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ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great MB with very easy setup 07/22/2014

This review is from: ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard

Pros: Very tidy layout with lots of fan, usb, and other connectors. More than most high end ATX size motherboards of the past. Easy overclock settings, and bios updates (not needed as of this date) are trivial. Bios is very graphical and easily understood.
Quality caps...
This microATX motherboard packs a LOT of features (4 Ram slots for instance).
Great price!
Boot up with ssd is amazing Win7..

Cons: Sata connectors are on side of board and are a little awkward in my mid tower antec sonata. That is not much of a con.

Other Thoughts: This appears to be very similar to the H97 Pro 4 but is microATX vs ATX, and has 1 PCIe 2.0X16 vs 3 slower PCIe 2.0X1 slots, so if those extra slots are not needed this allows a smaller case, it supports AMD crossfireX only if crossfire is desired.
First MB in a long time I am not overclocking, so cannot comment on stability, but should work well, given components.

Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast boot up, quiet, and cool. Feels as fast as a 7200rpm WD black 500. this is an update to an earlier review.

Cons: After 5 months of light use (303 hours on) getting blue screens. Fails Seagate short drive test and the reallocated sectors (161+), seek error rate, and raw read error rate are increasing.

Other Thoughts: Really hardware and electronics after the first month or so should have weeded out the defects. After 300 hours one would think the reliability should be there, but not in this case. I have had a number of drives fail (mostly WD), but only after long use or very shortly after installation. This is a small sample, but disappointing.

SanDisk Extreme II SDSSDXP-240G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast when it is recognized by bios. Newegg took care of the problem! Without Newegg return try at your own risk with this firmware.....

Cons: Installed in one year old Acer Aspire One, and (latest) Bios will not recognize drive. Every cold boot there is no drive recognized. After entering, leaving bios, a warm reboot recognizes. Sandisk tech support pretty hopeless. After a lot of info passed to them, they said, probably incompatible. So sorry......My conclusion is that it is likely a SSD firmware issue (R1311), but they would not admit, just offered to replace, with the comment that replacement probably would not solve problem. No offer to resolve the firmware issue. Fortunately Newegg worked the problem, otherwise it would be a silicon paperweight.

The SSD was tested in a desktop and was recognized, although there are numerous web reports that Sandisk Extreme (not Extreme 2) was installed successfully in the Aspire One model AO722 netbook.

Other Thoughts: Sandisk products are generally great, but their tech support in this case was a waste of time (with over 7 hours invested on my part)...with no real solutions offered. Their final comment "We did try to provide you the best possible resolution at the moment. But since it is not up to your expectation, we are moving ahead with cancelling the RMA for you are choosing to return the SSD to the place of purchase. Please contact us in case of any further assistance sought."

What kind of help is that after stating replacement probably would not solve the issue? - How about looking into the firmware?


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Display Name: Floyd M.

Date Joined: 12/26/01

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  • Last Review: 07/22/14
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