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Jason W.

Jason W.

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Most Favorable Review

Great motherboard...

BIOSTAR G31E-M7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR G31E-M7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works well with both Windows XP and Linux.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I purchased it as a motherboard for a low cost Intel Pentium E5300 Dual-Core based system.

Most Critical Review

RAM issues

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nicely designed board layout, fast, rich with features.

Cons: Only 4GB out of 6GB of RAM shows up on POST and in operating system after cold start (computer has been off for about 6 hours). If I turn the computer off and switch right back on again, the full RAM shows up until next cold start. With only 4GB RAM showing, if I restart (Windows XP 64bit or Linux 64bit) or press reset button, POST still only shows 4GB. With all RAM showing up at POST and in operating systems, if I turn computer off and leave off for an hour or two, then power back on, all RAM shows on POST and in operating systems. Troubleshooting: Ran Linux 64bit boot CD MemTest86 for two hours with all 6GB of RAM showing at POST and it did not find any problems with RAM. Reseated DIMMs twice -- problem still persists on cold start: First time reseated memory in place, second time moved DIMM in A1 to B1, B1 to C1, and C1 to A1. Updated BIOS from 0603 to 0801 -- problem still persists on cold start. Made sure BIOS settings are running CPU and memory on defaults (auto).

Overall Review: Windows XP 64bit or Linux 64bit only sees 4GB when POST shows only 4GB. CPU-Z software run under Windows XP 64bit shows 6GB when POST and Windows XP system information shows 4GB. I believe the computer did not exhibit this problem the first few days after it was put together. Relevant hardware: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail. Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop - Engineered for Core i7 Boards and Processors - Retail. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail.

10/27/2009

Exellent RAM!

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2D3600C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2D3600C16

Pros: Good price. Runs at full rated speed (clock and CAS) flawlessly. System specs: Motherboard: ASUS Z170-K CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 @ 3.20GHz

Cons: Not a con of the RAM: I had to update BIOS to latest revision (3805) to solve a power-on-self-test issue.

Overall Review: I recommend this for those with same motherboard who need to upgrade to more RAM.

Awesome case (and power supply)

Cooler Master Centurion 541 RC-541-SKRJ-GP Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply
Cooler Master Centurion 541 RC-541-SKRJ-GP Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply

Pros: Great design, plenty of room, quiet power supply fan, looks nice, keeps system cool.

Cons: Would be nice if rear of case accommodated a 120mm fan.

Overall Review: If I could fit a ATX motherboard in it I would!