Date Joined: 01/29/07
Pros: Excellent compatability, stability, and feature set. Not too pricey.
Cons: Its a bit more expensive that I would have liked to pay for a socket AM2 motherboard, but not bad at all.
only two usable RAM slots
For me its a con that the PCIe x1 slot is above the x16 slot because I have no cards to use in it, but could have used both PCI slots (one PCI slot is used by an after-market fan for my video card since the original one on it died)
Overall Review: I bought it to set up a Windows 7 machine with some parts I had laying around, and used an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ socket AM2 processor. Works just fine using Win 7 Professional 64-bit and 2GB DDR2 800 (2x 1GB).
My primary rig has a variant of this board that only supports DDR2 RAM and has been running pretty much 24/7 for over a year now.
Pros: Very quiet in operation, excellent price, runs cool.
Cons: To set this drive to SATA 1.5Gbps mode you have to use special software from Samsung and burn it to a CD or put it on a *gasp* floppy disk. How are you supposed to do this when you don't have access to a system that supports SATA 3.0Gbps drives?
Overall Review: I bought it to put in an external enclosure that, sure enough, required SATA 1.5Gbps. Thankfully I had a way to switch the interface speed over.
I've never had a Samsung hard drive let me down.
Pros: Good price for an enclosure with firewire, sturdy, good xfer speeds.
Cons: Have to set SATA drive to 1.5Gbps speed. Normally not a big deal if this is done with a jumper, but with the Samsung drive I used with it I had to do it with software before I installed the drive in the unit.
Also, I wish the holes for the drive mounting screws were round so that the drive could be lined up better. They are sort-of rectangular shaped with a slit coming off in one direction.
Overall Review: Using it with an iMac G4 as a file server. Installed a 1TB Samsung EcoGreen 1TB hard drive.
Pros: Stable, good price, 4 RAM slots, plenty of features, BIOS not difficult to navigate, good documentation, though a little confusing about ram installation...
Cons: nothing noteworthy
Overall Review: Saw a spelling error in the BIOS setup, included disc is a DVD, not a CD.
Pros: Two fans make for good airflow. Seems stable, though it hasn't been used much yet. Good sized wires.
Cons: More fans make more noise, SATA power connectors are really close together...
Overall Review: As others have stated, this power supply should be regarded as a 450W PSU (seems to be common for Logisys to do this). I don't know if I'd trust it in an SLI system. I've used several other Logisys power supplies and have been very pleased. The fans in it are an interesting blueish-clear, but are not LED fans.
Pros: Move A LOT of air, LEDs are a good color.
Cons: ...because it moves so much air it makes a lot of noise
Overall Review: Over all I'm quite pleased
Pros: Good looking case, Fairly well designed, comes with LED fans, Roomy for the average build, thumbscrews for the side panels.
Cons: Metal is a little flimsy, but that is to be expected at this price point, packing could be a little better, there were a couple small chips in the plastic for the side window. The screen for the side fan is a pain in the rear to reposition when swapping the fan out. Front 5.25" bay covers easy to push in.
Overall Review: Swapped all the fans for ones with red LEDs. 120mm fans in the front and rear, 80mm on the side. The rear fan is held in with a plastic clip mount...
Pros: There's nothing very special about it. The caps are nice to keep dust and lint out...
Cons: Although the caps are nice, they are easily lost. The one I received had a nice crack in the plastic on it, this occurred at the factory as the piece that was broken was not in the package.
Overall Review: Package says is supports "Micro SD and MMC with no adapter" Well, it obviously requires a Micro SD to standard SD adapter.
Got it free with a Power Supply I ordered for a friend...
Overall, not a bad product, just unremarkable, and there was that crack...
Pros: Quiet, low-power, good price
Overall Review: Works great in my Atom-based file server. Don't expect super fast transfer speeds, but its definitely not comparable to a turtle!
Pros: Convenient, provides for good cable management, good length.
Overall Review: Cheaper than buying a SATA cable and a SATA to Molex power adapter separately.
Pros: Works great, uses only 100mA of power, cheap, works with Win98
Overall Review: Bought it for an old Compaq laptop running Win98SE that has bad internal sound. The laptop also has a bad USB port, so I am using a PCMCIA USB card in it that only provides 100mA to each port when not using external power, and this card/adapter/dongle works fine with it without the extra power.
Pros: Reliable - I purchased it in January 2008, I use it pretty much 24-7 and I haven't had any problems yet.
It managed survive a power surge...
Cons: Thin wires, but they get the job done. After two years the fan is starting to go out in it, but that is easily fixed with another fan from an older PSU.
Overall Review: Don't expect to get the full 480W, but for a budget built it can hardly be beat.
Use extreme caution if you decide to replace a fan in a psu, it isn't normally recommended if you have little to no background in electronics
I've used other Logisys PSUs and have had no problems with them, they are an excellent value
Pros: It works, nothing really special about the product
Cons: One minor issue (see below)
Overall Review: The wire colors were swapped: The black wires were the positive, and the yellow were the negative. I had to check and see if it was my power supply that had the issue, but it was this cable.
This makes no difference as long as they don't criss-cross, and are straight-through.
Pros: EXCELLENT compatibility. I'm using it on Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Web pages load much faster than any Winmodem I've used, its faster than my USB Conexant ACF chipset modem, too.
I had been stuck using a 15-year-old 14.4K external modem after the ACF modem started acting up.
Cons: Essentially none, but the serial cable is only about a foot long(see below)
Overall Review: I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with my ACF modem on this computer (Its a hardware-based modem on a chip), but this took care of it.
As I said, the serial cable is really short, but the fact that one is included surprises me. It also, has a 25-pin connector on it to use it with really old computers, which surprises me even more than the existence of the cable.
