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Sherwin C.

Sherwin C.

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best matx p67 mobo

ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is the only p67 matx motherboard that can support 2 PCIe gfx cards at x8 each, but its not as if you're restricting yourself. The uefi bios was easy to handle. Compared to full atx boards with similar specs, its price is justified. Got dual 5770 xfire and my CPU oc'd to 4.5. Awesome board.

Cons: I initially plugged in my hd into the blue sata port near the 24-pin ps (it says 'anti-surge sata 6.0 gb/s') but my computer does not recognize it. Some one suggested that the sata III ports are all anti surge portected. Got an APC unit jic. The other thing that bugs me is the ps/2 ports: why does the vga port go b4 the ps/2 ports? ATM you have to have a gfx card to plug in a monitor. Most input devices use USB, firewire, etc. How about just including an adapter jic someone uses a ps/2 mouse/keyboard?

Overall Review: First and foremost, this is a micro-ATX board. Please note this fact when buying this board. If you're going to dock an egg for size or space issues, go up to a midget and tell them that their legs are short.

Most Critical Review

Poor assembly

Fantom Drives Gforce/3 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive  GF3B2000U Black
Fantom Drives Gforce/3 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000U Black

Pros: + usb 3.0 fast transfer speeds + Samsung Spinpoint HDD inside

Cons: Within a week of use, the hard driver would power up, but the PC (nor the laptop, both with usb 3.0 ports) was not detecting any hard drive. The SATA connection was loose. Not wanting to risk the connection coming loose again, the Samsung spinpoint HDD is now used as an internal HDD with a 64gb Crucial SSD as cache. On the other hand, I have an 8yr old 320gb Fanthom Drive which is still in perfect working condition.

Bad LAN controller

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: +Onboard usb 3.0, in addition to the 2 in the rear I/O panel +Runs cooler than other z77 boards +Nice spacing between PCIe 3.0 slots +Click BIOS II is really handy +Easy to set up +Great tech support

Cons: Thanks to troubleshooting with MSI tech support, we figured out the problem why the internet was disconnecting during online gaming. My LAN controller started degrading within 10 days. The problem lays with MSI's RMA process. The end user has to pay for shipping for a defective product and wait 5-10 business days (or 1-2 weeks) for them to repair their defective product or send you a new replacement. Customer service clarified the process (btw don't bother leaving a message if you get to that point in waiting, you'll get in contact sooner if you call again later) when I asked "So I will be without a motherboard until then?" CS replied, "Yes."

Overall Review: Since I'm paying for the return either way, by RMA'ing through newegg, I can either choose to get a refund or a replacement board, without waiting 1-2 weeks through MSI, and have my PC up and running within a day of receiving a replacement board.

fast and stable

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

Pros: I've installed various ssd's on various builds and laptops (ocz solid, crucial m4 and c300, samsung). After a fresh win7 HP 64bit install on the samsung 830 (replacing a crucial c300 64gb) on my gaming rig, I no longer experience the 1 min delay on the desktop after boot. overall, great investment. benchmarks came within 97-98% advertised speeds. free batman: arkham city helps.

Cons: none

flawless installation on laptop

Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2

Pros: Using the system recovery disk, the installation of the ssd worked without any serious issues.

Cons: The setup and installation took much longer than expected, ~1h. Nothing worth knocking an egg

Overall Review: If you're ever installing an ssd as a boot drive on a laptop, use a 90gb minimum, compared to a self-built pc where you need half the space. the bloatware on the laptop will eat up precious gb and you want make sure you are not skimping on space. Installed 2 128gb m4's and a 64gb c300 on three separate machines. besides firmware updates, no issues.

improves performance in ssd pc's

iolo System Mechanic
iolo System Mechanic

Pros: Free program, 3 users, with win7-hp32bit upgrade. Used on a couple months old self-built pc and a brand new laptop. Both are quad core SB based with ssd's as boot drives. Over time there was a noticeable decrease in my PC's performance and it would some time lock up in bios. When iolo's SM went through, it found a lot of registry errors among other things. After cleaning house, no more boot problems, and the pc's performance was restored. New laptops these days come with all sorts of bloatware, some you want and some you have to wonder what its doing there in the first place. After installing a new ssd into the laptop, boot times were noticeably improved, but, this one seemed a tad too slow (40-50s). iolo's SM was installed, ran through the initial clutter and, BAM, boots up within 15-20s and it shuts down in no less than 5s. Run at least once a week to maintain optimum performance.

Cons: doesn't tweak my gpu... lol j/k

Overall Review: PC: i5-2500k, 64gb realssd c300, 6950 1gb cf, asus p8p67 m-pro, corsair ax850 laptop: i7-2630qm, 128gb m4, 6850M ddr5

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really handy

I used this in assisting the assembly of a pc. With dozens of screws scattered all over the floor, not only can I see in the dark corners of the assembly, the magnets were able to pick up any loose screws laying around. The magnets are also strong enough to suspend itself on any ferrous material

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