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Pros: Excellent board that rescued me from one of those 'builds from hell' (had to RMA two motherboards from another manufacturer back to Newegg both of which had major bios problems).
UEFI is fast with no lag. Help comments in the bios are well written and perspicuous ... no ambiguities. I like how unused pci-e slots can be shut off ... very tidy. I also like how a facsimile of the designer's signature has been printed boldly on the pcb - now I realize that it might just be marketing hype to do so, but I like to think that the designer really is proud of his work and is not reticent to add his signature.
This is totally subjective but if I had to choose a one word label to describe this board, it would be "solid".
Cons: Not a 'con' but a ps2 connector? Really!? Does anyone who has the scratch and technical know-how to build a Haswell E system still use any peripheral with a ps2 connector? Would have preferred a couple more USB3s instead.
Other Thoughts: Even tho I have setup several of their mini pcs and have been quite impressed, I have never used an ASRock mb before. If all of their boards are of this quality, I am definitely switching.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Pretty LEDs.
Cons: 2 out of 2 X99-UD4s - both have had BIOS problems.
First one I got up and running. Then I @bios'd to F12 and immediately my RAID 0 broke - huh!? Start again. Reset the Raid and re-imaged the system. But then a message about a BIOS failure and another broken RAID. Start again! Now, unable to even get to the BIOS Setup. Short the BIOS jumper, take out the battery - still no joy. Total fail and an RMA back to Newegg.
Second board was unable to even get to the BIOS Setup. Spent 45 minutes on the phone with Gigabyte Tech Support with no joy. RMA back to Newegg for a refund.
Other Thoughts: One egg but only because I have to.
BTW, both boards were Rev. 1.0. The Gigabyte tech said Rev. 1.1 did not change anything with the BIOS.
Even if I were to try a third UD4 board and got it working, I wouldn't trust it.
Newegg has been great. Gigabyte goes into the penalty box for this build ... I am going to another brand.
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
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