Joined on 09/01/01
Attractive, reasonably priced case
Pros: This case mechanically lines up well with reasonable attention to cable routing. Power switch, USBs and audio jacks are in a nice spot mounted to the plastic front bezel. Its black finish is aesthetically well done.
Cons: The Optical Disk Drive slot does not line up with the front bezel of my LG drive. the slot is too wide and the eject switch button completely misses the switch on the drive. It fits in there once I've removed the front shroud from the drive, but getting it to work requires some custom mechanicals with disturbing visual gaps. There's no reset button. It takes a bunch of time to make my DVD drive functional in this slot.
Overall Review: If the front panel ODD slot had more options that didn't require cutting or mechanical adaptors to make it work this would be very well received. If you want to ignore the ODD and leave the plug in this hole it would be a very positive review. For me its only a three because of the hacky appearance and all fiddling I have to do to make this feature work.
Looks good on the outside
Pros: All the features I wanted. Seems to work. This one doesn't go into ESD damage overheat/latchup!
Cons: Internal 3.3V reports as 1.19. But the board seems to run. Is the 3.3 V really bad? - Probably not. Foxconn shouldn't let a board with a bad VREG get out of ICT - so its likely that the voltage monitor has a bad solder or resistor divider. Which points out again that this is NOT a quality board.
Overall Review: Value add on this board is the BIOS - which looks pretty good and cost (when it was on sale). This is pretty close to the AMD reference design so there's not much to go wrong there. This comes down to successful manufacturing - which Foxconn @should@ be good at. Could they improve manufacturing process or test? Absolutely. Two out of two boards. Too bad.
No Brand Sense
Pros: Has all the features and price I was looking for..
Cons: Looks like a classic manufacturing ESD mishandling/damage failure on Northbridge (also called SCR latchup) - operates at high current leakage as it really overheats and then locks up some 5-10 minutes later.
Overall Review: Problem with a manufacturing company asserting itself as a brand is that there is little value placed on customer experience. Without checks and balances on manufacturing cost cutting, and quality - now I have to pay a 20% penalty on the board cost ($10 to ship back) against a $50 board. In hindsight I could have bought locally or a different board.. Newegg has a new sales mechanism where they provide the RMA label and UPS shipper... Are they now profiting on shipping defective goods?... I tried this... and UPS shows it delivered, but Newegg don't seem to track the return themselves. I'm on hold until something happens... I'm not sure what...