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This review is from: BIOSTAR TB85 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - Intel
Pros: Does what it was made for.
Cons: I have purchased 3 biostar mining boards. I believe they were all manufactured in 2012. So the CMOS batteries in all of them are shot. Which can get rather annoying if you haven't replaced it. Wants to lose its BIOS settings all the time. Unless you change the battery.
Other Thoughts: I do recommend the board. Just change the battery.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock A88M-G/3.1 FM2+ / FM2 A88X (Bolton D4) Micro ATX Motherboard
Pros: Just about any connection you could want. Mostly great build quality.
Cons: It took me a while to find this, but many sites are not very clear on M.2 compatibility. And sites are also not very clear about the controllers used in various M.2 drives. I bought an ADATA M.2 from the other seller named after a big river and later found out that on the Premier Pro SP900 M.2 they use a SATA controller. The slot on this board is ONLY compatible with pci-e. So I am not mad that what I got isn't compatible, I am slightly ticked that I had to dig a little deeper to find this out.
Also, the list of compatible drives IS NOT ON ASROCK's WEBSITE! Bad Asrock. It is on the very last page of the english section in the motherboard manual.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend it. It is a great board. Just be aware that if you intend to use M.2 that it uses the correct controller. Seems to me like if they use a different protocol that they should have a different connector, but they don't. They look exactly the same.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Pros: Quiet and cool, just as advertised. Looks good
Cons: A pain in the rear to install on AMD boards.
Other Thoughts: I love this cooler. I really do. But Zalman REALLY needs to fix their AMD install parts. Not hard to do Zalman. Whoever is making the AMD adapter brackets for these should be shot. You can see clearly in the instructions that the brackets in picture are designed to sit lower so that the screws can reach the anchors from the back plate. They are nearly flat in reality and have to be bent and mangled so the screws can reach the anchors.
So Zalman, either fix the brackets or give us longer screws. How hard would it be to just put some longer screws in the package? I have installed several of these now and it is clear that my fans were not an anomaly.