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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good motherboard but with quirks. 06/16/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board has very good overclocking controls.
Worked with both a Highpoint SAS and an Adaptec card while two versions of z77 Gigabyte motherboards would not.

Cons: The usb ports for the mouse and keyboard do not both work at the BIOS level and then later at the O.S. level. You can have one condition or the other but not both. So, I used a ps2 keyboard and I could work in the BIOS and Windows.

Other Thoughts: I was a Gigabyte loyal customer for many years until this SAS problem arose with their z77 boards. The Gigabyte boards never gave me the keyboard and mouse problem but I need the SAS to work, so I tried the ASRock after reading many reviews. I purchased four more of these boards to keep as spares since I can get around the keyboard problem.

I also had two Gigabyte z68 boards go bad after about 1 1/2 years of 24/7 operation so I will see if these are more durable.

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WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: These are as fast as my Hitachi 15k SAS drives in read and write. The 15k's are only faster at random read and write.

Cons: No cons that I can see except the increased price over another popular brand for the same size drive.

Other Thoughts: I have these on an Adaptec 6405e in RAID 1 on seven workstations and cannot get over how they are sometimes faster in read and write than my Hitachi 15k's in RAID 1. However, my SAS Hitachi's are twice as fast at random read and writes with their higher disc speeds.

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Rosewill Single Serial Port PCI Card Model RC-300
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Great card. 06/16/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Single Serial Port PCI Card Model RC-300

Pros: Works like a serial card should.
Just plug and play and load the drivers.

Cons: None. We are using this run door security software that needs a serial port and it works just fine.

Other Thoughts: I was already using the first com port on the Gigabye motherboard and needed a second port for the door security. That motherboard has two old pci slots so I was actually able to use one of them!

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Charles H.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles H.

Date Joined: 08/07/12

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 06/06/13
  • Last Review: 06/16/14
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