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RANDAL C.

RANDAL C.

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Most Favorable Review

As Advertised

Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK

Pros: Worked as advertised and pared up with my existing Patriot memory w/o any problems.

Cons: None

Overall Review: My board is now maxed on memory, this is a plus!

Most Critical Review

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gb LAN, BIOS FlashBack, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and AURA Sync)
ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gb LAN, BIOS FlashBack, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and AURA Sync)

Pros: This board was SUPER fast when it worked as advertised.

Cons: M.2_2 Slot was INTERMITTENT regardless of which M.2 drive was installed, I have three WD Black SN750 1TB and I verified it on the QVL list. Regardless of which drive (M.2) was installed into slot M.2_2 the unexpected results were always the same. Typically when starting the motherboard, the M.2_2 would not be listed, BLANK as if it didn't even exist. I would have to reboot several times before it would show in the BIOS. On very few occasions when it did boot normally, it would eventually just disappear from Windows after "x" amount of time and in the BIOS after a warm boot.

Overall Review: Overall the system worked well but the NVMe in M.2_2 was my data drive and just not acceptable for my use. Unfortunately, I ran out the clock on the return policy, and troubleshooting with customer support although ok, was taking way to long. Friendly advise, test early, test often, keep all of your original box material until after return policy and warranty expires, be very specific with any problems, use the "UserBenchMark" tool (if possible) to export your system report, and provide it to the support team and DON'T get roped into lengthy troubleshooting processes. The attached image is with one NVMe installed in M.2_2 slot ONLY, the picture was taken after 5 reboots with no change in status. I ended up purchasing an X570 board instead.

BUYER BEWARE!

SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: NONE

Cons: Memory Compatibility -- 5 short beeps + 1 long beep, No memory detected in the system

Overall Review: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BUY MEMORY OUTSIDE OF THE LIMITED AND NOT EASILY AVAILABLE PUBLISHED SUPERMICRO "TESTED MEMORY LIST" I have purchased and tested several variants of 1600/1333/1066 per the manual specs and YES my CPU is an E3-1200 v2 to NO AVAIL including Crucial CT4265512 which states compatibility. The result is as described in the Pros.

Disappointed

SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SBL-LN1-O LGA 775 Intel 3200 Micro ATX Intel Xeon/Core 2/Pentium/Celeron Server Motherboard
SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SBL-LN1-O LGA 775 Intel 3200 Micro ATX Intel Xeon/Core 2/Pentium/Celeron Server Motherboard

Pros: 6 SATA ports, no non-essential ports like audio, clean layout, all together a great server board.

Cons: I could not get the one I ordered to boot, I tried everything even different CPU, memory and PS.

Overall Review: I REALLY wanted this board for my FreeNAS server and am very disappointed I could not get it to work. Nonetheless it is a great little server class board. Done let me experience ward you away from this board, I believe it was a fluke.

Excellent Drives

Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Nice and Quiet with a lot of space!

Cons: None

Overall Review: Bought three for my FreeNAS server configured with ZFS. Total zpool size 2.72TB and it screams. I am very happy with this product!

Outstanding!

Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK

Pros: Plug-N-Play w/ NO problems!

Cons: Absolutely None...

Overall Review: Purchased to compliment my existing (2x1GB) Kit, ALL is working perfectly :-)