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1 out of 5 eggs Almost lasted a year. 05/21/2016

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice features. Good price.

Cons: Have used MSI boards on several builds, including the one I'm typing this on, and have never had an issue. Used this board for a home server build. Ran fine for ALMOST a year, then died. Will power up, but can't find the boot drive. Can't even get into the BIOS because there's no power to any of the USB ports.

ASUS WL-ANT191 Omni High Gain Antenna
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2 out of 5 eggs No effect in strength 11/02/2015

This review is from: ASUS WL-ANT191 Omni High Gain Antenna

Pros: Base allows me to keep router under desk, while antenna is out in the open.

Cons: Made no difference in signal strength.

Other Thoughts: I have a large house, with 2 above ground floors and a finished basement. Unfortunately, my Linksys WRTU54G-TM router is located on the far end, ground level. Reception in the basement is poor. Using the "Wifi Analyzer" android app, I measured the signal strength in several different spots throughout the house (ground floor -75, basement -85, upstairs -70). I then connected the Asus antenna both directly to the router and with the extender. Signal strength remained the same at each location. Also have an N-router configured as a bridge, so I was able to confirm my position was the same for each reading using it's signal strength. Wouldn't need this if it wasn't for my piece of S Chromecast, with it's lousy reception and refusal to connect to the bridge, that I'm trying to use in the basement.

Don't know if I got a defective refurb or if this is normal for this antenna. One star for the antenna and one for the rebate.

MSI K8NGM2-L 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Still running, 24/7 03/07/2015

This review is from: MSI K8NGM2-L 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Thing just keeps running and running....

Cons: Thing just keeps running and running.... Can't justify upgrading until it dies.

Other Thoughts: Built this years back as my primary desktop, then relinquished it as a Windows Home Server when I upgraded. That was back in 2008. This thing has been running 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for the past 7 years, without a hitch. I'll eventually build a WHS 2011 machine with newer parts, but until that day comes, this will keep serving its purpose.

While this review really isn't pertinent any more, I just had to brag.


Jeff C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeff C.

Date Joined: 02/23/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 07/18/07
  • Last Review: 05/21/16
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