Exceptional GPU But Terrible Shipping Experience8/7/2020 9:24:10 AM

Pros: This video card averages 34 C temps in most use with my fans running quietly, and is a huge improvement over the old ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTD/512MD5/A it replaced. Not only were the temperatures significantly lowered, but the power draw was also lowered. Another plus was the software which works in Windows 10. The old ASUS Radeon card software had no support to run in Windows 10 - only a working card driver. My old ANTEC tower case fans get to run far quieter now unless doing extreme overclocks now of the AMD Phenom II 955 CPU and GPU, and the card is running nicely on the old ASUS M4A79XTD EVO motherboard. With the cooler card temps, the CPU easily overclocks to 4.1 GHz. now on fan cooling. The PSU is also running cooler as it no longer has to feed the two six pin connectors the old power hungry card required. I also purchased an inexpensive short eight pin adapter from Newegg - for the single eight pin connector on the new GPU. The adapter made this a simple quick install. The GeForce software allows full 1080P to 4K picture resolutions with horizontal and vertical sizing - very useful with a great GUI with great help information. The GPU Tweak software utility is also very useful. I did find the included Online and intrusive Gamer software a waste of time, and I promptly deleted it.

Cons: I had to bear through multiple delays that offered no tracking for determining an actual delivery by UPS Ground. In part, this was due to the current Newegg order processing system as well. Very dissatisfied with having three separate expected delivery dates expire before actually receiving my order.

Overall Review: If you can bear through the current irritating and sloppy Newegg delivery hassles, this is a worthwhile video card purchase at a decent price. It should also satisfy the average person who enjoys an occasional good gaming experience. I found it to be a cost effective improvement to my old 2009 computer build, and a card I would definitely use on a new build. Something to remember is, while ASUS makes good products, the AMD graphics cards offer limited year driver support that is often glitchy. I have old ASUS GeForce cards in use from 2007 that still offer great support with no problems on new Windows software. None of my ASUS GeForce video cards have ever been a problem other than they just can't keep up with the improvements in the newer ones.

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Successful Twice8/4/2020 7:37:15 PM

Pros: This is the second refurbished RT AC3100 I've purchased from New Egg. This one just happened to be "Open Box". Both were complete in their boxes and had no defects. Both RT AC3100 routers were the easiest I've ever set up in years. I configured one as a default AP for my gateway. I configured the last as a wireless "Media Bridge" or my home entertainment center. The software blows DD-WRT software completely away in simplicity, and provides strong transfer rates over large areas - despite a wireless router rich neighborhood environment that was causing huge interference issues.

Cons: None found

Overall Review: Successful Twice 06/03/2017 I'll reconfigure one RT AC3100 for a repeater, keeping the other as a media bridge, and add a RT AC5300 if the neighbors start drowning my home network again. The added beauty of having two RT AC3100 routers is they will work perfectly with the RT AC5300, and each will output a rate almost as well as a single RT AC3100 does alone when used in conjunction with the RT AC5300 - since the RT AC5300 has a much higher output rate with its three bands. UPDATE 7/26/2017: I purchased a refurbished open box RT AC5300 to go along with my two refurbished RT AC3100s. The refurbished AC5300 arrived with a non-working 2.4 GHz radio. But, it did allow me to see how well its two 5 GHz radios worked with my AC3100s. I returned the refurbished AC5300 and purchased a brand new AC5300. The factory fresh RT AC5300 works perfectly - supplying strong signals to each of my AC3100s (configured as media bridge/wireless repeaters). Reported signal rates stay at 1950 mbps. on each AC3100 media bridge - using a separate 5 GHz band to each AC3100. The 2.4 GHz band on this RT AC5300 also works perfectly. I couldn't be more pleased - with all three units working seamlessly together. I now have blanket wireless coverage in my home that is no longer affected by the numerous over-boosted wireless router signals being broadcast in my neighborhood - two of the over boosted signals were coming from 1/8 mile away, with none of the others within 400 feet of my house. Problem solved once and for all. UPDATE 8/4/2020: Both of my ASUS RT AC3100 routers are still configured to wireless media bridge and are still working perfectly with my ASUS RT AC5300. I have multiple smart TVs now that wirelessly connect to both RT AC3100 "media bridges". Viewing Internet TV on my 4K Samsung smart TVs is never a problem until my cable company is working on a problem at their end. I have never had to reboot or so much as make a single settings change to either RT AC3100 or the RT AC5300 they connect to. It just doesn't get any better than this.

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Punji Stake RT-AC5300 Holds The Neighborhood At Bay In It's Tracks12/15/2018 11:38:27 AM

Pros: Update: December 15, 2018 It has now been well over a year and I haven't needed to touch my RT-AC5300 a single time - or the two AC-3100 wireless media bridges I connected to it. Spectrum has my current Internet speeds at 200 MBs. and the ASUS routers manage the levels perfectly. The only times I don't have perfect Internet service is only when their is a power outage or Spectrum has their service down. Overall, my Spectrum service is very reliable. But, My ASUS system is always flawless. I even use video calling on my Verizon cellphone while connected to the ASUS router system. The ASUS system is a great reliable one I expect will last many years. I also have new Samsung media TVs connected to the wireless system. Everything works flawlessly. Previous review follows: Strong signal levels Works well with multiple simultaneous wireless connections Has two 5 GHz bands Nice GUI and great GUI feature set for performance tuning and monitoring Works excellent with my two RT-AC3100 wireless routers configured to Media Bridge/wireless repeaters. Doesn't drop any connections Only reboots after power outages - no annoying connection drop-outs Works for me - perfectly with only minor tweaks

Cons: Takes 60-120 seconds for a complete reboot.

