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ASRock H61M-DGS R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Good Product with Major Design Flaws 03/25/2016

This review is from: ASRock H61M-DGS R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy to set-up and install.

Generally reliable.

Cons: A long card installed in the PCIe x1 port will interfere with the four SATA sockets.

In my case, the on-board i7 CPU integrated graphics would occasionally crash, so I bought a fanless graphics card to replace the integrated graphics. [NB: This was used in a dedicated music server, where only the desktop and music playback software's GUI was displayed. There were no graphics-intense apps in use.] The PCIe x16 was already filled with a PCIe x4 card, so I was limited in my choices. Unfortunately, the video card's heatsink blocked two of the SATA sockets and I had to cut off part of the heatsink with a Dremel, as well as use a right-angle SATA cable for the DVD drive, which in turn covered the 4th SATA socket. The other three were still tight fits.

In addition, the board came with BIOS 1.10 installed, limiting its use to 2nd generation CPU's and throttling down the RAM's speed from 1600 to 1066. To use a 3rd generation CPU and the RAM's top speed, the BIOS has to be upgraded to 1.60 and the only way to do this is via the Instant Flash utility that's built into the BIOS, itself. There is no Windows or other external app available. In this case, the Instant Flash simply would not recognize the BIOS files that I downloaded (I could actually see them go by in the Instant Flash's window), nor would it connect to the ASRock external server for direct download. This seems to be a problem that other users have reported on various forums, particularly with the H61 boards.

Finally, the board only has two fan headers and could really use a third. I had to use an adapter to hook-up the third fan to a spare Molex connector from the main power supply.

Other Thoughts: If you can live within it's limitations, it's an otherwise good, reliable board. However, in retrospect, I should have purchased one with a better layout. I only bought it on the basis of owning two other, more advanced ASRock boards, which I've been happy with for several years.

PS. Frustrated with it's limitations, I finally ordered an ASUS P8H61-M LE R2 to replace the ASRock, but will keep it for another project.

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StarTech PEXUSB3S44V 4 Port Quad Bus PCI Express (PCIe) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter with UASP - SATA/LP4 Power - Retail
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows 10 x64 recognized the board immediately and no driver installation was required.

Unlike another reviewer's experience, there were no issues inserting the USB plugs. While the fit is snug, if there's a problem, it's with your case.

Cons: None to speak of.

Other Thoughts: This card was bought for a dedicated music server running XXHighEnd playback software and I was able to power it with an external regulated supply and a special adapter with no issues. The 4 ports allowed me to install separate mouse and keyboard wireless receivers, as well as a USB-to_SPDIF converter ahead of external DAC. Since the motherboard's USB ports were turned-off in the BIOS, the 4th port was reserved for an external card reader.

This is a good choice for users who need USB ports that are independent of the ones built in to motherboard and the PC's power supply.

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5 out of 5 eggs Lasted 3 Years 01/14/2016

This review is from: Corsair 32GB Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 Flash Drive (CMFSS3B-32GB)

Pros: Good case, reliable performance.

Cons: Slower file transfers than a fast SD card.

Other Thoughts: This 32GB Survivor was used daily to transfer large files between my home and office for 3 years before it failed. The 128GB Survivor that I replaced it with barely lasted 3 months before it bit the dust. However, I've decided to move on to SanDisk SD cards, which have proven to be very fast and very reliable in my Nikon camera.

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