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Pros: Booted right away with no issues. My Skylake 6600K CPU overclocked to 4.4 ghz with no voltage change. Great looks and color scheme. I really like the black and red color scheme. Features everything I could want from an enthusiast level motherboard minus possibly built in wifi (which I personally don't need.)
Two USB 2.0 front panel ports is a HUGE plus for me as my Corsair H110i GT cpu watercooler uses up one USB 2.0 connector on the board. That still leaves one available for the front panel USB2.0 from my case and I dont have to decide between front panel usb or using Corsair iLink like I did on my previous board. There are also 2 sets of USB 3.0 connectors.
The LED IO Back Panel is AWESOME. It's not something I'd even consider when purchasing a motherboard but wow it is super convenient! The panel has a clear plastic cover over the metal bracket which further adds to the lighting effect and looks (even though it's not part of the PC you'll see often.) The LED color and scheme can be set from either the bios or within windows. Available colors are white, red, green, light green, blue and pink. You can set it to on, cycle, pulse, pulse with audio, or off.
The onboard Sound Core3D audio is a step above other commonly found built in audio though true audiophiles will still want to stick to dedicated sound cards or external DACs. Word of caution, leave the headphone gain switch on 1 unless you are absolutely certain you are using very high impedance headphones which is more typical of very high end and very expensive headphones.
I purchased a SAMSUNG SM951 PCIe x4 M.2 256 GB SSD to use on the m.2 slot on the board and I am completely floored by its performance. The credit of course goes to SAMSUNG here but it's worth mentioning that I had no issues setting it as a boot drive and installing Windows 10.
Cons: Killer Network Manager is quite literally useless. It does not detect any applications or network traffic. I tried both the supplied software and the latest build off Killer's website. I'm not deducting an egg since Killer's advertised claims is all hype (even on their dedicated card) but it's worth mentioning at the very least in case you buy into the hype.
The white plastic shroud with the led lighting by the pcie slot interfered with the installation of a ASUS Nvidia GTX 660 card. This may be more of a fault on the graphics card since it's metal slot bracket wraps around to the fan side of the card by about an inch. I had to bend the corner of the bracket down to clear the plastic shroud. This may be an isolated to this particular card but it is0 something to be aware of. My other card, an ASUS GTX 970 had no clearance issue. Never the less if it frustrating when a purely decorative plastic shroud interferes with the installation of a major component such as the video card.
Other Thoughts: System Spec: Skylake 6600K OC @ 4.4ghz stock voltage, Corsair Vengence LPX 3000 DDR4 2x4gb, ASUS GTX 970, Samsung PCIe x4 SN961 256GB SSD.
Unlike other reviews here I had no issues with the XMP profile with Corsair Vengence LPX 3000 mhz 2x4GB DDR4 ram on the default F3 bios version and on the latest F5e beta bios I'm currently running on the board on.
Pros: Solid performance level on par with other better known brand name rams. I swapped these out for a pair identical speced Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz 8GB (2 x 4 GB) 9-9-9-24 rams and can not tell any difference from both a benchmark and actual gaming performance.
The heatsink on these ram are absolutely gorgeous, very clean minimalist modern design that should look great in any case with a view of the interior.
Very stable. After over 3 weeks of use I have not experienced any system crashes or anomalies.
Cons: None as long as you are aware that these come with high profile heatsink sinks.
Other Thoughts: You can immediately tell from the product photo that these rams require significant cpu heatsink clearance. It doesn't effect me directly since my rig is watercooled but it's definitely something to be mindful of when purchasing.
Made in Korea.
This review is from: Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
Pros: I can finally watch any format video on my iphone or ipad by streaming off this device with one catch, you need to use a third party app that cost a few dollars. More on this on the con. Another benefit to this is it saves valuable storage space on my phone and ipad. I can just load the device up with videos and take it with me. This alone makes the device worth while for me as I my photos and documents are already backed up on iclouds automatically.
I simultaneously streamed three different 1080p videos on 3 devices (the wifi supports up to 3 simultaneous devices) and didn't experience any lag or loading issues
When you plug it in to a PC, while powered off, it acts just like a traditional external hard drive or flash drive. Drag and drop any files. My car headunit detected it any other flash drive would and played the files without any issue.
However, turn the device on then plug it in to a pc and it'll will only charge the unit and continue acting as a wifi hub. You can't use it's wifi feature and as a wired hdd simultaneously but you can connect to it from your laptop or pc over wifi to transfer files.
Battery life is good. I can't say for certain as I have not managed to drain it completely from a full charge from streaming nonstop but it easily handled a few hours of video streaming in a single session. With daily charging or charging between use the battery life should not be an issue. Any micro usb charger will charge the device.
Cons: Seagate's app only supports streaming of mp4 videos files for Apple users. When you try to stream any other format you'll get a window prompting you to either (1) download the file (then you can export them to third party app of your choice), (2) Open with Ace Media Player, (3) GoodPlayer, or (4) VLC which is NOT even available on the app store in the US.
Option (2) and (3) are not free and have only a few reviews on Apple's app stores. However they are only a few dollar. I decided to try Ace Media player, $2.99, and it works well enough. Struggles with subtitles at times and crashed couple of times on me in 2 weeks of use. I haven't tried the GoodPlayer app as Ace Media player works well enough. You are not given an option for any other media player.
The instruction manual is a joke. It just a few pictures on how to make the initial connection. There is no mention of how to turn on wifi security or anything.
Other Thoughts: Initial setup consist of turning on the device, waiting a FULL minute for the wifi light to turn solid, and connecting to it from your mobile device or laptop as you would normally do. Then, you can configure internet access and security (by default it creates an open network) from within the Seagate media app.
The Seagate app, at least the App version, is just barely adequate. Pros are you can see how many devices are connected and battery life remaining on the device by hitting the settings button.
It'll allow you to either view all the media by type on both your mobile device and the hard drive or navigate by device and folder. Latter being my preferred method. Supported files are open on the phone's native app. There's no bells or whistles but it gets the job done.
Features buried in the settings menu:
Auto Upload (for automatic backup, I dont use this feature as icloud already does that)
Remote access - Requires Seagate Central or Seagate Personal Cloud account to remotely access your device from anywhere. I haven't used this feature.
Report a problem: Send reports to app development team.
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