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This review is from: Intel BOXDZ77GA70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Visual Bios looks nice. Normal booting from MBR works.
Cons: A couple cons:
- In the product details, it says "PCI Express 3.0 x16: 2". I bought this mobo thinking I would be able to have crossfire running on two x16 PCIe 3.0 slots, but inspecting my configuration in BIOS shows that both slots are only at x8. So... that detail needs to be fixed on the product specs.
- Recovery jumper is underneath one of the video cards, so I have to pull out that video card to reset my BIOS settings if I happen to somehow disable video inadvertently.
- The aforementioned inadvertent video disabling happens when Legacy or UEFI Boot is disabled (can't remember which one) and seems to be some kind of bug.
- Speaking of UEFI, this does not seem to work well. In linux, I can use efibootmgr to inspect the EFI table, but my settings don't seem to hold during a restart, i.e. the new row in the EFI table points to nothing whereas before rebooting it points to the correct drive/partition/file. This last one might be user error on my part, but a lot of google searching reveals posts concluding that the UEFI support is spotty on this board due to some bugs past the version 0049 firmware where UEFI support issues were supposedly fixed.
Other Thoughts: One thing to keep in mind, it seems that as of 2013 we will soon be able to buy >2TB drives for our personal use, and our normal BIOS will not support partitions over 2TB or total disk usage over ~3.999TB due to storage addressing limitations of classical BIOS architecture. This board may not be viable for much longer if the UEFI support is not improved.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: Emits sound. Doesn't sound bad. I'm not an audiophile, so that's the extent of my assessment for quality.
Cons: I used this card under Win 7 x64 and OpenSUSE 12.3. Win 7 drivers and supporting software seemed not-well-integrated into the OS, but worked well enough. However, this card has absolutely no manufacturer support in linux,--by "support", I mean driver source code or any sort of wiki or open-source repository.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Worked fine until it crapped out on me today.
Cons: Died after only 3 months of use.
Other Thoughts: I have spikes of large downloads (electronic delivery of pretty much all of my software and music purchases), but I don't use or run torrents or any file servers or anything.READ FULL REVIEW