Date Joined: 12/30/02
Pros: - Cheap
Cons: - No drivers for Win2016
- No hyperthreading
Overall Review: Tried to build a cheap web server, totally wasted my money.
Pros: - Price.
- Requires no drivers on Win10.
Cons: Sound is terrible when I connect my external USB audio device (Schiit Modi). Pops and crackles. I don't have this problem when I connect it to my motherboard's USB. Both are USB 2.0, 3.0 is not required.
Pros: - Price. I shopped around a lot, looking at every model on the market. For price and performance, this one stood out.
- Great picture.
- Not a single dead pixel, just like my last Asus monitor which lasted 7 years and was still going strong.
Cons: - It is a TN panel and not IPS, but that would drive the cost way up.
Overall Review: To get 60 Hz refresh, you must use a DisplayPort 1.2 cable. Make sure the monitor is set for DisplayPort 1.2. Windows 7 has poor support for high DPI setting, which is required if you want to be able to read the text. Windows 10 is much better, although some third party programs are a bit buggy at high DPI. I set my DPI to 250%. Use a warm color balance to avoid the eye strain caused by strong blue light.
Pros: - Easily keeps my Ryzen 1800x cool.
- Fan is whisper quiet.
Cons: - Quite a bit of assembly required. You must remove the motherboard's bracket and assemble a custom one for the Frozr. Took about 30 minutes.
Overall Review: This thing is very large, but had no trouble fitting on an ATX board. A Mini-ATX might be pushing your luck.
Pros: - Fast and stable.
- After a BIOS update, had no problems running my memory at 3200 (G.Skill F4-3200C14D-16GFX)
- For CPU cooler I got the massive MSI Core Frozr, which required some assembly but works well and is very quiet.
Cons: - The M.2 drive is barely mentioned in the BIOS, but it works.
- Windows 10 had a problem where it was sometimes shutting down the keyboard as soon as it loads the USB drivers. I fixed it by not plugging anything into the USB3 ports.
Overall Review: Unless you are using 2 video cards there is no compelling reason to get the X370 chipset.
Pros: - Runs at full 3200 speed on my MSI B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC
Cons: - Pricey
Overall Review: Had to update the motherboard's BIOS to get full speed.
Overall Review: It's been running like a champ for two years now.
Pros: Plenty of ports, supports USB 3.0
Cons: Often stops working for no reason and requires power cycling. Once it even prevented my computer from posting until I disconnected it.
Overall Review: Cheap Chinese junk. Go with a better brand.
Pros: Reliable, quiet
Overall Review: I've had it in a computer that runs about 10 hours a day, for over 2 years. Runs like a champ.
Pros: Fits like a glove. Very sturdy. Well made. Should protect the phone from just about anything.
Cons: A little difficult to get on. The pull-out stand is too tight to open with just a fingernail.
Pros: Great sound, swappable opamps.
Advantages over the Asus Xonar Essence ST:
* no extra power connector required
* has dedicated optical port (no adapter required)
* DTS encoding sounds better than Dolby Digital Live
Cons: Died after 23 months of admittedly heavy use.
Overall Review: The Asus does have a longer warranty, but Asus is such a shady company, they would not honor it. Instead they sent me 2 replacement cards, both of which had the same defect. They refused to refund it.
Get the extended warranty. And pray.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Runs my memory at 1600 mhz instead of 1833 mhz. I ran ASUS's automatic overclocking software, and it actually reduced the memory speed to 1439 mhz! Not cool asus.
The memory contains SPD information on running at 1833 mhz. However, the bios on this board is incapable of loading any SPD but the first. Instead, it wants you to enter the SPD information manually. And instead of using abbreviations (like "tCL") it fully spells out each field, using nonstandard terminology. The abbreviations are only mentioned on the screen where the SPD information is reported. Therefore, there is no way to know what values you need to enter. Not cool asus.
Overall Review: Got Windows 8 for this system, and really hate it. With the new FX-8350, it is no faster than my old 6-core 1090T, perhaps because 32-bit apps run slower on a 64-bit OS. Stick with Windows 7.
Pros: Great sound, with excellent bass. The extension cord gives you the flexibility of using it in an upper arm pocket, or a hip pocket. The clips allow you to secure the cord.
