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ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works great with i5-2500k.

Cons: USB 3.0 is REALLY Unrealiable...will connect to devices but drops connection.

Other Thoughts: Just a update to my prior review. I mentioned USB 3.0 works but just barely. I have a WD My Book and WD My Passport Essential USB 3.0 external drive along with Bytecc USB 3.0 HD enclosure. I find most of the time time I simply plug into the USB 2.0 ports since it's simply frustrating to wait for the device to connect and once connect when transferring there will be times the connection will drop. Firmware 1.1 upgraded...still and problem. I don't know if it's the Etron controller, but this is simply not reliable.

As another aside, since I mentioned my dual Win7 boot and for those of you than run into a crash on the system and have the Intel SRT cache, do a CTRL-I on boot to turn off the SSD cache before you try to do a Windows 7 recovery. My system crashed after the stupid USB 3.0 stopped transferring and I rebooted only to loose my Bootloader. Win 7 recovery will only recover the appropriate boot drive if Intel SRT is turned off.

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ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Traded this in from the regular Z68 Extreme4 since I could never get the USB 3.0 working on it. USB 3.0 now works, but still a bit glitchy. I'm not sure if it's a voltage issue with the external USB 3.0 ports being able to properly power up my external hard drives. However, I can't complain since it does work. Hopefully better Etron drivers and BIOS updates will ultimately fix this.

Cons: Would be nice to have more bootable Intel SATA3 ports. The Marvell ports are pretty worthless for booting different drives with a multi-OS setup.

Other Thoughts: Got Intel RST to work with an 60GB Agility 3 an SSD cach paired on RAID 0 with my 1GB Barracuda drive. Seems to also be properly recognized in a dual boot Win7 setup for those that are interested in knowing this.

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AFT PRO-35U USB 2.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Seems to have all the right features and good reviews on Newegg...but....

Cons: I installed this in my newly built system...worked great at first but recently changed motherboard and re-installed it. However, on reinstall it was completely dead! Doesn't power up with both with internal and external USB cables. Very surprised as there was no way I could have damaged the device.

Other Thoughts: Glad it's <30days and I can RMA for refund...

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Display Name: Brian F.

Date Joined: 09/22/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/02/11
  • Last Review: 12/01/11
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