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MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Good number of SATA connectors (enough for your average desktop usage, not for sizable RAID)

*SATA Express.

*M.2 ports. Both M.2 and SATA express use a PCI express 2.0 x2 lane. You can't use both M.2 and SATA express (SATA5 and SATA6 port)

*Available BIOS update to support 5th-generation intel core cpu (i5-4690k is 4th generation)

*SLI/Crossfire support

*6x USB 3.0 (4 at the back, 2 internal) cover all your need.

*Simple Realtek LAN. No annoying Killer LAN QOS on this board asserting its dictatorship on your packets.

Cons: *The available jumper ports at the bottom of the board aren't protected by a plastic receptacle. It's just bare pins. Be careful with your cable management as to not destroy them. I found it hard with my NZXT H440.

*CPU metal socket crushing the side of the cpu. I don't know if this part is a standard or up to MSI design, but the metal scratched a good portion of the side of my 4th generation cpu. I was expecting it to just hold the cpu firmly from the side of the chip. The cracking noise when pushing the lever down was soul crushing.

*No included piezo speaker making it harder to diagnose POST issues.

*I/O backplate is really basic. The other reviewers weren't kidding. Just a simple piece of cheap metal. The ports name are engraved on it, but it's hard to read without proper lightning or vision on the back. I would have enjoyed if it used a bit of color to identify the ports, that would make things easier.

Other Thoughts: Great simple motherboard. No issues so far. If you aren't looking for a board with eccentric features, this one is good to go.

ASUS P9D-M Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs A motherboard without adequate slots dimensions 12/26/2013

This review is from: ASUS P9D-M Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: It works. Cpu installation was a piece of cake. Sata cables were also easy to install compared to...

Cons: The Main ATX 24 pin cable was a real pain to plug. I had to use a lot of force to get it in and even then, it wouldn't clip in!

Aux CPU power cable was also a pain to plug, had to use unreasonable force to get it in, this one clipped.

RAM slots only have 1 eject lever. AGAIN, I had to use unreasonable force to get everyone stick in. Even then, the lever wouldn't clip in. I wanted to re-insert the RAM, so I pushed on the lever. The RAM didn't pop out, so I thought I didn'T pushed it enough. WRONG! I pushed on the lever again and the thing broke.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is a real pain to plug ANYTHING in it. It seems like ASUS didn't even bothered getting accurate slots dimensions. From all the motherboard I've used, this one is a monster.

Corsair Force Series GT 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It work without too much trouble and it included a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket. It's really fast on Read.

Cons: The bracket, while it is a good idea to give it, the installation wasn't without pain. The screws couldn't properly fit even though they were properly aligned with the holes. Because of that, in order to secure the drive with the bracket the screws damaged the exterior of it.

The write speed is ABSOLUTLY NOT what is advertised. After getting the drive, setting my Sata controller on AHCI, installing Windows 7 64bit and updating everything (including drivers and BIOS) the first thing I did was running a benchmark on the SSD.

I got 439.20 MB/s Sequential Read which is close to the maximum (550 MB/s) and that is great. Access time on Read was 0.277 ms which is, again, great.

However, Sequential Write was 73.78 MB/s with access time of 10.273 ms. That score is very far away from the advertised 505 MB/s VERY FAR AWAY.

I read online for a bit, people are talking about a possible problem with the Marvell controller which is the controller my motherboard is using. I don't know why they felt like not advertising that "minor inconvenient" which greatly limit the performance of that expansive drive.
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Tristan S.'s Profile

Display Name: Tristan S.

Date Joined: 01/01/13

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  • First Review: 01/25/13
  • Last Review: 08/11/15
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