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This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is the setup review. Had zero problems, board had UEFI 1.30 already. There are so many options you need to spend some time looking at all the neat stuff added.
Memory was not on the QVL, I never do the setup correctly, I put all four sticks in and all was recognized no problems.
Cons: The LED reset and power don't stay on, but they don't on any of the Asrock boards I have. I had a 400.00 case that had a bad power button and got lazy to replace it, so was using the board PB, so if it happened again it would be nice if it was always lit. Not a big deal when most people will never use it unless they run into same problem.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a negative, but to me it is. I wish Asrock would keep up better on the beta drivers, UEFI ROM, Sata Drivers. I know they can't place the newest ones in the regular DL, because problems would make people flip out, but they should keep the beta section up to date and keep the newest firmware for UEFI in that section.
The board comes with 22.214.171.1245 OROM in BIOS / EFI mode, and same for Sata Driver when running pure UEFI for RAID.
So I had to inject the 126.96.36.1994 newest Sata Driver in the UEFI.
**Remember with this board, if you modify the BIOS / UEFI you must remove the header or you will get a flash fail because of security.
To people who don't know about pure UEFI when running RAID, unless you install in UEFI and have a GPU with a VBIOS to boot in Ultra fast, you are only in EFI. When booting pure UEFI and running a RAID array, the Intel OROM is not used, the UEFI uses Sata Driver. You only use the Intel OPTION ROM to make the RAID set or if not running pure UEFI, which is in the CSMCORE / PCI ROM in BIOS / UEFI which is the Intel Option ROM .
Pros: I feel bad I forgot to review this card. I have owned this card for over two years now and it has been an awesome card.
Running stress then benching with Furmark this card does not get over 83c, this is in a 68f room.
Other Thoughts: The only time there was a problem was with the Nvida Beta drivers, some versions have no problems and some do, so this card has been great except when a bad driver is loaded.
If you have a problem and contact the person who responds to posts on newegg, they will help you.
I asked for a UEFI GOP supporting BIOS and they had one to me the next day, very helpful people at MSI.
I see the new line of MSI 700 series cards have been rated the highest, I can see why.
This review is from: OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC
Pros: After seeing negative reviews I purchased two. It's been over 7mo and not one problem. This falls along the same lines as the other drives by OCZ. OCZ has a support forum, I help when I can, and I see people blaming windows, BIOS, problems on these drives for two years now. I have over 25 drives out and I own 8 OCZ drives. I have never had one problem with any OCZ drive. One of my almost three year old vertex 3 drives had I/O errors and could not be erased or initialized. I got a RMA and sent drive in and a day after checked the RMA and they replaced the drive. I received a Vertex 460. WOW, a 460 for a old Vertex 3. I have bought thousands of MOBO products and no MFG has a magical RMA process. The top rated SSD has a joke warranty. People getting chkdsk errors on win 7, seems to be the BIOS/ OS. I had a Asus Z77 giving the error with win 7, but when I put it on my board and ran win 7, for a week, not one error. Win 7 has been causing disk errors on drives from day one.
Other Thoughts: This drive is in the top four SSD's on the market for speed. I run win 7, win 8.1 with spring update 1, there is no difference between any of the four, and with my experience with OCZ support, you can't go wrong. I have run most OCZ drives in a RAID 0 128k stripe, I tried the 13 series modded RST ROM and drivers on a X79, and found that the 12.7 ROM and 12.9 drivers give the best performance. I beat these drives hard with testing OS and updates, reinstalling every week, and these drives and other OCZ drives have been no problem what so ever. I feel bad for people who have problems, but like I stated, most are the board, OS they use the drive on and as for me, over 30 drives and only one failed after 3 years, I didn't go wrong and can only say how great these drives have been even after beating them to death.
To run the 13. series OROM in a X79 you must use modded code RST, remember some MOBO MFG have added ROM switch in BIOS to run either RST and RSTe.
****As of now Intel has added TRIM support to the RSTe 3.7 series enterprise ROM's so people who only have RSTe don't need to worry about TRIM. You also need a corresponding driver, which seems to be the best anyway, keeping both ROM and DRIVER in the same series version.
2nd ***** I don't worry about TRIM anyway, these drives have such great Garbage Collection, there is really no need for TRIM, and it can be proven that GC works if you place the drives in a non TRIM state.
As for TRIM, there is ZERO evidence that a drive will last longer running TRIM then not and the drive only has GC.as a way to clear the LBA's.
Remember- Only in a true UEFI state does the RST ROM switch to a SataDriver in BIOS for the RAID controller.
Most all drives I have out are on 7 series and 8 series chipsets, there is no reason to put a top drive on a garbage chipset or to ever put them on a Asmedia Sata3, Marvell, 9120, 9128, 9172. Only the 9182 an 9230 are worth it in my opinion.
I hope you have the same experience with OCZ as I have.