Overall Review: In my neighborhood, I was getting flooded by more than ten over-boosted wireless routers from as far as 1/8 mile away. They had destroyed the wireless computer connections I always had in several of the bed rooms in my home, and my garage, and made all my wireless connections unreliable. I had been running reliable wireless 5 GHz signals since 2009 using a TRENDnet TEW-812DRU. That unit simply became overwhelmed by the amount of pollution the neighbors created. Otherwise, it was still operating perfectly. I couldn't stream Internet movies due to a limited DSL connection. That changed also, when I switched to Spectrum Cable - averaging 69-75 Mbps download speeds from their optical feeds. I have better phone, Internet, and TV than ever before - for about $100 less each month. This has already more than paid for my new wireless routers. I installed the RT-AC5300 in the central location the TEW-812DRU had always been placed. Signal was restored to my bedrooms, but still beaten back some by the neighborhood pollution bullies. then I set one RT-AC3100 Media Bridge in one bedroom and connected it to the 5GHz-1 band. Instantly, I had enough bandwidth to stream movies again. I placed the other RT-AC3100 in my den, adjoining the garage. This Media Bridge serves my entertainment center and the garage, and I connected it to the 5GHz-2 band. Again, I found I had achieved high bandwidth signal levels capable of streaming movies in these locations. The GUI on each wireless router confirmed the new levels. Which means, not only did the new "punji stake" system punch through, but my system is also now ready for when I install new smart TVs in the place of my older flat panel sets. As it stands now, I'm able to stream Internet movies to each 32" monitor attached to my wireless computers. I left the 2.4 band turned on at the RT-AC5300 just to stab the "airwave bullies/hogs", in my neighborhood, in their feet. I had always kept this band off, using the TEW-812DRU, as it travels farther (5GHz stays within the home). I'm satisfied my "punji stake" RT-AC5300 is giving them a dose of what they deserve at 2.4 GHz.

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Replaced An Early ASUS BD Reader DVD Writer Drive That Began Having A Tray Eject Problem.7/2/2018 10:48:59 AM

Pros: Not only reads Blue Ray, but writes them. Installed an ISO Windows 10 Pro copy very quickly to a new Samsung SSD drive.

Cons: Had to install an old OEM ASUS provided software disc, and load Power DVD from it, before it would read a Blue Ray disc - since the included software is only for burning and Windows 10 does not support reading Blue Ray. Odd That ASUS no longer includes the reader software in the provided BD Suite that comes with this drive.

Overall Review: Lucked up , and received a free Blue Ray disc to burn with it. Don't know what I'll burn to the new Blue Ray disc. So far, the drive works great. At least I still had the Power DVD software that came with the previous ASUS Blu Ray drive I replaced. Otherwise, I would have been out more dollars for Brue Ray reader software.

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Replaced A Ten Year old WD Velociraptor Drive With It.6/29/2018 8:49:47 PM

Pros: Small light form factor. I purchased it because of good results with an early Samsung SSD purchase a number of years back. That one still runs fine in my garage computer - where temperatures do get hot. Loaded an ISO Windows 10 Pro copy easily and quickly - as I expected.

Cons: None as I can see. The new Windows ISO copy is preventing me from skipping log-in at start up. Micky buzzard updates keeping a fast system slowed needlessly.

Overall Review: The Velociraptor 10,000 RPM drive was fast, but this new 860 SSD loads Windows 10 Pro noticeably seconds faster than the Velociraptor did before it started giving S.M.A.R.T. failure errors. WD and Samsung have good products. This time Samsung just won out with SSD speed for an OS drive. At least my old Velociraptor storage drive is still running fine

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They gave these out for free for "eggspert" review? Shameful. Mine wasn't free.12/9/2017 11:20:35 PM

Pros: Works perfectly in my surveillance DVR - quiet and has great access speed for recorded video. WD drives are usually reliable for many years,

Cons: These terabyte drives still cost too much.

Overall Review: Since my DVR uses up to two drives, and is capable of using much more individual drive storage, I may purchase another later - after the price comes down.

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It Works Just Fine!7/22/2017 7:11:37 PM

Pros: looks nice has flathead screwdriver ends on the attaching screws most important, it converted the DVI port of an older Sharp AQUOS TV to HDMI use

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Just what I needed since the TV's three standard HDMI ports were out due to electrical storm damage - the replacement part is un-available now. Everything else with the 1080P TV still looks and works like new.

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Inexpensive TV Monitor By Samsung7/19/2017 10:33:57 PM

Pros: I purchased this TV to use as a computer monitor in a bedroom, and it works great in this mode of operation. I also wanted it to be capable of use as a TV - and I was not disappointed. picture controls are adequate light weight, but sturdy small footprint for 32 inch screen nice built-in tuner for cable, analog or digital Off-Air nice remote all the connection features and menu OSD controls I needed plus a few decent sound at low to mid volumes picture is as nice as my over $800 1080P LED Sharp AQUOS TV monitors purchased a few years back LOW PRICED QUALITY FOR WHAT IT IS

Cons: None, other than it doesn't come with the wall mount - which would have been nice to include. It also isn't a "smart" wireless capable internet TV, but my attached computer takes care of that. Has close captioning but no TV channel program guide.

Overall Review: I was very surprised to find so much quality at a low price. The unit has only one button under the TV screen frame - but it controls all the features usually controlled by numerous buttons. Since this TV is in a medium sized bedroom and was mainly purchased as a computer monitor using a DVI to HDMI adapter, I found it more than adequate - and above my expectations. It was enjoyable and easy to use from some 12 feet away. With a touch of the lower button under the frame, or the power button on the remote, the TV powers on in about 5 seconds. This happens without any added lights - so you only want to press the control once. The remote is well laid out and even includes a media bridge menu button for content plugged into its rear USB port.

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Works Just Fine In LAN Party Case With ASUS M5A78L-MLX Motherboard7/9/2017 7:05:40 PM

Pros: Quiet. Runs cool. Enough power for two SATA hard drives and two ASUS disc burner drives plus one PCI-e wireless card. Zero problems on Windows 10 environment with ASUS touch screen.

Cons: It's not modular, so you need to give more thought to cable routing.

Overall Review: This is an inexpensive AMD Quad processor system and I saw no need to pay more when this power supply will supply all the needs of this computer. I've been running this power supply for four months now and have seen no issues - nor do I expect any. Corsair makes a solid PSU product for whatever your need.

