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This review is from: Vantec USB External 7.1 Channel Audio Adapter - Model NBA-200U
Pros: Amazing sound quality for a sound card this cheap, volume control buttons control windows audio levels rather than having a pre-amp control of it's own (a personal preference for me).
Cons: Blue LEDs are bright, but the worst part is that the power LED actually blinks when sound is 'detected'. Had to cover up the LEDs with electrical tape, otherwise I would see a bright blinking LED just about every time my computer is running.
Other Thoughts: Will probably buy a few more for my media center and laptop.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Everything, fasted POST I've seen in a while, black and gold color actually look really nice in person even though I didn't care for it in the picture.
Cons: Shorter than a standard ATX board so it doesn't reach the far right mounting holes, but not even enough to take off an egg. Hasn't caused any problems.
Other Thoughts: Needed a quick, cheap board to replace a failing gigabyte Z68 board (second bad experience with them, was the last one I get from them) and this one has out-performed my expectations. I even recommended it as a gaming board to a friend and will be getting a second one for myself on another project.
I use it mostly for gaming and video editing.
Pros: Very impressed with this RAM just as all Corsair products. Not a single problem several months in.
Cons: Very tall. Leaves not much room for a large CPU cooler.
Other Thoughts: Might eventually replace with some low-profile RAM and move this to a server.READ FULL REVIEW