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      02.03.2010 14:51
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      Good sturdy board, with some good features, ASUS brand name definately makes it a safe choice

      This board has a great range of connectors, which is a great plus. for example: Integrated Firewire, 3 PCI slots (turned out I didn't need all), uses my existing DDR2 memory, support for Phenom II CPU. Quick setup (except for case connectors) . Worked out of the box with Windows 7, didn't need any special driver downloads.

      However, the layout isn't great. Connecters are the closest to the place the wires are coming from, this makes the most unn-user friendly board to hookup i have come across. Case connectors should also be toward the front of the case, case fan connectors shouldn't be at the top of the motherboard. You wouldn't put the CPU fan connector on the opposite end of the board from the CPU socket, would you? A couple of other minor complaints: only one case fan connector, there's a PS/2 keyboard connector (which, by the way, didn't work with my MS wireless keyboard), but no PS/2 mouse connector. Odd.

      Setting aside the bad layout this is a nice, stable, entry-level board. I don't overclock, don't play graphics-intensive games, and was looking for a board that would let me use the Phenom II CPU with my existing DDR2 RAM. This board is perfect for me. Upgraded from an ASUS M2N-E with Athlon X2. The only problem I had was with the 64-bit Win7 driver for the Adaptec AHA39120 SCSI controller (don't ask), but I think that's Adaptec's problem not ASUS'. This is about the 3rd ASUS board I've purchased. They've all been reliable and easy to configure.


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