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New Technology Shows A Leap - A good Wireless Router By TRENDnet5/16/2017 10:42:29 AM

Pros: Using the TEW-812DRU at 80-feet through multiple walls, I achieved the following rates: 13.5 Mbps with fall off to 6.5 Mbps. using a Linksys AE1000 USB adapter and a wireless-n connection. This was consistent with my Cisco E4200 rates using WPA2-PSK AES encryption. However, Windows reporting showed only one bar of signal quality where that had been two bars with the Cisco router. Overall performance with the TRENDnet router was better with more consistent data transfer. Wireless-a could be seen and connected to at this distance, but the rate was too low for any data transfer. The Cisco router wireless-a could not be seen or connected to at this distance. Another computer in a different room, using a Linksys WMP300N PCI card adapter, saw and connected to the wireless-n at 27.5 Mbps. with fall off to 13.5 Mbps. This was again consistent with the Cisco router, and again the TRENDnet actual data transfers were slightly better, despite Windows showing lower signal quality. Conclusion, the TRENDnet router maintains a better signal lock with more consistent transfer rates. Performance using the TRENDnet TEW812DRU with an AC1750 capable dual-band wireless card: Seeing the TRENDnet wireless router makes use of 80 Mhz. of bandwidth to reach stated ratings, I knew the only way to give a fair analysis of the unit would require adapters rated for such. Having already seen some improvement over the Cisco E4200 I had been using, I purchased the ASUS PCE-AC66 just to see the further improvement I knew should be present. I kept encryption the same at WPA2-PSK AES. @15-feet, the connection rate was 866.5 Mbps in Windows with all bars lit using wireless-ac and 144 Mbps. in wireless-n @40-feet, through multiple walls, the wireless-a connection was 351 Mbps. with occasional fall off to 263 Mbps. - 4 bars of signal quality in Windows. Wireless-n was 175.5 with fall off to 144 Mbps. with four bars showing in Windows. Using the Cisco E4200, I had 300 Mbps., four bars of signal, and I could not see wireless-a from it. @80-feet, through multiple walls, the wireless-ac connection was more or less constant at 263 Mbps. and 117 Mbps in wireless-n. Of course, all of these rates are relative to what exists in my home, and do not reflect what others may find in their environments.. My findings do represent a major improvement in Wi-Fi at my home using the TRENDnet TEW812DRU. The ASUS adapter card also provided significant gains using either router, but use with the TRENDnet router gave exceptional gains.

Cons: Out of habit, due to having seen new routers arrive in the past with garbled software, I visited the TRENDnet site and downloaded the router software - it was the same that came installed on my router. The re-install was easy but did not cure a menu problem I had already found with the TEW812DRU. It appears the processor has some problem switching between menu screens, which prevents quickly navigating them - even when no changes have been made. Hang-ups in the menu can be circumvented by closing the browser and opening a new one - annoying, but workable. While the TEW812DRU includes six PSK options, it does not include Enterprise level encryption. For most home users, that shouldn't present any problem, but providing Enterprise encryption shouldn't be much of a problem for TRENDnet - most other manufacturers are including it. True, stronger encryption lowers data transfer reliability over distances - but I feel it should be offered. I've used Cisco and other wireless products in my home since the first wireless-B equipment was offered to consumers. The wireless a/b/g/n Draft 2.0 E4200 system has been operating here since 2011 - acceptably but not always well, due to the constantly changing interference patterns. The interference also adversely affects cell phone reception and transmission here more often than not. My computers use a mix of a/b/g/n and b/g/n USB and PCI card wireless adapters. Adapters in use have been two Linksys WMP300N PCI cards capable of 270 Mbps in wireless-N, and two Linksys AE1000 USB adapters capable of 300 Mbps.. Since the new TRENDnet TEW-812DRU has 80 Mhz. of bandwidth in wireless-AC, and the AE1000 adapters are only capable of utilizing 40 Mhz. 300 Mbps., I had to add an ASUS PCE-AC66 rated 450/1300Mbps. to reach the higher data speeds. The OS used in each computer was Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64 and Windows 7 Ultimate x64. The modem is a WindStream DSL wireless router model, and I keep it's Wi-Fi turned off as it has little range and I don't need the added electrical pollution. The new AC1750 wireless card was $93, and all of the few cards in this class are priced in the same neighborhood.

Overall Review: My home is a 4500 square foot ranch style with 1/2-inch sheet rock walls separating rooms and a brick exterior. Two massive brick fireplaces also block signal inside the home. No other structures are within 300 feet of my home. That suggests a near perfect Wi-Fi environment inside, but it's far from the case. I have two Panasonic phone systems, one running at 5.8 GHz. and the other at 2.4 GHz.. There is a microwave oven, and fluorescent overhead lighting in two rooms with a mix of LED and incandescent in the rest of the house. An advanced video security system, four DirecTv HD units, and large monitors also reside here. UHF remotes are all around along with cell phones. I also have all the other large metal electrical appliances many other folks have. The area is home to numerous TV, radio, and public safety transmitters (digital and analog) within a three mile radius - and they often produce harmonic frequency generations outside their allocated frequencies. There are also public Wi-Fi utilities. At my computers, I can see no less than six residential wireless routers in addition to mine - not to mention the "hidden" ones. This all means any Wi-Fi system in my home has a lot of interference to deal with, and over the years this has required added measures to stabilize my wireless Wi-Fi equipment operation - such as a high gain professional 1 meter dipole antenna in my attic that has been unused since my purchase of a Cisco E4200 in 2011. I haven't bothered to use the antenna or its repeater anymore as all my computers will connect to my Cisco wireless router network averaging between 13.5 Mbps and 300 Mbps - depending on the proximity to the router and any varying electrical pollution. What I found was an easily set up router in the TEW812DRU. The router actually appears to provide better performance if you create a network using it, and this is very easy to do in Windows without using the router menus. You will need the PIN found in the router menus. Not to worry, the PIN is not static after a router reset - it changes each time you use the factory reset button accessed through the bottom of the router. The network connection also appears much more solid than using wireless-n or wireless-ac alone. I was provided this TEW812DRU free of charge for an honest review - and I'm happy to say, after a week of testing and use, it is a product I can and will recommend to others. I'm also pleased to have been chosen to review what I have found to be a good product. I will continue using it in preference to my Cisco E4200 - and I'll be upgrading the adapters in the future. I'll also be interested in seeing what TRENDnet has to offer when they release their own AC1750 dual band adapters. 2017 UPDATE from 2013 - This unit still performs well, but other newer models in the neighborhood are now compromising my signal at times. I've upgraded to the ASUS RT-AC3100 to improve my footprint with a stronger signal.

