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ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This mobo is only one of a hand full that still has D-Sub VGA video output.
This is why I choose this model. It wasn't the price that I considered first.

Cons: This motherboard does not have a LED Error code display.
What is has is 4 small vertical red LED's at the top-right.
ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
There is no mention in the PDF manual on their purpose-other then the name.
Spoiler: If any of the 4 lights are on then you have a problem in that area.
Bad CPU, DRAM, VGA, or no Boot Device configured.
In my case I did the box top install with just the minimum installed.
The 24 pin, 8 pin CPU, 4 Pin CPU Fan Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, On-board VGA to monitor, and remote front panel
"On" and "Reset".
I also installed G.SKILL Ripjaws (2 x 8GB) F4-2133C15D-16GRR N82E16820231828 in slots A2 and B2
These are listed in the Qualified Vendors Lists.
What I did not like about the memory slots is they only have locks on one side only.
This resulted in the ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light to turn on.(See below)
As a result on the first start-up I was getting no screen on the monitor.
I switched from on-board video to discrete video and still no screen.
I tried HMDI and still no go.
I finally noticed the ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light was on.
I re-seated both A2 & B2 Dram and still no video.
I removed B2 Dram and restarted and still no video.
I pulled the A2 Dram and put in the B2 Dram into the A2 Slot. I finally was able to get video.
ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light was finally OFF !
I pulled the discrete video and switched to on-board VGA video. (OK)
I took the A2 Dram that wasn't working and re-seated it into the B2 slot and now it works.
I used allot more down-force this time around.
The whole first day I had no video displayed meaning neither dram was seated correctly.
The second day I finally got lucky and got one seated (and video output) and then the other worked.

Other Thoughts: Not recommended for the faint of heart !
I will never buy another motherboard without having levers (locks) on both sides of the DDR4 memory.
I never had a problem with DDR3 compared to this.

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SYBA USB 3.0 UASP Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station with Duplicator Support SY-ENC50071
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Does a good job of cloning drive with Windows 7.
Replaced an old 500 GB Sata2 with 16 MB cache with a Sata3 drive with 64 MB cache.
Also copied Volume Serial Number used on old drive to new drive.
It uses sector to sector copy so no problems with licensed programs.
The LED lights show 25%-50%-75%-100% so you know when it is done.
No need to hook to PC.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: You need a fan to keep the drives cool while cloning as they heat up pretty good.
I made my own fan tower with a 200mm CM fan and 4 1x2x8" pieces of wood for the legs.
Love the LED's
Make sure to check for bad sectors on each drive prior to using this.

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Mediasonic NSO1-SU3 USB 3.0  2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Connects to USB3. Works when plugged in.

Shows "USB 3 SATA Bridge" at Eject device

Cons: Problems:
Takes long time to install device drivers.
Will hang programs: Speccy, Aome Part Manager
and Properties
Stops Bios Loading if plugged in at boot
I am using:
IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
AMD SATA Controller
ATA Channel 0
ATA Channel 1
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
which may not be compatible with this device.

Other Thoughts: Device was tested on ASUS A88X PRO FM2+ (2014)
Which has USB 3.0 support
Not sure why all the problems.

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Display Name: Larry K.

Date Joined: 11/06/05

  • Reviews: 46
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  • First Review: 09/25/08
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
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