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This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - Feature rich for the price
- Simple to navigate UEFI BIOS
Cons: - As many others have reported, the board will frequently freeze up independent of load on the system.
- Board itself didn't feel that sturdy. Severe flex near memory slots.
Other Thoughts: As other reviewers have reported, this board has some definite issues with random, internment freezing. Sometimes I went a day without freezing, and other days I had 3-4 freezes in a matter of a few hours. I've tried all the suggested methods to remedy the freezing, including replacing the PSU and GPU. All other components were transferred from a perfectly working system. Nothing fixed the freezing.
After RMAing the board for an Extreme4, all freezing went away and the computer has been rock-solid stable for days. It seems there may be an issue with the current revision of this board and freezing. I would highly recommend staying away from this board right now, and spend the extra money on the Extreme4 if you want to stay within ASRock, or consider an ASUS brand board.
Pros: - Clean and easy user interface for novices and experts
- External antennas provide superior wireless range and ability to upgrade them is a big plus.
- "Futureproofing" against the emerging wireless AC standard
- AiCloud is a great feature.
Cons: - Simple settings take a long time to apply
- Lack of USB 3.0 ports is disappointing
Other Thoughts: I purchased this router as an upgrade to my Cisco E4200 V1 router and while I wouldn't say it was a huge upgrade, it was sufficient enough to justify the price. The features of this router is essentially what drives it home for me, if you're looking to do more with your data as opposed to raw wireless strength, then this router is your best bet, as you'll possess nearly every router feature under the sun.
The AICloud alone is the router's strongest point for me, being able to access shares off your computers and connected USB hard drives anywhere is huge for me. You'll never feel far away from your movies, music and documents as you can access them quickly and easily using either an Android/iPhone app or your own customizable web link on a computer.
I made a discovery that in order to use the AICloud feature properly, you cannot have any computers going through the DMZ. I was unable to connect to my cloud share until I took my desktop computer off the DMZ. Not a huge deal, I just need to be less lazy and open ports as I need them. :)
I haven't experienced any heat issues with the router, but I do have QoS and Guest services off, which I imagine will contribute to heat the more demand you're putting on the router. But for my needs, it has been great!
This review is from: APEVIA CF20SL-UBL 200mm Case Fan
Pros: - Matches blue LED from other manufacturers.
- Seems to move as much air, if not more as other brands.
- Good length of cable.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: This fan is a good buy if you are looking for additional 200mm fans for your case. Installed without a hitch in a Thermaltake Chaser MK-I So far, I haven't noticed any significant difference between this and other brands besides price. You also save more on these fans if you buy more than one. Recommended!READ FULL REVIEW