Less is More11/8/2013 10:50:52 AM

Pros: Tidy, compact (less than 7x9 inches), two SATA3 ports for SSD's (yeah!) , two SATA2 ports for large mechanical drives, two USB3 ports (yeah!), two variable speed fan jumpers (+ one single-speed jumper) And oh yes, really inexpensive! Dead simple installation with an I3-4130 and an 8-gig stick of ram, one SSD, and two 3.5" SATA drives. I attached the CPU and stock cooler with the MB on a flat surface, out of the case. Then I inserted the memory stick and installed the MB with 6 screws. The back ports shroud fit the case perfectly, the screw holes aligned perfectly. Installing fan, power, USB, audio, SATA and JFP1 connectors was trivial. Lots 'o room in the case with this small motherboard. Installed Windows 7 (which does not have the necessary ethernet drivers), then inserted the included CD and installed the missing drivers, and it was good to go. Also runs Linux Mint 15(which does have the necessary ethernet drivers)

Cons: The quick installation guide shows jumper layouts for JPF1 and JPF2, but the drawing is a bit ambiguous. However you can go the the "Manufacturers Product Page" and download the manual, and on page 22, in addition to the drawings, there is a link to a Youtube video that resolves any questions.

Overall Review: I can't speak to the overclocking capabilities due to CPU constraints. The graphical BIOS is OK, I guess. But I think the visual clutter clashes with the simplicity (from the user perspective) of the hardware. If I have a lot of information to visually extract from a screen, I want a layout that is also dead simple. Note this seems to be a drawback of all graphical BIOS systems from all manufacturers, not just MSI. After years of assembling my own workstations, (usually with fairly expensive, large, robust motherboards), I have become quite enamored of these really simple, small motherboards that are so much easier to configure and install.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
small office file-server case8/18/2012 11:52:31 PM

Pros: Inexpensive, small, simple, sturdy, lightweight, and sometimes spacious. I used this with the BIOSTAR H61MGC to build a small office file-server, and there was gobs of room. The trick was to remove both side panels and install the hard drives first. Mount the memory and CPU on the motherboard, outside of the case, and then install the motherboard. And finally, install the power supply. Very few sharp edges. Lots of screws! Hah! And no need to screw in offset posts, the sheet metal is deformed, drilled and tapped to accomdate several standard motherboard sizes. Four 3.5" drive bays. (Three 5.25" drive bays available for 3.5" drives with adapters. ) With both sides off, mounting drives is not too tedious.

Cons: No tool-less hard-drive installation. Who needs three 5.52" external drive bays? Case fan is noisy at full speed. No dust filters. Not a good case if you expect to be swapping drives in and out on a regular basis.

Overall Review: Remove both side panels before removing the plastic face panel. There are 2 locking plastic fingers on each side (out of 3 each side). And on each side each finger needs to be shifted sideways in opposite directions to disengage from the sheet metal.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
small office file-server with OpenIndiana8/18/2012 11:31:15 PM

Pros: Inexpensive. Small. Used in a Rosewill R101-P-BK Micro ATX case and there was gobs of room. Runs OpenIndiana (Open Solaris 5.11), with app-IT with ZFS with mirrored 2TB drives. Permits the OS to spin down drives during periods of inactivity. Used with an Intel G530, 8BG of memory, an old 250GB drive for the OS, and 2 2TBB drives for storage. (ZFS handles the mirroring). Drives 1920x1080 display just fine (no video gaming capabilities needed here)

Cons: No USB 3.0

Overall Review: Small is beautiful. With the video capabilities, the file-server, can be used as a backup developement machine in a pinch.

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Runs Linux11/28/2011 3:26:52 PM

Pros: It runs a 64bit version of Mageia 1, although I am using a Nvidia video card, and I can't speak to the support of the Intel on-board graphics. It was easy to over-clock all 4 cores of an I5 2500k to 4.2 Ghz, and 1 core to 4.9 Ghz. Works with CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9

Cons: The on-board CPU power supply circuitry seems to introduce noise into the audio leads running off of the mother board and going to the front of the case. (The noise level remains constant regardless of the sound volume level, and there is no noise from the rear jacks. ) The UEFI Bios is very pretty, but rendition of the multi-colored BIOS screens to black and white in manual is dark and muddy, making it very difficult to see the images clearly. The UEFI Bios renders itself significantly to the left of center on my 24" 1920x1200 Dell Monitor. It's not unusable, but it is irritating. I had to review the manual to discover what was falling of the left edge of the screen. I miss the days when motherboards would come with a bag of screws and stand-off posts.

Overall Review: As more motherboard manufacturers adopt these more sophisticated on-board power supplies, they and case-manufacturers need support shielded audio cables running from the motherboard to the front panel.

