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Pros: It pop's anything you throw at!
Cons: This CPU should be available one year ago!
Other Thoughts: Among many things PC is composed by:
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (upgraded from Phenom 9950)
K9A2 Platinum (updated the latest bios)
One 15000 RPM Fujitsu HD (Promise SAS controller build in mainboard)
Lite On 4X Blue-ray Burner (I can see even pimples, and hear mistakes from recording studio. Unbelievable, but true!)
2 Radeons 4870 in CrossFire (They speak for themselves!)
Vista 64 (A must have!)
Creative GigaWorks' T-20 speakers (Most of the time, I feel discouraged to connect my Toslink into my Pioneer Sound System.)
Acer LCD 24" monitor 1920 x 1200 (without speakers)
This review is from: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X DVD+R 4X BD-ROM SATA 4X Blu-ray Burner DH-4B1S-08
Pros: A very solid performer in audio and video quality. It does what it says. Of course, your hardware and software has to be Blu Ray capable.
Cons: Lite On SATA model DH - 4B1S - 08 Windows driver issues (solved)
According to Intel, the SATA controller has three modes of operation:
1) IDE mode - no AHCI, no RAID
2) SATA mode (also called AHCI mode) - AHCI enabled, no RAID
3) RAID mode - AHCI enabled, RAID enabled
NOTE: Your mainboard may not have all the three options.
In bios, when setting the SATA controller is important to understand:
An IDE mode device uses a different driver than SATA and RAID mode device.
The Lite On 4B1S - 08 is an IDE mode device and uses a native Microsoft driver.
My driver files: .../cdrom.sys (Microsoft), and .../clbstor.sys (Cyberlink).
Other Thoughts: The Microsoft advice did not work for me: To manually delete the registry entries, go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Class.
Select the folder 4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318
Look for UpperFilters and/or LowerFilters. Remove those entrees.
Once removed, there should be 8 entrees on the right side.
Restart computer. DONE DEAL (my .../clbstor.sys was gone)!
This review is from: MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: I LOVE THE SAS FEATURE OF THE K9A2 PLATINUM BY PROMISE T3 SAS READY DEVICE. I AM BOOTING MY OS FROM ONE FUJITSU 15000 RPM SAS HARD DRIVE. I DEFINED RAID IN BIOS, AND SELECTED THE JBOD MENU. I MADE SURE TO DISABLE THE ON CHIP SATA CONTROLLER FOR SB600 RAID. TO CONNECT THE FUJITSU TO THE K9A2, I BOUGHT A SAS 29 PIN PLUG TO SATA AND POWER CABLE. THAT CABLE TOOK UP AN ADDITIONAL $20 FROM MY WALLET.
Cons: THE PIPE THAT CONNECTS THE NORTH BRIDGE WITH THE SOUTH BRIDGE IS TOO HIGH FOR A VIDEO CARD TO FIT PROPERLY.
Other Thoughts: WHEN YOU ARE NOT REALLY VERY DEEP INTO THE DESKTOP WORLD, IS NICE TO LEARN FROM OTHER COMMENTS. SAS IS THE WAY TO GO!I REALLY THANKS TO THEM!READ FULL REVIEW