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This review is from: Intel BOXDQ67EPB3 LGA 1155 Intel Q67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Very small. Fit nice in my Lian Li PC-Q25B case. Only a few SATA ports but I plan on getting a SAS Raid card over PCIe which this board supports. It has met most of my expectations but BEWARE to review my cons.
Cons: This board does not support a Core i7 processor. If you go to the specification site on Intel.com
You'll notice that this board supports up to and including a 65W processor. There is no 65W Core-i7. I didn't realize this until after I bought the board and installed the processor when warnings flew everywhere.
I'm disappointed in NewEgg's spec sheet about this flaw. I ended up having to lose $119 if you include shipping this puppy back in addition to the hit NewEgg took off for being an open box item.
I should not have had to pay a dime to return it since their spec sheet is wrong but I did.
Other Thoughts: NewEgg should have honored their incorrect specs and allowed me to get another processor for the difference. But they didn't and claimed it was my fault for buying the wrong part.
That aside, if you don't count NewEgg's SNAFU then I would have given this board 5 stars for the hardware performance. Not sure how reliable it is yet since I've only had it for about 3 weeks. But it's still going strong so I recommend it.
Pros: Bought this for the chairman of my department. Installed it in a Lenova X201 Core i5 model with 4GB RAM running Windows 7 Professional.
I was never into SSD hard drives until I saw the performance of this. Simply amazing. Unfortunately I could only run it at SATA I @ 150MB/s instead of it's rated SATA II @ 300MB/s but here's what I've experienced thus far...
Boot time is around 10 seconds from cold start.
From logon screen the laptop is completely ready to use in less than 3 seconds upon login.
Shutdown time is around 3 seconds.
Opens Adobe Acrobat in less than 1 second.
Opens all Microsoft Office 2007 programs in less than 1 second.
Opens Adobe Photoshop CS3 in 1 second.
The Adobe product run times are what amazed me the most. I would like to see this thing run at it's full 300MB/s. Pretty sweet.
Cons: I've read that you have to do some partition alignment on XP machines. As long as you do a fresh install with Windows 7 or Windows Vista then you will not have to deal with this. Google SSD Partition Alignment.
Additionally if you took an image of an OS from a spin-up drive then you will have to do a partition alignment when you write the image to the SSD, even if the OS is Windows Vista/7. This is more the nature of SSD rather than a con of the C300 but it's good to know about. Apparently a misaligned partition on an SSD severly degrades the performance of the SSD and when it is properly aligned the users saw an increase in performance between 150%-300% original speed.
Other Thoughts: A good thing to know is that you do not have to defrag SSD drives since the read times are similar to RAM where the read time of the first sector is the same read time as the last sector. So defragging will just shorten the drives lifetime.
I just bought this again for my personal computer after seeing the performance gains on that little laptop.
Pros: I bought this to get DX10 compatibility. I have an older desktop Gateway GT5040 with an Intel d945gcz motherboard (running video card) over PCI Express x16. My last video card had an nVidia 7950GT 512MB and the difference in the performance playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl: Call of Pripyat is very noticeable. I don't know if the upgrade in the video chipset or the added compatibility for DX10 made the difference but I would recommend this card to anyone with a Pentium D processor looking for an awesome video card.
Runs just fine on my Pentium D 3.2 GHz with 3 GB of RAM and 300 Watt power supply.
One more thing to add. I notice is the video card does not require a molex power connector from the PSU. My last video card required it but apparently this video card doesn't draw enough power to require one. The power provided by the PCI Express x16 slot is more than enough.
Great find by me :)
Other Thoughts: An issue I had when looking for a video card was the PCI slot space. Many newer video cards take up two expansion slots which, by design, my computer case does not allow that for the video card. It is skinny and fits into a single expansion slot.READ FULL REVIEW