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This review is from: ASRock A785GM-LE AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice layout on the board. Went from a burning out Asus Crosshair to this board - everything fits my components, instructions are easy to follow. Case hook up was a breeze! Turned the system on with a previous Windows 7 install and it immediately ran with no hassle whatsoever! I was taken aback by that. I was honestly expecting a windows re-installation, so I prepped for that. But, lo and behold, no need!
Cons: Only two RAM slots and not enough room for an aftermarket CPU cooler - it hits the RAM, so back to stock. I was using the ARCTIC Alpine 64 Pro Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets 92mm PWM Fan at 23dBA, or N82E16835186035.
Other Thoughts: Overall great board. Now, first and foremost I am going to say this: by looking at this board, and while ASRock is advertising overclocking, this is DEFINITELY NOT an overclocking board. This board is something that will probably treat you good out of the box as long as you don't "tweak around." The lack of heatsinks and aftermarket fan clearance are sure signs of its inabilities for overclocking.
It was a quick install, everything was very straight forward. I feel like I am getting my money out of it.
Pros: Small size makes it handy. Seems to fit right along with any other remote control.
Cons: Power switch broke for no apparent reason. Was just turning it on one day and the plastic slider broke. Super glue fixed that issue, but I dropped it from a sitting position onto a hardwood floor and it completely came apart. No permanent damage, but still - maybe a 2 foot drop.
The range is pretty terrible. I found myself constantly trying to find the sweet spot to hold the unit for it to work right. I am consistently 6 to 7 feet away from the HTPC and had this issue.
Other Thoughts: I gave it three stars because it did last me a year. Still works, but after it broke apart it is only a matter of time until it is completely destroyed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good (DVD) quality audio, can be configured for stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 audio out via optical. Optional optical in and a few other neat features that I don't necessarily use or need.
Cons: Installing the driver is can be a little tricky if you have existing audio drivers installed (on board audio or other audio cards). It took me about 4 hours of troubleshooting to finally find the right configuration that would install the driver. The Setup.exe file for the driver doesn't give many helpful hints unless you contact support - failures result in a hex-code error message.
I had to manually install the .inf file via device manager to install the driver successfully. Since the driver is not digitally signed, you are taking your chances for conflicts that you may or may not be aware exist. These conflicts result in an almost immediate BSOD. In other words, this driver does not play nicely with others.
I am using a Dolby Digital setup and know that it works.
Other Thoughts: Support is decent. The only way to contact them that I was able to find was via email (see some other reviews here for the email address). They are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, but don't ask me which time zone - I have no idea. However, I sent two emails (one over a weekend) and received a good response time that led to some ideas for me to get this card functioning.
I am uncertain if this card works with DTS, but I am running Dolby Digital and it seems to work fine.
I am utilizing this card in an HTPC. All channels are currently working, but I have only had this card "live" for about an hour at this point.
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