Date Joined: 03/26/04
Pros: Numerous usb ports, good feature set
Cons: wasn't plug and play
Overall Review: Board booted with auto memory settings, but couldnt get windows 7 installer to move past expanding files. BIos had memory multiplier set to 8, I lowered to 4 and it went through without a hitch. Memory used wasnt on Gigabytes approved list, but it matched specs on paper....so I suggest you stick to the approved memory .
Pros: -Lightweight for easy wall mounting
-Includes Wireless adapter and RJ45 for Net access.
-Ridiculously easy setup of Network access, Net Apps, Over the air
- Picture on par with popular brands
-One of very few small 'net enabled TV's
Cons: I consider the text on some of the app set ups a little small, But hey I'm old!
Overall Review: For the cost, you really can't beat this TV. It is perfect for kids rooms, dorms, kitchen or bath wall mount, etc.. Big enough for easy viewing, but not big enough to get in the way. Kudos to Phillips for putting out a small full featured TV. as not everyone needs or has the space for a huge set.
Pros: Compatible with other AMS external enclosures.
Works reasonably well.
Cons: DOA - was a loose power connection in back. Fixed it myself, but was I kind of aggravated.
Will not work with certain raid controllers.
Has 5 power connections in back that seem to all require power for the box to function - Is this really necessary?
Overall Review: I own 5 Venus enclosures of various vintage and number of disks. I have had 2 trays break out of 20 trays and one 2 disk external burn up after 2 years or so. Many of the complaints are unmerited, because to be fair, if you look at the tray levers design, it is usually because
Pros: low cost
reasonably cool and quiet
Power requirement not astronomical
Relatively short card length
Cons: none really >>> there will always be better cards out there
Overall Review: Upgraded office computer from 8600GTS to this. Video, graphics and CAD work, typical office applications . . . on my 27" monitor at max res. . . . and crystal clear picture compared to old card.
Pros: Typical Gigabyte -lots of features and latest technology,
Cons: Bios wouldn't recognize DDR2 1066 with AM2+ CPU - this is typical. However, When I changed the multiplier manually, it fried the board. Although bios signalled error, it still let it boot and cook the board.
Overall Review: --- Read the manual, I missed the part that said 1066 can't work with dual channel and in some cases more than 2 dimms.
Pretty Lame of AMD and Bios makers to mess up the AM2+ / 1066 memory issue. This is my 3rd build of an Am2+ system not to recognize 1066 memory and require manual config. If the benefit of the AMD platform is to improve memory interaction with CPU, why is it so difficult to fully leverage Hi performance memory?
Pros: AMD seems to have worked out bugs of previous Phenoms. Smoking fast on vista 64 with 64 bit applications. Low enough in cost that it saved my AM2+ board bought for phenom9600 from the trash
Cons: 140W - a major energy hog/heat generator. requires a good deal of research and work to get going out the box, ie bios updates, compatability issues, etc..
Not many applications can really make use of this thing, so its value is questionable
Overall Review: I still wont switch this to my main work box, after the greif I had with Phenom 9600. But just surfing web with Explorer 64bit on this thing is amazing. I would wait till next generation of motherboards comes out, thats where issues are.
Pros: Great airflow, inexpensive, trap door to store the usb powercord. very quiet. 2 speeds. Actually works and keeps my laptop cool
Cons: Quality of construction isn't the greatest, but who can complain for the low cost?
Pros: REALLY quiet. Airflow very good for the Db's put out
Cons: Price is a little high. Caught it stopped one time.
Overall Review: Any fan at Max RPM will be loud.
Pros: Much Quieter than generic 92mm bb fan. Fluid based bearing should should outlast all other types in theory
Cons: Airflow is a little below average.
Overall Review: Didn't have any vibration issues. Does have a minor startup noise, but it is nothing
Pros: Game has awesome graphics, plays well
Cons: After install, Played another game that was already on my system. One of the cores of CPU raced at 100% after, couldn't stop it. It calls it self "system" Don't mind copy protections , IF THEY DON"T MESS UP MY SYSTEM!!!
Overall Review: Going in the trash, there is a starforce removal tool at their website.
Pros: low latency, no compatibility issues with an el cheapo VIA based Biostar board. LOW price.
Cons: None to speak of
Overall Review: I was shaking in my boots waiting to see if this memory posted. Cheap motherboards are notoriously finicky with 2 Gig sticks
Pros: compatible with all of my discarded, last generation parts. PCIx16 and up to 4 gig sdram. Can honestly say with 3.0 prescott, it is just as good as a current low/mid end system
Cons: bios is a little squirlly, resulting in BSOD in winxp install. Set it to "optimized defaults" and work from there - no problem.
Overall Review: took 4 gig ram, low latency ram. Sata runs in ide mode. In case you don't know micro-atx boards work in most atx cases.
Pros: Very inexpensive for the performance. Seems to run cooler under load than older gen 8800.
Cons: With one card, Can't max out resoloution and other settings in COD4, and others
Overall Review: I was always satisfied with mid range vid cards, but I really never knew what games were capable of. Some examples in COD4 you see heat waves from explosions and after weapons fire, also gold pistol is actually reflective.
