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This review is from: Intuit Quicken Premier 2016 - Download
Pros: -Installed without a hitch
-Updated the Quicken 2014 data file without issue
-Has been trouble free to date
Cons: -Some minor additions over Quicken 2014, but nothing really major for our use
-Future status unknown
Other Thoughts: I purchased this when it was on sale at Newegg for a price I could not walk away from. My intent was to wait until the initial bugs were worked out.
The product was initially installed on a laptop that previously did not have Quicken running, along with a copy of my data file. I had read about problems with the data conversion process, and my data file goes back to 2001. I wanted to both try the conversion in a safe environment and test the program for a while before installing it on the two desktops that normally have access to Quicken. The version installed was R3, and it gave me no problems. I updated the data file a couple of times from the 2014 version during the test period, and each conversion was done without incident.
When R4 was released, I updated the laptop, ran in that mode for a couple of days, and satisfied that data handling was fine and stability was good, I then upgraded the two desktops and converted the then current 2014 data file, again without incident.
Overall, the 2016 offers a few things that 2014 didn't have, but other than the credit score I have not tried them. R4 has been stable, and the normal tasks I use on a regular basis are fine.
Had Quicken not been in limbo I may have waited for the 2017 version to upgrade. Before purchasing this product, I also evaluated other alternatives but decided to stick to Quicken. I am not enthused about having our financial data outside of my own firewall and security software ("on the cloud"), so those options are somewhat limited. This upgrade buys me 2 or 3 more years before I have to reconsider that again.
To sum it up, R3 and R4 worked fine, and I am happy with the seamlessness of the upgrade and stability of the program. Quicken adds new functionality slowly, so the fact that I don't see much new relevant to me was pretty much expected. I do not have a problem with that approach. For an application such as this, stability and data integrity are more important to me than a ton of new functions. Quicken gives me what I need and enough flexibility to get reports to keep me happy.
Pros: Consistently good quality from G. Skill
Cons: None that I have found
Other Thoughts: I've been using G. Skill memory for new builds and upgrades for about five years and have never had any issues. This set was no exception. I split these into 16GB installations for two builds.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Simple installation
Well constructed board
Nice Feature Set
Proven Reliable for me in the past
Cons: NB heat sink could be better
Side-facing SATA ports sound like a better idea than they are
Other Thoughts: Three years ago, I built two systems for our home offices based on rev 1 of these boards. They worked flawlessly for three years, until a nearby lightning strike took out my router, switch, cable modem, DSL modem, three printers, two monitors, and the two motherboards, their CPUs, graphics cards, probably the memory, and one RAID card. All of that stuff was on some pretty serious surge protection (along with a whole-house surge suppressor and lightning suppressor), but the strike also came in via the phone and cable lines, back-dooring the network and spreading that way.
I had a spare rev 1 motherboard around and ordered this, which came as a rev 4. There was a small learning curve in getting the new board up and running with the new BIOS and the fact that the onboard RAID apparently uses a different driver than the rev 1 version, but nothing huge.
This unit is coupled with an FX-8320, 16GB G. Skill Ripjaws, and an MSI R7 265 OC video card. It got the same twoCrucial SSDs and WD hard drives both in a RAID1s from the lightning-enhanced predecessor (no damage or data loss). Other than having to use my bean to figure out how to get the new RAID driver without a lot of effort, all that went together easily and has worked well for a week now.
The UEFI BIOS took me a little getting used to.
I originally knocked this down an egg only because one of the SSDs failed during re-installation (physical damage to the connector, my fault, not the board's), and replacing it has not been as easy as popping a new SSD in and rebuilding the array. I think I have that figured out, but have not had time to experiment with the solution yet. I believe that to be an AMD SB950 RAID issue, not something specific to this board.
Otherwise, I am still sold on these boards. I am also a little mystified that one reviewer gave it 2 eggs based solely on the negative reviews of others, without even trying it out. The purpose of these reviews is to relate our own experiences with a product, not summarize what others have to say. To offset that lunacy, I added the egg I subtracted for the RAID confusion back in.