Joined on 03/09/05
Jumpin' Jehosaphats...we just had an earthquake!
Pros: Really like the features of the board so far, despite some limitations as far as memory and OC'ing are concerned. Bought this board because I killed my old Jetway Micro-something-or-other running a 2.8GHZ Prescott....literally....it was telling me to buy an Apple. I couldn't put up with that.
Cons: Stupidly, I bought 4GB of Crucial Ballistix 1066 DDR2 before I read through all the specs of the board. The memory is rated at 2.2v, but for some silly reason Asus decide to limit this board to 1.95v. In the stock 1.80v setting I was getting extremely wonky I/O performance and severely long shutdown/startup times. Upped the voltage and took out 2 of my 4 1GB stix to get the system stable under Vista 32 bit. Didn’t help I/O performance, but did solve the stability issue for now. Will reinstall the other 2 stix when I get Vista 64 bit so I can address more than 3 GB of memory.
Overall Review: After some reading on the Asus Support Website, I was directed to the Microsoft Help & Support website where it instructed to install SP1 for Vista I/O issue. I did so last night…..and voila…system is running great. I think I’ll go ahead play around with it some more tonight and see if I really NEED to order some different RAM stix.
Rejuvenated an oldie
Pros: Like i said...this Hard Drive rejuvenated a thoroughly aged Dell 700M. I upgraded the the RAM up to 2GB and installed this baby (in place of an older replacement Samsung 100GB drive) and wow...much quieter and cooler performance.
Overall Review: Only problem I ran into was finding that my optical drive was dead...couldn't install Vista that way, so I installed via Usb Thumb drive. Much faster that way!
Pros: Great switch... I have not had occasion to check it's gigabit functionality, however it has 5 devices attached to it currently is just barely warm to the touch. Does exactly what i want for a great price point.
Overall Review: Got this along with the 5 port version for my XBOX360/DVR Internet access and they are performing perfectly. Ordering another one to put in my Structured Wiring Panel.
Perfect Solution for those without Ethernet
Pros: Generates very little heat: This was the single biggest thing I was worried about with powerline adapters..no concern now. Excellent throughput: I streamed a Netflix movie on to my 52" Samsung DLP (with zero quality loss), made a Vonage phone call (again..zero quality loss) and downloaded a copy of Windows 7 beta from MSDN all at the same time. Very impressed thus far. Adapter size may be an issue for some, but i was able to plug this in in the lower right corner of a four receptacle wall outlet with the plug of power strip directly to it's left. Top two receptacles are still free. I have this running from my Home Office to my Family room to provide internet connections to my XBOX360 and Directv DVR... required zero configuration...just plug in and go!
Cons: None thus far...
Overall Review: I wish i had bought this kit ages ago! Far out performs wireless...even 802.11n. Playing XBOX360 Live is a dream compared to with my Linksys 802.11n gaming adapter. Only problem will come when i don't need it once my house is wired up with Ethernet.