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BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A70U3P FM2+ / FM2 AMD A70M SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs No AHCI Drivers & Terrible Support! 12/29/2016

This review is from: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A70U3P FM2+ / FM2 AMD A70M SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It wasn't dead on arrival and it was a decent board for the price.

Cons: - This board uses some sort of proprietary chipset; I think it's an A-55 with added SATA 3 and USB 3 support?
http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/news/news.php?S_ID=213

- No AHCI drivers! Buyer beware! The board boots drives in IDE mode!

- Task Manager (in IDE mode) only saw two of the four cores.

- Biostar support is PACIFIC time! So no one is around until 12PM for the east coast!

- Biostar support doesn't pick up the phone until about 3PM eastern!

- Biostar support didn't call back.

- Biostar support was NOT American.

Other Thoughts: Needless to say I'm not doing shoddy jobs for clients so having the system running in legacy IDE mode is not something I'd do to avoid returning. The board is already on it's way back to Newegg and a replacement on it's way. I spent SEVEN HOURS trying every possible AHCI driver for Windows 7 64 Bit. It does NOT help that AMD doesn't make drivers individually available and they have two different packages (chipset and something else) but the manufacturer's inability to engage in any meaningful way was a clear sign that a return was the only viable route. Biostar now joins Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba on my blacklist.

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HBT TC-500CA-BNV1 Continental 500 Black SGCC steel/Plastic USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Still too cheap and low quality 12/29/2016

This review is from: HBT TC-500CA-BNV1 Continental 500 Black SGCC steel/Plastic USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The overall design is aesthetically appealing.

Cons: - The 2.5 SSD/Mechanical drive mounts are WORTHLESS! Consider ZERO 2.5" internal bays and ONLY three 3.5" bays where drives can be held with actual normal standard screws.
- The brackets for the 2.5" "internal bays" are utterly worthless!
- The three 3.5" bays you DO get require you to take the RIGHT side panel off to add/remove drives instead of the standard left panel (when face-to-face with the case).

Other Thoughts: Needless to say with a low budget quality build using an SSD for a client I had to waste yet another trip and a day because the included "brackets" for 2.5" drives don't work. There is no way around it: you can NOT cheap out on cases!

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Nippon Labs Model DP-15-MM High-quality DisplayPort Cable M-M
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Interupts Video Signal! 05/31/2016

This review is from: Nippon Labs Model DP-15-MM High-quality DisplayPort Cable M-M

Pros: It's 15 feet and is better than having no video cable whatsoever.

Cons: I move my monitor around a lot on a daily basis and this cable quickly degrades and will lose signal forcing me to wait once every 30 seconds to few minutes (tops) for the monitor to resync with the signal from the video card.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this item! Yes I need a ten foot wire though now that I realized that it's this video cable and not the video card or monitor in a way I'm relieved though I still have to spend money to replace this junk. I hardly ever come down this hard on a product but it had one job!

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Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 08/27/04

  • Reviews: 38
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  • First Review: 08/24/05
  • Last Review: 12/29/16
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