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ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Awesome Board for 5 Months 11/19/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good feature/port set, seemingly high quality, looks nice, good layout for my case, 32GB RAM support, and NO LEGACY PCI SLOTS! Four PCIE slots on a matx board! Seriously, who wants PCI slots on their boards anymore? Oh, and price!

Cons: Simply stopped powering on one day after it had been turned off for 30 seconds. I had zero trouble out of this board and really liked it until I accidentally hit shut down instead of restart after some windows updates (no driver updates, not that it should matter).
After that it would not power back on, even completely stripped of all other components. I also tried different RAM, reseated the CPU, hooked up another PSU, and tried a spare power switch. The USB ports still get power and charge devices, but that is all it does!

All the cloud stuff they advertise is a total mess. I assumed it wouldn't be great, but figured ASRock would actually provide some more functional centralized software for it of their own, rather than making you use 10 different pieces of software to try to take advantage of all the advertised features. I said forget it after 30 minutes and had a VPN tunnel on my Cisco 1841 up in the same amount of time.

Other Thoughts: I am a server admin and can say 100% this is a defective board. It was hooked into a high end UPS and was definitely not caused by a surge. This is my primary rig at home, so I don't have time to get it replaced under warranty and immediately bought a new board. For some reason I decided to gamble on ASRock again and bought the Z97 version of this board. I hope that one lasts more than a few months, but I am not going to be happy if the warranty process does not go smoothly as I want to get the bad one fixed so I can have a backup incase this is common with ASRock boards (This is the first time I have used one of their products).

I really hope one of their reps takes the time to respond to this review or I will be done with them. In fact, rather than having my old board replaced. I'd rather have a refund for even half its original price or some credit towards one of their mini-ITX PC's, but I'll probably be lucky to not have to pay $40 in shipping just to get someone else's repaired junk.

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Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVS64GB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Customer Service 12/13/2013

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVS64GB

Pros: Haven't had a chance to test out the new drive, but it is nice a slim, so you can use adjacent ports and has a metal housing.

Also, I broke my first one and Mushkin sent another one for free, despite me admitting that the product was damaged due to my own negligence/cat. Their customer service is top notch. I've never experienced this with any electronics manufacturer before.

Cons: Not a capless design, but obviously I knew that when I bought it. It should include some type of lanyard or key ring. I love my patriot supersonic rage for being retractable, but its so bulky that it blocks the ports next to it and won't even fit into the USB 3.0 ports on a Lenovo T430.

Other Thoughts: BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE EVER!

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Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVS64GB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast (empty drive was within 10MBps of advertised speed according to Crystal Disk Mark); slim compared to my last USB 3.0 drive, which didn't allow other devices to be plugged into adjacent USB ports; metal casing

Cons: Connector is protected by a cap, which seem to always get lost eventually; drive seemed to be well made, until my 4lb kitten was somehow able to bend the USB connector to a 45 degree angle from the point it attaches at the base in less than 2 minutes.

Other Thoughts: I have never seen even cheap plastic flash drives damage so easily. I will go back to only purchasing capless drives, where the connector retracts into the base. Luckily it still works so I can get my data off, but I don't trust it, so it will be going in the trash after owning for just a week.

It's a great drive, just make sure to always replace the cap immediately after use.

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Display Name: patrick s.

Date Joined: 05/07/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 12/29/12
  • Last Review: 11/19/14
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