Date Joined: 02/24/06
Overall Review: Had to return immediately. Dead on arrival.
Pros: - Spec says microATX but the size is almost close to mini-ITX. Very compact.
- Easy to assemble
- HDMI, DVI, and VGA all together
- 4 USB 2.0 ports + 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: - Excellent board with quality parts
- Straightforward installation: maybe the same for other AM1 socket boards as well
- GUI BIOS: I do not like it but good for everyday users
- Matched with AMD 5150: quad-core with 25W TDP
- Perfect for upgrades or HTPC
Pros: - Quad-core CPU consuming only 25W!
- Northbridge and southbride included: motherboards become all cheap and compact-sized
- almost no fan noise: comes with a fan, but almost no fan noise at all. Fan rotates around 1.5K rpms for my system
- Compact size: almost like a quarter --- except that it's rectangular.
Cons: - not for high-end gaming: not a good match with high-end gaming video cards demanding full bandwidth of PCI Express x16 specs
Overall Review: - Quad-core cpu consuming 25W? Are you kidding?
- New atom processors might be better in terms of pure tech specs: they consume less power. Intel does provide quad-core Atoms. But Atoms become pretty much expensive when you build a system for yourself. The new Atoms are for tablets.
- Very good for upgrading existing systems
- Very good for HTPC
- New heatsink/fan installation okay from my experience. Just different.
- Go ahead and buy it
Pros: No fan --- completely silent. Less power consumption (15W?) than NVidia ones with similar performance. Low profile brackets included. HDMI output.
Cons: Not for you if you are serious with 3d gaming.
Overall Review: Put into a custom built pc with a hexacore AMD cpu and16Gb of memory. Runs like a champ. Not much to complain with the rebate.
Pros: A good motherboard with lots of features. 4 memory slots. Lots of USB ports.
Cons: Bios setup somewhat tricky. Sensitive to memory module timing setup (If not autodetected, you will have a long hard time to figure out the correct numbers) Realtek NIC setup might be tricky since Windows cannot find it automatically.
Overall Review: Very good for building up a multi-core server with 32Gb+ memory. I am running Phenom II X6 and the CPU actually does nothing. No onboard video but can put two PCI-E Video cards at the same time --- Good for having more than two monitors at the same time.
Pros: Completely silent. Small form factor. Low power drain. hdmi port. 64-bit dual core cpu with virtualization unlike intel ones. mini-PCI express slots.. 32 Gb maximum memory. Cheap price after the rebate.
Cons: Slow. Realtek NIC hard to setup. no mSATA?
Overall Review: Great mobo for home or office use. Put in a SSD and you will have a complete silent PC. Feels slow for a dual-core processor but fine with normal use but 1080p video play capable. If interested, you can put notebook-style power adapter onto this mobo.
Pros: Great sound
Cons: PX100 is better for portability?
Overall Review: A great choice if you are a fan of PX100. Bigger than PX100, but the sound is upgraded with higher clarity. A little less crisp over high pitch sounds compared to other closed-ear style headphones, but cannot complain with this price.
PX 100 is better for portability with the folding and small plastic case but this is still comfortable and portable enough. Comes with a small pouch instead of a case.
Purchase of a decent USB DAC is a must if you are a serious listener --- this headphone does handle higher resolution than a typical smartphone or PC output do. Or pickup a player with better DAC inside. At least as good as an iPhone or iPod.
Pros: Price inexpensive. Solid performance so far (two months).
Cons: A little heavy (two hdds inside?)
Overall Review: So far it is good. Bought with a good discount and great for storing secondary things from my one desktop and two other laptops. USB 3.0 is a plus for faster backup speed.
Pros: High-quality IPS screen at bargain price. Heard that the panel is high-end s-IPS instead of cheaper e-IPS but did not double check it. Very satisfied with the image quality. Best for pdf file reading work. 90 degree rotation. Good color reproduction for photo viewing compared to my other LCD monitors (Samsung PVA panel) but I am not a designer.
Cons: Heavy and thick. No LED backlighting but the production date is stamped to be 2007 for mine. Some scratch on the stand but this is refurb and I don't care at all. I was lucky with the panel --- no dead pixels at all. Don't expect any HDMI port but DVI is fine enough.
Overall Review: One of the best flat panel monitor purchase I have ever made. Highly recommended for those looking for IPS or PVA panel monitors.
Pros: Complete desktop in a router-sized box. dual core. dvi and hdmi for crisp display. usb 3.0, wireless included.
Cons: hard to disassemble/assemble (almost no instructions in manual) hard drive cage needs to be completely taken out for drive installation (cannot directly snap drive in. This is very tricky) only one memory slot. Bios upgrade is a must (and a pain)
Overall Review: Very nice tiny desktop for everyday use with a dual core cpu. Almost impossible to find better one in this price range. As other users noted, bios update is a must. Install freedos first to hdd, put newest bios updates and reflash. Then go ahead with win7 installation. Win 7 cannot install network adapter driver automatically so get prepared to provide them manually from the driver CD included. Lucky to have a deal with a dvd-rw combo.
Pros: Fast. Longer warranty period than WD Blue products. 16Mb cache. Good price with $10 discount.
Cons: Vibration from 7200rpm speed. I might be sensitive, but I can feel the vibration from my Thinkpad T61 palmrest. No vibration was felt with my previous WD 500Gb Blue drive.
Slightly more heat than WD 500Gb Blue but negligible.
Overall Review: If you don't like vibration, avoid this. Noise level is similar to WD 500Gb Blue.
Pros: inexpensive. up for two weeks and no problems so far.
Cons: only 2 SATA ports. 65W cpu's only. No dvi ports but it's okay considering its price.
Overall Review: put a single-core Sempron with 6GB memory. Windows 7 pro (64-bit) works fine. Good inexpensive solution for cheap home computers.
Pros: One of the best AMD cpu I have ever had so far. Cost-effective. Easily unlocked to Phenom X4 B40 but mine did not post when booting up 64-bit ubuntu 10.04. (But 32-bit ubuntu runs very fine with unlocked quad core.) Since I have to use 64-bit Linux, I had to switch back to three cores.
Overall Review: This cpu is definitely better than dual-core ones. Pay a few more extra bucks and get this one.