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Pros: The USB attached storage is a nice feature to have. However, read/write performance is pretty slow, especially with NTFS.
Cons: The 2.4GHz radio basically died. Signal strength is below -80 dBm at a range of 3 ft. Doing a little research, I confirmend that this is a very common problem with this router. I got about 3 years of service out of mine, so I guess I'm luckier than most. Still, this is totally unacceptable, especially for the kind of money that this thing originally cost. I feel ripped off!
Other Thoughts: Radio death supposedly isn't a problem on the newer revisions (V3 uses a Broadcom chipset instead of Atheros), but I wouldn't dare risk it. No more Neatgear products for me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This was a good motherboard while it lasted. I started out looking at some of the higher-end Z77 motherboards from ASUS (something with a better audio solution) but settled on this one. The analog audio output was better than I had expected. It's features and versatility made it a great value until it started flaking out on me.
Cons: Totally unreliable after a few months of use!
I bought this motherboard for new build in April of 2013, along with an i5-3570K, a Radeon HD7950, 8GB DDR3 2133, etc. Nothing is overclocked.
My new rig didn't get a lot of use (just some occasional gaming) until a few months ago when I started using WMC to watch/record TV. Once I got rid of my cable box, the computer stayed on most of the time.
Within the last couple of weeks the computer has started halting and powering down at random. I never see a BSOD--the computer just freezes, becoming completely unresponsive, and eventually turns itself off. I never get more than a few hours to a day of uptime before it shuts down.
If I try restarting it shortly after it's locked up or shut down, things get even worse. It will either boot and stay up for a couple minutes or POST and give me a USB over current error--if it even POSTs at all!
I've tried swapping out the RAM, removing the video card, etc, to no effect. It's not a windows/software issue and I doubt that it's the CPU. Increasing CPU and DRAM voltages and lowering clock speeds seems to buy me a little more uptime, but not enough to draw any conclusions from. None of the components are running hot or showing any signs of distress.
Based on everything I've tried and all the other reviews on this motherboard, I can only conclude that this motherboard is unreliable and a terrible value in the long run.
Other Thoughts: I've been using ASUS motherboards in all my builds. However, the ASUS motherboard in my previous build wasn't perfect either. Every once in a while it would fail to POST and I'd have to clear to the CMOS to get it working again. I trusted ASUS. I thought it was a good brand and that my previous problems were just a fluke. I'm sad to say that I don't feel that way anymore. It's time to find a new brand.READ FULL REVIEW