Cheap cost and great performance equals more bang for your buck.
17 August 2011
Summary: Motherboard review is completely positive since purchase. I bought this motherboard as a birthday present for my son. We upgraded him from single core processing to an amd phenom ii 855 series quad core A3. with only 2 gigs of ddr3 ram it handles without flaw. we will be upgrading the ram to 4 gigs soon. onboard video is great. i would buy again. Comparing this to Intel..... would put you at about i7 925. comparing the price....well, there is no comparison.
Summary: I bought this MB as part of repurposing an older desktop PC as a file server. I needed RAID 5 and a PCI-E (not 16) slot for a TV tuner card. I also wanted to re-use an IDE DVD drive, and a PCI slot to re-use an older USB external port card. In general the MB fit the bill. HOWEVER: (1) The MB documentation is abysmal! The explanation of BIOS options is nothing more than a repetition of the option names. For most things, not an issue, but for some -- e.g.
Summary: Seems to be a very stable board and overclocking dipswitches work well for the AMD Phenom II X2 511 CPU I used with it. Onboard video is a bit weak and there's only 2 memory slots, but overall it's well worth the $50 pricetag.
Summary: Everything ran well with the board. The only problem is if you require alot of USB bandwidth you may be better with getting a board with more USB bandwidth. I used a USB audio speaker with this board and it sucked the bandwidth away so I was forced into getting a PCI USB card which fixed the bandwidth problem. Besides that it is an awesome board.
Summary: Well, I used this mobo for my very first pc rig. The mobo is very small and has 2 ram slots. Haven't installed any video card yet but i tried with an old 4200 msi and it did not fit, i suppose that happens with old technology. Either way, no problems with the motherboard, recommended for everyday use and gaming also, basic systems handle everything but not benchmarking competitions.
Summary: Easy setup -- had it up and running very quickly with no problems. Has a built in PC speaker, which is great for diagnosing problems (although I haven't had any). I use it for an HTPC and have had no issues with it -- I'm happy with my purchase.
Summary: When I first bought this, I didn't think much of it, other then it's a lot cheaper then some it's predecessors. I figured I would buy this to replace my old one, and within a couple of months, replace it again, But so far, I love this MotherBoard. Not only is it powerful, but it has it's own overclock switch, which will let you overclock at the drop of a hat. I have a 2.8Ghz Athlon II X2. It runs like a dream, and is super quiet, when used with a quality power supply.