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Pros: The price is good. Since I have not been able to use the memory, however, I can't
Cons: I have now gotten two RMAs for this RAM. Every single DIMM in the first set had significant errors (thousands within a couple of seconds of starting memtest86+). The second package was better, in that it didn't have any for about an hour. However, I do have several hundred memory errors with the second set after running it for about 8 hours.
If you don't mind the odd memory problem resulting in stabillity, have a way to effectively avoid memory errors with non-ECC memory (such as a Linux kernel patch), and/or RMA'ing equipment, this is probably a good deal. I will be returning it and getting something else, this time. I'll also be avoiding Corsair memory.
Other Thoughts: This is in an asus m4a78t-e board, which supports 16GB of DR3 1333 memory. This is the speed at which the memory is operating and the nature of the failure is inconsistent across DIMMs and DIMM-sets, indicating it's the memory and not the board having issues.
Some have posted that it doesn't overclock well. I would argue that it doesn't even run 'underclock' well, either - something it should have no problem doing. Having the RAM run cool (which it does not!) was the whole point of getting something faster and running it slower.
Pros: Would make a great 'basic desktop', even for gaming, due to 4 SATA ports, good onboard graphics, and support for 16GB of RAM (supposedly - I only tested with 8).
Cons: Can't get anything 64 bit to run under emulation - under Windows or Linux (Debian and Ubuntu), with Hyper-V and Virtualbox. Instant crashing. Recompiled kernel with Xen support crashes as well. For my purposes at home (home VT test machine + storage) I should've bought the cheapest Atom board (or the Asus, which I know works properly based on what has been told to me by someone who's using it as such).
It's a 64 bit processor with 16GB RAM support, and AMD's emulation instructions. There is no excuse for this.
Other Thoughts: Contacted ASRock support and never heard a word back. Review would've been higher had they actually bothered to respond to my email, but apparently they don't put much effort towards support.
RMAing for return and picking up the Asus.
Pros: Surprisingly fast little board. Works like a charm in Debian (so far) for a small file server. Runs incredibly quietly even with the included smaller fan.
Cons: The VGA port is slightly over-sized and the riser it's on not as sturdy as it could be.
Other Thoughts: It's possible that there's a bit of a USB controller implementation/driver issue (endemic to AMD). I've got a couple AMD boards, a couple Intel boards, and a couple different USB sticks, and the USB sticks seem to "not work well" (if detected at all) on the AMD boards, this one included.
Would've liked a PCIe slot instead of PCI and an extra SATA port or two, but this should do for the time being.