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Pros: I ordered two of these. The drive that works does just what I want it to. Decent speed (though not the fastest) and works very well in my storage array.
Cons: One drive was DOA. I attempted to create a new RAID volume with the drive and it was immediately classified as degraded by the controller. I swapped sata ports and used a brand new cable to be safe, but problems persisted. A SMART check in HD Tune fired a warning and revealed that the drive had a high "Current Pending Sector Count" and an error test sent the pending sector count soaring. Over 2% of all sectors were found unusable by the error test.
Other Thoughts: I really dislike having to pay over $10 in shipping just to return a drive that should be working in the first place, especially with drives like this that are supposed to be reliable enough for your NAS.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Supports a wide array of devices
- USB 3.0 is nice to have
- UEFI is well-made and easy to use
- Solid overclocking performance
Cons: I had to replace my first board due to the cougar point fiasco (though technically Intel's fault).
This board has issues with the RAID controller. When I switched boards, I lost all the data on the RAID, because it only recognized one of the drives as having been part of an array. I created a new array and restored from backups. Shortly afterward, I got a message from the RAID controller at bootup saying ERROR DETECTED. After booting, the intel storage controller said the RAID was healthy, and performance levels were good. The array checked out as healthy in Linux as well and is mountable. However, to this day the board says ERROR DETECTED every time I boot.
Even though my array still works, I'm kind of nervous that one day I'll boot up and it will all be gone.
Other Thoughts: If you're not using the RAID controller, it will probably be a great board for you.
After building 4 systems recently, I still haven't found a motherboard (from any brand) without serious issues. Manufacturers really need to improve the reliability of these things. Many here on Newegg, myself included, build systems for clients, so product failures and DOAs affect other people as well. One of the worst things is having to go back to an unhappy client to disassemble their computer, RMA their motherboard, wait for a new part, then put it all back together again. RMAs may be free, but they're very expensive in terms of wasted time and even reputation.
TO MANUFACTURERS: When boards cost near $200 they'd better be 99.9% reliable.
Pros: - OC'd to 1600 on stock timings without a hitch
- Great performance in games/memory demanding apps
Cons: The cooling fins might interfere with your CPU heatsink, just check before you buy.
Other Thoughts: Great RAM, didn't have any problems with installation, configuration, or performanceREAD FULL REVIEW