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ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Comes with plenty of headers and ports, etc... Way more than I would need but definitely great to have! It has 8 SATA ports!
The BIOS is very customizable, you have a lot of control over just about everything you could need control of and plenty that you probably shouldn't have control of (see note in Cons about the bad side of this)!
Support for up to DDR3-2400
BIOS reset button and easy flash/recovery options, etc. It has a lot of little features that we should have had more than a decade ago! They are both helpful and much appreciated!
Ultimately, it's what a good motherboard should be--it's truly designed with it's target audience in mind and I can respect this.
If it weren't for the strange issues I'm seeing (noted below), this would be a 5 Egg review and I would absolutely recommend the board to others... Sadly, I'm having some issues that I should not be.

Cons: Unable to overclock at all, it seems... Not even able to use the AI Overclocking utility without having Video issues or the LAN port going out!. If I overclock the system even slightly, I lose the integrated LAN port entirely! (This is even using the AI utility!!)
In a lot of cases, I get no video when the system is OC'd (I have the PNY GeForce GTX 970 VCGGTX9704XPB) so I can't even tweak or trouble shoot the settings. (This is also seen when using the AI utility to OC. On my previous MB, the utility worked pretty well (though definitely limited the OC to remain within safe limits, but this isn't a bad thing). I've considered RMA'ing the mother board to Newegg but that would leave me without a PC for too long and I'm not really wanting to give it up right now.

As a note to the above statements about BIOS: Highly customizable BIOS is becoming a lot more common and I think it's great, but the descriptions of those options need to be made more clear! I don't think even the most advanced computer guys know what half the options are for--a little more description without having to google would be nice. Having such basic and ambiguous descriptions by many BIOS options is just unacceptable at this point, it couldn't be that difficult to provide more information. Having NO description by many of the settings is just silly; sadly, there are several settings that have absolutely no description.

Other Thoughts: I'll be honest, I don't consider myself an expert with overclocking so I am very cautious with how much I do. I am by no means an amateur or even intermediate in the area, I am definitely well above intermediate level.

OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E 110GB 4 x PCI-Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0110
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's fast with reads and writes.
It doesn't take any HDD bays or SATA ports
Easier to install than a HDD (typically)
Decent size for it's current price, works with Windows 8 just fine
Great while it works

Cons: It fails after weeks of use (I RMA'd the first after 3 weeks and the second failed after just 2-3 also.)
It randomly causes blue screens and then stops working all together

Other Thoughts: I own a few SSD drives and I haven't had this sort of issue with any of them. If you are going to use this one, you better have it cloned frequently so you have a backup when it fails. There is absolutely no excuse for OCZ to still be selling this drive, a LOT of people are seeing this same issue. A quick search brings up pages and pages of complaints and issues. I am pretty displeased. I don't understand how 2 other OCZ SSD's work pretty much flawlessly (so far) and this one has to fail.

Black & Decker CTO4300W White CounterTop PerfectBroil Oven w/Pizza Bump
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works perfect for me 02/19/2011

This review is from: Black & Decker CTO4300W White CounterTop PerfectBroil Oven w/Pizza Bump

Pros: -Simple to use
-Looks great on the counter
-Extended back allowing you to put larger items (like pizza) in it
-Weel designed to reduce risk of burns (some expose the element too much)
-Door assists in pulling out the rack partially so you don't have to reach in

Cons: The metal pan that comes with it is a little flimsy but it's not really an important part of the oven. I put aluminum foil on it usually just because the whole purpose of this device is convenience (well and maybe to save a little power).

Also, the timer knob probably could have been designed slightly better.

Other Thoughts: It's a great little taster oven overall. I didn't know what a pizza bump was when I bought it... It's basically just an extended back designed to fit a pizza. The rack is even curved in the back.

The fact it pulls the rack out slightly when you open it seems kinda minor but it makes a huge difference, no reaching in and cooking your hand if you are being quick to flip something over, etc...

I've had no real issues, you have to kind of adjust to how the timer works to make sure you don't burn your toast or underheat your frozen pancake. The convection feature is great at helping crisp things up a bit and cook them faster.

It's probably not the best taster oven out there but for the price and the features as well as the aesthetic design... I'm not sure you can get a better deal.


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Display Name: Richard E.

Date Joined: 03/27/01

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  • Last Review: 10/02/15
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