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Cons: For the sake of completeness (since others may want to know what BIOS version my ASRock motherboard had), the BIOS chip version was 2.10
I RMA'd the motherboard back to NewEgg and got the GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI from the same nationwide brick & mortar store for a lot less than the current promo through another APU + Mobo combo purchase.
Other Thoughts: A couple things to note with the Gigabyte (for those on the fence between the ASRock and Gigabyte):
Gigabyte mobo is part of their Ultra Durable series
WiFi wires do not require installation on mini-PCI Express module like the ASRock
Gigabyte mobo has a 802.11ac module adapter
Gigabyte doesn't have VGA port
Gigabyte has no eSATA port
Gigabyte supports up to 64GB system memory (versus ASRock's 32GB)
Gigabyte has 4 SATA ports (versus ASRock's 6)
Gigabyte has heatsink on its ferrite core choke coils (versus ASRock not having any heatsink for theirs)
6 SATA ports
Cons: Motherboard does not output any video through the HDMI Out or DVI ports when powered on. This seems to be a recurring theme with the negative reviews on this mobo.
Both my Samsung HDTV and Samsung Monitor stated there was no input signal. Strangely power cycling the system seemed to make both displays think something was about to come in through their input ports only for them to go right back and say no input signal.
Note to ASRock: Yes, I used the HDMI OUT port and yes I tried reseating everything. I also cleared CMOS. I also used one Corsair memory module in the first memory bank.
This was my first ever ASRock purchase. I bought the mobo mainly because it was a great value for 90 dolla. I normally buy either Asus or Gigabyte.
I may give ASRock another chance at some point in the future, but if I get two duds in a row, I doubt I'll ever consider ASRock again.
Other Thoughts: System:
8GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 RAM
Seasonic 660W Platinum PSU (Overkill but all I had at the moment)
I disassembled the system after spending what I thought was a reasonable amount of time troubleshooting this mobo.
I ended up installing the 7850 APU into a GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H that I got for a penny when buying the Kaveri on sale at a nationwide brick & mortar computer store. Everything ran flawlessly first time trying with the Gigabyte mobo (which had the latest non-BETA firmware out of the box).
That all said, one thing I wasn't crazy about is how one must install the wires from the wireless adapter to the I/O panel. The connectors are tiny and you have to carefully line things up before you CAREFULLY press / mash things into place. There's got to be a better way.
Pros: Holds 10 3.5" HDDs.
Gives the illusion that it is a high end rugged case.
Cons: From the pictures the case appears to be of solid build quality.
What you get is a box whose construction is similar to those you find in hobby / craft shop but wrapped with metallic covering, plastic silver handle, and two latches to give the illusion that it is a rugged case. It is not.
I can easily distort the sides / lid by pushing on it with little effort.
I do not have confidence with the construction of this product to lug 10 3.5" HDDs around nor use the handle with that many drives inside.
It's an okay case to have around the house, but I would lift the case by the sides.
Other Thoughts: I paid $50 for my case. I see it's just sold out at $37. Sucks to be me.
IMHO, a fair price for this box is $20 to $25.
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