Date Joined: 09/18/07
Pros: This is a good medium level motherboard. I replaced an old 3-core AMD chip/ M2N-SLI MB in my wife's computer and I put this M5A97 in it with an AMD FX-8310 and 8GB GSkill memory and an EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost. It performs great for her video and photo editing and running the o/s on an SSD means that it boots up in 20 seconds. While the built-in "Windows Experience" meter isn't a good test, it almost gets top marks in all areas (7.6 to 7.9).
Cons: I don't care for the BIOS interface. I think they made it more difficult with the "dummy edition" than the old school BIOS screens. Yeah, there is an advanced mode, but I don't feel like the BIOS interface update is really functional.
Overall Review: I actually bought two.. One from Newegg and one from a popular auction site that I thought was a fail, but turns out it was just missed the "clear CMOS" jumper. So I'll probably use that one to upgrade from my quad core CPU to an 8 core. I think it was a worthwhile purchase.
Pros: It looks pretty. Has external antenna connections and a serial console port. Included tile ceiling mounting kit and is Gigbit PoE powered. Theoretical 300Mbps connection speeds.
Cons: We bought 16 of these. The web GUI is way too complicated and redundant. WEP does NOT work at all. No wifi device (laptop, tablet, USB wifi adapter, phones, etc) can connect via WEP. It just flat fails to connect. WPA/WPA2 should be faster than WEP, but none of the 90 tablets that we have will stay connected to any of the APs if more than just a couple are connected. I've done everything I can do make them work, to include upgrading firmware, downgrading firmware, changing channels, changing max speed, channel spacing, guard interval.. Nothing seems to make these work. I want to send them all back and buy something else. I was hopeful we'd get a real winner, instead it's a dud. Cheaper standalone wifi APs work just fine with the exact same WPA or WPA2 encryption, so I know it's not the tablets or computers. Too bad our organization doesn't have the funds to buy the good stuff from other companies! It makes me pull my hair when people have to keep complaining the the wifi doesn't work!
Overall Review: No encryption seems to work fine. I used to be content with Netgear. But I think I'm moving on to something else. I can't rely on it anymore.
Pros: It's small, light, portable and didn't require a driver disc or download for my Win7 Pro x64 media box. Simple plug and play. Don't expect to type 100 words a minute unless you have tiny fingers. I bought it so I could sit on my couch and do minor tasks while watching TV on the internet. No issues so far.
Cons: It seems a little pricey for such a small thing, but overall, it was worth it for me.
Overall Review: The keyboard has a backlight as well as a built in laser pointer. Right and left mouse buttons and ctrl+alt+del function keys. It is RF not IR so you don't need line-of-sight to use it. I may pocket this bugger to use with my palm pc.
Pros: I originally bought one of these back in 2002 or 2003, and have been using it ever since. I love it for gaming especially and any other computer work because it doesn't require moving the mouse all over. I recently bought a new one for home and brought my old one to work. Can't go wrong! Zero problems ever!
Cons: I wish they made a wireless version.
Overall Review: Buy it. Now. Go. You know you want it.
Pros: I think this is a fantastic video card. I can get up to 140 frames per second on high settings running 1920x1080. Projection shadows and fog are still troublesome, but rarely less than 50 FPS. With Win7 experience came up from 5.1 on my GeForce 8600GT to 7.9 on the GeForce GTS250.
Cons: Not having been too familiar with SLI, I wanted to use my older EVGA GeForce 8600GT with it, but I had to dedicate the 8600 as a Physx card only since SLI requires similiar models.
Overall Review: It is a large appliance, but it's good. Even at 100% GPU load, it still only runs about 60 C (140 F) (cooler than my 8600GT) with a 50% fan speed, so it's not very loud for me. The fan is also dynamic so it varies between 25% and 50% usually. There is software included to tweak the card and monitor fan speed and temp, so I tried to ramp up the memory and GPU clock speed, but it just caused problems so I leave it alone and it works just fine for me. Oh yeah, get a 40" 1080p LED TV. It totally rocks.
Pros: I have two of the older non-painted versions but I absolutely love this case. Light and Well constructed with space for plenty of items within.
Cons: It doesn't cook breakfast.
Overall Review: I'd be happy to use these forever.
Pros: It's a decent replacement for my older dual core.
Cons: It's a little hotter and the new heatsink fan runs more loudly.
Overall Review: I tried to find the quad core version that was compatible with my Asus M2N mb, but I think they're been out of production for too long.
Pros: It's quad core. Decent speed for my older Asus motherboard.
Cons: I now have a few issues running Server2k3 and Win2k on MS Virtual Machine 2007 on an Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe running WinXP 64bit. The Server2k3 o/s will only load halfway before the virtual BSOD pops up and Win2k just restarts. XP and Server2k8 run just fine. My old dual core Athlon didn't have these problems. Can't quite figure out why. It's an older system but I've not had any issues before. I was rather disappointed with the shipping package, though. Like I'd read in another review, the CPU holder popped open and the thing was just sitting in the box. I had to straighten a pin before I could install it. Luckily it was only one pin; but I can't knock an egg for the packaging as it's not AMD's fault.
Overall Review: It does just great any other time, though it runs warmer than my old Athlon. Overall I'm happy with it. I'll be happier if I can get another VM instance of Server2k3 loaded and operating successfully. Hopefully it won't require host o/s reload.
Pros: Contrary to what I read in a previous post, this unit DOES provide battery backup switching for overvoltage and undervoltage, as well as blackouts and electrical noise. The area I use one of these units in, has frequent power fluctuations. The GUI software shows every glitch longer than a few seconds and it has never missed a beat. Our facility is currently using three of these and they are excellent.
Cons: I can't think of anything.
Overall Review: We have used other smaller models of APC and they seem to have trouble after about 6 months to a year. Other brands have lasted a few weeks. One in particular would just randomly shut off. These units have had no issues at all.
Pros: It's better than Vista, still. Most of my clients prefer XP to any other OS.
Cons: If you change your system configuration (as it told me 'significantly'), it will tell you to reactivate your copy (even after 3 years!) If you try to use the same key, it'll make you buy another one. If you don't, you can't get more Windows updates because the WGA tool will assume you've pirated your copy and deactivate your OS in three days until you get a new key. Microsoft is thieving money from my pockets! ARGH!
Overall Review: I like XP, but Win98SE was the most stable I've had. I dislike Vista, 2000, and ME. Actually, I think I'll just run a UNIX system and forget MS everything.