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Yes! This Is The iPhone Killer.10/28/2010 11:02:09 PM

Pros: Excellent hard screen and anodized metal case. Classy look that appears strong. Charges fully in about 3 hours from discharged state. Has 14 Gb. of built-in memory. Excellent features and functionality. So much more than the Navigation 5800, the AT&T Tilt, and the iPhone. More expensive AT&T plans such as those for the Tilt and the iPhone aren't required for use - AT&T system doesn't recognize this phone for higher feature use charges. As thin as the original Motorola V3.

Cons: Doesn't come with a micro-SDHC memory card - but supports one up to 32 Gb. You have to watch Wi-Fi installation or you will experience short battery life.

Overall Review: This phone restored everything I enjoyed about the look and feel of the original Motorola V3 in Nokia's own N8 form. The N8 also gives me everything back that I had with the Tilt - with much improved function and durability. This phone kicks rearend on all the competition.

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Good TV Card, Bad Infra-Red Receiver2/4/2010 5:57:23 PM

Pros: Recognized easily by Windows Media Center in Vista Ultimate x64. Nice looking remote control works. Supplied software installed easilly and worked. ASUS rebate makes the final price attractive.

Cons: The remote control receiver supplied in the package I received was inoperative. The ASUS EHC3-150 doesn't have the added connections and FM the ASUS EHD3-100 has.

Overall Review: I replaced an AverMedia PCIe Combo card in my HTPC with this one. I was hoping the S-video/component input would allow a color picture I didn't get with the AverMedia card, and it did provide this. Differences I noticed were the new ASUS card runs cooler, is smaller, and the IR receiver has a smaller physical size and different look, but I had to use the AverMedia infrared receiver for the ASUS remote to work. I put the older AverMedia card in another computer. Now I'm shy an infra-red receiver there, since I'm having to use the AverMedia Infra-red receiver at my HTPC with the ASUS card.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer, We sincerely apologize for the issue you are having with the supplied IR receiver. Please contact us at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/usa_rmaserv.aspx or 812-282-2787 and reference case number NE715894 so that we may assist you in the RMA process. Best regards, ASUS Support Team
Professional Quality Reader Makes Life Simple!1/17/2010 3:27:15 PM

Pros: Provides "Hot-Swapping", which means you don't have to "shut down safely" before removing a card. All that's needed is to notice when read/write operations cease and no browser is opened to the drive - then remove the card. Has a blue power LED that shuts off with the computer, and it's not overly bright. Well labeled card slots also make placing in and removing cards very easy. The high speed device even makes full use of USB 2.0. Connectors can be easily re-wired as needed. Instantly recognized in Windows 7 64-bit - no additional software needed unless you want added icons to show (available at atechflash manufacturer website - see NewEgg "Manufacturer Info" link) . It's designed for long term and frequent use. I don't know of a standard device card available it can't read - unless you include "credit cards" and phone SIM cards. The package includes two long cables that are of a generous length (I had to tie mine up some), and all screws needed for attachment in a 3.5" case slot.

Cons: Some motherboards have non-standard USB connection ports. This means you should pay careful attention when attaching the two cables. The instructions need to be downloaded from atechflash.com link (courtesy of NewEgg's "Manufacturer Info") and you will need to reference your motherboard manual to check for proper wiring connection before powering the computer on. The instructions/user manual are not included in the packaging, nor are any drivers some may wish to use. These will have to be downloaded from the manufacturer website.

Overall Review: I used this reader with an ASUS M4A79XTD EVO from New Egg. The readers two supplied non-directional cables only required placement on one motherboard USB 2.0 connector - with attention given to the grounds. A single standard directional plug would have been much simpler - even if it had required moving the wires on the connector. The user guide should really be supplied in the reader packaging. Not paying proper attention to the wiring can and will damage a reader drive. I give this product five stars due to the fact it works very nicely, as it should, but I'm concerned some purchasers won't take the time to be sure their connections have been properly made. I puchased mine for use with my micro SDHC cards and xD cards in my cameras. It works great with my 16 GB micro SDHC cards and the xD cards. The front 2.0 USB port is even a welcome addition in the large Antec server case I use it in. Overall, this "KIOSK" reader looks good and is very fast and user friendly in actual use.

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Solid Device For Hot Swapping SATA Drives1/14/2010 12:36:20 AM

Pros: Very well built and solid. They fit my Antec server case like a properly fitted glove. There is no slop in the fit and the lock is solid and tight - so is the handle. The key lock turns the power on and off simply and easily. Two keys are supplied with each case. A heavy SATA date connector is also supplied - it was plenty long enoungh in my large server case. Inserting and securing my Western Digital RE3 SATA drives was a breeze using the supplied screws. Both the power LED and the activity LED work exactly as they should, and neither is overly bright. Windows 7 found my hard drives using these, and rated the OS drives at 5.9 - the same as they rate connected without this added drive case. Data transfers were no issue and as fast as the Enterprise WD hard drives allowed.

Cons: There is no con - unless you let someone con you into thinking there is. The LEDs may not function with all hard drive brands - BYTECC does warn of this in the supplied literature.

Overall Review: I checked all connections, secured my drives, and let Windows 7 x64 Ultimate do the rest. I have zero problem hot swapping with these drive cases, and like them better than much more expensive ones I've used in the past. They not only look good, they have a good military spec feel in your hands as you use them. Nothing about them is flimsy or weak. They also have a small (40mm) internal front-mounted fan to help cool the mounted drive. Those fans have been very quiet in my use over the past two months they've been installed and running. They aren't needed if your drives run as cool as mine do - so you can disconnect them. Like any new component, you could get a bad one - just pay attention while setting these cases up.

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Tiny Tranceiver Makes Bluetooth Work Great1/13/2010 11:45:37 PM

Pros: Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR support, comes with Toshiba Bluetooth software disk. So small, it's unobtrusive. Displays a very small and dim flashing blue LED to show it is installed and working. Spotted in Windows as Bluetooth Information Exchanger. Connects easily to my Motorola S805 headphones, AT&T Tilt, RAZR V3, RAZR V3i, and Tundra mobile phones. Has a range in excess of 30 feet - But, I'm limited to this distance due to my paired devices only being capable of this range. Bluetooth in my use is unaffected by my 5.8 GHz. home phones, cellphones, or my 2.4 GHz. wireless-N router connections. Connection re-establishes as soon as you move back into range - if you should move out of range. I've found the same true using Vista x64 Ultimate or Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.

