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Pros: I was a little hesitant to buy this drive, but it has been running 24\7 for almost a month now. No problems and I have another one on the way. For $60.00 they are a good buy but time will tell. At least I back up everything to another hard drive as precaution as I have been doing for years
Cons: None yet.
Other Thoughts: I am a little worried about the second drive that is now in transit. The first one was shipped directly to where I live and delivered. Looking at the tracking of the second one it has to go over 1,000 more miles and has had 5 stops already in 5 days. I wonder if the increased handling exposure is a reason for dead or non functional drives. I will soon find out as this is first of 10 drives I have bought over the years from Newegg that was not shipped from California.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I got this motherboard to replace my 2 year old dead MSI 970A-G43. The MSI board cost twice as much but was flimsy and died after 2 years. This Gigabyte board weighs twice as much and is built solid. I am running a 6 core at 4100 on air, something I could never do with the old MSI and it is running cooler. Too bad I didn't get 2 of them, I have another computer with a dead MSI board in it. Not the latest and greatest but I learned a lot of times it is better to have an old reliable.
Cons: One case fan header but they make cables cheap enough to take care of that problem. And I really prefer not to be running all thsat load through the motherboard.
Other Thoughts: After running this board for almost three weeks I am still impressed with it for the price. I am running 9 hard drives and a DVD with this motherboard using 2 SYBA SI-PEX40094 add on SATA cards. It is in a Cooler master 932 HAF case. This runs 24\7, the newest hard drive that I received on the 17th of Feb has over 350hrs on it already. As I stated before I have a 3600 6 core processor running at over 4100 on air with no problem. It will run higher but the onboard video starts having problems because of the overclock. A dedicated video card would solve the problem but then I loose one of the PCIE sata cards but I have a few older PCI sata cards that would work with the DVD and the oldest sata hard drives. I am still playing around with my optimal conflagration. And I still have IDE port which I could connect my 2 500GB IDE drives to. They are on sale again and I am buying another one to replace another dead MSI board that the CPU & memory are still good. It is a shame because 15-25 years ago MSI was a better board but not anymore by my experience. 7 of the hard droves are in an iStarUSA BPN-DE340SS and an iStarUSA BPU-230SATA-BPL hot swap units.
This is almost as fun as in the old days when we would take a 10 mb MFM drive and put it on a RRL controller and then double space it ending up with around 24-25 mb of drive capacity once the overhead was figured in.. Sure it was slow but it saved $500-600. in hard drive costs.