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MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As I write this, I've had this board for about three weeks.
- Bios features are great.
- One-click OC works very well.
- Price at the time of buying this was great, included a rebate special as well.

Cons: One of the PCI Express slots broke after utilizing it for a day. I was using a SATA II/eSATA controller that I had been using on another build for quite some time now. After a day of having it installed, I noticed that my eSATA device was not recognized anymore. Infact, after looking at the device list, the PCI-E card wasn't there anymore. I decided to switch it to a different PCI-E slot and it worked. I reset CMOS and it was still broken. Very disappointed since I've owned this for less that 4 weeks. Thinking about RMA'ing it, but it's such a hassle to do so and I'm still waiting on my rebate. If rebate doesn't go through, I am returning this board with much hope for a full refund.

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VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Great design; does not look or feel like it was cheaply made. I do appreciate the fact that it doesn't follow the normal convention of boxy design like all the other enclosures. Aesthetically pleasing I must say. The individual HDD lights aren't too annoyingly bright.
-The fans are great and keeps my temps within +/-4 degrees Celsius from room temperature even when I was migrating large volumes of data. Stays relatively quiete even at 90%, you do notice a big jump on noise once it is cracked up to 100%.
-Easy to assemble and install the drives. My drives were automatically detected.
-Speed, lastly I was very impressed with the speeds. eSATA speeds were satisfyingly close to the rated 6Gbit/s, mind you my drives were not set in RAID or JBOD. I noticed that USB speeds were great as well, consistently transferring on average ~30-40MB/s with files over 4GB, even peaking at around 80MB/s.

Cons: A bit pricey I think, It would be nice if it were around $10 less.

Other Thoughts: I have three 3TB Seagate drives and one 3TB WD Green drive. Using HD Tune Pro for SMART monitoring.

I am currently using it as my NAS/Media Server/Backup device.

Great piece of hardware, would definitely buy this again if I need another set.

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Joseph P.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph P.

Date Joined: 09/08/07

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 02/08/13
  • Last Review: 12/28/13
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