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Adam A.

Adam A.

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Most Favorable Review

Actually Very nice MB. Quick too.

MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST: Installed Phenom II X4 925 CPU, along with this MB. Actually very good quality, doesn't flex very easily when installing components, secured in all corners of the board to my motherboard tray. Quick bootup, easy to setup bios config, and RAM was successfully recognized and running at rated speeds upon bootup. ACC is available to unlock cores if I ever need it. MB runs quite cool, around 34c under load in an Antec1200, when ambient room temp is around 83F.. Lots of O.C. options, and most of them are briefly explained in bios, which could make a novice O.C.'er know what they are doing, a bit easier. Great budget board. Very happy with it. Replaced my ASUS M2A-VM (non-hdmi), with this board. Great price.

Cons: N/A.

Overall Review: LED's on MB are very bright as posted by others. Not a con really, just a lot of blue light. Could use a button to reset bios CMOS, or dual-bios for backup if overclocking goes awry for an easy reset. But it doesn't.

Most Critical Review

Problems with Vdroop

ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: This is a second review to this board as I have had quite some time to use the functions. I paired this with an FX-8120 - 125w. At stock settings, I have no problems whatsoever with this board. Its stable, efficient for the most part, and has excellent features... unless your overclocking....

Cons: The problem I have run into with this board.. VDROOP at excessive levels. I have my CPU at 1.5v in bios, and realistic voltages are at 1.416v (under load) Which is still unstable for the overclock at 4.4ghz. Temps are at 39c, and the VRMS are blazing hot. I have put fans on the VRMS to help control the heat issue, but the 4+1 phase just won't cut the mustard. If you want to OC, then please look at a different board with a 6+2 phase or higher.

Overall Review: With that aside, there have been very few problems I have encountered with this motherboard, and it is sturdy, the capacitors are holding up, and it is a great board for the features it holds. Would recommend this board for anyone wanting a stable board with very little fuss. It just works. Just wanted to update since the first review I gave in 2011.

Entry Level Home Theater Sys.

Pioneer HTP-072 5.1 Channel Home Theater Package with 3D AV Receiver, Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers
Pioneer HTP-072 5.1 Channel Home Theater Package with 3D AV Receiver, Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers

Pros: This is a very good unit for the price though don't expect miracles. Used it moderately for nearly 8 months without much hassle. No issues that other purchasers have mentioned about audio cuts or grainy pictures. All of that I assume has to do with many other factors involved that were not posted, as the quality of the video, input source or many other things can affect your video. Especially when projecting images. I use an inexpensive HDMI cord (100ft) of unbranded cabling running to the Optoma HD131Xe. I did replace the OEM speaker wire with much better quality due to faulty wiring out of box. Use good aftermarket speaker wire, trust me. Theater room is provided ample 5.1ch sound for a 12X18 room.

Cons: Speaker wire that comes with system are terrible. Do not use! Mine had shorts in 3 out of 5 speaker wires. Replaced them and all was golden. Not a bad system although it really is not going to blow your socks off loud or pump enough bass to anger your neighbors while listening to Pantera.

11/15/2014

Good Product

Silicon Power Ultima U03 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2U03V1K
Silicon Power Ultima U03 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2U03V1K

Pros: You get what you purchase and for this purchase, a great price. Good transfer rates, not great. Great storage space. Hasn't failed on me. Outer shell is of OK quality. Wouldn't purposefully put it through the washing machine or under a car tire. The sliding mechanism to extract the USB input is not exactly the best design although for the price I'm not really complaining too much.

Cons: Transfer rates leave something to be desired of course, as well as the protective casing.

Overall Review: I definitely recommend it for a budget purchase.

Fantastic in ALMOST every aspect

Optoma HD131Xe WUXGA 1920 x 1200, 2500 Lumens, 2 HDMI 2 Audio USB Inputs, VESA Compatible, 3D Ready DLP Projector
Optoma HD131Xe WUXGA 1920 x 1200, 2500 Lumens, 2 HDMI 2 Audio USB Inputs, VESA Compatible, 3D Ready DLP Projector

Pros: I recently purchased this projector and have researched many many many as most of you searching for the perfect projector will have done the same. Well, I can only say I am VERY satisfied with the price/performance/image quality/brightness/inputs/outputs/noise.. all of that was a factor for my theater room. Mounted on ceiling with no hassle. Perfect picture. No keystone had to be used with flush ceiling mount. Projecting 14.5 ft from the wall with around 5ft'10 diagonal image. Update the firmware immediately after unboxing. There is a new update and takes about 3 minutes to do. VERY simple. Plug in with USB cord, hold power button down until all lights are on, flash image, unplug and restart. Just buy it. This thing for Price/Performance is just beautiful.

Cons: Wish it had an USB input and LAN for updating the firmware. Wish there was an image freeze option on this remote, but alas there is not.

Overall Review: This takes M3*3 machine screws maximum length of 10mm, minimum length of 7.5mm to mount the projector. I did not get a manual included with my projector, so hope this is helpful. Took a while to find this information and mount properly.

HIS Radeon 7970 3GB

HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H797F3G2M
HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H797F3G2M

Pros: Excellent card for the price. It runs very cool and has ample room to overclock if you want to. Very fast, solid build quality though the HSF could use a bit better fan. Very brittle fan blades but they work great. Low noise to performance ratio. Runs 1680x1020 with high details in BF3 around 60-75fps on average. For a budget card, that's not bad! I replaced a 4970x2, and a Radeon 4970 1GB in Tri-Fire for this single card and it ALMOST outperforms them in most games. Highly Recommended

Cons: None

10/30/2013