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This review is from: ASRock VisionX 420D-8G1T88 Intel H87 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon R9 M270X Barebone
Pros: This is our third HTPC box from ASRock (previous boxes were ION, Core 100HT) and it is the best one yet. It is installed in the kitchen and has become probably the most used PC in the house as we are always browsing, checking email, listening to audio books, viewing pictures and videos,watching DVDs, and using the Win Media Center DVR function.
Swapped out the HDD for a Samsung EVO 500GB SSD, boosted the memory to 16GB, and replaced the stock DVD player with a Blu-Ray ODD. With Windows 8.1+ it works flawlessly except for the minor 'con' below.
The 802.11ac is fast and the AMD video card has handled everything thrown at it with ease.
Cannot recommend it highly enough.
Cons: On past units, when you put the unit to sleep the blue LED power lamp would blink slowly to let everyone know it was asleep. But this 420D with BIOS 1.50 does not blink, in fact, the power button LED is off. IOW, there is no visual indication the unit is asleep other than a handwritten Post-It note.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's black and would make a good doorstop.
Cons: Part of an HTPC system I built for a family member. Paired up the kb and it seemed to work. Shipped the system. System installed. KB no longer links to the system. Tried uninstalling, re-pairing, etc. multiple times. 30 days up. So sorry.
One egg only because I have to.
Other Thoughts: The new Logitech RF K400 kb with Touchpad works beatifully.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Typical Gigabyte quality - excellent. The UEFI was laid out very well with excellent notes/descriptions in the advanced mode. OC was simple and quick. Nice, subdued color scheme for the board - evidently Ronald McDonald didn't pick it out.
Cons: Wish the CMOS Reset button was located on the back panel and that the Intel Z77 chipset provided more than (2) SATA 3 ports. Did we *really* need VGA and Displayport on the back panel? No screws included for attaching the mainboard. ... but these are minor whines.
Other Thoughts: I just upgraded my desktop as follows:
From Core i7 980x to Core i7 3770k
From Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 to GA-Z77X-UD5
From (2) WD VelociRaptors in RAID 0 to Intel 520 Series 480 GB
From 12 GB Corsair Dom GT to 32 GB Dom GT
GB GV-N570OC-13I to onboard Intel 4000 gpu
It was the most straightforward and easiest build I have ever done. The new Intel 520 is great and the Intel (Acronis) Migration software was excellent!! OCing the 3770k and the memory was simplicity itself. I love it when hardware and software work and work well.
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