Cons: Initial pairings and connections can sometimes be an aggravation due to the limitations of any current Bluetooth software - although never a problem once connected, even if you move in and out of range.

Overall Review: Pairings are solid, and nothing seems to affect the connections as long as my devices stay within their 30 foot range - wish they were capable of more to test out this tiny transceiver's added range capability. But, I'm happy with the AZiO BTD-V201. I purchased it as I wanted to use my stereo Motorola S805 headphones with my HTPC, and this transceiver allows me to use all the functions of these headphones (volume, pause, skip forward, previous) in Windows Media Center and with the Windows Media Player. It's so small, it's amazing how well it works. It's been well worth the price to me. I only wish I could have had this one sooner. I never skip a beat using my headphones with this, and the music is always sweet and pure. I almost enjoy my headphones better than my surround sound system now.

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It Works And Looks Decent!11/12/2009 5:56:05 PM

Pros: Allows you to convert old IDE (PATA) optical and hard drives for renewed use with USB ports in Windows. Comes with rear on-off switch, silver USB cable to match case, small 40mm. cooling fan, power supply, and sturdy aluminum housing. It also has a front panel to use when enclosing an IDE hard drive - with built-in power and use LEDs. All the correct screws are supplied for optical or hard drive installation. Completely plug 'n play in Windows XP 32 and 64 bit OS and up. USB drivers included on supplied disc for earlier versions (Windows 98). Since newer motherboards come with only one IDE connection port, you don't want to slow an old 100 or 133 DMA hard drive down to 66 or 33 DMA with an old IDE optical drive on the same cable - if you want to use an old PATA hard drive. This can save needing a PCI card for adding multiple PATA drives - and it's a much better solution when wanting to use an older PATA hard drive or two with an old PATA optical drive in a system upgrade.

Cons: It could use some small rubber feet on the bottom side of case. You should take care not to overtighten the screws holding the plastic end caps - you could crack the plastic. If using for a hard drive, pay attention to the circuit board. Connections for the front panel LEDs are labeled - could have been labeled better, but not overly dificult to see. If you tighten the small fan in place, be sure not to overtighten. The fan housing can easily distort to cause a locked fan or a noisy fan problem. But, the fan really isn't needed anyway. Way larger than needed for a hard drive - I recommend it for optical drives only. Smaller cases are available for hard drives. Using this case, you may not see the need to update your old PATA drives to SATA - even if you did buy a brand new motherboard and a fancy high-speed quad processor.

Overall Review: It works like a champ. I tried both a 2001 Teac CD burner drive and a Sony CD drive in the case to check compatibility. It accepted either without a hitch, and both were recognized and worked as they should with CDs and CDRWs installed. the instructions noted you may have to set drives to "Master" on the rear pin settings, but mine worked fine in "CS" (Cable Select). I've used the unit with Windows XP 32 and 64 bit, Vista 32 and 64 bit and Windows 7 32 and 64 bit - so I know for a fact this case works just as it should. It's use and assembly is simple and straight forward. Assembly only takes a few minutes with a small Phillips screwdriver as the only tool needed. I would say the unit is sold at a good price for the service it performs, and it's very adequate fo the intended use. I will probably use another of these for an old IDE DVD drive with a custom computer in an automobile. It makes a remote mounting in a vehicle all too easy - good way to use up old optical drives.

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Fantastic Stuff! You Will Like It!11/7/2009 11:26:37 PM

Pros: High Bandwidth, red green and blue LEDs, DDR3 1600 MHz. I've been using Ballistix DDR 2 800 MHz memory for some three years now. After the first year, I changed to DDR 2 800 MHz. Ballistix Tracer. Another swap from the "804" chips to "80A" was needed before I had more reliability. The newer DDR 2 800 Mhz 2.0 volt memory still runs decidedly warmer than the new DDR 3 1600 MHz 1.65 volt memory. I attribute this to not only the lower voltage requirement, but also the longer length of the DDR 3 - which uses the same style heatspreaders (but longer) as the DDR 2 memory. Now, I installed this 6 GB kit in a new ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 motherboard with a new AMD AM3 Phenom II 955 X4 processor. The motherboard's current factory BIOS must love this stuff as the memory looks like it's trying to communicate. I mean, it appears to be lighting up with happy faces and all kinds of patterns. Okay, that's kind of cute - but the motherboard also supports 1600 MHz to match up well with this.

Cons: You can't replace DDR2 using DDR3 without a replacement DDR3 motherboard, it just won't fit. The previously falling price of Ballistix DDR 2 has gone up since last spring. This too makes DDR 3 more attractive - so long as it doesn't start taking radical price hikes. My provided picture doesn't allow you to see the lights as they truly appear with their patterns, and it doesn't show how great this system ran during my tests using some very meager and older hardware. (133 DMA IDE hard drive, ASUS EN7600 Silent nVidia video card. The system litterally flew and ran exceptionally cool - even with the case closed and only three 80mm fans running at the motherboard's "silent" speeds.) My SATA drives are still in shipment, so I haven't been able to see exactly how cool everything will run as yet. But, I know speeds and temperatures will only improve even further. I guess I could have shown you running test results of the memory. Nope! You can find out how good that is for yourself.

Overall Review: I'm sure I could expound on the benefits of going all DDR3 as I did, but what you will visibly see is improved performance of this DDR 3 1600 MHz memory over using a DDR 2 Motherboard (such as the ASUS M4A78-E DDR 2) with DDR 2 Ballistix Tracer 800 MHz memory at 4 4 4 12 timings. My M4A79XTD EVO "auto" set this DDR 3 memory at 9 9 9 24. Mathematically, that's about the same speed as DDR 2 800 MHz at 4 4 4 12 - but the cooler temperatures I'm seeing at the memory are a big plus. Several other improvments are also apparent, but I'll leave those for you to see for yourself. If you've been using DDR 2 800 Ballistics, you'll enjoy the improvement of using a fully matched AM3 system that can auto set and run this memory at its advertised settings without overclocking. This memory is also QVC listed for the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO motherboard, and I'll just bet it out-performs more expensive ones. Another plus is per GB it is about the same price as DDR2 running at similar factory rated speeds.

