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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: I've been running an FX-8320 rig using this for a year now. It's held up as well as my previous Gigabyte boards seemed to (I'll know for sure in another eight years...).
There are plenty of on board SATA ports (I have a pair of RAID1s for storage, an expendable SSD, and dvd burner... just enough headroom for a few more years). Tons of USB provded to be great too -- there's no hunting for ports, and you can wire up another pair of USB3 ports on a panel too.
It runs great with unbuffered ECC memory (a hard requirement for me).
Having a ton of PCIe lanes seems nice. I only have an x16 graphics card since CrossFire and whatnot don't work with GNU/Linux and the Free Software graphics drivers.
Other than that, it's the usual mundane stuff. It works, most of the connectors are conveniently located (ATX12V power and the cpu fan header are kind of a pain to get to with a large heatsink attached). The system chipset doesn't run very hot (and works great as a sensor input for controlling the case fan speed). The on board LAN works well. The audio isn't noisy and works great attached to a 5.1 setup.
The on board serial chip being wired to a header was nice -- I use X10 light controller for a couple of things, and occasionally attach to weird old devices that only speak serial.
Cons: Only the cpu fan header has a pwm; the other 4-pin fan headers do not have the fourth pin connected and can only be voltage controlled. You can at least still control each independently, at least with GNU/Linux lm-sensors. I just chained all of my case fans from the cpu header and put the cpu in fixed speed mode on the three pin connector. Given that this is the only real con, I can live with it. But it's enough of one to dock a point.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCW-FPS-401 12" PWM Splitter
Pros: It's a pwm splitter... inexpensive and built well enough.
Other Thoughts: I learned that my motherboard only had one pwm fan header, and the other three were voltage control only. Given that I got a bunch of pwm fans... I chained the case fans together using a pair of these and they work great with fancontrol.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Silverstone FF123B 120mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)
Pros: The filter mesh is reasonably fine, but it flimsy (appears to be nylon)
Cons: The screw holes are not placed properly so it bows and is useless. The magnet is not particularly strong, and not at all airtight. Oh well, a few bucks down the drain.READ FULL REVIEW