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Lance L.

Lance L.

Joined on 02/07/03

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Most Favorable Review

Nice little package

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: plugged it in and it works. Updated bios via internet from within windows. Bios appears easy to navigate with many options including automatic overclocking. I have not attempted. I did adjust the memory timing. Board appears rock solid with no unexpected crashes.

Cons: My first micro ATX. I like it. Dual slot video card takes up video slot (PCIe X16) and one PCI slot. I put my wireless adapter in the second PCI slot and it doesn't leave a lot of clearance for the video card fan suction. But it appears to be sufficient. I have one spare PCIe slot with X4 connectors but room for any size PCIe card.

Overall Review: Has one IDE connector which I used. Has one floppy connector which I have not used. USB and Audio connectors on this board were a perfect match for the Antec 300 connectors so the front USB and audio work. The front panel connectors were easy to see and reach so connection was a breeze. A lot of USB connectors and SATA connectors. Did not use the LAN connection but it looks nice.

Most Critical Review

No card for old motherboard

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 100228L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 100228L

Pros: Looks great price ok

Cons: Doesn't work under Windows XP on my old MSI K7D Master motherboard.

Overall Review: My old motherboard is an AMD MPX 762 dual athlon with 4X AGP. The card fits but yeilds only black screen. Not sure what conflict is. This problem is noted by other AMD 762 users. I have installed an equally old Nvidia Geforce 6800 Ultra under Windows 7 which does run well. Note this 6800 card is native AGP without a bridge chip. Some think that is the problem with newer cards.

AHCI heaven!!!

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Pros: Computer boots with this DVD burner in AHCI mode. Comes with Nero 10 software. Good price. Its black.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Installed in GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 motherboard. This is a modern micro ATX board with no IDE connectors and only one set of SATA options in BIOS. I wanted to run the SATA in AHCI to take advantage of hot swap capability and NCQ features of my hard drives. My old Pioneer DVD burner would work in AHCI except it would not boot if I had more than one hard drive connected. I read in reviews on this site that this particular CD burner will boot in AHCI. They were right.

Adequate

Western Digital Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quality product that takes off as soon as you plug it in. Noise is not excessive relative to my case fans. It is a different noise as pointed out by other reviewiers - a clattering sound.

Cons: None. Well packed and quickly delivered.

Overall Review: I like the oversize cache and that it is ready for SATAIII if I ever get SATAIII motherboard. And what about that price! pretty darn cheap.

Weird

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283VXL
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283VXL

Pros: Works fine using old video connector and Windows XP (32 bit) or Windows 7 (64 bit).

Cons: DOES NOT WORK USING HDMI CONNECTOR AND WINDOWS 7 64 BIT. The display is OK using the standard VGA driver, but as soon as you install the current Radeon driver the display colors go bad. The blank screen is all red. The display is unreadable. Have to restart windows in safe mode and delete the Radeon driver. I don't know but I suspect a bug in the driver?

Overall Review: using with Q660 processor on Nvidia 780i triple SLI motherboard. Only using the one video card. If you are the vendor I would appreciate a fix so I can use my HDMI cable.

Works

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g/n PCI Express
D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g/n PCI Express

Pros: I replaced a Linksys WMP300N Which may have been broken I don't know. Slow to connect and then drops out. This adapter seems steady so far. PCIE connector is nice because I was running out of open PCI slots. This card has drivers for all recent versions of Windows unlike the other adapter.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: This is Atheros chip different from the previous Linksys chip. May be better quality? I used the Driver provided by Windows 7 and did not install any of the programs on the supplied CD.