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ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -The UEFI is well made
-Overclocking features are organized extraordinarily well
-Every feature/toggle is labelled with descriptions
-The board has built-in power buttons and flash buttons
-Comes with lots of handy accessories.
-Great when it works -- 8350 was rock-stable @ 4.8ghz
-Tons of I/O
- 2xPCI-e x16
-A veritable steal for the price

Cons: -The first one was DOA
-The second one was DOA
-The third one was missing USB3 header pins
-The fourth one took a month to get back from ASUS, and then promptly died after five months
-The fifth one took three weeks to get back from ASUS, and died after another seven, with no overclocking
-Tech support was the most useless thing I've ever even remotely attempted to deal with.

Other Thoughts: The first two boards were exchanged with newegg -- one DOA isn't a big deal, it happens. Two should probably have been an indicator.

After dealing with the IMPRESSIVELY awful tech support that ASUS runs twice (once for missing pins and once for the board dying), and paying $40 in shipping to effectively just not be able to use my $140 motherboard for two months of the year I've owned it, I'm just going to take my business elsewhere. Be wary of this board. It's beautiful, and it works like a dream, but there's a reason the price is so low.

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Rosewill SATA 1.5 / 3.0 / 6.0 Gb/s Internal 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -The best USB3.0 adapter you will find for the price
-Included A/C adapter can power pretty much any HDD (Those that do not include one can only power 2.5" drives)
-Small! This will easily fit into a laptop bag.
-Quick transfer speeds
-The A/C adapter's plug disconnects for easy storage
-Includes sleeves for a 2.5" and 3.5" drive to mount the adapter properly
-Will read any HDD that has been formatted in a fashion that the OS understands.
-The logo glows blue as an access indicator

Cons: -The form factor comes at a bit of a cost. The plug will slip out of a non-sleeved HDD EXTREMELY easily, unless you turn it upside down and never touch it.
-The included USB3.0 wire is thick. Normally this is good, but it's so thick that it has a tendency to push the adapter out of the HDD.
-The A/C plug is required to power laptop drives, despite the fact that they're more than capable of working off of USB power
-Transfer speeds with some drives can be sporadic, but it's not a common problem.

Other Thoughts: It's an excellent adapter, but it would have been nice if a cable to extend the SATA data/power plug had been included. I would have actually given it 5 stars that way, as this device's biggest problem really is that it doesn't grip the drive it's connected to properly.

Desktop HDD's don't get any sort of cooling when they're not sitting in a tower, so you'll want to monitor their temperature carefully if they're a high-RPM hard drive.

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Rosewill RNX-N250PC Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft PCI Draft N 2T2R Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2; WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK; 64/128 BIT WEP; TKIP/AES
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -VERY fast at full bars
-Low power requirements
-Fits in a low profile case
-Comes with superb packaging, very professionally done.
-Well-written user manual
-Cheap
-Probably the best card you'll get in its price range

For what it's worth, this card performed quickly under the right circumstances while it worked, and held a strong, stable connection when it was near the wireless access point.

Cons: -Terrible drivers/software. The GUI for the wireless antenna is a mess, and more often than not you can boot up your computer and get the message "Wireless Card Not Exist".
-Absolutely horrible range. If you don't have full bars your speed will be garbage, and you'll drop signal frequently. This card had to literally be in the same room as the router to get a good signal.
-Heats VERY quickly. This may be the reason it dies so much.

I picked up this card for $14.99 during a sale. The first one was DOA, which can happen with all tech products. Newegg was great about the RMA process, and didn't charge.

The second one actually worked, but got a terrible signal. All three of my computers failed to recognize it after a week or so. RMA'd again, no cost.

The third one worked! It still had bad range, but it worked for roughly a month before ultimately failing once more a week or so ago. It's now outside the warranty period from Newegg, and I tried (in futility) to contact Rosewill fo

Other Thoughts: Rosewill has atrocious customer support. When you get through to them, if your product has to be RMA'd you will be told to hang up and that you'll receive a call shortly. I've never had this call come through when they've said they called, though I did once get a voice-mail roughly 5-6 hours after the initial call to Rosewill's tech support, while I wasn't home. This was the only time they called, out of 3 attempts to talk to them.

After this escapade, having a keyboard from Rosewill fail within a week, and watching a friend's Rosewill PSU ignite like a welding torch in the back of his case, I doubt I'll buy from this brand again.

I suppose you get what you pay for.

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