the BIOS in its safety mode. I never attempted to overclock any of the components and ran everything at stock. I've no choice but to conclude that the motherboard was at fault.
Overall Review: I'll be scrapping my build and returning the components for a refund.
Pros: The manual is virtually flawless. The setup and customizing for a setup using an HDTV and a HD Ready Video Card by the same manufacturer made this motherboard an easy choice. This board performs to the manufacturers specifications.
Cons: I'd like the price to be a little less expensive however you get what you pay for and in this case it is excellence in execution.
Overall Review: I build computer systems regularly and building around this motherboard was a great experience. I have since built a few more systems around this motherboard.
Pros: This card is capable of everything the manufacturer claims.
Cons: However the above is only capable when this adapter is not being fickle and inconsistent. This adapter drops signals many times during use. If you are wirelessly networking computers or printers using this adapter you will be met with nothing but frustration. If you play any MMORPG do not buy this adapter. It's not worth a wipe.
Overall Review: Trust me when I say that this adapter should be avoided. If you are looking for a solution for a desktop get an internal card with an antenna.
Pros: It's better than its predecessor in terms of performance and style. The older version of this adapter would drop a connection even though there was no interferance after or worse during receiving/sending a few gigs of information. This adapter is rock steady and I've yet to have a dropped connection except when there is a problem with the router.
Cons: The software needed to run this adapter is wasting space in my system tray. It doesn't give me the option to hide or remove it even with the windows zero configuration settings turned on. I'm also lazy and I just want an easy solution.
Overall Review: I realize that I've only had this item for a short period but I will update after another month of using this adapter.
Comments: I recently replaced my geforce 3 card with this killer card. I am extremely happy with the purchase. It runs flawlessly the card is supported by great software and under full load my system temp does not spike more than 2-4 degrees. The fan on this card is very quiet. I recommend this card for people who want to take advantage of the latest games and still have an AGP mobo. Upgrading to a new mobo and processor just to use PCIe graphics cards is not your only solution for advanced graphics in gaming.
Comments: This drive installed without any problems. It's also very quiet. The combo special made this one an even easier purchase descision with the free light scribe CD's.
Comments: This power supply is a must have for anyone looking for efficient and quiet computing. The accessories used to clean up the cables in the case are simple and effective in allowing air flow.