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Great Product Extends Use Of Old IDE Hard Drives11/4/2009 7:25:03 PM

Pros: This product works great and accepts either PATA or SATA 3.5" hard drives. My first one from NewEgg has worked so well this past year, I just had to buy more just like it. The small footprint it has makes it indespensible for extending the use of all my old IDE hard drives. I've used it with every Windows 64-bit OS made for my backups of my Windows operating systems. Windows One Care and Microsoft Security Essentials use this unit flawlessly for backups with my very old, but still working well, Maxtor 80GB 133 DMA hard drives. Since all my computers now use SATA drives, I hated to do away with those old great Maxtors from as far back as 2001 - several of them having performed 24/7 for as long as 8 years! One of those early drives was $300 when purchased, but the speed improvement over 66 DMA was well worth it at the time. Now these old drives can finish their lives as backup drives for several of my computers - and if one dies, I can just pop one of my SATA drives in place.

Cons: The units are USB plug and play, and quickly recognized by Windows, but you do need to turn them off and on as needed using the rear mounted switch. Otherwise, the drive never spins down to idle as it would installed in a computer bay. The blue/violet LED lets you know the power is on and if the drive is in use, but the blue power LED is a bit bright. Instead of violet, a separate green LED might have been a better choice for showing active drive use. However, the lights really are no problem as the units are turned off most of the time in my use.

Overall Review: These units are solid and well constructed of aluminum - so drives noise is keep to a minimum. The drive installation is simple using the provided user manual. Now I can just sit back and relax. OS backups just got a lot easier. With the great USB 2.0 transfer speeds used here, backups and transfers only take minutes using the Acomdata Samba - and your choice of hard drive.

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Very Nice Looking PC Case...10/9/2009 1:47:16 AM

Pros: Nice look and overall decent craftsmanship. Looks even better than the pictures. Actual measurements are good for placing in cabinet furniture - Front to back 14.5", height 11.25", side to side 19.75". The "brass" faceplate is actually all plastic, but appears substantially sturdy. Has a SATA connection for the memory card ports (uses standard included SATA data cable). Three front USB ports use two USB connections and cables, one front Firewire connection and cable. Flip door and switch button work very well with my ASUS BD optical drive - did have to remove the ASUS decorative faceplate, from the tray only, to prevent interference with the tray closing. Fan intakes air from the rear of the case as shipped, so the grille material in front shouldn't show dust from the front side of case. The wood has a solid feel and is strong. On the bottom of the case are four rececessed nuts that could be used for attaching the case to a solid stand for a stand alone look.

Cons: The bottom back corner of my case had some damage that exposed that bottom board to be laminated sections of wood glued together. It wasn't bad enough for a return, as I was able to re-glue the laminations and paint it back. The vertical trim at the rear of case next to the PCI slots wasn't properly seated - due to an interference of the inside corner brace and the plastic vent strip above the PCI slots. Trimming a centimeter deep piece of inside wood away resolved the issue. The rear fan was installed with the wiring down against the motherboard area - which would have made connection awkward and motherboard installation more difficult. The optical and hard drive tray was painted silver, but had rusty areas showing and full finger and thumbprints embeded in the finish - at least that's hidden with the top in place. The case is large inside with plenty of room for a full sized ATX but, even with the 4-pin 140 mm supplied fan, temperatures were elevated 5-10 C degrees.

Overall Review: The round 3mm red hard drive LED was painted over. and I had to remove it from the faceplate to clean it - not overly difficult. The two 3mm blue power LEDs light the "On" switch well, but I'll be replacing all of these with green ones to match the recomended 2x20 LCD display I purchased. Supplied long cables, nylon ties, and case layout make installation and cable management very easy and neat. Plenty of the correct screws are supplied for every thing. Two Antec TriCool 92mm 3-pin fans, and an AeroCool 140mm fan of 3-pin design improved airflow, lowered the temperature, and lowered the sound level further. The case is quiet to start with, but the rear hole for the 140mm fan can benefit airflow by being enlarged slightly. 3-pin fans also allow the motherboard to control their operation and monitor them - making this case almost totally silent at times. There's plenty of room for a more silent/efficient HSF for my AMD processor - which will allow this case to be extremely quiet

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Great Power Supply - And Great For "Greener" Lifestyles.9/18/2009 10:13:12 PM

Pros: Since this is a 750 watt "Professional Series" PSU, it was with relief I saw the power load on my APC RS1500LCD drop 10-15% - improving runtime further at the UPS in the event of a power failure. I had replaced an Antec 650 Blue supply on an ASUS M2N32-SLI Wireless Deluxe that is loaded with multiple hard and optical drives, fans, and the ASUS EN9800 GTX Dark Knight video card. No slouch, this computer does use some serious power while running at 3.4 GHz in Quad processor form with 8 GB of RAM and multiple fans to keep it cool under Vista Ultimate X64. Don't get me wrong, as the Antec 650 Blue is a great PSU, but it is only 70% percent efficient compared to the over 80% provided by the Corsair 750HX - and it maxes out at 650W to the 750W of the 750HX. Some will say the 740HX is too much power supply for most systems - I will explain why it isn't, and why they are dead wrong. 1st - this is a Silver Certified Supply with a .99 correction factor holding power to specification.

Cons: continued.... Most power supplies only hold this to a .80 correction factor, and the better correction factor of the 750HX improves the life of your components. Next - there is the efficiency rating. Power supplies run anywhere from 70%-90% efficient. The lower that number, the more power is wasted to heat - heat that then has to be blown away from the PSU. This means your cash is trickling away with power your computer isn't using - and that airconditioned room your in is having to work harder at keeping you and your computer cool. Now - why a 750W power supply isn't too big. Power supplies are rated according to the temperature ranges they experience. That can mean your power isn't as good as you thought it was as you approach those limits. Most experienced builders try to keep requirements on PSUs under 50% just so the supplies will run cooler. This means a quiet supply like the 750HX will often have its fan running slower and quieter. This also extends the life of the PSU.

