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Pros: I put this together with i7 -4970k processor, corsair RAM. and Corsair SSD. It booted up Windows 8 FAST - like 8 seconds! So far it seems stable - haven't oc'd it yet. I'm knocking off an egg - see below
Cons: Gigabyte doesn't include a screw kit!! - BAD FORM. Yup no stand off or screw kit. Every other main board I've ever owned
comes with this basic item included.
Other Thoughts: I will update this review as time goes forward, but so far I'm satisfied. This is a good, solid, Z-97 board that was inexpensive. It lacks many of the bells and whistles of other Z-97 boards (m.2 slot,, SATA Express, extra PCI-e slots, USB 3.1), but most of the extra frills will not be missed by average users. Sound quality and Network speed are surprisingly very good.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Updating earlier review. This little PC is still chugging along fine after almost 4 months. I'm updating because I noticed that Newegg and US Micro have more of these units for sale.
If you need a cheap, SFF, but with still enough power for most common activities (HTPC for instance) - go for it. US Micro has good customer service. For what they are, these units work well.
Cons: none really - see other thoughts
Other Thoughts: rebate? haven't received it yet, but still have hope I will.
I strongly recommend immediately imaging your system. I use Macrium Reflect free - excellent backup/imaging software. You can also test the HDD with HDD Scan or other similar. If it passes, as mine did, you should be in good shape for a while at least, but imaging and backing-up your system is critical to avoiding data loss.
These units are quite flexible. For instance there are USB headers and up to four HDD SATA headers (one is for eSATA) on the main board. Also old serial and printer port headers. It's a good combination of legacy and newer technology. Uninstall any 'battery' drivers that Windows tries to install. One possible reason that some of these systems boot to a recovery screen is because they come with a hidden recovery partition on the HDD. You should be able to change the boot order (away from the recovery partition) in the BIOS.
Pros: This was given to my niece for Xmas. It has served her well as a basic home PC. She likes Windows 8 so no problem there. Acer finally released BIOS update P11.B2 to "Support "Launch CSM" item in BIOS setup menu." See the Acer driver support page for AXC-603G. This is an excellent upgrade to support legacy OS like Windows 7 and even XP or older Linux distros. There are no official Acer drivers for XP or Linux. You'll have to find at Intel or Linux.
Cons: There is very limited expansion options - only 1 pci-e slot and no extra SATA connectors - only 2 total.
Other Thoughts: RAM expansion/addition helps this PC run much better. At the Newegg sale price with rebate, it's a good deal.READ FULL REVIEW