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3 out of 5 eggs Sweet hardware, "works as intended," not linux friendly :( 02/09/2016

This review is from: Kaser Desktop Computer KSR-YF751A-W Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz) 2 GB DDR3L 32 GB eMMC SSD Intel Gen 7 Graphics Windows 8.1

Pros: This is one of the only single board systems I could find running a z-series atom, with a 1G port (Can you believe they still sell new products with 100G ports?). The hardware is theoretically sweet. It boots right up to the pre-installed windows OS. I never verified if the OS was legit/registered, because that's not why I bought this product... I'm here for the hardware.

Cons: I'm having difficulties installing linux through normal means. Specifically, I can't get it to boot off a USB stick. I verified the stick is good, and I'm familiar with the process; I'm thinking the system is protected.
Also, there is no mention of this particular product on the manufacture's website, so there is no drivers/documents/bios updates/firmware/etc. It's a little bit of a black hole when you google this model number, other than it exists.

Other Thoughts: I'll update this review if I'm able to find a way to install Linux on this lil' monster.

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Features out the wazoo. Asus is a reputable brand name and I've been using their Mobos since I could remember, this is my first go on one of their 'extreme' boards, though.

Cons: Meh, price; but I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: The features are bountiful to the point I've had to say on multiple occasions "When am I ever going to use this!?" That being said, it's probably too much motherboard for me and my application. I'm also a firm believe that if you want to 'future-proof' (to the extent that phrase is possible) your machine you need a solid foundation (AKA, mobo); if you're going to spend 'too much' on any one part, it should be your mobo.

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5
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Pros: All the obvious pros from SSD: Physical size, speed, sound, power consumption. Intel is a reliable brand, great provided software to optimize Windows for SSD, and performance tests tell me it's getting exactly what it's spec'd for.

Cons: Meh, price to gig on SSD is a little askew, but I knew that going in.

Other Thoughts: I used to think price to gig was the deal for storage, but with SSD you can to compare price to gig ratio times speed. I used to buy the WD raptors but again, the price/gig*speed is outstanding on SSDs and the speed is noticeably better; more so than standard drive to raptor.


Brent S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brent S.

Date Joined: 04/20/05

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 05/08/07
  • Last Review: 02/09/16
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