Joined on 03/10/07
Pros: Made for all types of overclockers. the integreated overclocking utiliies are crazy! i dont think any other motherboard company gives you overclocking features in the motherboard, most just give you a bunch of multiplier controls as "management" but not for overclocking! the hardware moniter is excellent, very well spaced. very colorful. the ram slots are close to the cpu, so i can have my ThermalTake Blue Orb(an awesome fan btw) hover over my patriot low latency ddr2 800, which run very hot at 2.2v. nice pouch comes with the motherboard, i keep all the manuals and accessories in there :) the onboard power buttons are very unique and helpful. plenty of sata ports, awesome since ide is going to be outdated very very soon.
Cons: when i updated the bios, it messed up my MBR, and couldn't find ntldr and stuff, had to use the repair utility on the windows 2000 disk. the live overclocking software has started freezing my comp, i think i gotta update the software. very good looking and colorful board, too bad people cant c it in my case :'( all of this is very minor, and i love this board.
Overall Review: not really a board problem, but the nvidia drivers were a pain in the... to install. they required windows 2000 service pack 4, but i only had regular 2000. and the onboard ethernet is nvidia so i couldn't get internet to work so that i could get the service pack. i had to use a netgear pci card to install sp4 so that i could install the drivers. not really biostars fault. i wish the biostar 590sli wasn't so expensive :( i want to use it on my next "just for gaming" build. Latest Build: Apevia X-plorer Blue ATX Case, Seagate 320GB Hard drive, AMD Athlon X2 4600+ (65W), Biostar Tforce 550, Sapphire Radeon X1950 PRO 256 MB, Antec Smart Power 500W, Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB(2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Latency 4 Dual Channel, Lite-On 20X SATA DVD Burner, ThermalTake Blue Orb Cpu Cooler. Any questions? Drop me an email at email@example.com
EXTREMELY ANNOYING MOUSE, NEED TO RMA NOW
Pros: the buttons are awesome once you get the software downloaded and set up.
Cons: THE MOUSE IS SO ANNOYING THAT I'D RATHER USE MY CHEAP PS2 MOUSE. EVERYTIME I HIT THE LEFT BUTTON IT MAKES A SQUEAKING SOUND THATS LIKE A COMBO OF A RATS SQUEAK AND A NAILS SCREACH ON A BLACKBOARD(BLACK CHALK COARD). DOS is not very accepting of this keyboard and mouse. rarely do i get this set to help me select which OS i want to boot to. NO LEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they need to include the software with the keyboard and not have us go online to get the software.
Overall Review: logitech is a good brand/company, but they've forced me to write this bad review about them.. so rarely do i give less then a 5 to the quality products i buy. this would be my first exception........
Great Drive!!!!!!!!!!! A MUST BUY
Pros: When i first bought it, i thought i wasn't really gonna use it much, but boy was i wrong, this thing is so freakin fast, i use it for all my important and personal files. works great. soooo fast!
Cons: THE DARN STINKING CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everything is good except for the cap. i loose it wayyyyyy too much :( though like a bommerang is somehow comes back to me.
Overall Review: works great with rohos, works with macs and linux, no problem at all, unless of course you were stupid enough to format it as ntfs(use fat32!!!) as for data corruption, i have yet to see that happen to this drive. have it for 3 months and no problems whatsoever other then losing the cap like 5 times a day.
Great Sticks of memory
Pros: Great sticks of memory. VERY CHEAP. ddr2 800 with a cas latency of 4= very fast performance.
Cons: my first batch came DOA, memtest picked up like 5 million errors halfway through. sent them back to newegg, new batch worked perfect --- speaking of sending back to newegg, newegg changed the policy from standard to modules (never seen that policy before, is it new?) Biostar boards dont support patriot, you have to set the jumpers on the board to 2.44v or your system wont boot. they make expensive paperweights and wont get you laid.
Overall Review: too many people are being lazy and complaining about having to manually change the timings. mobos pick up ddr2 800 as having 5 cas, i supposse ddr2 800 were't originally made to have 4 cas. oh and one more thing: DONT POST A BAD REVIEW BECAUSE YOUR STICKS CAME DOA, RATE THE GOOD STICKS.
Pros: Great drive, Very solid, gets the job done. lots of storage. very cheap.
Cons: runs HOT! Seatools says that my drive was running at 41C, and that the danger temp is 44C, and i have 2 thermaltake 60 mm's blowing at 23 CFM each on it.... Biggest con of all though, is that it can be problematic at times for people who don't know what they are doing, that and the fact that people dont take the time to understand stuff.
Overall Review: first off, the drive will be displayed as having 298 Gb instead of the 320. the hdd industry uses decimals which means that there are 1024 bytes in a kilobyte, while most operating systems use the binary system, which says that there are 1000 bytes in a kilobyte. on top of that, if you install windows 2000 without sp4, you're gonna get the drive at like 128 mb, you'll need to install sp4 and then reformat the drive. on top of that, the ddo is problematic. ddo is for old bios's, it helps them recognize the drive as 320gigs, and helps them overcome the cylinder limit. however if you go from 2000 to windows xp, you'll get a message saying hal.dll could not be found when trying to boot windows xp. you'll need to get seatools(DOS) free from the seagate website (works with all drives i believe) and have it erase the first sector, which contains the ddo. i think that covers it. overall great drive once you overcome the obstacles posed by hdd's in general.
This Fan SUCKS(good definition)
Pros: best cfm:airflow ratio i saw for 60mm fans. very powerful, the adapter is awesome, since most mobos need it. fan controller on my apevia x-plorer has no prob controlling them.
Cons: VERY NOISY. only buy these if you absolutely need to buy a 60mm fan. they sound like jet engines. i made a huge mistake, cause my apevia took 80mm intake fans instead of 60mm, so i could've bought better fans for it. haven't found a 60mm fan filter so far, sorta disappointing cause these fans have a high rpm and probably the only source of dust in my case.
Overall Review: best 60mm fans that i found, very cheap. however, i would suggest moving to bigger fans since smaller fans have to work more, thus the more noise to get the output of a bigger fan.