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Pros: Had an Intel I5 2400, Silverstone SG05BB-450 case, and a 500 gig Seagate Sata III HD laying around and decided to see if any motherboards were available to build a computer. Found this one and since it is the only H67 board available on Newegg decided to give it a try in spite of the negative reviews.
Installed the board and processor, hooked up the HD, 8 gigs of DDR3 1333 ram, and loaded a Windows 7 64 bit operating system. No problems except the wireless driver which didn't show up on the installation disc screen So I utilized the hard wire gigabit LAN to download the Realteck Wireless lan driver from the Zotec website. The driver worked allowing me to utilize the wireless connection to post this evaluation.
After loading Windows ran "Orthos Blend" for 2 hours with no problems and CPU maximum temps of 59C.
The computer is located in the same room as my router so I can't vouch for the range on the wireless, but just speed tested a wireless download at 64.05 Mbps which is as fast as my Charter Spectrum can provide.
Have turned the computer on and off a number of times over the past 4 weeks and have not experienced any issues with beeps or failure to boot.
My CPU is a Sandy Bridge so I can't respond to the complaint about difficulty in updating the BIOS when using an Ivy Bridge processor although according to the Zotac website the BIOS that my board came with (Version 2K120907) will recognize Ivy Bridge processors.
USB 2 connections are all working fine.
USB 3 connections work fine but if the mouse or keyboard are plugged into those slots my computer would not wake from S3 sleep. This was supposed to have been fixed in a previous BIOS revision (2k110317), somehow my later BIOS didn't get the message. Not a problem for me since no problem waking from S3 sleep if the keyboard and mouse are plugged into USB2 ports.
No problems with fans running faster than they should.
I don't plan to undervolt so the lack of that feature was not important to me.
Turbo Boost is working so I am not sure what the problem was for the other user who had a Turbo Boost issue.
Subsequently added a Samsung 850 EVO SSD which along with the I5 2400 certainly makes this a very fast computer.
After finishing up went to the Zotac website and downloaded the drivers that were newer than those on the installation disk.
The board has exceeded my expectations for something that only cost $49.99. Hope it works as well for you.
Cons: If keyboard and mouse are plugged into USB3 ports would not wake from S3 sleep. Still 5 stars since it wakes fine when utilizing USB2 ports.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec TrueQuiet 120 120mm Case Fan
Pros: Great fan! Running at high speed the fan makes less noise than any case fan I have used over the past twenty years. The rubber mounting setup eliminates vibration and makes for a very simple installation.
Other Thoughts: The rubber mounting pins can be reused if you don't trim off the excess rubber after pulling them through. Would rather have black rubber isolators instead of the orange.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Currently utilizing 4 of these for backups, HTPC storage, and a NAS device connected to a router. No problems with Windows 7/32 computers recognizing the devices although when using the esata connection it has been necessary on occasion to use the "scan for new hardware" option in the control panel. The fan definitely keeps the hard drive cool, but if the noise bothers you it is nice to have a switch to turn it off. I have not experienced any recording problems due to wake from sleep on my HTPC (W7/32, WMC and an HDHR3 tuner). Esata provides very fast backups and file transfers. USB backups and transfers are slower, but useful if you have an older computer without an esata connection. The plug from the power supply to the enclosure is very secure which can be a problem for external enclosures that have multiple pin connectors.
Cons: Those who will be swapping hard drives in and out of their enclosure may be better off with a docking station.
Other Thoughts: The newer version of this device has a USB3 connection.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Jeffrey P.
Date Joined: 01/09/09
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