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ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: ITX-small. Sturdy. Good VRMs. Includes wireless, and it's fast. Antenna has a magnetic base, so will stay in place if you sit it on top of your case.
Sonic Radar: if you're deaf in one ear like I am, you may finally find out where sounds are coming from!
Lots of BIOS options for tweakers. Added features like a keyboard macro utility, Daemon Tools, and tweaking software.
THREE 4-pin chassis fan headers (two on a riser card) !
Four SATA 6Gb/s ports: room for one SSD, one optical, and a RAID1 data pair.
Q-connector now has leads on it, not just pins.

Cons: Only one USB2.0 header; had to give up my card reader.
VRMs and/or RAM block finger access to one of the four HSF holes on larger coolers; if the cooler blocks RAM insertion (even if it clears mounted RAM), you can't use that cooler because of this "deadly embrace."
Some of the add-ons are bloat, like the Home Cloud stuff.
If you install a M2 SSD, your PCIe slot drops to X8.
I don't think these cons are worth dropping an egg; one should expect a few limitations in this form factor, and there's no requirement to install the bloat.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board because a) I prefer smaller systems, and have never used more than one graphics card, b) I wanted to try Sonic Radar as I otherwise do not enjoy FPS titles.
This is only a first look (a few days after building), but so far I am pleased with this board and have no regrets about buying it. I couldn't mount my 120mm Gaia, but should have no trouble with an 80mm or even 92mm tower; my overclocks are mild.

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Grandmax Retractable Micro-USB Cable (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Update: all is well 04/05/2015

This review is from: Grandmax Retractable Micro-USB Cable (Black)

Pros: I now have all three of the cables I ordered, so this can be a proper review of the cable itself, not a warning about the vendor. There's not much to say; it works, and isn't a tangled mess when not being used. As such, it serves its purpose. Convenient.

Cons: Short; just over 2'. Wires are very thin; uncertain durability.

Other Thoughts: I bought three, so I'm not sure when I'd need another. If I do, whether I'd buy this one again will depend on its durability. I'm careful with my stuff, so hopefully these will be good.

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Grandmax Retractable Micro-USB Cable (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Fly-by-night? 04/01/2015

This review is from: Grandmax Retractable Micro-USB Cable (Black)

Pros: Looks like it would be a decent product; small, easy to pack.

Cons: I ordered three. The packing slip said three were shipped, but there was only one in the package. Newegg customer service provided me with their phone number, but so far all attempts have been busy.

Other Thoughts: This could well be a "my word vs. theirs" situation, which means I cannot expect for this to be made right. I will certainly post another review if it is.

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Display Name: Joseph T.

Date Joined: 12/27/05

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  • First Review: 03/07/15
  • Last Review: 03/07/15
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