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Pros: +Separate on/off switch
+80mm fan (with an option to install a 120mm fan- AWESOME)
+Tray-less drive mechanism
Cons: It took three days to get here!
Other Thoughts: I had to replace another ICY DOCK mobile rack that I've had for years because it couldn't support drives larger than 2TB. I originally purchased a pair of StarTech HSB110SATBK's, and a word of advice about those- stay clear of them: they are noisy as heck and the front panel LCD screen lacks any useful utility. The fan for them is actually louder than my whole system! The rack won't work unless you lock it- dumb.
Anyhow, I saw a review of these on another website and immediately ordered a pair. One was DOA and is in the process of being RMA'd, but the other works just fine.
Since I use these in a system that's on top of my desk and like 2' from my right ear, I REALLY needed something quiet, and boy I tell you- THESE THINGS ARE QUIET! Even with the fan speed at max, I can't even hear it operate! I think installing a larger 80mm fan (as opposed to the usual 20mm/25mm type), is a great idea as you get max cooling without the noise!
However, when I put these two racks in my case, one atop the other, I noticed that there wasn't much of a gap between them, so it'll be interesting to see if the top drive gets significantly warmer than the bottom drive, which has an empty slot beneath it. So far, the bottom drive is much cooler in the ICY DOCK rack compared to the StarTech.
The entire drive door/ejection system seems pretty solid. My other ICY DOCK rack never had any issues and I don't expect these to either.
Otherwise, this product is the cat's meow, and I am considering buying 2 or 3 more for my other PCs.
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Other Thoughts: First, I really wish that Newegg would allow the editing of reviews so that users can update them at a later point instead of having to write multiple ones.
That being said, I was able to resolve one issue I mentioned in an earlier post: I mentioned that numerous websites wouldn't work properly and I discovered the culprit- IE11 in Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1. After swapping-out nearly every single piece of hardware, reinstalling the OS and not running any A/V, I finally installed a 3rd party browser and that seemed to do the trick.
I also don't know how this happened, but my GPU (6770HD), got fried or is somehow otherwise damaged. So now I am running this MB with the integrated audio and IGU and it seems really empty in the case. :( That's OK because this machine is going to become my FlightSim rig once the Surface Pro 3 ships.
MSI sent an email via Newegg to me about the BT module. Very helpful (not). It was an article from Windows 7 for Dummies! (And I am using Windows 8.1U1, BTW)
Still no documentation from MSI about how to use the BT module. I mean, it seems the PC and the devices connect, but then nothing happens, nothing can be done. Wonderful.
Finally, I really want to diss on the LU5 software. When scanning, it will say that certain drivers or apps aren't installed (when they clearly are), or that the installed version is higher than the online version (nig say whaaat?)! I also am not sure on why the Creative drivers won't recognize the onboard Creative device?
Pros: pretty colors
Other Thoughts: This board is a complete waste of time. First, the built-in NIC is from Killer, which means Windows doesn't recognize it until you download the drivers for it (you can't use the disk because the geniuses at MSI put incompatible drivers on it). Problem is, you won't be able to download anything because the NIC is inoperable!
Next, the Bluetooth adapter is worthless...there is ZERO documentation on what it's supposed to be used for or how to use it. The WiFi part works well enough, but do you really want to use that to download huge driver packages?
I know the issue is from the MB because other than the CPU, RAM, and it, everything else in the system is the same from my previous build (i920->i4770K, X58-Z87). Since this new system has come online, there are several websites that no longer work (can't figure that out). I've tried switching from the IGU to a discrete unit with little to no luck.
This is bad because I have built a system for my wife with a MSI MB and it seems to work just fine. We basically have the exact same setups.