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some workstation performance numbers11/25/2011 12:29:21 PM

Pros: The following observations are only a comparison of newer and older technologies, and have nothing to say about relative merits of current Intel and AMD offerings. Four years ago I put together a system around a 2.3Ghz AMD dual core Athlon. Two years ago I upgraded to a 3.0 Ghz AMD dual core Athlon, and tests involving compilation of a large number of files, indicated about a 30% increase in speed, which was consistent with the increase in clock speed. This year I upgraded to the i5-2500k, which nominally runs at 3.3 Ghz, but I was able to overclock it to 4.9 ghz, when running 1 core, and 4.2Ghz when running all 4. Compiling Ruby is a mostly single-threaded, single process. It took 150 seconds on the 3.Ghz AMD system, but it only took 55 seconds on the I5, a 280% increase in speed. Both systems use the same model hard drive.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: I use the RubyMine integrated development environment, which, on start-up, reads and parses the project's ruby code, utilizing all available cores. This process took 105 seconds on the dual core AMD system, and only 20 seconds on the I5. This works out to about a 500% increase in speed.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
9/21/2009 11:13:52 AM

Pros: Very quiet

Cons: Died after two and a half years.

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I like it8/17/2009 7:30:20 AM

Pros: It's quiet, ergonomic, tool-less, and relatively inexpensive. My quite power supply fit perfectly. I like the snap-in plastic rails and side-facing 3.5 hd cage that allow you to just slide in your hard drives. Decent room for a full-size AT motherboard. I even like the 'vertical-bar-buttons' for power-on and reset on the front. They are easy to find by feel in the semi-dark. The front face has an interior lining of vinyl that absorbs sound, and other surfaces are covered with waffle foam. The light-gage steel means you can't knock around the case without creating dents, but on the other hand you don't need a forklift to pick it up and move it. The case fans move an adequate amount of air and are just about silent.

Cons: There are 5 5.25" front-facing bays, of which 1 contains the DVD reader/writer, and there are 3 side-facing 3.5" slots in the HD cage. I'd rather have more space for 3.5" drives and less for 5.25" devices. I'd also like the i/o panel located at the top rather than close to the bottom. Unless they are less than the size of a brick or smaller, computers should sit on the floor. Why locate the i/o, power and reset buttons so close to the floor? (My solution to this oversight was to put the computer on a rack next to the desk.)

Overall Review: It's a really good case for a quiet PC. I look forward to the manufacturer producing another version that addresses the issues listed in the 'Cons' section.

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problematic Linux support for dual monitors8/17/2009 6:54:19 AM

Pros: I recently built a a new system with this motherboard and an AMD 3.1ghz dual core processor to supplement an older system based on 3.5yr-old nvida 6150 based motherboard and an AMD 2.3ghz dual core processor. The new system seems significantly faster; more than you would suspect from the increase in clock speed of the CPU. However, this is not the case. Running a test that converts 149 jpeg files on each box shows the new box is 1.31 times faster than the old. (which is effectively due to the new processor).

Cons: Under Linux, on the old system, I had little difficulty setting up an xorg.conf file using the 'twinview' extension supported by the nvidia driver to support dual monitors. However, with this new motherboard I was unable to configure the xorg.conf file to support dual monitors using the AMD/ATI driver that supports the onboard video. I eventually gave up, installed an nvida card and turned off the onboard graphics, and copied the xorg.conf from the old system to the new. I have, in effect, solved a software configuration problem by throwing hardware at it.

Overall Review: Please note this is not a rant against this excellent product. Just a note about a software/hardware configuration gotcha. I posted the xorg.conf file used with the nvidia card in a review of the ASUS EN8400GS.

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works well with dual monitors under Linux8/17/2009 6:01:17 AM

Pros: I recently bought a BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX, but configuring xorg.conf to support dual monitors with the AMD driver was impossible. It was easier to drop this board into the system, and configure xorg.conf using the 'twinview' optons supported by the nvidia driver. Here is an xorg.conf file that supports dual 24" lcd monitors using this card: Section "ServerFlags" AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work EndSection Section "Module" Disable "dri" Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension Load "v4l" # Video for Linux Load "extmod" Load "glx" # 3D layer EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard1" Driver "kbd" Option "XkbModel" "pc105" Option "XkbLayout" "us" Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Mouse1" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" EndSection

Cons: # xorg.conf continued Section "Monitor" Identifier "monitor1" VendorName "Plug'n Play" ModelName "AL2423W" HorizSync 31-81 VertRefresh 56-75 # Monitor preferred modeline (60.0 Hz vsync, 74.0 kHz hsync, ratio 16/10, 94 dpi) ModeLine "1920x1200" 154 1920 1968 2000 2080 1200 1203 1209 1235 +hsync +vsync EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "monitor2" VendorName "Plug'n Play" ModelName "Soyo" HorizSync 31-81 VertRefresh 56-75 # Monitor preferred modeline (60.0 Hz vsync, 74.0 kHz hsync, ratio 16/10, 94 dpi) ModeLine "1920x1200" 154 1920 1968 2000 2080 1200 1203 1209 1235 +hsync +vsync EndSection

