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Pros: - Good build quality
- Roomy for Micro-ATX
- Screwless fan mounting clip was a nice touch
Cons: - Odd drive mounting locations
- Odd rear bracket retaining clip for PCIe expansion slots requires removing individual screws, then removing another screw and swiveling a door.
- Included LED fan is VERY bright.
Other Thoughts: Perfect for a low cost system. Don't get me wrong. This is not by any means a high end case, but if you add up what you get you'll be amazed at how little you paid for it. This is why it gets 4 stars. Amazing bang for the buck.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Just keeps on going
Cons: - Slow for an SSD
Other Thoughts: I've had this SSD since 2011. First it served as the boot drive on a linux server for a couple of years. For the last few years it has been the boot drive in my Ubuntu Linux based HTPC with Kodi.
Every other OCZ SSD I have ever owned (OCZ Agility, 128GB, OCZ Agility 2 128GB, OCZ Vertex 3 256GB, OCZ Vertex 4 256GB) has died within two years of purchase (I don't know why I kept going back)
Would I guy it again? Probably not. This thing is likely some sort of statistical anomaly, and I fully expect it to go any minute (no way an OCZ drive - any OCZ drive - has actually lasted more than 5 years), but heck, this one has been a regular old faithful.
Pros: It powers up and works just fine.
Surprisingly compact for a Micro-ATX board. Its only a TINY bit larger than a Mini-ITX board.
CPU fan auto speed control seems pretty good and configurable.
Cons: - Board does not have a USB3 header for case USB3 ports. Instead it only has two USB 2.0 headers.
- No fan control for case fans in BIOS.
- Board requires 4 pin ATX 12v power in order to boot, even on low power 35W "T" series chips which shouldn't really need it.
The biggest problem is sleep states. If you care about the system going to sleep and saving power, don't get this board. If you leave ACPI settings on auto in BIOS, initiating suspend instead triggers a hibernate, which can not be woken via USB
If you manually configure it, the best you can seem to get is an S1 state (not the typical S3 state, commonly referred to as "sleep") and in the S1 suspend state, the system actually uses MORE power than when left on, and idle.
Other Thoughts: Yellow color is an interesting choice. The RAM I had laying around for this build was red, which gives my build a little bit of a McDonalds look, but I guess that isn't the end of the world.
Overall I'm happy, it's a decent motherboard for a rather low cost.
I liked this board at first, but I was forced to come back and edit my review and lower the eggs to two. For my purposes this board is useless if it can not enter a proper S3 sleep state. I probably will not buy Biostar again. All the other motherboards in the house from other brands enter S3 sleep state just fine.