Date Joined: 04/08/03
Pros: The wide screen makes watching wide format media wonderful. The variety of inputs, the audio output for HDMI connections, the professional calibration, all are on point.
Cons: As others have stated, this monitor has an issue with sleeping. However, after further testing, I have concluded that the issue is with the HDMI port ONLY. Both the mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and DVI-D ports sleep perfectly. I have not tested the VGA port. When using the HDMI port, when the monitor goes to sleep, you will be forced to power off the monitor, then power it back on. I have tried this with multiple sources (NVidia card on the desktop and AMD card on a laptop.) This is the main flaw with the monitor. The other is that you must dig through a menu in order to change inputs. If you are using multiple inputs and flip through them often, you'll find doing so to be a challenge. Another gripe is that the audio output jack on the monitor CANNOT be used with headphones. It is simply a line out, and will have to be plugged into amplified speakers in order to be usable. So do NOT make the mistake that you can use the output for headphones. It will sound distorted.
Pros: Solid Drive! I used it to increase the storage capacity on my HP Mediasmart Home Server EX485! Used a jumper on pins 7 & 8 to disable advanced formatting, and it pooled in just fine! S.M.A.R.T. status is clean and clear! Very cheap and working great so far!
Cons: Should include a jumper for those who may not have one laying around to disable advanced formatting on Windows Home Servers.
Pros: Great price! Shipping was very slow with Egg Saver shipping, but the price point was right where I wanted it to be!
Cons: Memory seemed fine at first, then I started noticing Google Chrome kept giving me "Aw, Snap!" errors loading web pages. Then apps began crashing. Booted into MEMTEST86 v4 and got over 9000 errors as it ran overnight. RMA'ing, will update to include how the second set ran.
Overall Review: Upgraded from 2GB in my13" Macbook Aluminum Unibody A1278.
Pros: This board has just every BIOS option you could imagine, and the capability to change voltages pretty much everywhere. It has a decent layout for the connectors, 2 case fan headers (1 in the back and one in the front of the board for your front case fan), 4 USB headers, even a Floppy and IDE thrown in for good measure. Rock solid with my Phenom 9550, G. Skill 2x2GB 1066MHz, and GeForce GTX 260.
Cons: SATA connectors are not the type that are mounted on the edge of the board, and the last two ports (5 & 6) interfere with 10.5" video cards (just buy right angled cables, the board doesn't come with them), no Firewire headers, no S/PDIF out on rear panel (but does have a two pin header to run to your video card for HDMI passthrough). Can't get single x16 mode to work for a single video card, even when using the included "Switch" card. Must be a setting in the BIOS somewheres, but I can't find it.
Overall Review: Do your research. The 790GX IGP can be overclocked like heck, and this board supports voltage adjustments for it. There's also a 4 pin power header for the IGP for extra power directly above the 1st PCI-E port. No need to plug power into it if it's not being used though... Read around, one of the fastest OC's in the world was done with this board.