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This is a small microATX board, significantly smaller than the Asus P7-H55D-M EVO microATX setup it replaced.
The performance is excellent.
CPU VRM capacitors are solid.
It has headers on the motherboard for SP/DIF, COM port, consumer IR port, parallel printer, as well as the business related headers for trusted computing platform and case opening alert.
Cons: For the cost of going to the cinema stag, a lot is given up in comparison with the similarly named ECS H87H3-M(1.0).
- A PCIe 2.0X16 slot has been replaced with a legacy PCI slot. There is no chance for SLI or Crossfire with this motherboard.
- two RAM slots have been sacrificed
- two audio channels have been thrown out
- three audio ports lost (the 3 jacks left are line in, line out, microphone in).
(It does, however, gain two external USB2.0 ports and a second case fan port in comparison with that board).
In comparison with an ASUS H87 board that costs approximately double, it loses additionally
- a PCIe port (replaced with another legacy PCI port),
- UASP support
- 2 additional USB 3.0 ports
- Toslink (optical digital audio output)
There does not appear to be a power LED connector on the motherboard; in its place is a "message" connector. I would not mind being corrected/clarified regarding this issue.
There is only one USB 2.0 header on the motherboard, leaving much of the front panel of my home theater PC case without USB support. On the positive side, there is a USB 3.0 header.
The Intel graphics driver on the enclosed disc is incompatible with the newer i3 Haswell cpus. Fortunately, Windows Update downloads the correct one eventually.
Other Thoughts: If you are using HDMI, the loss of audio ports and Toslink is irrelevant. You could add a coaxial digital output cheaply, though, given the presence of the internal header.
If you plan to use HDMI and Intel graphics, and if you don't need eSATA (or if you have an eSATA PCIe card), I wholeheartedly recommend this board. For the price, it is an excellent bargain.
If you do need the extra features, it is cheaper to buy a more expensive board than to add those features with upgrade cards.
Pros: Fast enclosure when used by USB3.0 or using a separately purchased eSATA port multiplier PCI-express card (I use the Mediasonic ProBox HP1-SS3 PCI-Express 2.0 x1).
Cons: Newegg was helpful when I could not get a response from the manufacturer to repair the device under warranty when it started to shut off at random times.
Fans are loud unless on low.
If using eight 7200rpm drives, it is better for the drives to just put up with the noise.
Other Thoughts: Only the failure of the manufacturer to respond to my requests for warranty repair prevents me from recommending this device.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HANNspree 28" Class (27.5" Diag.) 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV ST289MUB
Pros: 1920X1200 resolution, price (which Is pretty good even taking into account over $50 in shipping fees to send it back to Hannspree for warranty repair).
Cons: It has since developed yellow discoloration at the bottom left of the screen that appears after being on for variable periods of time. The brightness is not set to maximum. Not only were the missing screw and VESA threads not corrected during the warranty repair, but now a screw was rattling around the inside of the monitor.
Other Thoughts: With regards to the 1/11/12 post, I would not be surprised if a number of returns of working units occurred for the stated reasons, but my case suggests the refurbishing team may not be inspecting the returned units thoroughly, and that bad units may not get filtered out. My unit probably should not have passed the "refurbished" inspection based on the missing screw and VESA threads alone.READ FULL REVIEW