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This review is from: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Has IDE controller - did not have to sacrifice old but working DVD burners! Plenty of SATA ports (not uncommon on new boards these days) and great price for its capability and reliability.
Cons: After being able to fix a very unusual issue when I first got the motherboard, NONE!
Other Thoughts: I have always loved ASRock as well as several other motherboard brands. This particular board, however (More accurately the BIOS), gave me a weird issue. I had put the whole machine together as I have many, MANY other desktop computers. When I installed Windows fresh on it everything seemed to go smoothly, until I went to install my graphics drivers. I have a Sapphire ATiRadeon HD 5830 to be exact and had no problems using it in my previous build. I went to install the driver for the card and the driver installed just fine like it always does (Same version driver as before, mind you). Restarted the computer and I was a bit baffled. I could not set AERO and my resolution did not auto switch like it should have by the driver and/or CCC. Checking the device manager I had found there to be two graphics adapters rather than just my 5830 and my 5830 reported a problem as the other adapter was the AMD 760G which is onboard. Wait a tick... this board isn't configured to use the on-chip graphics and there are no outputs to even use it so why am I seeing this? I disabled it in the device manager and rebooted to see what would happen. I was able to set my resolution and my card worked, but I still could not set AERO and the Win7 troubleshooter couldn't detect the problem. Yet, I was able to run all my OpenGL and Direct3D 9, 10 & 11 games. What's going on here? After thinking I might have to return the board I decided to try something. I was on BIOS version 1.20 and ASRock had a newer version (1.50 as of this post) on their page. I decided to give the BIOS update a go and IT WORKED!!! For the record I had tried changing many BIOS settings prior to the update to no avail. I have had no problems since I did the BIOS update so if you run into this the fix is updating your BIOS! Other than that crazy issue I am loving this MB!!!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Comes with directions for noobs LOL
Easy to install on AMD boards
Comes with everything necessary to install a typical heat-sink
Great coolant design
Does a fantastic job of keeping an 8 core AMD CPU cool!
Cons: The design of this heat sink causes obstruction!!! I had to remove two of my memory modules in order to install this heat sink, so headway was not taken into account when this heatsink was designed. If I put the heat sink in one direction it sat angled on the memory and would merely lean on the CPU which could not be installed that way, obviously! The only way that method would work would be to remove all four of my memory modules. Again, pretty obvious that would be a no-go. I had to turn the heat sink the other way so the heat pipes themselves were on the memory side which wouldn't even make it into the socket without pulling the first two memory modules out, but that was the only way this would fit in my system. I had 4x4GB DDR3 modules to make 16GB of RAM, but now I'm down to 8GB after installing this heat sink. 8GB is still plenty for most of the gaming I do and the heat sink does a fantastic job of cooling my CPU, but fact is I had to sacrifice RAM in order to use it. I actually wanted to get another Andy Samurai Master heat-sink again because it had the design that worked perfect in my last build. Lo and behold that one is discontinued so I had to settle for this one at more than double the cost.
Other Thoughts: Still a great heat-sink overall and had little to no trouble installing it (processor-wise). If I didn't have to pull two of my memory modules to make it fit, I would have absolutely no complaints. Minus one egg for lack of better design.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Scanner was easy to install.
Supports everything from XP to Win7 x64 including XP x64!!!
Doesn't close TWAIN window in between scans (needs to be in professional mode for this to work) when running batch scans!!!
Scans 300 DPI images in less than 15 seconds!
Cons: None so far, unless you want to complain about it not having a multi-page feeder, but....
Other Thoughts: Needed a scanner that was faster and a better quality than my previous scanner that supported newer OSes than XP. Having XP x64 support was a big plus with this one because two of my computers run XP x64!!! I did not get the slightly more expensive model that does 35mm and PDF conversion as I didn't need either of those features and I can do PDF conversions with other software anyway. Great scanner for its price!!!READ FULL REVIEW