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GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good for the price 06/24/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Unlike with another major vendor, the device drivers downloaded and installed without any problems. Even though the H61 chipset is old, Gigabyte offers Windows 10 drivers for all but the on-board graphics and that's not Gigabyte's fault because Intel decided to cease graphics support for all processors older than Ivy Bridge (the solution is to use a video card).

Even though this was my first Gigabyte board, I was quickly able to set the memory specifications to match my DDR3-1333 7-7-7-24 Crucial sticks.

Cons: It would have been nice to have two PCIe x 1 slots instead of only one, USB 3.0, and a sticker showing the front panel pin-outs and other details. And there is no Easy Tune utility for Windows 10, but only a 'K' processor could take full advantage of that.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure why Gigabyte neglected to include the Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility for Windows 10 on its downloads website, as it's included on Realtek's website.

Some people complain about RAM not working with certain boards, but I've had no trouble using Crucial/Micron, Hynix, and Samsung sticks, on any board.

Newegg shipped me a v-2.2 board, the newest. I noticed that on earlier boards an Atheros LAN chip was used, but on current boards, a Realtek one is used.

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Lexar JumpDrive S75 32 GBUSB 3.0 Flash Drive (Orange)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Really well-made drive with USB 2.0 write speed 06/15/2016

This review is from: Lexar JumpDrive S75 32 GBUSB 3.0 Flash Drive (Orange)

Pros: The physical design of Lexar's USB flash drives is outstanding. Its TwistTurn drive is a classic, in my opinion the best design ever. The S75 is outstanding. Some drives will open in your pockets, but this never will. It's probably best to open this with two hands to prevent it from slipping out of your hand. The construction is rock-solid. The LED's light is huge, the largest I've ever seen.

Cons: I have no idea if the problem is the NAND or the controller, but the S75 only gives USB 2.0 write speeds. Read speeds are better than USB 2.0, but not as good as the best USB 3.0 drives on the market.

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StarTech.com 2.5in USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP for Slim 7mm SATA III SSD / HDD - 7mm 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It communicates via USB 3.0 just fine, with its ASMedia ASM1053 chip being one of the better ones. My USB 3.0 boards and cards are pre-UASP, so I cannot test that.

It's a slim design. My drive is 7mm, the maximum, so it fits snugly. Unlike with some other enclosures, the drive slides into the socket without much tilting.

Cons: The latching mechanism for the top employs two cheesy end-latches that are opened / closed by pushing to the side. I would not recommend using this as an ersatz dock as I think the latches will eventually fail.

The bottom piece is matte plastic, perfect for the intended use. However, the top is highly polished plastic which would make an FBI fingerprint technician positively green with envy. The top should have been given the matte finish of the bottom or even been made of matte-black anodized aluminum so the heat would radiate away.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to use something abrasive on the top to eliminate the shine.

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Date Joined: 09/15/11

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