Pros: Accepted my all of my abandoned parts: Prescott 478, ddr2 533 , ode HD, pcix16 7600gt, cdrom and made a reasonably quick system for office use. entire, decent system for around $200 - the cost of Winxp, the board.
Cons: Sure it doesn't have the features of current boards, but that isn't the point.
Overall Review: If you are trying to overclock and game with 8800 vid cards, you are missing the point of this product. You are the same people that put 22" wheels on a junky car. This board excels at salvaging the 478 and giving it a boost with ddr2 and pciex16.
Pros: Looks good on paper, or web page that is
Cons: Poor design, Don't make the mistake of plugging in a direct molex from the power supply, use the adapter. Can't RMA to Newegg.
Overall Review: If they have to cut corners to save $$$ by leaving out a PCIe power connector, Say so in the manual - OH wait there was no manual. And where am I supposed to get a female PCie to male molex adaptor?
Pros: Longer than typical CPU/ATX cables, good for larger cases. Quiet. Built for appearance, looks and feels like quality. No problems powering dual vid cards on typ high performance Intel system
Cons: Not Cheap. Don't care for the modular cable connectors.
Overall Review: Before you noobs RMA, note there are two power switches :}
Pros: decent construction, No documentation makes for an intellectual adventure! Love the tray design, locking levers shows you that drive is secure in enclosure
Cons: I had a heck of a time setting this thing up. After numerous attempts, I sat down and read how the Silicone image chipsets work together. ONLY use a host w/ si3132 NON RAID bios for the controller - Raid is handled by the port multiplier Si4726. Either Raid software provided works, but better explantion of how to use them is on Silicone image website. It is also a little finicky on drives, for instance I tried mix and match approved drives with limited results. It works great with 5 of the same drives
Overall Review: Got it to work RAID 5 with Vista 64bit driver on a third party SI3132 NON - RAID ESata adapter. You do not need to use included adapter, but you are limited to that type of chipset adaptation- Si3132 NON RAID.
Pros: Works, if you READ the manual and reccomendation pages. I built Phenom 9600 with 4 gig recommended Kingston 1066. All you have to do is go to Bios and change multiplier of memory clock to 5.33 from 4 - Bingo 1066. System is noticiably faster. No other tinkering, I kept everything on Auto. No Crashes so far. The only change I noticed is the temperature rising
Cons: Obviously we would rather not be bothered and use what we have to build our system. The only thing Gigabyte is guilty of is rushing to market while trusting AMD.
Overall Review: We become spoiled with the idea of "Plug and play" when it is simply not true as technology evolves.
Pros: Mounts included for current AMD and Intel. design is such that if heatsink retention brackets or cpu sizes change in future, you could easily change retention frame. Inside of sink has gold plated "pyramids" to increase surface area.
Cons: nothing really, maybe the nozzle seal design only
Overall Review: The nozzles designed to screw into the heatsink have an o-ring seal which I don't trust entirely - You might want to add some teflon tape to the threads
Pros: Low cost, Runs relatively cool, relatively quiet. Free game. Video playback is definitely improved with the new chip and PCIe 2.0.
Cons: Had trouble installing ATI x64 drivers on vista64, It would only accept the ASUS 64 bit drivers that came with it. Not sure why yet.
Overall Review: Running great for a budget card. AMD is sinking with its CPUs, but they are really hitting homeruns with GPU's.
Pros: It works, despite all of the error brewhaha out there. Performance is average for the cost. Runs relatively cool.
Cons: Motherboards and software are lagging behind - How many BIOS revisions can you need in 1 Month? Wait till next version, so you don't have to spend valuable time tuning your system
Overall Review: I haven't had the time to Tweak, but so far this brand new box has been a dog. No better than Year old Intels I own. Gigabyte 790FX-DS5, radeon HD3850, 4 gig kingston/1066. Maybe My mistake was installing VISTA64,
Pros: Quiet. Modern power connectors. high efficiency. Wrapped wires
Cons: expensive. Almost too many wires
Overall Review: Enlight only certifies over 80% efficiency. Why it says 95% is beyond me
Pros: relatively inexpensive, decent finish quality makes it look and feel nicer than it is. Screwless HD retainers work surprisingly well, despite my intial reservations. entire front is perforated for looks and possible ventilation, and it has a foam filter glued into it. Snap handle on side, for those of us who never put the screws back on. decent case fans
Cons: drive bay retainers are a little wierd, you end up needing screws to hold you 5.25 drives put. a few rough edges on inside of the case.
Overall Review: No filter on side of case where two perforated sactions draw most of air in.
Pros: Latest AMD technology in an affordable package
Cons: If being careful with how you outfit your board is a con, then this is the only one. Don't buy the board unless you KNOW your memory and CPU will work together on it. Don't expect things to be easy when you have the latest technology.
Overall Review: f3 bios is available as of 12/21/07
Pros: Old style heavy duty keyboard, no multi media buttons!
Cons: This is a 5 pack, which NEWEGG fails to mention