Overall Review: # xorg.conf continued Section "Device" Identifier "device1" VendorName "nVidia" BoardName "GeForce 8400" Driver "nvidia" Option "DPMS" Option "DynamicTwinView" "true" Option "TwinView" "true" Option "TwinViewOrientation" "LeftOf" Option "metaModes" "monitor1: 1920x1200, monitor2: 1920x1200" Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" Option "ConnectedMonitor" "monitor, montior2" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "screen1" Device "device1" Monitor "monitor1" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "screen2" Device "device1" Monitor "monitor2" EndSection Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "layout1" InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard" InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer" Screen "screen1" 0 0 Screen "screen2" LeftOf "screen1" EndSection

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The Good, Bad, and the Ugly11/21/2007 11:01:59 AM

Pros: The GOOD: Price, Resolution, Brightness, and oh yes, a 3 year warrantee!!! (And believe me the odds are that you are going to need it!) I actually own one of the prior incarnations of this monitor when it was about 85% more expensive.

Cons: The BAD: After several months, over time and intermittently, every minute or so it would repeatedly put up a "No Signal" message in the center of the screen. It would do this in spite of the fact that it was displaying a desktop image. After about a minute or so it would blank the screen and then refresh the image with a "No Signal" message. (I think that this is not an uncommon problem.) The UGLY: Customer support is a mixed bag. I hesitated to send in the monitor until it was exhibiting the problem consistently, because they reserve the right to charge you for their time if they can't find a problem with your monitor They also don't seem to be able to track your monitor once it arrives. Word of advice: ship your monitor using Fedex and monitor its progress on their website. When it arrives, call Acer Tech support and ask them to confirm its arrival! Length of repair cycle: 1 week to travel from you to Acer, 1 week at Acer, 1 week to travel back to you.

Overall Review: So, if you ship to Acer using Fedex overnight express, realize that you are only shaving 4 business days off of a 3 week turnaround time. NOTE WELL: Disconnect the monitor screen from the base before you send it in. Otherwise they will send it back without the base, and you will have to call and ask them to send you another base! Also note: If you find the box that your monitor arrives in from NewEgg is perfect for transporting the monitor whenever you have to move don't use it to ship the monitor to Acer repair. They throw it out and return your monitor in a plain brown cardboard box without those custom foam inserts that protect your fully assembled monitor and base oh so well!

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6/8/2007 11:59:06 AM

Pros: Works as advertised. Both the SD and Compact Flash card readers handle 2 gigabyte cards. USB connectors connect to an internal cable that connects to pins on the motherboard. Audio jacks work

Cons: The memory card slots are connected to a cable that exits the case through a rubber grommeted hole in daughter-card slot cover, and which you must plug in to a usb connector on the back of your computer. (Kind of clunky)

Overall Review: Have not use the V-out, S-out, 1394 fire-wire ports.

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More Linux Experiences3/30/2007 5:51:49 PM

Pros: The on-board audio works out-of-the-box with the drivers packaged with Mandriva 2007. Audio is clear, with no extraneous noise. Coupled with the AMD A64 X2 4400+ 2.3G AM2 65N R, I was able to run Windows using the free vmplayer (from VMWare) under Linux, with no noticable strain on performance. Audio output from Windows under this configuration worked well out-of-the-box. It has been a stable platform for (Mandriva) Linux.

Cons: none

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Works with MSI K9NBPM2-FID3/16/2007 2:45:07 PM

Pros: Works with MSI K9NBPM2-FID Socket AM2 NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Cons: none yet

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LInux Experiences3/16/2007 11:14:37 AM

Pros: I installed Mandriva Linux version 2.6.17-5mdv on a new box using this motherboard, CPU AMD|A64 X2 4400+ 2.3G AM2 65N R, and GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Cons: The "nv" video driver does not work with this motherboard. So, you will need to install the kernel source packages, download the latest Nvidia drivers, build a new kernel module (which is done by the NVidia downloaded software), and then update the xorg.conf file. After installing the kernal source packages, go to http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html and download: Latest Version: 1.0-9755, which gets you: "NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9755-pkg1.run". Kill the X server and from one of the command-line consoles execute: "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-9755-pkg1.run". (you can't run this successfully if the X server is running) This will run and tell you that it can't find a driver for the video hardware in the kernel, it will then compile a driver, install it, and update the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

Overall Review: But the new driver's hardware cursor support is buggy, (the cursor becomes invisible). So in the xorg.conf file you need to change: Section "Device" Identifier "device1" Driver "nvidia" EndSection to: Section "Device" Identifier "device1" Driver "nvidia" Option "HWCursor" "off" EndSection

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8/22/2006 5:08:29 PM

Pros: Quick to setup under windows xp, immediately recognized by skype, adequate image quality for skype

Cons: none

Overall Review: I connected the webcam to the usb port, and windows popped up a 'new hardware' dialog that I ignored. Instead I put the mini CD into the drive and ran the installation procedure, rebooted, and on reboot, skype detected it immediately and put up a test window. I was able to use it with skype immediately.

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