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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Joined on 05/31/03

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent board, Stable, Solid, Clean

JetWay JHA07-ULTRA-LF AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
JetWay JHA07-ULTRA-LF AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Very nice layout with little clutter. Good components at a super price, Very versatile BIOS with numerous adjustments, Excellent power distribution on board, with good heat sinks. 790GX chipset gets it done for sure. All features seem to work. For those that asked, there IS front audio and it is standard Realtek HD Audio.

Cons: None that I can see as yet

Overall Review: I used this to replace the gigabyte board of similar design and components as several others seem to have. For me, it transplanted perfectly, and instantly ran MUCH faster and smoother. Zero problems doing the transplant, and much much more reliable now. Using it with Hybrid Crossfire (radeon 3450), RAID 1 (2x500GB Seagates), OC 9950@3.2Ghz, and 4GB OCZ DDR2 1066 running Vista. Also has Pinnacle video capture board and HDTV tuner board, and is solid as rock A VERY nice computer.

Most Critical Review

Not the best, not the worst

ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Decent layout, lots o' cooling gadgets that add dubious value, nice green box. It will fit 3 3870s in a standard case. 4 if you hack your case.

Cons: Highly disorganized BIOS. The 801 version finally got this thing to work properly, but it still has some brain damaged things in it. If you are proficient overclocker, the BIOS leaves a lot to be desired. There is no way to know default voltages for most settings, as they don't tell you in BIOS. AMD Overdrive is useless, as is Asus OC utility. They don't agree on settings, and neither agree with the BIOS. Pretty much a waste of time

Overall Review: This is a decent mobo, but thats it. Not great, not amazing, not heart touching. It might just be that it is a first gen 790FX product, I dunno. But it looks like the BIOS was rushed to market for the christmas season and now Asus' doesn't know what to do with it. This might be an abandoned product anyway by the looks of it. Way too expensive for what you get. The Wifi us completely pointless and useless, and just adds cost. I removed mine from the mobo.

Totally bizarre random freezes and crashes

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Solid specs, reasonable price

Cons: Freezes randomly, over and over and over. Never seen anything quite like it. It will run ok for 2 minutes, then simply hang. I've tried installing windows 7, 8 and Linux Mint, and regardless, it hangs. I've tried several CPUs, power supplies, and RAM. It even passes Memtest for 12 hours. But once an OS is loaded, BAM! Tried BIOS update, and just about everything else.

Overall Review: Probably my 50th Gigabyte mobo over the years, never had so much trouble. Seems to be a pattern with this particular model. Too bad, as it looks pretty solid, but is hugely unreliable. Will RMA and hopefully it will improve. I have the UD3 version of the 970 and its been fantastic!

When it works, its fine

ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless recertified
ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless recertified

Pros: I have 2 of these in the house, along with 3 other access points. These were cheap, so figured I'd give them a shot. When they stay online, they're fine. But they disappear from both the physical LAN as well as their SSIDs vanish occasionally. They need to be unplugged to get them back to life. Then they're fine until they vanish again. Tried new firmware, but they still vanish. Other than their vanishing act, they work.

Cons: They disappear from the hard lan and the wireless network.

The single best AMD CPU I've ever had

AMD Phenom II X4 960T - Phenom II X4 Zosma Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HD96ZTWFGRBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 960T - Phenom II X4 Zosma Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HD96ZTWFGRBOX

Pros: As fast as it gets. 4 Ghz, unlocked to 6 cores. Kills every game I play. Doesn't need much voltage to scream, and therefore not much heat. Not much else to say

Cons: Not much to say here.

Overall Review: I've owned nearly one of every interesting AMD CPU since the original socket A. I've done every trick in the book to overclock, tweak, unlock, etc. I've had my share of good and bad examples of CPUs. Usually, when AMD makes a final run of CPUs on a soon to be discontinued series of CPUs, they come up with the most astonishing values. This 960T is no different. If you've got a good mobo, with unlocking BIOS features that is reasonably recent (post Phenom II), then get this thing and give it a shot. I'm just astonished

12/31/2011

Decent 890FX board, but only decent

BIOSTAR TA890FXE AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA890FXE AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 890FX and SB850. Decent looking heatsinks. Nice power/reset buttons on board.

Cons: Goofy layout, terrible SATA organization with 1 SATA port being wasted on eSATA. PCIe slots are arranged in a method that doesn't allow any flexibility. Silly LED alpha display, with absolutely zero hope in knowing what the numbers represent. Nasty BIOS, completely disorganized, even shoddy by Biostar standards.

Overall Review: I bought this when it first came out. I have 8 Biostar motherboards running just about every machine in my house, my kids, servers, etc, so I generally (obviously) really like Biostar. This board though has been a massive disappointment. It is NOT a real enthusiast board, even though it looks like one. The BIOS is simply a disorganized mess. The wasting of 1 SATA port on eSATA is ridiculous in a gamer board, where we are all clamoring for more SATA ports. The SATA 3 control mostly craters most AMD RAID drivers and causes BSODs. The PCIe layout is dumb and the board is basically slow. Finally, the BIOS (did I mention that!). Its vintage Biostar but worse. Try setting RAM settings and hope they make sense. Voltage is bizarre and not even close to being accurate. Etc, etc.