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Pros: It sort of fit into the VPCSA390X, and it works.
Cons: Very cheaply made. It's a tight fit, and has no room to flex at all. This just means the solder joints holding the motherboard connector onto the ribbon cable broke when I screw ed the drive in. I hope the second one doesn't do the same.
The SATA plug seems to be a little too large, so it sort of squeezes between the drive and the battery. It doesn't seem to affect the cover on the laptop, only giving a little resistance.
Other Thoughts: I wish it was either cheaper, or built a little stronger. I'm disappointed that the customer didn't give up on this older, proprietary Sony and get a newer laptop.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's got everything I need!
The way you can update the BIOS and set that BIOS option to have it make driver installations super easy...it's just awesome. The board works without any issues! No hiccups or anything. A few extra features are nice, but this board has quite a few options in BIOS as well, which I found rather surprising.
It even has some basic overclocking features!
Cons: Limited overclocking? It IS an H97 board. Perhaps the Z97 is what you're looking for if you want to overclock?
Other Thoughts: Pentium G3258
Crucial DDR3-1600 value stuff.
120gb Samsung SSD
The RAM only runs at 1333, because that's all the CPU supports!
This review is from: ASRock AM1B-ITX AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It has extra SATA ports provided by an Asmedia 106x SATA 6gb/s controller.
It has extra USB3.0 ports also provided by an Asmedia controller.
mITX, with an old-school Parallel port! Not that it's needed, at least.
It's a great little board (so far). I built two systems, and purchased this board elsewhere, despite the bad reviews on here.
WIth BIOS P1.50, it boots headless without an issue. Just power and network connectivity.
No issues whatsoever! All these negative reviews seem to have come from previous BIOS revisions.
Some of the ASRock specific features, like updating BIOS without needing a USB flash drive, are pretty awesome.
Cons: For some reason, the 21x CPU multiplier is available in BIOS, but even with Cool'n'Quiet enabled, the CPU doesn't clock down when idle.
No options to overclock the GPU (but this seems standard on AM1 boards)
The ASMedia 106x SATA controller is pretty bad with sequential read speeds. I was getting 500 MB/sec sequential read from the AMDSATA controller, and only 360 from the ASMedia. But hey, it's still a couple extra SATA ports and it's dirt cheap! It's only the sequential read that did poorly. All others did quite well. Tested with AS SSD.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome little board. I'm pleasantly surprised after reading the reviews on here, which is the reason why i'm posting one now.
Cooler Master Elite 130
EVGA 430w PSU
AMD Athlon 5350
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4gb DDR3-1600
Crucial MX100 128gb
Blah blah, it's not dual channel. That's an issue with the platform, not the motherboard. Stop docking the ratings an egg simply because AMD thought single channel memory would be sufficient.
This is a great little board that does it's job quite well, for a reasonable price. I'd definitely recommend it. If the AM1 platform was a bit more overclocker-friendly, perhaps it wouldn't be that great.