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This review is from: MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: So far so good, put everything together, and started right up.
Cons: BIOS does not work via HDMI cable (Using DVI to HDMI cable). It would go into the bios, but it was not formatted properly, and was unusable. Was able to fix by using a DVI to VGA cable (the alternate input on the Monitor (Samsung 42" LED LCD). At least I had the cables and parts to make it work, but someone that is trying to use this as a home theater motherboard might be a little taken back when they can't get it to work properly over HDMI.
Network drivers are not loaded by Win7 by default. So getting updates right off the bat is a bit of a pain. Especially when you don't have a CD drive in the computer you are trying to setup. Your options are to copy the drivers to a USB drive of some sorts, install a temporary CD drive in the machine, or use another temporary network card/ USB dongle, to download the proper onboard network drivers.
Other Thoughts: So far so good. The BIOS is a bit funky. I don't care about being able to use a mouse in the bios. Also, their is no way to set 1 set of SATA ports to RAID, it's all or nothing. Which isn't much of an issue, just fairly annoying that you can't select which SATA ports will be your RAID ports, and leave the others on the normal controller. It isn't horrible, nor is it the end of the world, just an annoyance.
Only reason for 4 stars is so hopefully people can read the Con's and solve their BIOS issues if they are having them. Other than that the board probably deserves 5 stars for price/ features/ quality.
This review is from: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor BX80601920
Pros: D0 Revision, 4.2 ghz easily @ 1.41v. Easiest overclock I think I have ever had (And been overclocking for many, many years, starting with 486's.
Cons: I am sure another awesome CPU will come out soon, but I am sure newegg will have that one in stock also.
Other Thoughts: Gets hot, really hot. I would not recommend running the stock heatsink on this processor. Spend the $50 and get something worthwhile. With a good motherboard, these things can scream. 4.2 was my initial overclock, it was my goal, I don't see why it would not do 4.6ghz on Air with how it runs at 4.2READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: QNAP TS-809 PRO-US Turbo NAS
Pros: Large capacity, quiet, tons of features. The uPnP server works extremely well, I was able to turn off my uPnP server, and just use the one built into the NAS.
Cons: You are at Qnap's mercy in terms of the software you can run on the NAS. Their available QPKG software packages are great, but each piece of software is updates as part of the firmware, not on it's own. So you are forced to use the version of the software they have available, not the version that you want to use.
Other Thoughts: It's overkill, but then, I used to think my Terastation was overkill when I bought that 10 years ago (For the same amount I spent on this unit, including the HD's). I am a firm believe in you get what you pay for. When it comes to hardware you intend to use for many years, spending the extra money is well worth it. I did buy a discounted unit that has been opened/ returned to newegg tho. (I don't mind spending money, but I am not going to pass up a deal). So thanks to one of the negative reviewers that returned their unit, it now has a good home and it is working wonderfully.
P.S. Please send me the key for the drive bay doors.