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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
Asus Suite software is an added plus
Other Thoughts: CPU’s used:
G3240, i3-4130 (twice), i3-4150, i5-4440
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.
Pros: Very good performance at a great price (Black Fri).
Solid...not a single problem with either of the 2 I bought.
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW
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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