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Pros: Faster than most HHD due to 8GB SSD for cache
Working flawlessly with zero issues
Cons: None that I have found yet.
Other Thoughts: Used this drive to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu Mate 16.04. Split the drive into two 1.8 TB partitions with the first partition being Windows. The item came as a bare drive wrapped in bubble wrap specifically for a hard drive, with no retail box or accessories.
Testing the disk speeds in Linux using the hdparm command output 145.12 MB/s read speeds. Using the DD command to test write speeds when writing a 1 GB test file resulted in 128 MB/s.
When comparing this disk to my Western Digital 1TB drive, it is definitely faster, but not nearly as fast as my Samsung SSD. My SSD boots using UEFI in less than 5 seconds, this Seagate SSHD boots in 10-15 seconds.These drives aren't typically used for a boot drive, they are for data storage though and I plan on using the drive in my Seagate BlackArmor NAS for media storage.
The drive itself is 7200 rpm, but caches frequently used data to the 8 GB NAND flash chip for faster access. Over time this drive learns what files are accessed the most and moves those to the NAND flash.
So far, I have not encountered any problems with the drive, I have been using the drive for two weeks now and have not noticed any issues.
I do not recommend using this drive for a boot drive. It is intended for storage with quicker access to often used programs and files. The unusually high failure rate can most probably be attributed to folks using this drive improperly.
I recommend this drive if you need expanded storage and better performance than a standard HDD.
Pros: Very solid workstation class motherboard. High quality components and solid build.
Up to 64 Gb's of DDR4 2133 RAM and EEC support with a Xeon chip.
With the CPU's this is designed for you will get low power consumption without stunted RAM and storage speeds.
Supports both Sata III and PCI-e m2 SSD's and sata express although I am pretty sure almost no one will utilize it as there are very few products that even use it now.
4 fan headers, for a mATX board that is nice to see although the build I did with this has a fan controller with the Define R5 and all of the case fans are plugged in there for manual control.
Decent 7.1 audio, not top of the line but decent with a trace path to separate the audio from the rest of the board to reduce interference.
An Intel GbE lan chip for speedy throughput.
I like the App center, I did not use it on this yet but for my Z170 gaming 7 it's very handy for fan control and overclocking along with a lot of other handy features.
Dual EUFI bios which is very easy for me to use plus Q flash, smart switch and express install features.
Supports Crossfire although I don't recommend it because I don't think the CPU's that can be use with this motherboard have enough PCI-e lanes to deal with it, plus I am sure if you use the m2 slot the 4x PCI-e slot will be muted.
Finally the color scheme, I will say this, finally a motherboard that will match the Noctua tan and brown color scheme that goes with almost no other motherboard made.
Cons: It has an S/PDIF optical audio header instead of a connector on the rear I/O section which means to use optical audio you will have to get a connector for kind of a ghetto config IMHO. It couldn't have cost much more to add a rear I/O optical header.
Only a 3 phase power delivery. I guess because the CPU list contains all low power chips it shouldn't be an issue but the socket actually will take my 6600k or even a 6700k but there is no way I am plugging my 6600k into a board with only 3 phase VRM's. Just a little bit better and this could have supported non K I5 chip too or even a I5 K chip if you are not an overclocker and don't push your system too far.
Since it supports chips like the I3 G440 I put in here I would have liked to see on-board graphic support. I know the board is a bit costly for a super low budget system but for the cost I think it should be there.
Other Thoughts: All in all I like the board I am just not quite sure what the target buyer is. It has some great features and is very solid but just a few other additions like on board graphics and optical audio connectors would have made the worth every bit of $200. I give it 4 eggs but I can't go 5.
The system I built with this was for a co-worker who needed just a PC to work on and play light games and movies -
ga-x150m pro eec mobo
Intel I3 g4400 CPU
4x4 Gb's of G-skill ripjaws 4 DDR4 @ 2133
120 Gb SSD
1 TB HDD
Sapphire HD 7770 GPU
Corsair CX500M PSU
Fractal Design Define R5 silent case (I had it layng around doing nothing).
The system works perfect and is super quiet, I had no motherboard issues at all, it booted right up with the CPU and memory I installed and the system is very snappy and stays very cool.
Pros: Very solid
Nice sleeve job
still working great after moths of use
Other Thoughts: Definitely recommend this to anyone needing more fan connectors for their build. I connected 3 radiator fans to a PWM header and the all run the same low speed and are very quite.
I would like to see a 1 to 3 way version of these.