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Pros: This should not be a requirement for a review.
Cons: Where to begin. ECS is a sub par manufacturer. Throughout their history, their products have been made with one thing in mind, volume/price ratio. The more they sell of their inferior products, the less their return percentage will rear its' ugly head. There is a reason why a biostar motherboard, for instance, costs 20.00 more. The components (caps, solder, pwm, I/o board, components, etc) are intended to last longer than the provided warranty period, albeit not more than 4-5 years on I/o boards made today.
The worst aspect of the ECS sales model is their rebate processes. Most companies outsource their rebates to a third party to process for them. ECS has partnered with a company called VELOCITY FULFILLMENT, INC. Needless to say, rebates are getting processed. Very soon, in fact, we may see a class action suit gathering steam against both of these entities.
Other Thoughts: Newegg is an online retailer like any other. It enjoys selling volume to please its' investors, and making profit as any company would. They profit and gain from rebate schemes compiled by manufacturers such as ECS and others. The one thing retailers do not do (like newegg), is stand behind those manufacturer rebates, instead choosing to pass the buck so to speak, to the mfg. for the responsibility of fulfilling it. The mfg. passes the buck to their third party (like Velocity). In the end, no one seems to be responsible and the customer gets hurt.
There is enough precedence in our legal system to remind these retailers they will be held responsible when the shoe drops. The rebates, after all, are advertised on newegg's site and is a compelling force in making a purchasing decision for many of us. The responsible lay squarely on all three.
Newegg, are have a great reputation amongst online shoppers. Hold your mfg. partners responsible for unprocessed rebates, or you may end up paying for it out of the profits you make when you collaborated in the first place.
Pros: good price if you actually got your rebate.
Cons: I've been doing business with ECS brand equipment for about 10 years, back when we used to carry their generic laptops throughout the major chain I worked in via a Miami outlet. They are one of the lowest quality products you can buy. Knowing this, and not having purchased anything from them in a LONG time, I figured I'd give this a try, especially with a 24.00 rebate to make this board worthwhile. Well, sure enough, and true to their image, the rebate is nowhere to be found. You can't contact anyone for help, and they just don't care. Please listen to me when I tell you, buy anything but ECS. I will make it my mission in life to get the word out about ECS. It's the only way they'll learn. All my resources, and they are plentiful, will be used to fund a campaign here in the U.S. to get these people out from selling garbage and lying to their customers. It begins now, ECS, your days are numbered.
Other Thoughts: I defy anyone here to go to their website, and try to find drivers for this board within 5 minutes. It will take you at least 10 minutes to figure their garbage website out, then another 35 minutes to download the drivers from their Taiwanese servers. Truly, China needs to take over Taiwan and show them how to do things. What am I saying?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: newegg refunds it but you have to pay for shipping back while ama*z@n covers you on shipping back. newegg needs to learn from these people
Cons: trash. slow as molasses and after a few hours had nothing but bad sectors. when I say slow I mean slow. save your pennies and buy an ssd.
Other Thoughts: you would think this would fly, but it doesn't. according to everyone out there they are all slow. apparently then the only way to go is with a 120gb or higher ssd for the OS, and a 1tb 7200rpm regular drive for your stuff.READ FULL REVIEW