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Pros: High quality build
Good drivers and mobo monitoring software
Installation easy peasy
Cons: Mobo software could have somewhat better documentation. This is not a big deal, but it's nice to find something to "con" about.
Hardware-wise there are no cons.
Other Thoughts: I love ASUS mobos. This one is a winner. My favorite part about this one is that you can hook a ridiculous number of HD's directly to the mobo, and they all perform well. I have 6 HD's, an SSD for booting, and a DVD burner. No add-in cards for more SATA ports. However, if the need should arise, there are at least 2 slots available to make more ports.
If you get an i5 CPU you can hook a single monitor to the mobo direct. Makes initial installation easy -- you can leave out the video card during early parts of the build, if that suits you.
Pros: * Price is right.
* VERY QUIET. So quiet that I thought the pump might have been broken. All I could hear is a light purr of the fans running at slow speed.
* Very good at cooling. CPU holds steady at 87F unless I do something to light up all 4 cores.
* Compact unit, and installation is very easy compared to prior builds.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: HEED THE ADVICE from Corsair: Point the radiator fan so that it sucks cold air from outside into the case. I have never had a water cooler this effective before. I've been using water for about 10 years.
ASUS Maximus VII Hero. Quad core 4.3 GHZ I5 CPU. Cooler Master HAF tower case. Six 2TB hard drives, plus SSD to boot from.
Takes some effort to get the temp over 95F. I use a fractal calculator to light up all cores at once at close to 100%.
Radiator is a skinny, wimpy looking little thing. You can easily see thru the radiator. So I guess that means the cold air gets into the radiator fins easily. The overall effect is like I said above: really good cooling.
Pros: I was running low on SATA ports. this card helped solve the problem. easy set up. has worked reliably for past several months. I did not get this card for RAID - I just wanted more ports - which is what I got.
tolerates presence of other SATA cards of similar ilk.
Cons: none that I can seeREAD FULL REVIEW
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