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This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It supports VT-d with a compatible CPU, and has no issues with any server-class hardware I've tried. ESXi 5.1 installs and runs smoothly on it (no extra drivers required), and it has been perfectly stable for me for the last 6 months.
Cons: None. For a home server you can't ask for a better board. At least not if you don't want to pay the premium for a server chipset, ECC memory, and/or a 6+ core CPU.
Other Thoughts: The ASRock Extreme4 is just as good for a home server if you're trying to save money, but it has one less x16 slot.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Used this CPU to upgrade a machine for a client. They needed an extra server to host a few virtual desktops for specialized applications, so instead of buying a whole new machine I upgraded one of their old Sempron desktops on the cheap using this, some spare RAM from other decommissioned desktops, and a good NIC. For this purpose, it worked absolutely great. Peak time CPU load is only about 30-40%, so it's still got plenty of headroom for growth.
Cons: For a standard desktop, whether its for gaming or office work or whatever, Intel's Core i3-2100 is by far a better choice for a similar price. It's faster in most applications and the socket gives you a nice upgrade path in case you need more power later. It also uses less electricity, and Intel's stock cooler is BY FAR quieter.
Other Thoughts: Rating this 5 stars because it fit my needs perfectly. However, at this point in time I can only recommend this CPU if you are simply upgrading your AM2/AM3 system to get some more life out of it. If you're building something from scratch its price/performance ratio isn't what it used to be, and the AM3 platform limits your options in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Getting images off of CF cards has never been faster!
Cons: The cable is very short. Then again, if you've got a laptop that's exactly what you want.
Also, SHDC cards seem to be limited to USB2 speeds by whatever controller chip is inside. I have not tested xD or MS cards.
Other Thoughts: Read benchmarks with a 300x Transcend CF Card (reaching full threoretical speed):
Access Time: 0.879ms
4k IOPS: 1037
4k Throughput: 4.05MB/s
Read benchmarks with a Sandisk Extreme III 30MB/s SDHC Card (limited by reader):
Access Time: 1.35ms
4k IOPS: 670
4k Throughput: 2.6MB/s