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Pros: It is fast (unless you reboot it in a Lenovo laptop) and large enough to be used for the intended task.
Cons: Lenovo T520 + Intel 510 = 40 second warm boot delays due to an incompatibility with Lenovo's Thinkvantage Active Protection Sensor Diagnostics.
Basically, on warm boot, it hangs at POST displaying Thinkvantage Active Protection Sensor Diagnostics for 40 seconds before continuing to boot.
Look, I really don't care who is responsible. Somebody at Lenovo or Intel needs to address this issue.
I am completely tired of seeing documented issues such as this one all over manufacturer's sites and other forums only to have NO RESOLUTION AFTER 7 MONTHS.
I now have a whole department with a big public presence that will get to explain '40 second warm boots' to any that are curious.
Other Thoughts: If this issue sees resolution from either manufacturer, I will return and increase the rating.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This motherboard was on the market at the right time and with a feature set that looked good. Timing-wise, many other manufacturers were still lagging in getting their boards out. I wish I had had the time to wait for Intel or had spotted what I consider a major flaw before purchasing and then deploying 5 more.
Cons: Quite simply, there is a driver or BIOS flaw that is delaying this card's ability to get an IP address from the DHCP server in a timely manner. It has to do with Spanning Tree Protocol being enabled on multiple Cisco switches. This card, unlike the 65 others in various laptops/workstations throughout my corporate environment, does not detect STP immediately after TCPIP starts but waits. This allows the user to reach their desktop before the network is functioning. File redirection, drive mappings, group policy all fail.
Based upon Gigabyte's failure to properly address a defect in their product where the customer, me, has done all of the troubleshooting and research for them, I cannot recommend this motherboard or any other product from Gigabyte.
This issue is related to a standard networking protocol enabled on several different enterprise switches. As a home user, you will probably never be affected by this.
Will you risk that the next unaddressed flaw will?
Other Thoughts: I spent hours (6+ calls over many weeks) calling Gigabyte's Tech Support trying to get them to take this seriously and to understand that despite their repeated mis-directions, all other network cards in my environment are working with Spanning Tree Protocol enabled with no special workarounds such as enabling 'Port Fast'. John, specifically, did not seem to grasp the concept of 60+ computers working fine and their 6 computers are not. He was repeating what he has been told, the company line, and will not consider the possibility that their product is broken.
So, Windows XP SP3 with latest network drivers and BIOS will place Windows event IDs 1003 and 1007 related to DHCP failures. The user will reach the desktop (SSD installed) before networking has an IP address. All resources/functions that are dependent on the network fail. This will happen every time the computer is rebooted/cold booted.
Pros: Arrived quickly and should be compatible with my 9650se-4lpml RAID controller.
Cons: HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PACKAGING JOB by Newegg staff. I ordered 5 drives (4 + 1 spare). They arrived in the 'bulk styrofoam carrier' that the mfg ships OEM drives in. Newegg staff wrapped one thin layer of bubble wrap around the carrier and tossed it into a box of styro peanuts. The box arrived with the tape mostly ripped open because the 'chunk o drives' had been bouncing around inside the box; 2 of the drives had begun to fall out of the carrier completely.
Other Thoughts: If any of the drives actually work and do not fail due to Newegg's utterly negligent packaging job, I will return to my review and raise the rating. Otherwise, I expect these drives to FAIL due to Newegg's lack of concern when shipping $1500 worth of very fragile product.READ FULL REVIEW