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Crucial V4 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Did as advertised and significantly sped up data access from the system drive and even after two years of use it still easily beats a fresh Win 8 system in boot time to use. Has not given me any troubles at all and it's used every single day for several hours.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Although I never had a problem, I updated to Crucial's latest firmware when it was available and whether this
forestalled a time bomb or not, the drive has worked flawlessly for me for over two years now in constant use.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: USB 3.0 connector for future upgradeability. Very quiet included case fans. Tooless drive trays which can accommodate 2.5 & 3.5 inch drives via clip release slide rails. Plenty of case loops to tie down cabling (part of the case metal, not adhesive loops). Plenty of ventilation ports in case shell.

Cons: Dimmer power and very dim hard drive LEDs. While some cases go too far to ultra-bright - these LEDs are fairly dim and hard to see. Power button is all black and matches case so until you get used to its position, it's hard to press because it blends in with front panel.

Other Thoughts: Generally a very good small case for the price point with some nice features inside I did not expect to see. Would buy another one.

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good features for the price and form factor (full ATX) with room to grow. More external fan control connectors on main board and plenty of PCI slots. The lack of onboard video is a plus as that allows for more useful features and price point. With six SATA slots, I'm down to two (one external (with extra back plate) and one internal use) - so I can still expand the system later.

Cons: Something that has plagued most every mobo is the front panel case connection points. To have to weedle around a bare faced header to slip on several connectors and hope you haven't missed a pin or reversed connection can be frustrating. It would be nice to make these points more discrete (esp. on a full ATX board with real estate to spare) and easier to connect with.

Other Thoughts: ASUS products have always provided me with reliability with one exception after 10 years of operation where board level USB ports died. I typically run my mobos 15 years and only 'retire' them for newer features, not because they fail. By retire I am relegating them to lesser tasks like alternative OS machines, media centers, or donations - not the trash bin.


John H.'s Profile

Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 11/08/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/19/11
  • Last Review: 01/04/15
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