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Patrick C.

Patrick C.

Joined on 03/01/03

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Most Favorable Review

I like it.

BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid, no crashes. Intel RST accelerate option works GREAT with a 64GB Samsung 830 SSD (RST 11.7 enhanced mode) - much faster response after a few boots and some use.

Cons: If I had to be picky, I'd complain about the fan controllers - full speed and LOUD for a few seconds during power on, then mellows during Windows load, if adjusted properly. Wow that's picky, 5 stars...

Overall Review: I have two of the H77MU3 boards (from uCenter with nice discount+CPU). One with a 2500K, another with a 3570K, both work fine with all 4 RAM slots populated using a mix of the cheapest Crucial and Kingston RAM I could find (DDR-1333). One with 32GB (8+8+8+8), other with 12GB (4+2+4+2). Using BIOS revision H77AR425.

Most Critical Review

DUD

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It didn't fry my motherboard?

Cons: Didn't work in AHCI mode with my P35 motherboard (where a Seagate 7200.11 500GB works fine!). Seemed to work in an AMD 780 motherboard in IDE mode, but random read and write times were poor (35% slower than my 3 year old ATA drive). Sea-tech said drive was defective and should be returned for a replacement. I returned for refund instead.

SSShhhhhh

XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD 677X ZNLC
XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD 677X ZNLC

Pros: Great value, runs as fast as a 5770 in another computer.

Cons: LOUD! I have it mounted in my basement with cables routed up through the floor (HTPC). I can hear it as soon as I open the basement door - sounds like a leaf blower.

Overall Review: The one I received doesn't look like the picture. The mounting bracket is single slot (no vents, heat sink is double wide).

Does The Job

ZEROtherm CF800 92mm CPU Cooler
ZEROtherm CF800 92mm CPU Cooler

Pros: Cools a Q8400 a little better than the stock heatsink. Full load temps dropped from ~60C to ~52C. Full load fan speed ~1100-RPM (a little headroom?).

Cons: ?

Overall Review: The auto-fan speed control on my motherboard is terrible. The CPU fan would sometimes spin at full speed for a minute or so for no reason (CPU ~25C), then, would spin slow when the temperature increased(?). With the CF800, I don't have to depend on the MB BIOS to adjust fan speed.

Nice motherboard.

Foxconn G45M-S LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn G45M-S LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great price. Stable performance with Win7-64, 8GB G.Skilll DDR2-800, and e6300 (2.8GHz).

Cons: BIOS fan control is almost useless for the NB and SYS fan headers - fine for CPU header - didn't try foxone software.

Overall Review: When I received my board (about a month ago), foxconnsupport.corn had a newer BIOS than foxconnchannel.corn. Why did Fox include an IDE cable? Haven't tried to overclock, can't comment there.

11/11/2009

Low $$$.

Intel Celeron E3200 - Celeron Dual-Core Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80571E3200
Intel Celeron E3200 - Celeron Dual-Core Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80571E3200

Pros: Great price/performance ratio.

Cons: At this price, none.

Overall Review: More than enough power for intended purpose at stock clock. But... even with the e3400 clocked at 3.2GHz, VM client performance is better with my stock-clock e6300 (2.8GHz, same MBoard), guess that extra 1MB of cache is worth something.

11/11/2009