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This review is from: Tripp Lite AVBAR6 6-Outlet Ultimate Protection Isobar Audio/Video Surge Suppressor
Pros: I am a big fan of ISOBAR surge protectors, and I often sell them with computers that I build for friends/customers. I had a "regular" ISOBAR surge protector for my flat screen TV and A/V gear, and it worked great, but my screen would show pixels because of issues with my local cable company. I replaced the surge protector I was using with this ISOBAR for A/V and ran the cable line through the ISOBAR, and the pixels have gone away. Nice filtering system!
Other Thoughts: I got it on sale for just under $40. Solid price to protect my high $ gear.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This board has been very stable for me. The BIOS is very good, and it is an easy board to manage. I used the pre-set overclocking settings, and I believe the 3770k is @4.3 GHz. It was effortless. I am using an SSD as a boot drive and have 2 x 2 TB drives in Raid 1. No issues whatsoever, rock solid using the most current BIOS. And it is very easy to control the fan speeds. My system is almost silent. I have 4 x 4 GB of Samsung "wonder" ram @ 1600 and 1.35v. I love the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro... I got it using points from credit card purchases!
Cons: I have had no issues and have owned the motherboard for ~ 1 year.
Other Thoughts: Use an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I purchased two of these for home/office applications for friends. Both boards work very well... one of the perfectly with no issues. The 2nd board had faulty sound, it wouldn't work despite much tweaking. The buyer was in a hurry to get the system, so I was forced to install a really nice HT Omega card that I had. Suddenly the build became much more expensive for me. Docking an egg for that problem.
Cons: Defective/non-working sound on one out of two boards.
The SATA default setting is IDE, even with the newest BIOS! Why in the world would the default be IDE in a modern board? Poor design.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad board if you get it for a good price. But it doesn't hold up to typical ASUS quality.READ FULL REVIEW