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This review is from: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This board is big and very well configured. Installing the it the first time was so easy that I decided to buy two more from Newegg. Everything has worked! It has 6 USB 3.0 sockets built into the rear of the board and the potential for 2 more if your case can accomodate them. I have tested all three of the boards and they were all problem free. However, my 2nd Z87 pro board died when I updated the Bios to #1707. Shortly after the update it wouldn't boot--the board's Power-on light would light up flashing but would not power up. I got no analytical help from the manual or Asus Chat(could be either PS or MOBO); I checked the power supply, all connections and installed a new board(which worked). Asus gave me an RMA on this board very quickly and they have it now for repair. Asus gave me the RMA very quickly and my past experience with their RMA service has been very good. Only minus 1 egg for this problem because Bios updates are a scary event for any manufacturer's motherboards.
Cons: I bought extended warranty's with each of these 3 Z87 Pro motherboards, $19.99 each. Newegg's receipt prompted me to "manage my warranties" by going to MYServicePlan.com where they list the warrarties(or are supposed to) and pertinent info for each warranty. Only two of the 3 Z87 pro warranties is listed for my account and although I have contacted this service several times, they have not corrected the problem and do not even answer my inquiries now. Well, I guess 2 out of 3 isn't bad and its only $19.99.
Other Thoughts: The aray of hardware and software on motherboards keeps increasing in both numbers and technical difficulty every year. The software and hardware companies keep raising the level of things that companies like ASUS must acommodate with new boards each year that its a wonder that ASUS can produce boards that are stable enough that users will still buy them. I like this board because its state of the art for the uses that appeal to me but may not appeal to all of the techie kids who go gaga over every new inovation.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Low Price for 640GB
Cons: Slow!! I read the other reviews and I keep wondering if they are are talking about the same drive. I first tried using it to store program data--much slower than the Maxtor 330GB drive it replaced. Then tried using it to store data files--pictures, music etc. Still slow.READ FULL REVIEW