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This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
Pros: It's cloth; I LOVE cloth mouse pads.
It's BIG. It's not a rinky dink $2-$5 mouse pad that you run out of space on with 1 wide swipe. Helps out a lot with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop - having the large mouse space to move around on.
Rubber bottom keeps it in place on top of my finished wood desk. It does not move no matter what games I'm playing and how frenetic my mousing is.
Works great with the Corsair Sabre RGB Laser mouse and my trusty Logitech MX518. Excellent speed and cursor 'read'. Mice really move across this thing like a hockey puck on an ice rink.
Cons: Some people may prefer the smooth plastic top finish (with rubber bottom), or a total plastic mouse pad. I DO NOT, but, if that's your thing, Corsair has you covered on both fronts with other mouse pads.
It's a little thin, BUT, I don't have a problem with this. I think it's perfect. IMHO, the perfect mouse pad offers slight resistance (compared to just using the desk top), but is low profile enough to not be much of a 'climb' for your hand to make.
Other Thoughts: I've had a SteelSeries QCK for several years now, and it's a bit worn (especially on the bottom perimeter). The rubber is a bit flatter (from my hand resting on it), and the cloth has come loose from the lower left corner. Initially I thought I had a QCK+, and when I received the MM200 Standard for review, I figured it'd be smaller than my QCK and I wouldn't like it nearly as much. Well, lucky for me, it turns out I have a QCK, because the MM200 Standard is bigger by a few inches overall than my QCK. The feel and quality is all there, in a bigger size.
Excellent mouse pad. Will give you a lot of room to work with. There are bigger ones (like the MM200 XL which is several inches bigger than the MM200 Standard). I don't know if I could go 'that big'; I think the Standard is oddly enough probably an idea size. It's big, but not overly obnoxiously big. It's not a wimpy mouse pad, it's a great size but not huge. I love it. I can finally retire my worn and faded QCK and am very happy with the MM200 Standard.
Pros: NewEgg tried to make it right when ASRock didn't.
Cons: Earlier review: Does not POST with G3258 or i7 4790K
ASRock flat out refuses to provide an RMA exchange for this product.
I contacted them using their Support Request form at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp
Board does not POST
I received this product as a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer.
The board does not POST.
I have tried 2 different CPU's; a Pentium G3258 and a Core i7 4790K.
I've tried 2 different sticks of RAM; a Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 dimm, and a Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 dimm.
Parts are tested working in my primary computer.
No matter what I try, this board does not POST.
Fans spin up, no video, no sound.
Have tried resetting CMOS, switching to BIOS 2. No change.
Board appears to be DOA.
I would like to get a replacement.
I was emailed by Eric at ASRock America and was given a [canned] reply asking me to check several things, most of which I've already checked, swapped, and re-checked (and even mentioned doing so in my initial support request to them). I replied stating that I'd checked these things, and then was told:
That seems like mainboard issue. Please contact seller for mainboard exchange."
Given that the board is past the 30 day return policy offered by 99% of retailers including NewEgg, this is not an acceptable answer, nor does it offer a resolution to my problem.
I have a dud of a board, and ASRock support has in kind also been a dud. This is why I've always stuck with Gigabyte and Asus products, and stayed away from ASRock.
Other Thoughts: NewEgg (to their credit), offered to send me another board to review since ASRock is not stepping up to the plate and doing what's right - however, NewEgg does not have an 1150 board to send me (and I'm not upset about that, because this isn't their issue to fix, it's ASRock's).
I've always received excellent support through NewEgg, and even as an EggXpert that trend has continued. Kudos to NewEgg for going above and beyond where they didn't have to.
ASRock on the other hand, thanks for nothing. You have just further cemented my belief to avoid your products. Very, very disappointing. All I wanted was a replacement. This board has been out of the box and out of the anti-static bag for roughly 2 hours total, has no damage, and practically has no use. Now, it REALLY has no use.
Pros: +Good look to the board, good color combination. Looks sharp.
+Good price especially with rebates.
+Supposedly allows you some overclocking wiggle room despite not being a Z97 series board.
+Board layout is pretty well thought out, EXCEPT for the front panel connectors (see 'Cons' below).
+Dual bios, selectable by jumper - and also the bios chips appear to be user replaceable which is great.
Cons: -Board does not post. Very disappointed.
Decided to use this board as a budget gaming build, and also the first PC my 10 year old daughter has built. (She's always watched me build and been interested, so I let her go 'hands on' with this build.)
Bought a G3258 specifically to pair up with this board.
Get everything installed, including 2 sticks of 4GB Samsung DDR3 1600 RAM and a few other spare parts (Antec VP450, old CM case, old Seagate 250GB HDD). BIOS 1 lights up on board, press power, fans spin up - and.....nothing. No post, no boot, nothing. Clear CMOS, remove CMOS battery, try switching to BIOS 2 using the jumpers - no change. Still no post.
Look at their site, which has conflicting information about the G3258. If you look at the 'Supported CPU list', G3258 is supported as of bios version 1.10. Go back to the bios downloads page, find out 1.10 is the initial release. Ok then, G3258 is supported out of the box. Scroll page up, (on bios page) and see that G3258 support was added with 1.40 which was released 7/31. Which is it though - 1.10 or 1.40?
So then I start thinking, OK, maybe I got an old bios rev board, that's the issue. After all, fans spin up; it's not DOA.
I take down my primary PC and remove my (working) i7 4790K out of my Gigabyte Z97X-SLI. Check the H97 Performance CPU support page again, see i7 4790K also listed as being supported as of 1.10. Hook up my CM 212+ Evo, turn on - same exact symptoms. No video, no sound, no post. Nothing.
Change out the RAM, put in my Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB kit (2x8GB). No change.
Seeing the other reviewer say the same thing happened to him = very disappointing. I went ahead and put the G3258 in my Z97X-SLI for grins just to make sure it worked, and it did.
I tried running nothing but power and CPU and 1 stick of RAM - still no luck.
-That's bad enough, but let me call out the other elephant in the room - the location of the front panel wiring (for the power switch, reset switch, and LED's). Whoever thought it was a good idea to put it near the back of the board, near the FP Audio jack, is out of their minds. Your wiring with this board is going to be less than ideal. HORRIBLE idea.
-I don't like the vertical SATA ports; that makes cable management (after the FP wiring flaw) even MORE less ideal.
-The board itself also feels a little thin compared to my Z97X-SLI. I assume ASRock is still using a slightly thinner PCB to save on costs (keeping their prices down). I 'get that', I understand why....may not bother most people, but it's something I don't like. I'd rather pay a little extra (to ASRock or a competitor) and get a better-built motherboard.
Other Thoughts: I will put in an RMA request to get this board replaced. I realize that things happen, but I think I'm more disappointed by a non-DOA-yet-not-working product than a DOA one. (DOA one would be a little easier to 'take'.)
I will submit a supplemental review once the replacement board arrives and the system works.
As of now, I don't recommend this board (for obvious reasons). If it worked, I'd probably give it a solid 3-4 eggs based on value and features, despite my dislikes on build quality and board layout. Again, I will post a 2nd review once my RMA arrives and I can get a working system with this board.
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