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ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It has a debug LED display, which is quite helpful. Supports a large amount of RAM in a quad-channel configuration.

Cons: I had nothing but issues with it. The main thing was the heatsink bracket, must have been off in some way. I attached the standard heatsink to it, tightened until it was comfortable, only to have the computer turnoff after a period of time. Come to find out, the heatsink wasn't making any contact at all. I then tightened it to where it was, only to have issues where RAM slots would start to malfunction, I'd then loosen the heatsink and they're start working, but then I wasn't making good contact again. I tried this with two different heatsinks. I also found the boot manager to be a bit funky at times too. I just replaced it with a mid-end Gigabyte board and all was smooth sailing.

Other Thoughts: It's a cool board, but too much trouble.

Rosewill RNX-N150PCe - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (1T1R), Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, PCIe 2.0 Interface, WPS Supported
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.

Cons: The drivers supplied by Rosewill on their site for this product are terribly outdated, so much so it's odd. At the time of writing this their site says the Win 7 drivers were updated in 2011, yet the chipset manufacturers own site has drivers for Win 7 that were updated in 2014! I could not for the life of me get this card to work with Rosewill's drivers. The drivers supplied are unsigned, buggy, and even the install is buggy saying the card is not present to install the drivers half the time. I recommend going to Atheros's site and downloading the drivers for chipset 'ar9285' (again, at the time of this writing, technically Rosewill can change the chipset). After getting the updated drivers (which are signed) everything worked perfectly. You'll have to manually install the drivers by going to the device manager and specifying the location.

Other Thoughts: I understand things between hardware manufacturers and chipset makers are fragmented... But if I was part of the process I'd try and partner with them to make something similar to an RSS feed to ping me as the hardware manufacturer about driver updates.

NETGEAR ProSAFE 12-Port 10GBase-T Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS712T) - Lifetime Warranty
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Considering the price, you really can't complain to get 10 Gb. Used this for a SQL Server cluster and wanted 10 Gb for the shared storage interface.

Cons: Are the fans loud? Yes, insanely so actually. I am looking at popping this thing open and seeing if I can get some fans of the same CFM but lower operating DB... but even then, it's not big deal to me. It's rack mounted in a dedicated server room, so the noise is isolated anyways. I wouldn't recommend this if you want to be working next to it or anything.


Jarrod C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jarrod C.

Date Joined: 06/05/07

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 02/08/08
  • Last Review: 08/05/15
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