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ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990X + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: When the motherboard worked, it did everything I expected of it.
3 year warranty if you can do without your computer for weeks to months.
The adapter plugs that allow you connect things like your pwr, rst, HD LED connections to the plug then attach the plug to the MB. Very nice when you have limited room to work in.

Cons: After 9 months, the MB connections for the speakers started error messages that my speakers were disconnected, connected, disconnected & so on with ever increasing frequency until both my speakers & headset had NO signal going to either of them. I was able to use the HDMI connection to my ASUS monitor w built in speakers for sound, but the speakers started rattling after playing action games.
After reading some of the other reviews concerning ASUS warranty issues, I repeatedly started out asking for a cross shipment RMA (I pay the cost of a new MB from ASUS & get refunded when the defective board is received by ASUS). ASUS kept saying that would be handled at the next step of the process.
Step 1, I started the RMA process using the “online chat” support. This is a really SLOW way to communicate. I wonder how many other people or tasks are being handled by that employee during my “chat” session. I got the impression that I did not have their full attention.
I’m told the cross shipment option will come later.
Step 2, I got to talk to a person. Again I asked for a cross shipment RMA. I was told that option would be provided when I received my official RMA#.
Step 3, RMA#, but nothing about cross shipment or even a reason why they will not do it. Further, although I’m returning a MB, I get a checklist PDF form for: “All-in-One PC, Desktop PC, Notebook, Netbooks, Networking, Tablets, and Wireless”. Another example of how little they are paying attention to me. There is NO phone# to talk to a person, just a “Live chat” link, the way I got started this impersonal & ROTTEN RMA process.

Other Thoughts: If ASUS wants to make RMA# USPC470942 right, they can contact me for cross shipment credit card info & ASUS should pay for my return shipping (I’ll even include my new sound card with the MB), since I had to buy a sound card & pull a PCI SATA expansion card, reducing the number of drives I can have internally so I can have sound to my speakers & headphones.
Whether you use your computer for finances, email, gaming and/or whatever, ASUS has almost zero concern that your computer will be out-of-service for weeks (shipping times only) plus the time to examine the MB. Since it took about a week to get the botched RMA, the examination could add additional weeks or months.

Rosewill RLFL-13003 Cree XPE-R2 LED Search Flashlight set Zoom 300 lumen w/ Bicycle Bracket.
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought 2 of these many months ago for my bike. They are bright. They've gone on many bike trips on not so great trails & kept on working while providing good lighting.. They've been dropped several times when I was using them for other tasks.
Now I'm buying some more because the others have gone to my tool box, vehicles & "borrowed".

Cons: A bit expensive if not on sale. Family & friends "borrow" them.

Other Thoughts: Similar aluminum case LED flashlights run for the regular price & are not as bright.

Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Using a USB 3.0 port, transfer speeds are in some cases faster than transfers between 2 internal SATA 6.0Gb/s drives
I was impressed by the previous series' performance that were made to stand upright & this one was on sale when I needed the extra storage due to a 2TB internal drive failing.
This one was one sale for $10 less than the 2TB internal drive.

Cons: I was hoping a 4TB external one would go on sale.

Other Thoughts: It works just as good as the upright ones & this worked out extra good because the other 3 fit standing right on top of it with no conflicts with the vent holes. An unexpected bonus.
I've got 2-4TB versions & a 3TB version.
The oldest one is about a year old. No problems with any of them so far.


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Display Name: DAVID H.

Date Joined: 07/05/05


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