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Pros: Sturdier than the prior R10 series, front bezel easy to remove and replace during drive installation with a much reduced chance of breaking off retaining clips.
Cons: WARNING: Out of date BIOS makes it DOA if you are using an Ivy Bridge CPU.
Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to have an older R10 H67 board in the office and was able to hot swap the EEPROM just prior to programming the updated Ivy Bridge BIOS on the working H67 board. Effectively using it as a temporary EEPROM programmer.
If you are not familiar with EEPROM hot swapping, or changing EEPROM chips in general avoid this product.
Wait for Foxconn or Newegg to address this issue.
Just some FYI from my solution if you happen to have a working H67 on hand:
The EEPROM chip on this board is a small 8 pin IC, the same size and package as a hobby 555 timer IC.
If programming on a different board, make sure you download the firmware for the right H61 board, mine was date 12/10/2012 Version C33F1P01
With the power off, Move the MFG jumper to pins 2-3.
Power on and boot up DOS from a USB drive or CD with the downloaded MEBIOS firmware.
Just prior to executing the flash very carefully remove the booted EEPROM IC with a plastic pry tool, make note of the notch and orientation as it is very possible to accidently insert it backwards.
Carefully insert the target EEPROM IC you want to update using the same notch orientation.
Update the BIOS
Power off when successful
Return the MFG jumper to pins 1-2 and swap the EEPROM ICs back to their intended boards.
I only did this because I was in a pinch and needed a working system that night. Performing the above steps is dangerous and could void your warranty. I had great success in the 90s using this method and took a chance. The cost of another shipping delay for a replacement BIOS chip from the mfg outweighed the risk in my situation.
Pros: Cheap. Has legacy PS/2 keyboard and printer port which helps for breathing life into old computers.
Cons: Lacking 40-pin IDE for older optical drives. Be sure to get a SATA drive if you are upgrading an existing system.
Memory slots are a little funky as only one side latches.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad board for the price. Still 5 eggs on value alone.
If you can get passed the cons listed it is a great cheap board.
Pros: Small form factor frees up valuable desk space.
Cons: Foxconn does not sell replacement parts. The PSU fan bearings were bad on one of these and Foxconn would only replace the PSU it if was sent back to them first, no exceptions. They won't do advanced replacement of parts causing unnecessary downtime when something goes bad. In a business setting this policy is insane.
Other Thoughts: The PSU fan is a standard 80mm. I'm going to change it myself and buy another R10-H1 for spare parts. This is ridiculous, Newegg needs to reevaluate their relationship with Foxconn as they are not suitable for handling small business users.READ FULL REVIEW
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