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Pros: The center of the bay floats on rubber not providing the outer frame rigidity necessary for factory screwless bays using slide guides and lugs. Take strips of styrofoam and insert them between the inner and outer frame on both sides, so that the outer frame can no longer wiggle\roll out of the bay guides.
Cons: It isnt a perfect solution and they could supply the inserts for you but they are simple enough to make and the styrofoam wont kill ALL of the vibration dampening ability when the center frame can no longer just float.
Other Thoughts: A choice might be for factory cases to buy a more ridged bay instead, but the quality of the bay, especially the connection socket makes modification the better option. RE Quality, who else uses stainless steel in computer parts, no one and no one makes a connection socket more reliable and long lasting. Yes these are made for bays with screws but can be easily modified.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Its a re-branded Thermalt@ke, the best. Its not flimsey, its not rigid, the drive carrier is mounted on rubber for vibration dampening. The latches dont break, the connections wont wear out, the lites work and neither the door or ejection arm will fall off. It will work all of the time flawlessly assuming your motherboard isnt fighting you. You dont have to use the lock it isnt electrically interconnected.
Cons: It would be nice if they would add a power switch, I dont like moving a drive at all while its powered.
Other Thoughts: If you want a solid and reliable external bay, you will not find one more relaible than these, even moving them from PC to upgrade over time at anywhere near the price. And yes the Tech Knowledge Level 5 is accurate.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: The board is basically dandy with a couple exceptions. SATA port placement creates some issues with larger Vid Cards and with shorter cases their placement often blocks use of lower drive bays. No simultanious dual Vid output, not that great an issue for most, but for some.
The real problem is XP users. You Must either connect a floppy and install ACHI drivers during OS install or slipstream newish ACHI\Raid drivers into the XP Disk.
Cons: AMD for some unknown reason rarely or never offers drivers individually, in fact if it aint video oriented, it seems like they dont even like addressing drivers. If your going to be in the chipset business, how about getting into the support of them seriously. AMD also assumes that basic AHCI\Raid drivers had to be installed with the OS so all their driver packs I have seen and I have tryed allot, they fail to inject those initial drivers while updating the north and south bridge drivers, leaving you unable to then enable AHCI nor have hotplugability. So while you can set the BIOS to install XP Native IDE, unless the install hits the AHCI requirement during install, those initial drivers wont be available later. Tisk, Tisk AMD, how about a little ACHI driver injecting program that will make all of the registry and startup file entries as a stand alone, HUH?
Other Thoughts: All in all a very nice stable board, not fussy about other components, including ram. It overclocks, though I didnt check for underclocking, unlocks cores and really dosent limit you in any serious way.
The 4 of 5 stars is less an indictment of Gigabyte or the board and more of their not insisting that AMD do better in the driver department, at least of things not specifically video oriented. Please Gigabyte push AMD to individualize drivers. I'm tired of updating by Catalist Packs and having the audio improve only to have the Video, then become worse.