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ASUS H81M-D PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs good experiences with this board 01/01/2015

This review is from: ASUS H81M-D PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I’ve built 5 systems with this board between Feb–Nov 2014 and it has worked beautifully each time. See key component breakdown under “Other thoughts”

The features I need when I use this board are:

Front USB 3.0 plug – many budget boards don’t have this
SATA 6GBs to get max performance from SSD
VGA and DVI connectors
Micro ATX

Asus Suite software is an added plus

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: CPU’s used:
G3240, i3-4130 (twice), i3-4150, i5-4440

SSD’s:
120GB Kingston SSDNOW V300, 128GB Toshiba Q Series Pro, 128GB Transcend, and 240GB Crucial M500. One of systems has 2TB WD Black as primary—no SSD.

Memory, 8GB (2 x 4) 1600 MHz in each case:
G.Skill Sniper, G.Skill Ares, Apotop, Team Zeus Vulcan (twice)

You would assume that anyone buying a $60 board isn’t expecting to do any serious overclocking but you never know. Otherwise this thing works fine, even for a mid-range build.

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SanDisk Ultra II SDSSDHII-240G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very good performance at a great price (Black Fri).

Solid...not a single problem with either of the 2 I bought.

Cons: none

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SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE128BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable…10-Year warranty

Samsung Magician is a nice software package

Cons: Not a great value, even at Black Friday price I paid. I was able to pick up a couple 240GB-256GB drives for less that were equal in performance.

Other Thoughts: No doubt a quality product but I wasn’t blown away by the performance. Not that it wasn’t really quick; it’s just that all the other top names are really quick too.

The SSD drive is becoming somewhat of a commodity so if you are going to charge a premium price you’d better have something extra special.

That being said, if you’ve never had an SSD you won’t be disappointed. One of these babies can make a machine with $100 processor feel quicker than an i7 that has only a 7200 RPM spinner.

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 12/10/03

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  • First Review: 12/13/03
  • Last Review: 01/01/15
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