Overall Review: Blows my old JVC's away.
Pros: Had this drive for over 2 years. Never had a problem with it.
Cons: 300 GB is not a lot of space these days.
Pros: Great sound.
Cons: The card had an intermittent problem where there was no sound in the right channel, especially after resuming from hibernation, but sometimes after booting. I RMA'd it, and ASUS sent me a new card, 3 weeks later, without providing any kind of explanation whatsoever. The new card has the same problem, except that both channels sometimes have no sound, although it is less frequent.
Overall Review: Either there is a design flaw or the Windows 7 32-bit drivers need work. If your motherboard is an MSI 890FXA-GD70 I would definitely not buy this card.
Pros: Durable, great feel.
Overall Review: Enermax makes some of the most durable keyboards you can get. I actually don't have this model, I've been using the older model KB002U for about 4 years now. Never had a single problem with it, despite the fact that I use it 8+ hours a day. If you are looking for durability, this is the brand to get.
Pros: Fast and stable. Plays Bad Company 2 great.
Cons: Incredibly loud. Sounds like a 747 taking off from a short runway. Its so loud I wonder if something is wrong with it. It is also too long for my Antec Sonata case. Runs hot.
Overall Review: The amount of noise polution coming out of is thing is unacceptable. I don't know how much longer I can take it. I'm probably going to have to sell it at a huge loss.
Pros: SATA 6GB/s, USB 3, price
Cons: SATA connectors at right angle. One of the screws is behind a RAM clip. The northbridge heatsink is loose. Doesn't automatically run at the proper speed for DDR3-1333
Overall Review: I reviewed this board earlier and called it defective. It turns out that there was a freak problem with the case's power switch. This problem was causing the power to occasionally go on and off within a couple of seconds. Somehow this was messing with the BIOS. After fixing the power switch, there are no more BIOS problems.
If Newegg will comply, I would like for the old review to be removed.
Cons: Died after 4 months of light use.
Pros: SATA 6GB/s and USB 3
Cons: Poor layout. SATA connectors at right angle. One of the screws is behind a RAM clip. The northbridge heatsink is loose. Doesn't automatically run at the proper speed for DDR3-1333
Overall Review: This board has an intermittent problem. It will sometimes report that the BIOS is corrupt, and then it loads a backup copy of the BIOS. Tried flashing it, no help. RMA'd it. Gigabyte sent it back with no explanation. Still does the same thing. This board is going in the trash. I've had problems with other Gigabyte boards. MSI and ASUS seem to be the best.
Pros: Fast. Supports SATA 3 and USB 3.
Cons: The SATA 3 sockets are at a right angle to the board, making it tricky to insert the cable.
Overall Review: When using DDR3 at 1333 or above, go into the BIOS and turn up the memory voltage. My OCZ memory (OCZ3P13332GK) requires 1.8 volts. This is not something that the motherboard can auto-detect. At the default 1.5 volts, Windows will lock up after a few minutes.
Cons: Installing the latest drivers caused the computer to lockup. Rebooting resulted in lockup. Tech support was not able to help. I am RMA'ing this for a refund.
Overall Review: I have Windows XP Pro SP3 with no anti-virus or security software installed. I see no reason why the drivers should have a problem. What's worse is that the driver suite could not uninstall itself.
Pros: Good picture, no dead pixels
Cons: When connected by HDMI, the monitor will not go into sleep mode. It just displays "HDMI No Signal" on a blue background.
Overall Review: My graphics card is a MSI N9800GT with the latest drivers.
Pros: Cheap. Supports DDR3.
Cons: Posts but won't boot if the COM port is disabled. You heard that right...I can't believe it myself. Must be a BIOS bug. I have the 1.6 BIOS.
Overall Review: This board is not much good for overclocking. Doesn't allow you to adjust the ram voltage. The option is in the BIOS, but it is grayed out. DDR3 is only cost-effective if you can overclock it.
Cons: Not compatible with some low-power CPU's because its minimum CPU voltage is 1.3 volts. Specifically does not work with a 3600 X2 Brisbane. Board did not detect floppy drive. No parallel port. The AbitEQ program failed to read anything from the board. Abit website has no FAQ's section on the KN9.