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Cletus R.

Cletus R.

Joined on 10/13/03

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Most Favorable Review

Not bad at all

ASUS VW192T+ 19" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ASUS VW192T+ 19" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: 1680x1050 on a 19 in monitor makes for a nice sharp picture. Unlike some other monitors in this price range this one inculdes both DVI and D-sub.

Cons: The buttons for the adjustments look nice but are difficult to use. The sound from the internal speakers is weak. Buy this for the picture, not the sound.

Overall Review: Initially the display on this monitor was fuzzy. I had to update my video drivers and now everything looks great.

Most Critical Review

Nice board, bad QC

PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard
PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The only full sized Socket A board out there. Perfect for replacing a dead mobo on an older system. I was able to reuse my old power supply that doesn't have the 4-pin Pentium 4 connector. Clearly labeled headers make hook-up easy.

Cons: First board I ordered was DOA. The Audio jumpers are hard to get to due to location near AGP slot. If you use a front case fan, you will need a long cable. The connector is on the bottom rear of the board.

Overall Review: I had some trouble getting my old hard drives to work with this board. A reinstall of Windows with the repair option fixed the problem.

Read the Description Carefully

SYBA CL-CAB40023 9 in. SATA to Mini SATA cable (Power Cable length 9")
SYBA CL-CAB40023 9 in. SATA to Mini SATA cable (Power Cable length 9")

Pros: Lets you hook a slimline SATA optical drive to a full sized SATA port.

Cons: Don't let the length of the power cable fool you into thinking that this will be great for a small form factor syster. The data cable on mine measured 38 inches long! I had to figure out how to neatly stuff over 3 feet of cable into a very small case.

Overall Review: It doesn't seem worth the money to return this. I ended buying a more suitable cable from a large auction site.

A Nice start

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Finally, a low priced, low power board with HDMI output. It's also relatively future-proof with an EFI BIOS, DDR3 support and SATA 6GB connectors. I was able to play 1080p Youtube videos with no problem under 64bit Windows 7.

Cons: Like the othe reviewer, the power light is off when in use and dim when off! The chipset supports DDR 1333 but Asrock limits memory speed to 1066MHz. Despite a similar power draw to the Atom D510, this board seems to throw out more heat.

Overall Review: WEI scores are 3.8 for the processor and 4.1/5.6 for the graphics. The fan isn't excessively noisy but I would love to see a passively cooled version in the future.

Better than expected

Intel BOXD510MO Intel Atom D510 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
Intel BOXD510MO Intel Atom D510 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Every thng you need, add memory and hard drive to make a complete system. No fan and low power consumption make this perfect for an always-on machine. PCI-Express mini slot is useful for adding a wireless card or HD decoder.

Cons: USB headers only support 3 addtional ports. Only two SATA ports. If you're using a DVD drive and a hard drive there is nowhere to plug in a cable for an e-SATA port.

Overall Review: I thought this board would be slow like the Celeron 220 it was replacing. Instead, I have a system that is great for web usage and light office work.

Awesome

ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Takes socket AM2+ processors including quad cores which lets you build a powerful system in a small space. Four SATA ports plus RAID make this a great choice for building a fileserver. Built in graphics supports DX10 and aero in Vista. You can also run dual monitors, one VGA and one DVI without an extra video card. Wi-fi could be a plus depending upon where the system is located.

Cons: As others have stated, the chipset heat sink gets very hot. The wi-fi card sits horizontally over the heat sink which doesn't help ventilation. (Minus one egg for this design flaw. The fan headers aren't placed logically. I found the CPU fan header at the front corner of the board! The GeForce 8200 supports PCI express x16. Why are we stuck with a PCIe x1 slot on this board??

Overall Review: Currently running a Sempron LE-1250 at 237MHz x 11, 2 GB PC2 5300 RAM and Vista Business 32-bit.