Joined on 02/04/09
The Best Choice You Can Make
Pros: Everything. It was quite easy to setup. I plugged in my HDMI cable, set it to the HDMI input, and then chose my preferred picture type of "Scenery" (darker with excellent color). Popped in a 1080p movie, and just grinned. The stand was much better than some of the others I've dealt with, simply snapped right in place with a comforting *click*. 2ms response time has certainly made a difference over using an HDTV for a monitor, I hopped online with MW2 (the prettiest, fastest-paced game I could think of), and there was bliss. You might not think it, but a faster response time -can- make you a better gamer. ;)
Cons: There is only -one- and it's hardly fair of me to expect it, but I would've liked more inputs. While this is normal, it would've been great to at least have more than one HDMI input. Also, the monitor did not come with an HDMI cable.
Overall Review: It seemed like until I fidgeted with the setup, there was a decent amount of wash in the initial picture. As soon as I flipped through the automatic settings, it was easy to correct. Not really a con, because some things you'll want a bit of brighter image for. Bottom line is that you cannot go wrong with this monitor. It's massive (it takes up the entire width of my desk when paired next to my 22" widescreen) but doesn't take up more than it's share of space. It's cheap, dirt cheap, for that kind of money you should expect a lot less, but ASUS absolutely delivers. I cannot recommend this monitor highly enough, you will not find a better deal ANYWHERE.
Pros: see other review
Cons: I forgot one more thing... the onboard audio is very static/pop. Running an older game that's pretty intensive and the new FEAR 2 demo displayed this trait, as well as Fruity Loops 8. Being that a lot of my PC enjoyment is derived from making music, I was pretty irritated and it can really kill gameplay immersion. My suggestion is to just plan on getting a nice video and audio card if you want to use this motherboard, and you'll have to run IDE if you want to use a larger gfx card like I mentioned before.
Overall Review: see other review.
Pros: I was in a position where I needed to buy some upgraded PC gear, and fast, without breaking the bank. So, when I found this motherboard for $100, I was pretty happy.
Cons: It seemed to have everything I needed, except I didn't even realize it was a mATX until I got home. Aside from that, when I tried to set the memory clock to run at 1066MHz, the BIOS errored out and refused to continue until I reset it to 800MHz (though I have the required hardware to support it). Running the EVGA SC 9800GTX+ video card completely covers the SATA connectors, and voids any use of the second standard PCI slot.
Overall Review: Despite the issues, the board works and runs well for the most part, and you really can't complain for a $100 motherboard.