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Pros: Cost per TB, Convenience of usb, Sleek gloss black design
Cons: Unreliable, somewhat slow, completely dead without ANY warning.
Other Thoughts: I got this as a Christmas gift from wife 2 years ago, worked well, as a backup, and used it to store my movies and music for my media server.
It worked well for that purpose. Took 2 days to copy the contents over to another usb drive as a backup. Glad I took the time to do that as just last week this drive failed with zero warning.
I did not get corrupted files or read errors or random clicking sounds or anything, It went from working fine, to completely dead and the pc not seeing it at all. I pulled the drive from from enclosure case and installed it directly into pc hoping it was the usb interface,
Nope. it's dead.
Just instantly died with 3 tb of movies, music, software, kids images, etc on it. It may be my imagination, but it seems like the drive companies have not really mastered the science of making large drives that are reliable. I remember when drives used to last 10 years with rarely a problem, heck they used to have 5 year warranties on almost all of the major brands.
This review is from: BIOSTAR A780L3C AM3 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Price. Value.
Adequate feature set for avg user.
Decent Onboard Video (HD 3000) for non gamers.
Decent Onboard Video.
IDE connection, LPTI Connection for people trying to reuse an older drive or printer (although you'll need to buy the lpt1 cable elsewhere) Check the auction sites, I got mine for $3 w/ shipping.
Cons: The only real con that took me by surprise was the total inability to adjust the cpu voltage up at all, this was surprising as this is the first biostar board that I've ever had that did not have this feature. Contacted biostar and they advised me that only their T line of boards do that now, I replied back, I'd be buying Gigabyte boards from henceforth then, this is a feature that cost them nothing, all they need to do is code the bios to do this, the technology already exist on the board to do it.
Other Thoughts: Bought a low power dual core that is supposed to overclock like a dream, (only pulls 35 watts) only to find out, I could only get 10% boost before I ran out of headroom at the stock voltage, I could have easily boosted it another 500 mhz because after prime running for 30 minutes, I was only posting cpu temps of 38c, (with a stock amd retail fan) this thing is begging for more juice, so it could stretch it legs, unfortunately this board, is only tripping it up coming out of the gate.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Size. Smaller than the Novel War and Peace.
Cost. Dual Core, Full 1080 HDMI output, USB 3 support for less than $200? No brainer.
Cons: Numerous. Heat. This thing gets very warm. Could use a bit more vents cut into the case to help it breath a bit better.
Linux/Ubuntu/Xbmc/Xbmcbuntu support is not ready for primetime. Could not load openELEC at all. Loaded Xbmcbunu and I kept getting freezes and lockups and it would sleep and not wake up, So then I installed ubuntu with xbmc on top of it, same problems, finally was forced to just install win7 and load xbmc on top of that. It works, but..
Xbmc still locks up from time to time. Not had any problem with win7 locking up though, just the xbmc.
Looks great and love the features of xbmc though. This may possibly be a heat buildup thing though, will keep tweaking it, and possible remove the top to the box and see if that makes the problem go away and if it does, break out the dremel and start cutting a few vents on the top.
Wifi is weak, I mean, very weak. I've got 40 mb download cable with a ubee n wireless router and I can barely get over 5 mbs of download speed on it, while my laptop, with a weak connection 12 feet further away is downloading at 18 mbs. I check my router interface and saw the connection type and the speeds and its showing this device connecting with G and Not N and only at 1000 kbs, while my phones, connecting at 18000 and numerous other devices showing high numbers this one still showing poor throughput, I checked the support site, No newer wifi drivers exist as of yet, Not sure if the unit is defective or I have a driver issue or what. I contacted support today and hopefully their will be some kind of workaround or fix. On a lark, I had an old usb 2 wireless G adapter that I threw on there and I was able to get 12 mbs of download speed with it and am using that for now. I will update this review once I find out what's going on. WEI numbers on this thing are pretty weak, with the CPU being a big bottleneck, although I ran some older games on it, like Open Gl Quake and got FPS around the 200 mark, not checked it with any steam titles yet. Also the foxconn support number listed here is no longer in service.
Other Thoughts: I really want to like this thing. But so far, it's been a pain, hopefully I can work out the kinks and when I do, I'll try to share them, if anyone has had similar issues and found fixes for them, please post them up here.READ FULL REVIEW