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This review is from: ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I am required to write something here so... it turns on. Yay.
Cons: Microphone input for onboard sound is defective. Mic is inaudible at 100% volume and 30db mic boost.
Upon further research, this is a widespread issue across high-end ASUS motherboards going back at least a year.
I probably won't waste money trying to RMA with the whole bent-pin fiasco with Newegg and ASUS.
Other Thoughts: I've been avoiding ASUS for a long time, but figured they might be OK now since so many people recommend them. Does not appear to be the case.
I was also surprised to hear that Newegg is starting to cut corners on their previously exceptional RMA service. I definitely won't be buying anything important here anymore.
This review is from: MSI H61M-P31/W8 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Pros: Everything seems to function as intended.
Cons: Fan Speed settings are crazy. The CPU fan speed will drop to 0%, but the case fans are locked to a 50% minimum. This is crazy! Don't use this for your HTPC!
Other Thoughts: I bought this locally to repair a prefab desktop. It works fine, but the machine is much louder than it used to be, even after adjusting settings in the BIOS. Out of the factory, it barely made a whisper.
The case fans (sys1 and sys2) seemed to be locked at a 50% minimum in the BIOS and I can't control them manually with SpeedFan. I tried using the MSI ControlCenter software and the speed seems to be locked at 50% also. What a shame! Seems like a quality product otherwise.
This review is from: Tera Online Collector's Edition PC Game
Pros: At the beginning of this year, Tera Online became Free-to-Play. If you buy this, you will get a few added benefits such as extra character and bank slots, and a mount. However, you can play the entire game for free now - and I recommend you do! It's a good game.
Cons: The game is very impressive and entertaining to a point... however, you can clearly tell where they ran out of development money while making the endgame content. Somewhere around level 58, you will notice that the scenery becomes barren and the missions weren't finished; a huge contrast from the rest of the game. It was kind of a big letdown in the end.
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful game with a lot of potential that was obviously let down by mismanagement during the development process. It's still worth playing though, the combat mechanics are great which makes the level grind entirely bearable. If it was developed better, this could have been a WoW killer.READ FULL REVIEW