Date Joined: 02/23/06
Pros: Definitely liked the two m.2 slots and the overall layout. The WiFi performance is amazing, even though I don't have a WiFi 6 router. SSD performance is stellar.
Cons: Only 4 SATA ports. This turned out to be enough for us, but only just enough.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this board to others as a simple, basic AM4 board.
Pros: Audio quality is clear as a bell.
Cons: Make my ears hurt after about a half an hour of wearing it.
Pros: Does what an HDMI cable should do.
Cons: Doesn't make my TV bigger.
Pros: Works well with my MB. Bought 2 kits for a total of 24GB. If you do the same, make sure you have the Professional or Ultimate version of Windows, otherwise you'll only be able to see 16GB. I had to do an anytime upgrade.
Cons: I used my shop vac to blow the dust out of my computer when I changed the memory sticks, and a large chunk of dust got caught in my video cards cooling fins. It died about half an hour after I put the memory in. C'est la vie.
Pros: Speed. Easy to install, and bootable.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Many people are saying you have to completely rebuild your system. I did not. I was able to successfully image my HD over to the new SSD with no problems.
To do this I:
- Loaded the OCZ drivers into my existing windows environment and initialized the SSD drive in the "Computer Management | Disk Management" console. Do NOT format the drive, do NOT give it a drive letter.
- Ran Norton Ghost in "Copy" mode, selecting the "Bootable" and "MBR" options, and again not selecting a drive letter for the target. C:\ was the source, and the unallocated SSD drive appeared as a target without a drive letter.
Doing the copy this way ensured that the copied environment had the drivers for the drive it was hosted on.
- Then I shutdown, and disconnected the boot HD. In the BIOS I then set the SSD as the boot drive. Saved and rebooted, and suddenly Windows was booting from my SSD.
Everything works just fine.
Pros: What can I say, good solid memory for a decent price.
Pros: Not the fastest Core 2 Duo on the block, but good performance for the money.
Pros: Installed 64-bit Ubuntu server 7.10 on this and it's been rock solid for over a week. Sound, Ethernet, video, it all just works.
Cons: Initially wanted to install an old copy of Windows 2000, but the 2000 install always hung during hardware detect. I don't know that this is the fault of the motherboard though.
Cons: Didn't work out of the box. The documentation in the box said something about the MB having to draw a certain amount of current in order for the power supply to work, so either this power supply was bad, or my MB didn't meet the requirements. Replaced with an older power supply from another machine I own, and the MB worked fine.
Pros: As always, newegg shipped with lightning speed. The motherboard is well built and has been running stably for several days now. Very happy with the purchase.
Cons: This MB can be somewhat picky about RAM. If you have offbrand, and or mixed sets of RAM (I have 4x512 with two different brands) you might need to tweak the memory timings, setting them to more conservative values, to achieve a stable state.
Overall Review: I would not get this motherboard if you are building a system from scratch. This is probably the last socket 939 motherboard ABIT will make. AM2 is where it's at these days. Me, I already had a large investment in a Socket 939 CPU.