Overall Review: continued... Yes, you might have seen your power use at idle was only 190-200 watts - but did you know that can quickly double in use, like while gaming or running some softwares? Well, that just took your maximum need from 200 to 400 watts - or just over half the maximum rating of the 750HX. Starting to see where this is going? With higher power use, all supplies run warmer - when they get too warm, they first get loud at the fan, then they start making an odor, and then eventually they go fizzle or pop. You also might not notice until your motherboard and other components went south with the PSU. If I add another video card for SLI, the 750HX also supplies two more dedicated PCIe power connections for a total of four - my 650 Blue couldn't do that - and most smaller supplies than the 750HX can't either. A seven year warranty. At any rate, just think about how much you value what you've paid for, those additional dollars for a better quality PSU can and will save cash.

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Of The Stuff That Makes Great Marks In History..9/15/2009 6:02:15 PM

Pros: The included heat sink looks a lot like the same heat pipe design of the Athlon64 X2 6400. Temperatures run roughly the same as the X2 6400 - at 39 C idle. Easily runs circles around the Athlon64 3800 it replaced when multi-tasking. Does boot-up improve? Not over the single core 3800 Atlon it replaced, but the boot into Vista x64 was already fast using my ASUS M4A78-E with "Express Gate" turned off in BIOS. Sadly, the system boot doesn't out-perform the ASUS M2A32-SLI Deluxse I also own with it's X2 6400 processor - but Vista X64 there does have 8 GB. of Ballistix Tracer RAM in that system. The ASUS M4A78-E with this Phenom only has 4 GB. of Ballistix RAM. Most of the time, this Phenom Quad runs quiet in ASUS "auto" mode - so the processor definitely has huge headroom for multi-tasking capabilities. Operational characteristics make this 955BE a great choice for gamers and those interested in maxing out their scores. In Vista X64, I see the highest Windows Experience Rating of 5.9.

Cons: Quiet while throttled back, the 955BE reminds me of my old Socket-A Athlon 3000 Barton core when all four cores start up or performance mode is active. I used an 80mm ThermalTake fan and a 690 gram copper heatsink for overclocking that old Barton.. The sound is on par with my X2 6400, but the Phenom does throttle back nicely for some quiet. Some motherboards need updated BIOS support for the 955BE. My ASUS M2N32-SLI can reconize and rum this AM3 processor, but it can only utilize the AM2 specs of the 955BE; So, no advantage installing it to older AM2 motherboards. Stick with the AM2 Quads for those. You really need a good AM3 motherboard running fast DDR3 to fully awake the properties of the 955BE, but you won't be displeased using AM3 boards with DDR2 RAM. The high price held me back knowing they will soon drop even further, but any current system build will stay at the top of the heap for quite a while using the 955BE. My ASUS M4A78 had to be returned before I added this.

Overall Review: Had I tried 2.0V memory in place of the good 2.2V memory I had been using, I would have known why the ASUS stopped its normal beep at boot. It had simply reverted to "auto" and quit reading the 2.2V memory. I'm experienced, but this mistake kept me from having the 955BE about two weeks earlier. It's a great processor like the old Bartons. I also have no doubt it will overclock easier and much higher in GHz gains than any Barton could be tweaked for. If you're up for trying 4 GHz, the 955BE should get you there about $50 cheaper than the new 965BE. Pop an ASUS EAH4870 DK in this, and I'll have a sweet system showing 5.9 - some rates even higher in Windows 7. ASUS M4A78-E Antec NeoHE 650 Blue Crucial "904" DDR2 800 Ballistix Tracer AL Tracer - 4GB Vista Ultimate X64 WD1500HLFS VelociRaptor (SATA) WD2500AAKS (SATA) ASUS BC-06B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Linksys WMP300N PCI (wireless-N) Promise TX-133 2 "antique" Maxtor 80GB 133 DMA PATA drives Sony 1.44 Floppy ASUS 19" monitor

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Ran great for 1 1/2 months - then died8/30/2009 5:20:33 PM

Pros: This is an update to my previous review here. When I first assembled this board, I really liked it. It ran flawlessly for one and a half months or so - staying powered on 24/7 after break-in at an APC UPS (used ASUS Al nap mode when not at the station). The whole system always ran cool and there was never a hint of any problem. It ran so well, I never updated the BIOS. I purchased this motherboard from NewEgg, and the "Egg" was great as always - had the board delivered very quickly.

Cons: Then came last week when Vista X64 asked for an update requiring a re-start. The system gave no beeps, and would not show a post screen as it powered back on. I checked every installed component with my other ASUS motherboards, and there was no problem with any of the components. I was hoping it was the old AM2 AMD Athlon64 3800 processor I had used, as I was about to buy a new Phenom II quad from the "Egg" to replace it. My M4A78-E would power up my SATA ASUS optical drive, WD SATA hard drive, and all fans, but no USB port had power - or would read a memory flash stick, or a keyboard. I exhausted every motherboard recovery procedure and had no results - which is sad, as I really liked this motherboard and had considered buying more of them. Everyone should be aware this same issue is occuring with many others who were well pleased with the initial performance of this motherboard. You can find the issue on the Internet. My motherboard is revision 1.01G with BIOS 0711

Overall Review: I contacted ASUS support by the phone number in the user manual and was given an RMA - had no problem what-so-ever getting an RMA number. But, I must now pack and ship the motherboard back for replacement, and I have no idea how long replacement will take. At this point, I really don't want another M4A78-E. With others failing in the same way, I expect the replacement will also.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer, We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please let us know if we can assist in the RMA process by contacting us at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/usa_rmaserv.aspx and reference case number "NE481858". Or, if you need further technical support, please contact our Technical Support Department at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx Best Regards, ASUS Support Team
Solid unit for knowledgeable people interested in making good recordings7/29/2009 8:54:39 PM

Pros: The unit does exactly what Panasonic says it will when used with the recommended media. The user manual needs to be fully read, but it is thorough concerning every use and feature. Has no belts to break and destroy VCR tapes - solid state computerized drives. It can compress data to have recordings fit lower capacity media disks or VCR tapes. Easily makes disk recordings that are compatible on any machine capable of reading the media used. I've had a number of VCRs through the years and optical computer drives, and I could only be happier than I am if this one did Bluray. This is a fantastic unit for the price. I wish I had gotten mine from New Egg instead of the added $30 I had to pay - but it was still worth the extra cash I had to pay. Has Viera if you have a compatible Panasonic Viera TV - that's just a feature that lets both units communicate settings info with each other using a HDMI cable. You might want to turn it off in the menu as I did with my New Egg Sharp Aquos 1080P TV.

