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Pros: (For a notebook) Smokin' fast graphics, tons of RAM, AWESOME non-TN matte/non-glare LCD display that's hellaciously bright and vibrant, best sound ever from a notebook soundsystem, two 500GB HDDs in RAID 0 lessens the pain of not having SSDs, price is definitely right, it's not obnoxiously large/heavy. Battery life is excellent for such a high performance notebook. Contrary to some reviews, the keyboard feels solid enough and has good typing feel. No, it's not a Thinkpad, nor does it cost like one. It runs MUCH cooler than I expected and one can use it on a bed without a laptop pad without it getting hot enough to be a concern.
Cons: My pet peeve: MSI, you put a freaking 1x1 single-band WiFi NIC in this thing!?!?! It's an Intel Centrino-130. Are you KIDDING ME!? The WiFi adapter in this SUCKS. Ok, that's not entirely fair. It works. It's adequate. Range is good. But I have a 110Mbps cable connection that actually DOES 90-100Mbps (and had to get a new router as a result). Other laptops with 2x2 and 3x3 NICS? No trouble running that fast in decent signal areas. This one? Unless it's perfect signal, I can't get that much throughput. And i really need 5.8Ghz to get consistent speeds. This can't do it.
Beyond that? The sound, as good as it is, is still limited by physics. I don't miss external speakers nearly as much now, but I still want 'em available. RAID 0 scares me a bit as if one of the two notebook drives fail it's ALL gone. Imaging to an external drive goes from good preventative practice to an absolute necessity. Finally, it's still too hot to use in a lap when gaming though.
Other Thoughts: The first unit I got had some display issues that necessitated an RMA. Check over your unit thoroughly and run the internal windows 'display calibration' to see the panel under all conditions and ensure it functions properly. NewEgg was great about doing an advance exchange.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-945PL-S3 LGA 775 Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I do not own this motherboard. I was about to order it for a new build. It looks to be solidly laid out and from experiences with other Gigabyte MBs I'd believe it to be very stable.
Cons: Maxes out at 800Mhz FSB... can't utilize E6300/6320 processors or above to full rated speed.
Other Thoughts: Not only will it not *overclock*, you CANNOT hit the full speed potential of your CPU with Intel's 1066Mhz FSB Core 2 Duos. That means with an E6400/6420, you will be 200Mhz X8 vs. 266Mhz X8. Thus, Instead of the 2.13Ghz you paid for, you max out at 1.66Ghz!!! Fine for the E4300 Allendale if you don't plan to overclock but otherwise AVOID THIS BOARD!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: So, you take yer Sony SZ-110/120/140/160 etc etc that's now out of warranty and you turn it over. You unscrew the funny shaped multi-rectangle metal plate on the bottom and expose the cpu and heatpipe/heatsink. You unscrew that and expose that poor tired T2300/2400/2500. You take a flathead screwdriver and unlock the socket, being careful to note and follow orientation so you don't break anything. You take the old proc out... and drop the new one in. You clean the heatsink and CPU with Arctic Silver's thermal grease cleaner/prep stuff. You put on a dab of AS5 , you lock the CPU in, put the heatsink back, screw it all back together, and boot into brand new Core 2 Duoness.... all this, without even a bios flash!
Cons: You could totally hose the notebook if you don't know what you're doing... and be left with a pretty Sony-shaped large paperweight.
Other Thoughts: For anyone with an older SZ/slower SZ, this is a no-brainer upgrade. Trash that 1.46 Celeron, toss the 1.66 Core Duo and get some SPEED.READ FULL REVIEW