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Pros: Liked the layout, everything fired up on the first go. Plenty of fan headers for system fans and 4 pin CPU fan. Black design. Small form factor with LOTS of SATA ports (8X 6GB/s), decent sound, Event has a dual PS/2 connector for all you legacy fans. Everything is laid out logically. Has a pretty solid bios and windows 8/ 10 compatibility. Bios Auto-detected I was using an add on graphics with the X860k and booted up no problem on first time. SVM mode is enabled (Virtualization environment- which is what I needed it for.) This will actually do a raid array if needed RAID 10 on a mATX ?
Cons: I found that the Header is in the middle of the board (albeit color coded.) You might block access to some things with a large graphics card. The secondary slot will only run at 4X (chipset limitation.) If I'm being nitpicky UEFI bios could be cleaner and have a few more options (ahem Biostar,Asus, Asrock.)
Other Thoughts: Really is a great, no frills board with modern USB connectivity and UEFI bios. Does what I need it to do booted up with success the first time and every time. No flakiness seen in the onboard NIC (if it does I'll replace it with PCI ex). For my use ,currently, I am running CentOS 7 flawlessly off of an old hard disk I had laying around. Everything including sound works with no issues with the kernel and UEFI install went flawlessly.FYI am a systems engineer and have been building hardware for over 15 years. This board will get the job done.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Get larger frame sizes if needed and Dual gigabit for my firewall. This all on an active NIC for a good price. I noticed a big difference from my old decommissioned sony desktop that functioned in this capacity previously. My speeds went from barely 80 down to over 235 Mbits down. Works. What's not to like?
Cons: A little more cost but this went a long way this time. Requires a PCI express slot but utilization is very low even when pushed.
Other Thoughts: I use this with a build of IPfire firewall linux distribution. It works well for my needs. I have not tried this with any other OS but I can say it is compatible with this kernel and functions as I need. I know this has lots of extra features that are too long to list here but as it stands I currently will not use any of these. I have this in an embedded low power board in a micro ATX case. Very nice. I just need pure gigabit bandwidth goodness.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am an engineering network technician with a semi-complex home network including access point, firewall, this switch and network printer, servers and other gear. I found this to be excellent as far as reliability is concerned and links up to all equipment without a hitch. The switch is quiet as can be and appears to be well made. No qualms or complaints. For my needs it replaced an aging Cisco catalyst 3550-EMI switch that was loud as heck and only did 10/100.
Cons: Doesn't do VLAN tagging or VLANS for that matter. No user interface and minimal documentation. That being said, do understand that this does not do the features as a switch costing 3-5X as much.
Other Thoughts: This does what I need it to. Gigabit goodness.READ FULL REVIEW