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ASRock H81 Pro BTC LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Cheap
-Does what it is supposed to do when its not DOA
-6 PCI slots
-No need for powered risers (with R9 270)
-UEFI bios

Cons: -Quality control issues

Other Thoughts: A friend and I decided to build two mining rigs using this board and (6) R9 270s. My board has been running for 2 months now without issues (fingers crossed it continues to run). However, my friend is on his *fourth* board in 2 months. The first board wouldn't recognize more than one stock of RAM, and wouldn't initialize more than two GPUs. The next board came, it mined for about 3 weeks, then would no longer recognize any GPUs. The third board arrived, again, wouldn't recognize more than one stick of ram or more than one GPU. The fourth board has been mining for 3 days and we're hopeful is continues.

Newegg has been very supportive and had even made mention at one point that they were receiving a higher than usual defective return rate on the board (which honestly would prompt me to put a hold on its sale until the manufacturer looked into the issues).

I've got my hopes up that these boards stay alive for more than a month or two. But we are definitely at the point that if another one dies, we'll be using a different manufacturer altogether. I've not had much experience with ASRock motherboards, but I certainly won't buy another one again.

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LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
-Quiet.
-Plays/burns all media specified.
-No failures yet.
-Loads quickly (for blu-ray).
-OEM drives are nice because there's no instructions, boxes, cables etc to mess with during builds.

Cons: -Firmware Updates are cumbersome.

Other Thoughts: -As others have stated, no software is included with this drive. I use Cyberlink Power DVD 13 with great success. When Newegg has sales on this drive, it's a bargain!

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Runs 1866 without issue.
-Lower profile.
-Fast.
-Reliable.
-Looks good.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This ram was low profile enough to allow the use of a Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler without issue (on an ASUS M5A99X EVO board).

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Display Name: Brian A.

Date Joined: 04/24/08

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 07/15/13
  • Last Review: 04/18/14
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