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ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Beware warranty evasion 08/28/2013

This review is from: ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Better-than-average UEFI implementation; stable board once booted; socketed EEPROM; good mix of features

Cons: Manual is incomplete in describing Secure Boot features. Occasionally fails when booting Linux via an EFI stub loader. After a little more than a year, the board failed to boot (probably because of a failed firmware update). ASUS offers a 3-year warranty, but they refused service because my board doesn't have a valid serial number sticker on it. I don't know if it was never there or fell off somewhere along the line. So beware: Be sure you've got your serial number (cut it off the box and keep it with the manual, if necessary)!

Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs 4KB physical sectors: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING! 01/17/2010

This review is from: Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet, cool-running, big cache

Cons: The 4KB physical sectors are a problem waiting to happen. If you misalign your partitions, disk performance can suffer. I ran benchmarks in Linux using a number of filesystems, and I found that with most filesystems, read performance and write performance with large files didn't suffer with misaligned partitions, but writes of many small files (unpacking a Linux kernel archive) could take several times as long with misaligned partitions as with aligned partitions. WD's advice about who needs to be concerned is overly simplistic, IMHO, and it's flat-out wrong for Linux, although it's probably accurate for 90% of buyers (those who run Windows or Mac OS and use their standard partitioning tools). If you're not part of that 90%, though, and if you don't fully understand this new technology and how to handle it, buy a drive with conventional 512-byte sectors!

BYTECC BT-200 USB2.0 to IDE Cable With Power Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, but NO instructions 01/17/2010

This review is from: BYTECC BT-200 USB2.0 to IDE Cable With Power Adapter

Pros: Device works fine; drives recognized from Linux and Mac OS X.

Cons: No instructions. Granted, it's pretty basic for anybody who's tech-savvy; but I've a few questions. For instance, it's unclear how a 2.5-inch drive would be connected. The box says they're supported, and there's an obvious connector, but it leaves four pins unconnected.

Other Thoughts: The power cables are ungainly, but that problem is hard to overcome in a device of this type.


Roderick S.'s Profile

Display Name: Roderick S.

Date Joined: 12/11/01

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 06/03/08
  • Last Review: 08/28/13
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