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Pros: SATA III - using AS SSD Benchmark showed this drive as hitting all advertised speeds. Much to my surprise... Windows 10 Pro 64 bit fresh install on this drive as my boot drive I average 6 - 8 seconds boot time. I could not be more pleased.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: I recommend this SSD to anyone that want to start using an SSD for their O/S. Simple Plug and Play install. At 256 GB there is plenty of room to load important software and games. I'm not a hardcore gamer- but overall system performance is fantastic.
ASRock FM2+ Extreme 6+ MoBo instantly recognised the drive and I was up and running in about 20 minutes from a clean install of Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Pros: It's been awhile since I've used a full sized ATX motherboard. I have to say this is without question one of the very best I've ever had the pleasure of using in a personal build. In the past I've used many different manufacturers. Each of them had their strong points and weak points. This ASRock board hit the mark on every single point. I almost NEVER rate anything a five star. But for features, layout and ease of setup.... this board is truly a 5 star item. As with any piece of electronics you get a "stinker" now and then. I always read reviews and wonder if I will have any of the same issues. I check compatibility first- since the motherboard is the foundation of any build- from there I narrow down what I'd like to use for my build. It took me over a month to decide on all the components for this build. Since it was for me- I wanted perfection. I'm a retired IT Manager and Network Engineer. Having been around computer technology since it was first offered as a major at college, I've worked in the field for many years.
ASRock- you have won my loyalty.
Cons: Not a single complaint.
Other Thoughts: My Build:
1 x ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
1 x AMD A10-7700K Kaveri 10 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU) 3.4 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7
1 x HyperX Fury Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model HX318C10FRK2/16
1 x EVGA 100-B1-0700-K1 700W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply
1 x Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDRE256GB
1 x WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX - OEM
1 x ARCTIC Freezer A11 CPU Cooler for AMD, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise
2 x 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan LP4 Adapter Blue LED Silent Rosewill
1 x Rosewill Computer Case - CHALLENGER - ATX Mid Tower - Black, Gaming - Three Included Fans - Two Extra Side Fans Space
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
Now, I'm not into hardcore gaming, graphics or the like- I wanted a quick, stable system that I could enjoy for at least the next year or so... I wanted to "fool around" with mild overclocking. I feel that the system I've put together gives me everything I want in a personal build.
Everything just plain old works!
Pros: As Always.. Do your research. Know what you are buying and what it's for. This was installed in an older Compaq Presario CQ56. I changed the stock Athlon x2 to a Phenom x4. Some CQ56 models will NOT take more than 4GB (2x2GB) so be sure to check. My CQ56 is the 115xx model. Capable of the 8GB memory. Always check timings, Voltage and speed. I have never been disappointed with Mushkin. QC is very high. Newegg is my go to store for all PC / Server / Network needs.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW