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Pros: Nice pretty BIOS menu
Cons: There is no setting on the H81M-DGS that will permit it to boot from any DVD not released by Microsoft. Thus, no operating system can be installed except for Windows. This renders the motherboard completely useless to me. I spent three hours troubleshooting this thing; it's relentlessly locked to only boot into Windows. I suspect AsRock is getting a payoff from Microsoft, and that's why the board's so cheap. Anyone who buys it will be locked into Microsoft products forever.
Other Thoughts: Never going to buy AsRock again, of course. Will study reviews of other motherboards very carefully to ensure that other users were able to install Linux.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Worked well for over a month as a desktop system drive with very light use.
Cons: S.M.A.R.T. failed on 12/08/2013, just outside of NewEgg's 30-day refund or return window. Now I have to send back to Western Digital for one of their refurbs. Kind of a pain, because I had spent many days configuring Windows 7, which is not the easiest operating system in the world to configure.
Other Thoughts: This is not the only Western Digital drive I've had lately that's gone south. I used to be a Western Digital fan boy. Now I'm looking at other brands and going to try them out for a while.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: Nicer GUI than Windows XP, more efficient utilization of RAM, support for > 2tb hard drives and better support for HD video
Cons: After eight hours, could not get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to network with other computers. I have the simplest home network in existence: all wired via ethernet to a router. What could be simpler? No passwords either. Windows XP works fine, no problem. Linux Mint works fine, no problem. Windows 7 Home Premium? Can't get it to show up on the network---no way, no how. If you have a home network, better prepare to spend $99.95 an hour talking on the phone to Microsoft Technical Support, or else go without your home network.
Other Thoughts: If you don't bother with a home network, and all you do is play video games, then all right, this is the OS for you.
I have a home network, and expect my computers to connect to it without my having to spend 100+ hours troubleshooting.
Microsoft just can't seem to get it right after XP. Each OS it has released since XP has been severely flawed in some way or another. I've had enough--made the switch to Linux Mint. And that's that.