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Pros: Nice form factor
Cons: Unboxed and paired to phone while charging. I was disappointed at first because apparently my phone doesn't support the feature that allows you to initiate a call from the hard button on the speaker. Considering I got this for $20 after rebate I decided that I could live with that since I could install the Motospeak app on my phone and initiate a call with one widget press.
We tested both to and from my phone and my wife's. Absolutely horrible. I had to speak at a higher than normal conversation level with the think 6" from my mouth to be heard. Which means that in a car with all the ambient white noise I would be screaming. Additionally (and worse) the calling party's voice was fedback through the mic and they could hear an echo of everything they said. It wasn't like a faint murmur either. When you could hear from the called end the caller's voice was very muffled - so the mic is just junk.
Other Thoughts: Didn't test any other features since call quality is horrid. Back in box and awaiting Newegg to provide a shipping label back for this atrocious piece of trash.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Diablotek DA Series PSDA500 500W ATX Power Supply
Pros: cheap $$ - bought for $20 locally.
Cons: Had issues from the get go - 500W not enough to power an old Athlon, standard GFX and 4 HDD? I think should be...
Flaky on occasional, but just basically exploded on me (literally - sparks shooting out).
Other Thoughts: get what you pay for...or don't get...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The board is very feature rich and includes lots of connections. Simply view the specs to see what is included - pretty comprehensive.
Of course, the price isn't cheap, so I should expect alot from a board at this price range.
I honestly haven't unraveled what a lot of the DIGI/VRM features are - and I may never. This board is probably more than I needed in terms of OC ability.
Don't consider this board if you aren't willing to put in some time, or are digging on the UEFI (mostly worthless). SSD install may be complicated (read my info below).
Installing Windows 7 was a hassle, and there are still some unresolved issues (see below). ASUS really does have atrocious support on all fronts.
I considered a ranking of only 2 eggs because of all the hassle - but in the end - I think the board seems relatively solid.
Cons: I had A LOT of problems with this board and an OCZ Vertex 3 SSD installing Windows 7 x64. Some of the problems may be on the SSD, but I think the blame has to be equally shared with the Motherboard.
The problems revolve around several things: SSD support, SATA running in AHCI mode, confusion/poor documentation on the functionality of the two SATA controllers, and the UEFI bios.
Rather than recount everything, it's probably best to take a look at my posts on the ASUS forum. If you Google "Issues installing to OCZ Vertex 3 SSD" you will find a good post I wrote which links to my other issues. Or, go to the vip.asus.com forums and look for posts under the F1A75-V EVO section with a 12/8/11 date.
In short, the UEFI BIOS is just not ready for prime time. Lack of documentation and ASUS customer support was not really helpful at troubleshooting, and in the end I was left to fend for myself. Definitely read my post if you are considering this board for instructions on how to in
Other Thoughts: The included ASUS Software to manage the board and take advantage of some of the advanced features (Like USB 3 Boost) have some major issues. They can only be run under administrative accounts and were not correctly written as background Window's services.
If you go to "tinyurl dot com / asusu3" you can read not only about the problem, but also see how difficult it is to communicate with ASUS. In the end they acknowledge the issue - with no resolution forthcoming.
With the headache I had with this board and the still unresolved issues I just don't think I will be buying ASUS again - especially for any "newer" technologies (e.g. UEFI).
Time will tell if this board continues to operate well (installation problems non withstanding) and if ASUS can fix the remaining issues with BIOS and software. I'm sure I'll end up reloading this system in a year or so and if my experience then is better and the board has held up well, maybe I'll consider another ASUS purchase.
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