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Pros: installed windows 8.1 64bit and windows 7 64bit no problem. very fast motherboard and as stable as a rock.
Other Thoughts: I am using this motherboard as my HTPC with a USB HD 4 tuner ceton digital tuner, windows 8.1 64bit, 8 gigs memory, solid state drive for operating system and 3 terabyte drive for video storage. need more Lol and with a low power i3 processor with onboard graphics . its completely silent. it much faster then the cable companies dvr box and better video and sound hooked up to 7.1 home theater sound system. it is turned on all the time for the past 8 months recording/playing video. its very fast even out pacing and more stable and the sata controllers 20% faster then my older workhorse the " intel i7 socket 20011 in a "rampage iv gene motherboard " no problems at all with this ecs boardREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: silent. actually work better then some high pressure fans that I tried with my rad.
long cabled, sleeve extremely well designed. all fans should be maid this high quality
Cons: noda . nit picking price
Other Thoughts: have used these fans for years over 20 of them. like anything els there was one or 2 that where defective or just noisy and that should be considered defective for these fans since the so quiet. though this only happened in push pull. just running normal and all quite
building computers for 30 years I have not come across an equal in quality and quietness . even the Noctua fans just seem over priced and noisy compared to these
I would like to make a suggestion to either the manufacturer or newegg that could improve these fan and sales of them.
lowering the price by at least half then I will buy many more. ::-))))
Pros: fast, stable, windows 8.1 install around 10 minutes with SSD. couldn't be simpler
Other Thoughts: I using this for a HD security ip camera DVR recorder server. with windows 8.1 . 8 gigs corsair 1600 78824 cl1 low latency memory, Samsung 840 256gb ssd, WD 2 terabyte storage hard drive. Intel i3-4130T on board graphics. super fast .easiest install ever.
its on all the time 24 hours a day 7 days a week. no issues
in fact its one of the first boards that the audio works with the cameras. 2 out of the 3 other mini itx builds with gigabyte would not work.
ECS is a OEM manufacturer, that means at one time or another they maid motherboards for with big companies example, HP, compact And so on . they been around for a long time. there not the highest quality but for me I have not had a single issue with any of there boards. even ASUS I HAD problems with though I purchased many more of ASUS products.
this board is a simple no thrills board ( what i mean by no thrills is no extras like wifi or mini pcie slot ) though it does have 2 pcie slots and a extensive yet not overwhelming bios. its only capable of a max 65w processor its perfect for something like low power small form factor computer and with a i3-4130T 35w Intel 4 thread processor and a 80w power supply. like I said its on all the time and doesn't skip a beat. yes it not built like a tank like other motherboard manufacturers , hence the price. I have 6 year old ECS motherboard built like garbage like all old motherboards and even though its compositors are bulging and look like about to explode for the last 2 years it still kicking hasn't missed a beet, it makes this ECS motherboards build quality look like gold. 5 ECS motherboards from the past I had no problems with. Though I have had problems with ASUS and ASROCK and gigabyte and countless WESTER DIGITAIL hard drive failures. I found a model WD 2 terabyte hard drive that works flawless and lasted 6 years running 24 hours a day 7 days a week constantly recording video as camera DVR, so after the first year I purchased 10 more of them and all are still kicking, they don't make them any more .
my point is no matter how good a product is there still bound to be defective electronics or poorly designed products no matter what., if you like a board stick with it and it will serve you well. I needed a small form factor mini itx board with 2 pcie slots so I had no choice and it worked out beautiful.
the gigabytes I had 2 DOA had to return 2 for replacement.
the second ones worked but with a different issue and I just dealt with it . I believe it was a design problem so there nothing that can be done unless its fixed with bios update
that's another nice thing about ECS motherboard not many extras so not needing bios updates to fix issues with extras , they just work
I not a ECS fan boy and aside from this board haven't purchased any ECS products in over 4 years . but from what I have there just fine.