Cons: Requires a good digital signal from braodcasters for the clock autoset feature to work, but it does work perfectly with a good signal. The user needs to purchase the correct media and be smart enough to make any needed menu adjustments before recording. Doesn't do Bluray recordings or true HD recording and playback. If you think this is for those only accustomed to a simple VCR, think again. This is a high-end product, and as such requires some study of the manual and use of the proper media to become proficient in its proper operation. Doesn't record at speeds higher than for normal viewing. Doesn't have the code feature, like was found in TV guides that older VCRs were compatible with for finding Off-Air programs and recording them. Can confuse it's computer if you work at pressing all the buttons - can require a re-boot of the unit. Takes a couple of minutes to boot-up using the low power standby state - it is a computer. You can't "rush" changes or the unit will pause momentarily.

Overall Review: I have a very good digital signal and my clock is always correct. Unit gives very beautiful sound and crisp pictures. Unit records extremely well and from VCR to DVD. I purchased inexpensive Dual Layer +R media, RW RAM media, DVD +RW and DVD +R media. The unit has had zero problem making copies of my VCR tapes of the exact quality they have. I simply use the correct media for what I wish to record, and I've been rewarded with excellent copies. The unit is just intuitive as it should be while making recordings. The tuner programs Digital and Analog channels easily. Recording Off-Air programs is simple and the menu offers Off-Air show info when provided by the broadcaster. It makes perfect recordings from my DirecTv HD receiver, but at 480P. Can use very little power in standby. I keep mine connected to an APC UPS so power line fluctuations never affect it, just like any computer. Changing tuner channels or functions takes only a moment, but you shouldn't try to hurry changes.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
7/14/2009 1:25:20 PM

Pros: There is no doubt about this being a quiet fan. The three position switch gives set percentages in lowering the fan speed. Comes with mounting screws. The main items are this fan has a three-pin connection for motherboards and a Molex power adaptor connection that still allows the use of the RPM sensor wire. The fan also appears to have a very low current draw at even "high" speed. Creates decent airflow. Decent enough airflow, I could now easily upgrade my current processor to a faster multiple core model without making the computer case any louder than it was was when configured OEM from Compaq - and the OEM Compaq was whisper quiet (very quiet).

Cons: Doesn't come with a protective grille - if you can really call that a con.

Overall Review: I used this fan as an intake fan for a 2000 year Compaq Presario EL7000T case that had been upgraded with an ASUS M4A-78E motherboard, AMD Athlon64 3600+ processor, and Apevia 500W power supply. The Compaq OEM case had only used the original PSU fan and Pentium II HSF fan for cooling. A reliable and extremely quiet Compaq OEM, the new upgrades did not increase the fan noise - just the speed and versatility of the computer! The new processor and motherboard now stay between 38C and 43C, which is an improvement of six degrees C using this Vantec fan. I use the "High" speed setting on this fan's switch and the AMD and ASUS cooling utilities handle the needed fan speeds. So far, this fan has never needed to run higher than 1070 RPM in use, but the fan is still quiet when revved higher - and this computer is very quiet and reliable using it. Going from 900MHz. to 2.4GHz., and all you can notice is much faster processing, says it all. This fan was all the old Compaq case needed added.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Can be a challenge using older hardware - likes SATA drives.6/26/2009 12:31:48 AM

Pros: Express Gate feature is unique - allows using Skype, Chat, Photo Viewer, Online Games, and Web Browsing - all without booting into the OS! I was just looking for a cheap board with better onboard video and DDR2 memory compatible. I had an unused 500W Apevia PSU from an earlier computer build, and 2GB of Crucial Ballistix (BLKIT12864AA804 2.2 volt) memory I had pulled when replacing it with 8GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer BL25664AR80A (2.0 volt) memory in another computer. I also had an AMD Athlon X64 3800+ AM2 processor, that had been lying around since 2007, I wanted to use. The goal was to replace some of the guts of a 2000 model 900 MHZ Pentium III Compaq Presario which had just become too slow using XP with all the updates. I also had a XP X64 OS I wanted to use again. This was just to be a computer to play music in my garage with some Internet access, and it needed to run as cool as possible. I ended up liking this board much better than I ever expected.

Cons: Not without some glitches, the build gave some problems with the factory 711 BIOS. Although I've used ASUS motherboards for years, this one offered some new twists. I had to manually set the memory to 2.2 volts, and the board effectively prevented me from loading the XP X64 OS to either of two 133 DMA PATA drives I was using. I had installed a Promise PCI card to run them and used the motherboard PATA connection for the old DVD and CD RW drives. Right away I noticed 33 DMA support was absent, and I had to remove the old PATA CD drive - despite it being a working drive. The DVD was 66 DMA and worked. I also had some unfounded worries over using what is a cheap 500W PSU when ASUS recommends a 600+W PSU for this motherboard, but the small processor I used could easily account for not having a PSU problem. Apparently, this board likes SATA and doesn't care for PATA drives. That's not surprising though, nor was the OEM BIOS failure to properly recognize and set a QVL listed memory.

Overall Review: The work-around was to install a SATA drive, and I had no problem installing XP X64 to it once I turned off Express Gate and set the Crucial QVL listed memory to 2.2 volts in the BIOS. (Express Gate interfered with restarts during Windows loading of the OS.) Once the OS was loaded, I loaded the ASUS drivers disk - but had to load several of the drivers manually. I then turned Express Gate on. Man, what a surprise! This puppy can run with the big dogs. The power management allowed the 500W PSU and the system has not experienced a single hang-up. The only thing was the PATA drives took unusually long times to format - even from DOS. I checked for processor loading and Windows Management showed very low processor use during a format within Windows. I started doing other things and came back to find my PATA drive had formatted properly. The unit runs fairly cool in the old sealed Compaq Presario case (42 C. processor and MB). One lone case fan, where there was none, will improve that.

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