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Pros: This motherboard offers the latest and greatest features in a compact package. The unit supplies the latest in Intel chipset technology allowing you to build a rig with a 6 or 8 core processor to stay on top of the competition!
DDR4 memory is lightning quick and pairing this motherboard with 16GB of RAM, a 6-core processor, Samsung 840 Pro SSD, and my GTX560 from a few years ago allows me to stomp pretty much any game I want to play.
The real joy for this rig has been development efficiency. Building multiple projects in Visual Studio 13 has been much faster and the machine just hums right along.
Oh, need to rip a blu-ray and convert the video to .mkv for use on your home media server??! No problem! Need to do RAW photo editing and manipulation for hours on end??!! It does that too!
I am very satisfied with the build quality and sheer amount of customization that can be done on this unit from a BIOS perspective. Perhaps I am more easily impressed than others, but I found the unit to be very solid and more than what I need for a daily driver so to speak.
Cons: It gets a little warm ;) Not more than one would expect since, well, this is a gaming motherboard and you are going to be running it under load quite a bit if you play any games. A few extra case fans knocked it down a bit to make me more comfortable. Besides, a 140W processor is bound to kick out some heat.
Other Thoughts: Love it, hope it lasts a long time, will buy ASRock again in the future as a first time user of their products!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK UH700 USB 3.0 7 port Desktop Hub, with Power Adapter
Pros: Yarr! This be a mighty fine hub. Many a swashbucklin' be had utilizing the 7 ports for keyboard, mouse, and storage devices of all kind! A real treasure this be --fit for the likes of ye while battling a foe or two on the high seas.
Ye'd be hard-pressed to find such a fine vessel in all the world that can boast a full 7 ports at USB 3.0 speeds! With nary even a hint of lag or sacrifice in the quality of the unit, the price point be ripe for the takin'! No need to be plunderin' this lot!
Up to 5Gbps in data transfer speeds (2,028kts for ye sea worthy), means ye'd be crazier than a pirate swimming in rum to pass this up!
It be pleasant on the eyes too!
Cons: I curse the vile beast that decided the 12v power supply jack be on the starboard side of the vessel! The data connection be aft as ye'd expect, but the soulless monster who decided to place the power port on the side should be meetin' the likes of Davey Jones!
Other Thoughts: Nothing wrong with this here unit. Should make a great addition for any of ye commoners lookin' to be addin' some added connectivity to yer ship!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Fast fast fast fast fast! I bought this drive to install in my early 2011 MacBook Pro (15" i7 8Gb Ram). The differences in boot/load times for the OSes (Win 8.1 and OS X 10.10) are both noticeable and unbelievable. OS X which used to take considerable amounts of time after the Yosemite on a traditional 5400 rpm drive, now boots to desktop in roughly 2.5 seconds (after getting through the POST). Windows 8.1 is a tad longer but not by much.
Read/Write speeds feel instant. I do not have system hangs anymore waiting on I/O to the drive. If the system is hanging, it's because an application is either very CPU-intensive or I truly am moving a TON of data.
No moving parts means I don't have to worry that I dropped my laptop off of the bed the other day.
Go buy one!
Cons: SSD prices have dropped substantially from their inception, but they are still more expensive than their traditional counterparts.
Other Thoughts: I recently bought a second drive to test a motherboard provided by newegg. Being as this was the first SSD I've purchased, this is what I went with.Will be sticking with Samsung indefinitely.READ FULL REVIEW
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