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GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper Z97 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Love the layout, the gold plated USB DAC is a nice touch. Although it comes with the Sound Blaster built in we not using it. I built 2 identical computers for our 2 recording studios. List of Components: 2x i5 4690K, 2x Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD, 2x WD SE 1TB HD, 2x 8GB of GSkill Trident DDR3 2400, 2x XFX R7240, 2x Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Coole, and finally 2x Corsair RM450 Gold rated PS. Running Windows 7 Pro x64, Reaper, Sound Forge and Vegas Pro. Connected to the USBDAC is a CI1 USB Audio Interface from Steinberg. I added a TI based firewire card and connected a Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 audio interface. Our studios utilize ISDN, Source Connect Now, Skype, Phone patch, and in house Gretch-Ken and Whisper Room sound isolation booths with Shure and Sennheiser mics.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Our audio engineers love how fast these computers boot and perform.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SAi-2750F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Not Ready for Prime Time 04/21/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SAi-2750F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: Passively cooled, PCI-E x8 slot, extremely low power usage with low heat dissipation. Love the design of this board.

Cons: I wanted this to work so bad. I was looking forward to upgrading my old home NAS. FYI- This does not work with these hardware RAID cards Adaptec 5805 and Highpoiunt 3520. However the Highpoint 2720SGL will work which is a software RAID card. I wanted hardware RAID to to reduce CPU usage since this is an ATOM based processor.

Other Thoughts: Had a ticket opened with Supermicro and their solution to my problem was to buy a supermicro RAID card. I was told by support that because this is such a new product they have not done enough testing yet to see what works and what doesn't. According to SM their own AOC-USAS2LP-H8iR will work with the board which will set you back another 499.00 for the card. I already have 2 cards sitting in my office that work perfectly. One from Adaptec and the other from HighPoint why should I have to invest in another card. I don't care if they are only SATA II generation controllers with 8 drive I can get over 500MB Reads and Writes which is more that enough for streaming my content at home.

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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Needs rebooting every other day 03/07/2014

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: It was a gift so I didn't have to pay for it.

Cons: Worked great for all of a fewer months now every other day the routers needs rebooting in order to pass traffic. I have 2 of these and I'm very disappointed. I personally never buy Linksys products for this reason alone, lack of quality!!! Biggest piece of dodo and if they weren't free (gifts) I would be very passed of. Do not BUY unless you want a work out walking back and forth to reboot it.

Other Thoughts: Linksys has really gone bad with quality control. They must not do any testing on any products before releasing to the public,if they did they would have seen this issue happen and fixed it.

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Display Name: Patrick S.

Date Joined: 08/13/03

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 03/21/07
  • Last Review: 09/12/14
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