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Sean A.

Sean A.

Joined on 12/05/06

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

3 out of 4 came good.

Hitachi GST Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Lots of cache. Cheap price...Free Shipping (when I ordered). Bought 4 of these to throw into a 5-in-3 hot swap SATA Back Plane for my new home server running Solaris 10 with ZFS for the storage array.

Cons: 1 drive out of the 4 I ordered was DOA. RMA in process, but sucks to have to pay shipping to RMA a drive that came with free shipping.

Overall Review: I'm normally a Seagate fan due to their 5 year warranty. Like Western Digital, these Hitachi's come with a 3 yr. warranty. I went with these because the price point was better than the 250GB / 8MB cache models from the afore mentioned competitors.

Most Critical Review

Twice received dead boards

GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: In theory... great for a low power NAS solution.

Cons: Ordered first board, received it connected it, powered it on, and all I got were the CPU fan, 2 case fans and my drives spinning. No video, no lights on my keyboard. RMA'd. Received a new one. Same Deal. :( Going to send back for refund.

Vista 64 OK

BIOSTAR GF8200 M2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR GF8200 M2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Bought this to jump my Vista 64 desktop from an ATX factor to a uATX factor. Was running w/ a Foxconn board w/ nVidia 590 chipset. Switched to this Biostar with just a few driver reloads. Vista took it like a champ.

Cons: Upgraded the BIOS to the latest, seems flaky. Vista doesn't like to come out of hibernate w/o a BSOD. BIOS sometimes will detect my Seagate 320GB drive but will not boot it, Power Cycle seems to resolve, but reset will not.

Overall Review: Was impressed that Vista handled the chipset changes w/o needing a re-install. Overall, am hoping to work out the kinks mentioned above. Loving the uATX form to save space on my cluttered desk.

Meets Expectations

Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: So far so good. The board functions well, I'm running 64bit Vista Home Premium with an AMD 64 X2 6000+. Nice large poster displaying connections on the board.

Cons: Stock BIOS seems to not recognize my CPU. Looking for Vista Safe procedure to update BIOS on system w/ no floppy drive. Seems as though several connections mentioned in the manual and highlighted on the poster are not present.

Overall Review: I'm not an overclocker, I'm mostly a value buyer for my home systems. This board came with effectively a 50% mail-in rebate and that's why I bought it. So far performance has been excellent.