In case anybody is curious, the back of the modem has a DB-9 connector. (my 14.4K has a DB-25 on the back)
Pros: The adapter itself works, for the most part. Drive detection is a little flaky sometimes. Price is good.
Cons: Power adapter about caused a fire on my desk. The main capacitor exploaded while I was burning a CD with my netbook, the plastic case started to melt, and it cracked apart, I got a couple blisters unplugging the power cord from it (main plug is down behind my desk).
The DVD-burner I was using did not exceed the power rating, the drive is rated 1.5A on both 5V and 12V, the included adapter is rated at 2.5A on each.
Overall Review: This is probalby what cause my new 500GB hard drive to go bad.... I already RMA'd that. I'm not going to RMA this, the adapter works, and that's what is most important. I can use an old AT-style PSU to power the drives, I've got about a dozen of them.
I'm not going to say all out and don't buy as the adpater itself is pretty decent, but WATCH OUT FOR THE POWER SUPPLY!!!!!!
I've had laptop-style PATA drives, standard PATA, and SATA hard drive on it just fine, and a PATA DVD-burner that I booted and installed Windows from it, and burnt some CDs with it.
Oh, and it is a "USB Mass Storage Device" class, so no drivers are needed for most operating systems.
Pros: Cheap, quiet, stable, 3.3V on the SATA power adapter
Cons: thin wires, but I expected that
Overall Review: I've used several Logisys PSUs in the past, I haven't been let down yet. I have one that is left on 24-7.
Fan isn't silent, but by no means is it loud.
Pros: Cheap, rather powerful, works great, does what I need.
Cons: Nothing major
Overall Review: In regards to the RAM issue being discussed, the Atom processor's bus speed is only 533Mhz, so there is no point to increase the RAM speed past that. Intel took the option to increase the RAM speed out of the BIOS because of this.
Also, be sure to apply the latest BIOS update.
Pros: Designed to do what I needed...
Cons: Doesn't work, poorly designed
Overall Review: Had to remove the small white plastic things and the foam adhesive pad to make it have complete contact... I insulated the back with a piece of plastic so no metal would make contact, and held it in place with electrical tape.
Won't let the computer finish POST.
Was missing the screws
Lost the little plastic things, and threw away the cardboard box, so I can't RMA.
Pros: Good read speed and burning speed.
Cons: I got a BSOD after burning a DVD-video disc with Nero 6.6/ NeroVision Express 3.
Included CD with Nero 7 was damaged, it had a big slice through it, not really worth RMAing because I didn't realize it had a CD with it anyways...
Overall Review: I hope the BSOD problem isn't constant, I haven't had the opportunity to try burning with it again.
Pros: Hardware based, so it is compatible with Linux out of the box, windows drivers work good for basic use., External so it doesn't use a valuable PCI slot in my micro-atx motherboard, and USB so I can use it in my Acer Aspire One, too.
Cons: Driver is very minimalistic, there is no Modem On Hold software, caller ID, or V.92 configuration utilities with it that I can see. Connection isn't as fast as an old Lucent-based v.90 PCI Winmodem that I have (averaging 31.2k instead of 36k).
Overall Review: Works good enough for me, but MOH software would have been really nice to have.
I use it on Windows XP Pro and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Disc includes drivers for Win 98/ME, which surprised me a little.
Pros: Great price, stable, no issues.
Paired with 2GB Wintec RAM and an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5000+ with an ATI Radeon x1550 graphics card.
Cons: None what so ever, though another PATA channel and 7.1 surround would be nice.
I imagine the existence of only one onboard PATA channel is a limitation of the chip set (I had to get a SATA DVD burner). 7.1 audio was listed as optional in the manual...
Overall Review: Bought to replace another board by a bigger name that had the SATA controller go out on it.
The manual is poorly translated, but by far not the worst I have seen.
This is my 5th PC Chips/ ECS Elitegroup board, and I will continue to buy them they are excellent quality for the price.
Pros: Full-Sized ATX, 8x AGP, Great performance.
Overall Review: Bought it to replace another PC Chips board that went belly-up when the PSU died. Am running 1GB DDR333 RAM, Duron 1.8Ghz processor, Geforce 4 MX 4000 video, and Windows 2000.
I would highly recommend this board, and when needed (and if available, out of stock right now) I will buy again. I wish I have about 5 more of them for spares as socket A boards are becoming rare.
Pros: Cheap (I bought three of them), comes with short USB extension cable, box states they are compatible with USB 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0, works good enough to get the job done. Speeds seem pretty good, and web browsing is pretty good even when using with USB 1.1
Cons: Constant random disconnects under WinXP and Win2k, even with updated driver from Encore's website (though the updated one isn't as bad as the included one). This was with two different routers. They get a bit hot when transferring data constantly (like when playing a video or mp3s stored on another computer)
Overall Review: The random disconnects made it hard to do Microsoft Update, but after about 3 hours of struggling with it, it started working.
A small LAN protocol from Realtek (they use Realtek chipsets) is installed with them, though it is unneeded when TCP/IP is set up properly (this protocol may be the cause of the disconnects, as after I disabled it the adapter seemed more reliable)
Given the opportunity, I don't think I would buy these again as there are other ones in the price range that are more reliable, but when I bought mine all the others were out of stock. If this is all you can get, then get them, but they are not my first choice.
Pros: The keyboard has a good feel to it, and it seems to be built quite sturdily
Cons: The clips that hold the wrist wrest break off easily
Overall Review: The customer I picked this out for decided to get a padded wrist wrest, so its no big deal about the included one, the keyboard itself was worth the price
Pros: It works, and its a good price for the watt output
Cons: The wires are REALLY thin
Overall Review: Because of the this wires, I wouldn't use this for a really power-hungry computer, but otherwise it seems to be quite decent, I would buy again