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MSI Z170A SLI Plus LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Great product, rough setup 08/06/2016

This review is from: MSI Z170A SLI Plus LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - LGA 1151 Skylake CPU
- 4 x DDR4 3600 RAM for up to 64 GB
- One USB 3.1 Type C reversible connector, up to 6 USB 3.0 and 6 USB 2.0
- Realtek ALC1150 audio
- 6 SATA ports
- M.2 (if you think M.2 is worth the price premium)
- SLI, if you care about that

Cons: - Installing Windows 7 is a PITA since MS did not include drivers for 170 chipset.
- not all SATA connectors face the conventional direction and the right angle ones are a pain to use

Other Thoughts: If you want to put Win 7 on this board using a USB stick install use this utility:
http://download.msi.com/uti_exe/Win7_Smart_Tool.zip to create a USB
to create a bootable USB with the correct drivers. After that it was smooth sailing but getting a Win 7 USB install stick set up was a lot more hassle than I anticipated. Blame for this appears to rest on Microsoft not MSI, and MSI supplied utility does work but it took some research to find it.

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NORCO SS-500 5-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good option for NAS 05/17/2014

This review is from: NORCO SS-500 5-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

Pros: Reasonable price, holds 5 drives in the space of three, decent construction.

Cons: The fan is rather loud but removing the back plastic shroud exposes the circuit board and the fan can be unplugged (standard 3 pin fan connector) and fed out through a slot in the plastic (after you break away the plastic sliver that covers the slot). With the fan connector free you can plug it into a controlled fan slot or, what I did, is run it off the 5V supply instead of 12V. This drastically reduces both airflow and noise but it seems to be enough airflow for most drives. Not sure I'd use it with 10,000 RPM server drives however.

Also it would be easy to replace the fan with a quieter model since it has a 3 pin fan plug and isn't soldered into the circuit board.

Other Thoughts: I have not had any issues with this but it has not seen hard use. I have not tested the hot swap capabilities.

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XFX GeForce 8600 GT DirectX 10 PVT84JUDF3 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Lasted over 6 years. Bought it in Dec 2007 for around $100, died in May 2014.

Cons: Didn't last forever, but then again it is obsolete now. Doesn't support DirectX 11 so won't run modern games.

Other Thoughts: Nice run for a pretty heavily used card (sons computer, lots of BF, COD, UT2K4, etc.).

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Display Name: Max L.

Date Joined: 11/19/02

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 11/14/12
  • Last Review: 08/06/16
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