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Pros: Says waht it does and does waht it says. Got it on sale for less than I paid for a much less powerful netbook only a few weeks ago. 500GB drive. HDMI. It's significantly faster than my higher clocked desktop i3, haven't looked into why that is yet. Probably the 1st Generation 2TB hard drive I have in the desktop holding it back.
Cons: Max RAM is 8GB. Low Rez monitor.
Other Thoughts: I've wanted to replace my desktop i3 machine for a while. Immediately ditched Winblows for xUbuntu 13 encrypted root. Everything works. Was a refurb on sale. Definitely worth it. It's not a powerhouse, but it's not meant to be. Thanks to not wasting resources on Winblows, I can still run my VMs on 4GB RAM, but I'll bump it up to 8GB at my leisure.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It says what it does and does what it says. super cheap. Runs great. Even has some overclocking features.
Cons: No USB 3.0. Since I lack the ability to care about USB 3.0, it isn't really a con for me, but it might be for some so I mentioned it. It's not very expandable, only 2 slots, one obviously for video. Again, I lack the ability to care about that, but some might. It's a uATX board. A REALLY uATX board. If you care about these things, you shouldn't be looking at this board anyway.
Other Thoughts: If you just want a cheap, reliable board, this is it. Buy one. Used my olde 2TB WD drive. Whole computer, with 1155 i3 CPU was under $300. Cannot possibly complain about that. I'll drop in an i5 K-series when I get a few more bucks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Intel delivers, just like always.... Sad AMD isn't keeping up anymore.
Cons: Had a bit of trouble getting the thermal pad to burn in. Kept crashing and locking up. Had me running in circles trying to figure out what was wrong. It was just overheating. Took a week and a half for the thermal pad to burn in properly, not sure why; all is fine now.
The Integrated Video Drivers on Open Source Platforms are incomplete. Lacks many of the proper rendering facilities. Lots of work-arounds and fixes in software to get it going right. Intel doesn't usually do things fail, but they sure did on this one...
Other Thoughts: If you run Open Source and want any 3D support, just get a CPU that doesn't have the Intel HD Graphics and save a few bucks for a real video card. You'll be forced to use a real card simply because Intel's HD Graphics driver support is tragically fail... It's performance would be just fine, but they didn't finish the drivers and refuse to come back to it and do the job right.READ FULL REVIEW