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Pros: well laid out, easy build, consistent boot
Cons: After 20 months of usage the USB 3 ports on Mobo back failed (Both) they are only functional as 2.0 ports.
Other Thoughts: Very odd issue, reminds me back in the days when Ethernet, PS2 etc would fail on a mobo. At first I though it was a failure of my USB 3.0 external drive, until I plugged it into a 2.0 port and it worked. Tested with USB 3.0 flash drive - same thing - 3.0 drives don't detect anymore, but will work on other 2.0 ports or from the 3.0 port run off the mobo header.
I'm going to use cards to add back 3.0 ports, but it's annoying how the 3.0 ports will work with 2.0 drives, but not 3.0 (and the 2.0 don't take advantage of the native USB 3.0 speeds.)
Does not speak well to brand reliability. I switched from ASUS because of price point and not using the OC abilities. Might have to switch back.
Pros: Recognized my SSD, 8core processor and DDR3 without issue
No issues in imaging and performed fairly solid
Cons: Network port (Realtek) is getting flaky already and I've only been seriously using this machine for 2 months now, connection keeps dropping off - Tried using Static IP, and several tweaks of the controller properties (Flow Control, Green / Power / WoL settings) so far keeps doing it - started 3 days ago. Tried latest drivers, tried rolling back drivers as well
Other Thoughts: not sure if the network card issue was something with recent windows updates (which sporadic lately) or a hardware setting - router works great with everything else and I've tried changing ports on the router and even the network cable - I've been in IT since 1995, so I know what I'm doing here - these are problems I haven't seen in 10 years thanks to network card improvements. Will probably have to give up on this NIC and use a different one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 15-in-1 Media Reader
Pros: FAST, reads well, does not have the issue I've had with most externals where certain card slots give out and it has a TRANSFLASH slot!
Cons: the only con is that I had to go external to get this sort of reliability.
Other Thoughts: the transflash is a big thing for me, I use this to load GIGS of music and videos to my microSD cards (32 and 64 gig capacity) from my USB3 external media drive. MUCH faster than USB2 readers and WAY faster than using the USB connection to the phone.READ FULL REVIEW