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Silicon Power Blaze B30 128GB 200/80 MB/s (read/write) USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent price, very compact design. It won't set the record but is definitely fast on the USB 3.0 interface.

Cons: Bought one from Newegg, One from another vendor.

One of them is working fine, the one from Newegg has slow I/O and disconnects randomly. (wasn't a refurb or anything so Newegg got the unlucky one it seems)

Other Thoughts: It comes formatted as a full 128GB in FAT32. If you choose to reformat using FAT in the future Windows will only offer exFAT as an option. To format with FAT32 again will require a free 3rd party utility.

NTFS would be preferred and exFAT is fine as well but if you need FAT32 compatibility (in my case for a BMW vehicle) then the added step is needed.

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Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Clocks to 4.3Ghz with a modest air cooler and no voltage adjustments. Just "oh, I'm sorry I meant to put this at 43x instead of 35x" and BAM.

Stable as a hauling mule.

I declare shenanigans. Intel deliberately put these in a lower bin knowing good and well how they would overclock. As a result enthusiasts would come and give them 5 eggs. Well played, Intel. Well played.

Cons: I really want to say price but I just can't. It's a fair deal. Just to come up with something I'll say the i5 *might* be a better deal as they simply lack hyperthreading. Seeing as I don't own an i5 I can't say for sure how they clock.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for Planetside 2. It's the most demanding game on a CPU I've ever seen. 2560x1440 with 4x AA graphics.. you would think GPU bottleneck right? Uh-uh. CPU.

I came from a 3.07 Ghz i7-950 which would dip to 10-15fps.
So how does this CPU run? No idea. I've never had so much as a stutter or dip in performance to make me look down to see what my framerate was at. Mission accomplished.

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ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lightning fast boot times. Great UEFI Bios and overclocking options. Dual bios, external clear cmos switch, power/reset buttons on the board. Lots of goodies for enthusiasts.

A-Tuning software is impressive. It's overclocking options pale in comparison to the more impressive UEFI bios but the "auto overclock" is hassle free if you don't intend to take things far. Fan-Tastic software has got to be the envy of other mobo makers.

Excellent onboard sound. Decent cables, pretty attractive board in person despite that not being a focus for this model. They also went with the slightly higher end intel NICs.

Cons: Minor gripe: Fan-Tastic settings only take effect if A-Tuning is run. My gripe is probably more towards the jet-engine air cooler I bought that so dearly needs Fan-Tastic.

Shipping bios is unstable and locks up if a mouse is connected. New bios remedies but I would expect shipping bugs to be more subtle.

Three different sets of PC2400 only managed to make it to PC2133 tops. Perhaps a CPU limitation? Circumstantial evidence against: That CPU would clock to 4.3Ghz on air. I'm not taking an egg off for this. 2400 can be tough to hit at aggressive timings and it's still possibly a memory problem even after that many sets.

All lost eggs are for the remaining gripes:
Primary SATA controller supports 4 devices even though it has six connectors. Unable to get clarification from ASRock if this is a defective board, or that 4 device limit arises when not leveraging slots for RAID. Luckily though there is another 4 device controller. This segways into..

Cursory customer service. I fixed my own problem and might never buy an ASRock again. How does someone in support accomplish that? I mean problem resolved but lose the customer?? Good Job, "Eric".

Other Thoughts: If it weren't for the SATA and customer support issue this would get 5 stars for the engineering and performance. Digest this review accordingly.

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Display Name: joshua j.

Date Joined: 08/23/02

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 07/27/09
  • Last Review: 10/13/14
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