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Pros: Cool Running; slightly overclockable; 8 threads of work. This handles photo editing very well, and is a very capable gaming cpu, especially when paired with a GTX 660Ti FTW on an ASRock Z77ext 6, with 16GB of RAM.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a fantastic CPU that just does what it's supposed to without fanfare, and without much heat.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AMS VENUS ES2 DS-312SUES 3.5" Black USB & eSATA External Enclosure
Pros: 2 slots, which despite the description here and on AMS site, as well as the thin documentation in the box, EACH take 2 TB drives! It runs very quiet with its 80mm fan, but maintains good airflow with 2 drives in a cool aluminum structure which is very sturdy. Runs JBOD so you can see each drive seperately in Windows if you've got a port-multiplier eSATA card. Front intake also has a foam air filter.
Cons: Documentation is thin, and it wasn't completely clear on how to NOT run it in RAID, but I figured it out. Documentation is also wrong in claiming it supports up to 1 TB drives. It in fact takes 2TB drives.
Other Thoughts: Got this to add to more drives to my WHS 2011 setup, giving me 18TB total. I'm very happy. It has low power draw, is quiet, and cool.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Many Slots, including one PCIex1, as well as 2 PCI slots, for those of us still rocking a PCI soundcard instead of newer PCIe ones. Well cooled. 8+4 power phases. Very well-laid out UEFI, with multiple overclocking options, including for non-K cpu's.
Cons: Can't find any. Not one hiccup yet.
Other Thoughts: Despite seeing multiple reviews lately where people have poor reviews or DOA, I bought it for a secondary rig I built. Once again, ASRock has sold me a flawless, high-performing motherboard, so that's 4 out of 4! Very happy!READ FULL REVIEW