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This review is from: ECS A780GM-A Ultra AM3/AM2+ AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This was a really nice, easy build and performed beyond my expectations at first. Board was idling at temps between 20 and 23 degrees C.
Cons: Cheap heatsink retainer. A big disappointment after initially performing extremely well. Having to return both a toasted motherboard and processor
Other Thoughts: Three weeks after building the unit for my brother with the Athlon II 2.8 Regor, he lost all video. Upon taking the computer apart, I found that one of the tangs on the plastic heatsink retainer bracket on the motherboard had busted off, and the heatsink was just sitting loosely on top of the processor. Upon attempting to remove the processor, I found it had melted into the socket.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Performs great. Stable. Worth every penny. Easy setup. ATI driver web updates. Installation, monitoring and overclocking software - Easy Tune Pro & Face Wizard. The Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker feature in the BIOS. Newegg's nuclear powered shipping.
Cons: I don't have anything negative to say about this board.
Other Thoughts: I have not had any of the issues that others have had with it. The north bridge runs at 41 degrees C., and the CPU at 38 and that's with the Athlon 2.5 GHz 4850e overclocked to 2.6. Other purchasers of this board said they are getting NB temps of 89 C, but I have not. However, I noticed that some 3rd party software reports the NB temp to be 89 degrees, but Gigabyte's Easy Tune software reports 41 degrees, and I have verified this through the BIOS Hardware Monitor. If someone is using third party applications, the problem may be with the application and not the board. Also, I have found that the board runs hotter if there is a problem with the floppy, either not connected correctly or not installed at all. The most important other thought I have is about the memory - DO NOT put cheapo memory in this board; if you want optimal performance out of it, you need to put good memory in it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price. Newegg' turbo-boost shipping.
Cons: First Corsair chips I've invested in and not really that happy with them, but they will do, I guess, since there's nothing I can really do about it. They don't automatically run at the advertised latencies or the advertised voltage without adjusting the settings in the BIOS. Latencies can be set in the BIOS to 4-4-4-12. I can set the voltage in the BIOS to 2.1 volts, but when I check it in the Gigabyte Easy Tune software, it's only registering as 1.87. It is showing the memory frequency to be 836 MHz though. If I try to increase the voltage to 2.1 using the software, the computer instantly reboots. Not really sure if this is a problem with the memory itself or the Gigabyte software registering incorrect values.
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (F5 BIOS), Athlon 4850e.READ FULL REVIEW