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Pros: Price point vs, some of the other names out there. Everyone else seems to love this drive, and the ratings give me confidence. As long as it holds up, I'll be happy. For mass storage, I don't need a great deal of performance out side of durability. But I have no complaints about it's read/write and access times.
Cons: Well... the software needed to make it work with a Windows system has at least one problem. Unfortunately, I never got the software to install. On two different computers, it would just hang up after two Win7 security popups. It appears the software attempts to look for the drive when you first install it before allowing you to continue. And I'm guessing something was stopping it from looking at my HD's. After 5 tries, I gave up and used a different method.
Other Thoughts: To get around the failed software, I used a RAID controller card to initialize the drive and set the partition. Once this was done, I removed the card and plugged the drive into the MB. Windows picked it up and showed the full capacity. Now it works great. I may another down the road.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Setup was easy and it has all the features I needed for a medium level MB.
Cons: One day I notice my games are not running very smooth. During some system checks, I notice that Windows is only seeing 4 of my 8GB of memory. When I removed one of the sticks, and powered it back up, I instantly got rapid beeping. The typical response when you start up a PC with no memory. So, thinking I had a bad stick of memory, I swapped with the one I just took out, and got the same result. So now I’m thinking bad memory socket. But no… one or both in any other socket still did the same thing. The memory was tested in another PC, the same one I’m using to write this review, so it wasn't the issue. Now I believe it to be a bad memory controller and the board has been RMA’ed. Now I fear that I’ll get a refurb with all the mouse/keyboard issues I’m reading up on.
Other Thoughts: No other thoughts.... Just wondering how this will all play out. Who knows... I might be looking at a Haswell very soon.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: You got'a love the aluminum case over the PCB. It's well made and gives it a nice touch of quality. Other than that, I assume the manufacturer choose a quality chip set for it. Everything works, and the transfer speeds are decent with 2.0 HDD's @30MB/sec average. I'm sure a 3.0 device will be much faster.
Cons: I purchased two of these for the same system, and I'm having difficulties getting both of them operational at the same time. I've confirmed that both work, but for some reason, my PC will usually only acknowledge the first one in the top PCIe 1X slot. When the MB fires up, it looks at all of it's expansions slots (I assume) starting from the top. And if both are plugged in, it always favors the one in the first PCIe 1X slot. Swapping them or just removing the top one only confirms they both work. This may be the fault of the MB or an outdated driver from the CD... which brings me to the next con...
I went to Orico's website and got the most current driver. It downloads as a RAR file, and every time I download it, it ends up being corrupt. So I had no choice but to use the CD.
Still, I'm going to go with everyone else's flow and give it 5/5, just because individually, they seem perfect.
Other Thoughts: Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH
My other thought is regarding the Molex power plug. Because I'm using two cards, one on each side of my GPU, and because they're so short, it make routing the power cables a bit of a headache. I'm using the stock cables that came with my Corsair AX 860i, and it's a problem. I need long single plug cables. The additional plugs on each cable are creating cable management issues. If I ever get both working correctly, I'll need to look into making some custom Molex cables to better clean up the wire mess.