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ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Very nice board at a great price 08/27/2016

This review is from: ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Packs a lot into a smallish, inexpensive board...
4 memory slots
8-pin PS connector
VGA, HDMI, and DVI video connectors
2 PCI exp slots
front USB header

trouble-free install--friendly bios. I used it for 2 i3-4360's, each with 16gb ram and 240gb SSD's.

Cons: Not really a con for me because I was prepared for it, but if you are going to use Windows 7 you need to have the USB drivers on flash drive or other external device. I took this route for both systems after which I took the free Win 10 upgrade. I am very happy with both of these builds and have since purchased another one of these boards that I haven't installed yet.

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low price

Very fast boot, application, and file loading times

Reliable—although I haven’t yet installed the drive I’m reviewing I own 2 others, a 120GB (Apr 2015), and a 240GB (Mar 2015) and have not experienced a single problem with either.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Far and away the main reason I buy SSD’s is for faster boot and load times. From my experience with these drives I’d rate them way above average in meeting that criteria.
I don’t do much in the way of large file transfers, so I don’t have anything to report one way or the other in that regard. Do your research if that’s a high priority for you. Write times are also important but as long as they write faster than platter drives I’m happy—pass.


5 out of 5 eggs REMEMBER, you need to have a GRAPHICS CARD card installed or this CPU won't run 01/02/2016

This review is from: AMD Athlon X4 860K Kaveri Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W AD860KXBJABOX Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION)

Pros: This is the very capable Kaveri chip without the graphics.

Uses FM2 board, a big plus for me. My biggest complaint about the otherwise very capable FX chips is that it's much harder to find a good AM3 board at a decent price, especially micro atx.

Better core-for-core (single core) performance than FX which is important for many applications.
Unlocked multiplier.
For what it's worth it benchmarks higher than Haswell i3's on Passmark. Check it out.

If you plan to use a discrete card anyway this is an unbeatable bargain.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I can almost guarantee that most, if not all, of those complaining that their processor was "DOA" did not have a graphics card installed. From my experience from almost 200 builds over the years is that CPU's are almost never DOA. I might have had one but if so it was a very long time ago because I can't remember a single instance. Again, this is the Kaveri chip without the built in graphics.

Although the 2 systems I built using this chip were a mix of NewEgg and a local retailer components both of the CPU's were bought at the local retailer with a promo code deal. I just felt I need to respond to the DOA complaints. There might have been one or 2 (although unlikely) but no could there have as many as reported.


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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 12/10/03

  • Reviews: 58
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  • First Review: 12/13/03
  • Last Review: 08/27/16
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