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Pros: full size M.2 slot. For some reason, ASRock was the only OEM that saw fit to make an X99 board that will accept M.2 2280, the most common M.2 form factor.
Dual UEFI is neat and all, board features are acceptable.
One nice touch I have to mention is that the front port audio headers are at the bottom of the board, not awkwardly in the middle.
Cons: On my old Asrock z97m pro4, I had sub-6 second boot times. It was nearly as fast to boot as to wake from sleep.
With the exact same installation of windows, I'm lucky if it boots in less than 20 seconds. Sometimes it takes upwards of 30, and in the extreme cases close to a minute. To exacerbate this issue, I cannot get rid of the boot menu prompt at the beginning, (a feature of their cheaper z97 series).
In addition to that superfluous screen, the intel raid controller cannot seem to be suppressed unless you choose the "Ultra fast boot" option, so every time I have to mess with my BIOS, (Which has been too often), the intel controller pops up first. It taunts me, and every time I see it, I regret my purchase further.
No amount of googling could fix those issues. I took out the drives and put them into my old system and without changing a single setting, it booted up in 3 seconds, (confirmed in the task manager).
In addition to the problems with boot times, I have experienced trouble getting the USB ports to work right away on startup. To get my internet to work, I sometimes have to unplug the dongle and then plug it back in. This would have been okay like a year ago, but not today. This is a problem that I might have fixed by juggling around the position of my USB plugs, (its been a while since it happened to my wifi dongle, but just today my keyboard had the same issue), but honestly it shouldn't even exist.
Also, the raid controller/drivers are not installed by default, and need to be installed from a CD like this is the stone age, (Actually copied from the cd to your own flash drive). It's unacceptable to assume that the consumers of a SFF motherboard would have a CD drive, as many SFF builds do not bother nowadays.
I have reached out to ASRock for support, and heard nothing as of a about a week later. I have posted on forums and have actually been ridiculed.
Nothing stings worse than spending the amount of money that I did only to have it perform worse on the metrics I didn't even expect to have to consider. I can't recall the last time I was this frustrated with a piece of electronics.
Other Thoughts: It has redeeming qualities, and for that it's not a total failure. I am, however, returning mine. I plan to use my old parts until ASUS releases their X99M-WS pending the price tag.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BitFenix Spectre PWM BFF-SCF-P14025KK-RP 140mm Case Fan
Pros: Fairly quiet, PWM helps a lot with that, Though I can hear them when they fire up. (show me a 140mm fan that doesn't make noise at higher speeds...)
No LEDs. I have an InWin 904 case, and my previous fans' blue LEDs really cheapened up the look.
cheaper than other FDB fans out there...
Cons: ...because it's likely not a true FDB fan. I have found a couple teardowns of Bitfenix's FDB fans, and most agree they use what other OEMs would call a rifle bearing. It's still very quiet and in truth the bearing is not too far off from a FDB bearing, but the real FDB bearing is a patented design, which is why only a handful of OEMs actually use it.
And no, you can't use rubber mounts, and I can confirm that there are no airflow indicators on the outside, I had to go off my last fan and then check manually that the airflow was as expected, (it was).
Other Thoughts: I basically knew all the cons going in, and I'm happy with my purchase, I still think they are a good value.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The chassis of the fan including the motor and grill are suspended by rubber/silicone supports to another plastic chassis that you actually screw in to your case. This was a pleasant surprise to me since I bought this only because it was FDB. Also there are no LEDs on it, which is part of the reason why I replaced my old one.
Cons: they don't offer this fan in 140 mm sizes, because I would buy more
Other Thoughts: probably the quietest fan I have ever ownedREAD FULL REVIEW
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