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ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of expansion options

Cons: Typical Asus shipped a BIOS full of features but also riddled with bugs. IOMMU support is broken even in the latest BIOS. Asus support as usual has no clue and gives the typical "reflash the BIOS and try another CPU" hoping that it magically fixes it. After enabling IOMMU in the BIOS, saving and rebooting and then disabling IOMMU again in the BIOS causes the USB 2 ports to lock up and only a factory reset of the BIOS settings will allow them to be used again resulting in the loss of any other configuration you may have done. The exact same issue is also found on the M5A97 EVO. The BIOS also has errors in it's ACPI table.

Other Thoughts: I like Asus motherboards but their BIOS engineering is severly lacking and their support promises a reply within 48 hours, don't hold your breath. They usually take over a week to reply and it is usually with really bad advice. Unless you have a lot of patience I would recommend another brand of board with better technical support.

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 4-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND4000-200NAS)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large drive support, fast, quiet

Cons: custom firmware and apps need some technical knowledge to get going. If you rely on pre packaged apps to install wait a while longer.

Other Thoughts: Great little NAS. Contrary to the previous poster who says there is no apps available, there are plenty of apps out there if a person is competent enough to compile source code. I already have apps such as bit torrent, apache, openbuild service, DNLA service, mythtv service running on the unit.

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Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: large capacity

Cons: two died within a week

Other Thoughts: Thought maybe that 7200.11 series was just a bad batch of drives a few years ago but it looks like that seagates reputation for reliability is long gone. Only gave them 1 egg because no eggs is not allowed.

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Dean H.'s Profile

Display Name: Dean H.

Date Joined: 04/18/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/16/10
  • Last Review: 03/10/12
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