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Pros: Very reliable drive. Runs cool and quiet.
Cons: None to speak of.
Other Thoughts: I've been using this drive daily for a full two years in a work station (desktop) PC running Windows 7 and an Intel Core i5 CPU and it's never missed a beat. The SMART monitor reports a fairly consistent temperature of 87°F. Transfer times are fast enough for multi-GB video and other files. No problems with playback or file retrieval.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy install under Windows 7 in a custom-built desktop PC.. Has worked reliably for over a year.
Cons: None to date.
Other Thoughts: A bargain at this price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board features a remarkable number of adjustments available through the BIOS, plus an excellent software add-on that allow tweaking through Windows. With the right hardware, it runs exceptionally fast and cool.
Cons: The IDE interface will not work with older products.
Since there's no built-in graphics interface, you can't use the CPU's built-in graphics feature. The good news is that you can skip Intel CPUs with 3000 level integrated graphics in favor of the cheaper 2000 level and put the difference into a high-end graphics adapter.
Other Thoughts: Though clearly marketed toward the gaming community, my primary goal was to build a high-end workstation for graphics and photography apps. I came upon this board by process of elimination, mainly because I wanted to recycle some older IDE/EIDE drives, as well as use the PS/2 mouse and keyboard connections with a KVM switch. This is one of the few modern boards that offers these features.
Ironically, the MB would not recognize my (circa 2003) Plextor DVD burner, apparently because some instructions were missing from the firmware. I ended up buying a new LG burner, with an SATA interface, for $20.
Regardless, I'd still recommend this board for a high-end PC build. If you're into silent PC, it's very easy to under-clock the CPU to cut-down on energy use and heat output. Actually, I just use the automatic feature that's built into the Fatal1ty F-Stream Tuning utility. At idle, my fully-loaded rig draws only 40 watts at the wall. Even under an intense load, it rarely draws 60W.