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Pros: 1. Low Price
2. All the features necessary for a top notch low cost system
3. Good driver support for slipstreaming the OS prior to installation. Particularly for Windows Xp.
Cons: No native USB 3.0 support for Windows Xp. This is really not Asus' fault though. Intel simply did not provide USB 3.0 support for Xp with the Panther Point chipset. To alleviate this condition, a Silverstone PCI-e card with the latest Renesas chip/controller was purchased. Worked flawlessly and fast.
Other Thoughts: I used this motherboard with the following components:
Corsair 200R Case
Seasonic G-550 Modular PSU
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-8g-1600-1.5v Memory
Intel i3-3225 CPU
Seagate Barracuda HDD
Asus Optical Drive
Silverstone PCI-e USB 3.0 Card
Sedna USB 3 + USB 2 Front Port
Dual Boot Windows Xp / 7
Everything worked perfectly well with this motherboard and at a very reasonable cost.
Pros: This particular card has the updated Renesas USB 3.0 controller and it actually outperformed the native USB controller on my motherboard (an Asus P8B75-M LX Plus). At least on the tests that I did, the Renesas was about 10 to 15% faster than the ASUS controller, regardless of the USB input device tested, cable orientation or rear vs. front motherboard ports vs. headers. It may be that the ASUS controller together with the Asus USB speed boost is specifically designed for a particular OS or device that I was not using. In any event, the Renesas chip is really excellent.
Cons: None. This turned out to be a really good USB 3.0 card that also includes USB 3.0 drivers for Windows Xp, as well as Windows 7 and 8.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: 1) 2-USB 3.0 front ports.
2) Plenty of room for cable management.
3) Center fixed standoff for proper motherboard alignment during installation. The person who designed this deserves a medal!
Cons: 1. No fan filters supplied for the side and top of the case
2. Only two fans provided (front and rear).
3. Very short feet. Only about 5mm tall or so. Woefully deficient for the PSU intake air.
Other Thoughts: After adding fan filters, a fan, 2 more USB front ports, and case feet for proper elevation, other cases that cost about $30 more become much more competitive and perhaps cheaper in the long run.
However, if all you need are 2-USB front ports, 2 fans and a fan filter for your PSU, this case is really hard to beat for the money.
Display Name: Paul F.
Date Joined: 02/27/08
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