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This review is from: ASRock H81 Pro BTC LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Does what it is supposed to do when its not DOA
-6 PCI slots
-No need for powered risers (with R9 270)
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.
Pros: -Aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
-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!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Runs 1866 without issue.
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).READ FULL REVIEW