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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It functions. There are a lot of USB ports on the back and many more headers on the inside. It has a cool colour scheme. Lots of SATA ports. Good chipset.
Cons: Even though there are really nice pros stated above, it is not worth it. The experience with the board is absolutely terrible. First of all, the UEFI/BIOS is absolutely garbage. Almost unusable. Want to overclock? Have fun trying to figure out how to change anything from "AUTOMATIC" mode to actually tinker with it. Not to mention that the "descriptions" for some of the settings have typos and 90% of the time are just "Toggles this feature" so you better know what every initialism/acronym means and does! Oh, the UEFI/BIOS has mouse support? That's hilarious. When trying to use the mouse in the UEFI/BIOS, it goes at 3fps and has an input lag of like 100ms. And why would you want to use a mouse anyways? The UI is straight out of 2002! Your mind is most likely prone to use the arrow keys anyways.
Also, before buying this board, be sure to know what it takes nearly 15 seconds to POST! My friend just recently bought a $60 board and it POSTs in 4 seconds. Actually hilarious, I bought an SSD the same time as this board, and it's almost like the startup time hasn't even changed!
Finally, the "electrocution prevention" is absolutely ridiculous. Oh, did a 0.01V x 0.01A charge just touch the case of your computer? Guess we'll shutdown to prevent damage to the board. Did not have this problem with my MSI motherboard. Now my computer just randomly shuts down sometimes when I touch a USB plug of any sort into the front I/O of my case because of the "electrocution prevention" this baord has as a "feature."
Oh, you want an after-market heatsink/cooler? Guess you can only use 3 sticks of RAM! The DIMM slots are too close to the CPU socket.
Other Thoughts: I have not regretted buying something this much since I bought the Hardened edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Do not buy this board. It isn't worth it unless you get it for $20 brand new.
This review is from: LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT
Pros: -Bright and protruding
-Work well (as advertised)
-Livens up the case
Cons: -The wires are very short and can make it very difficult to orient and place the tubes in desirable locations within your case. I had to put one tube in the front and one on the bottom instead of one on top and one of the bottom because the wire isn't long enough to go across the height of my case.
-There is also this really tacky box that is the center hub for the two cathode tubes to be plugged into. Kind of big, has some sort of speaker holes on it from which I've never heard anything from, and is generally very clunky.
-Cheap, poopy Velcro that is also really tacky and doesn't work too well.
Other Thoughts: The little box connects to a molex connector which connects to an expansion slot for on/off switch on the back of your case. All-in-all, this little hub box ruins the setup and is unnecessarily large (something like 8cm x 3cm x 2cm.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The average sequential read speeds I get are about 112 MB/s which is above what is advertised on this drive...
The size of this drive is fantastic. It allows for use of other USB devices to be plugged into nearby ports (even on the back of the motherboard). It is also made out of nice material and doesn't feel like a cheap PNY Attaché drive. The cap isn't attached BUT you can put it on the other end of the drive so as not to lose it. I wish it came with the string to attach to a lanyard or something of that sort though.
Cons: The write speeds are below what is advertised. I guess I traded 12 MB/s in write to the read speeds (which I guess isn't that bad). Sequential writes are averaging 38 MB/s.
Other Thoughts: I ran 5 tests using Crystal Disk Mark with a 1000MB file:
Sequential Read: 112 MB/s
Sequential Write: 38 MB/s
512K Read: 103.4 MB/s
512KB Write: 11.35 MB/s
4K Read: 4.2 MB/s
4K Write: 0.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.5 MB/s
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