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This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager GS 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3-128GB
Pros: Pros would be: it's a Corsair; the capacity is nice; speeds are good; size is a plus.
Cons: For this price point, I would rather buy a SATA III SSD and put it in an external enclosure... It would actually be cheaper and faster and I would think heat would be less of a problem. The only thing going for flash drives is their size; otherwise, you might as well go with a SSD + enclosure. If you wanted you could get a mSATA SSD with enclosure and make it smaller that way.
Other Thoughts: Price is a bit high to me, and the design of the casing is a bit bleh. Sorry, I don't own this drive, but felt the need to make the point about SSD's + external enclosures and this is not being covered very well (or hardly even sold ready-made, if at all). Otherwise, it's flash nand anyway so the only difference is size and priceREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've stated my pros for the board before. But the issue I'm having now pretty much annuls them in my view.
Cons: The Intel-controlled SATA3 (6G) ports are, of course, the fastest ports for Sata3 SSDs. Obviously I want my OS to be installed on the SSD connected to the Intel Z77 controlled ports. OK.
Here's the kicker: If you have a secondary (or more) SSD, connected to the Asmedia-controlled ports, you will not be able to complete your OS install to the Intel-controlled SSD. Yes, you heard it right: you have to manually disconnect the Asmedia port SSD EVERY TIME you want to install your OS. In my case, that's 50 times a year. So I can kiss goodbye closing my computer case indefinitely.
I believe the reason for this problem is that the Asmedia controlled drives are IDE mode, whereas the Intel ones can be set to ACHI mode. So if you want your Intel controlled SSD in ACHI mode (as in, WHO DOESN'T?), you can't have any drive connected to the Asmedia ports because the system will give precedence to the Asmedia ports because IDE mode takes precedence over ACHI mode.
Other Thoughts: So ASUS added two extra Sata3 ports in the form of the Asmedia ports. The only reason for these being Sata3 is of course so that you can hook up extra Sata3 SSDs.
But, try installing your OS to the SSD you have connected to your Z77/Intel-controlled SSD, while having another SSD hooked up to the Asmedia ports. Your install will fail, because it won't boot off the SSD on the Intel ports while you have another SSD hooked up to the Asmedia ports. Whatever setting you put in the BIOS to circumvent the Asmedia controlled drive, and only have the Intel in your drive list and boot order, when the OS install process reboots, it will NOT boot into the Intel drive.
The only thing you can do is manually disconnect the Asmedia controlled SSD every single time you install an OS...
I guess ASUS being one of the largest computer companies in the world can't reply to their customers here... while Samsung replies to each NewEgg customer that has bought a $50 printer... Nice going ASUS.
Pros: Smooth operation, easy OC (currently and a leisurely 4.6ghz OC on a 2500k). Haven't had the 'short reboot' problem that some of the Z68 boards had, where a system (usually with OC) would be stable, but nonetheless when coming from a cold boot you would get this quick reboot before Windows would actually load.
The OC options in the BIOS are many. BIOS UI works rather well. Sound is of acceptable quality. Boards runs rather cool.
Cons: Not sure if this is an issue with this particular board, or the Z77 chipset. But I was experiencing my system freezing up on me; my mouse cursor would freeze, then the system hang, and after CTRL-Alt-Del would get the logon screen with a message "Preparing Security Options". Well turns out this has to do with the LPM (power-saving feature) for Intel chipset (appears to affect certain hardware configs and SSDs). (See more about this below)
Sound is a bit gimmicky in that it's really just a Realtek audio chip, but has all this software associating with it (if you install it). I just integrate the drivers only in my Win7 images, so then it's just, well yeay, a Realtek audio chip.
Good grief, who decided on the WHITE letters on the glowing start button on the mobo? That is decidedly ugly and too bright. If you go read LEDs for a mobo, and want something to stand out, make the letter pink (or lighter red, that is) to contrast with red, that always looks nice and professional.
Other Thoughts: @digitaldoug and other who might be experiencing hang/lag issues:
As said in "Cons" area, I was experiencing freezes and system hangs, then got the "Preparing Security Options" showing. When Googling around for this issue, I eventually ended up reading a post about people experiencing freezes due to the LMP feature, which is a feature that basically puts your HDD/SSD in power-saving mode. It has been reported that some SSD's have problems with the feature and will freeze.
I have 2 Crucial M4's (not in RAID) and after installing this mobo I got these freezes. So I turned off the LMP feature (Google: "Intermittent SSD Freezing on Newer Laptops" and also Google: "AHCI Link Power Management - Enable HIPM and DIPM" to find out more). However, the same SSD on the MSI Z68MA-ED55(B3) never had issues.
Also note the BIOS rev 0903 is out now, fixing USB issues that caused freezes, so update your BIOS first as this may fix your freezes also. If not, try my fix. (Also: rog.asus.com for is