Joined on 10/13/03
Not bad at all
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.
Nice board, bad QC
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
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
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
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.
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.