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This review is from: ASRock VisionX 420D-8G1T88 Intel H87 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon R9 M270X Barebone
Pros: I purchased due to form factor being small while still having an actual graphics card in it vs integrated intel hd graphics. I'm using them for a gaming kiosk with a touchscreen monitor.
I LOVE the BIOS update over the internet feature this has. Just boot into the BIOS and plug in an Ethernet cable and tell it what server to pull from and it will update the BIOS. Doesn't get much simpler than that.
Cons: Purchased two units. One of them is fine, but the other has a defective component in the motherboard that requires the unit be disconnected from power in order to reboot. A system shutdown or restart from windows, or the power button on the front of the unit... will take it down, but trying to boot up again will cause it to go into a 1 second fan/drive spin up and power off cycle until the power is pulled from the back and then reapplied. Once you cycle the power cord like this, it boots and is fine. I've contacted ASRock for an RMA or replacement part. We'll see how that goes.
Aside from that, the cost is HIGH on this box IMO. An intel NUC is less than half of this price... but this has a 1TB hard drive, 8gb ram, and an optical drive which the NUC doesn't... but still, if you don't need the better graphics or on-board optical drive, you can get a much smaller form factor and save some cash going with a NUC form factor.
To each their own. I needed these for the graphics abilities which NUC can't provide yet.
Pros: Upgraded from a GTX260 core 216 OC card from MSI. This one is about the same length if not a few mm shorter. I use it for gaming and for some bitcoin mining on the side. The 260 card could run Borderlands 2 on minimum settings at 1280x768 and still froze every 15 min or so until I CTRL-ALT-DEL and cancelled to get back to the game. This card is running the game at max settings on 1920x1080... insane!
Obviously mining is way faster with ATI vs NVidia... went from 40Mhps to 470Mhps easy at stock speeds.
Built in 75Mhz overclock "boost" on the card vs stock 7950 cards.
GREAT control over clock/fan speeds and such with the OverDrive featurs of the Control Center (under Performance tab).
Cons: Fans are a lot louder than the 260 had when mining (100% GPU use).
Running BL2 at max settings the fans didn't go past 45% speed and the temps stayed in the 40s. Mining kicks temps up to 76c and the fans to 71% or so which gets loud. Think "loud" as in, what a CD drive sounds like when spinning at max speed. Anything past 55% or so on these is louder than the 260 card I had.
Other Thoughts: I bought this with a deal for Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3, and FarCry 3... a card came with Bioshock and Crysis all over it, nothing for FarCry 3. I'll have to see what happens when I use this card, but I'm guessing I'll have to do some legwork to get my FarCry license. :-(READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Super speedy small drive for basic system. Installed 8 with no duds. Using for a kiosk and boot times are great on Win 7 x64.
Cons: No bracket included for 3.5" installation in a desktop setting.
No upgradable firmware (or if there is, nothing is on Kingston's website for it yet).
Blisterpack/Clamshell packaging... really?
Other Thoughts: Love me some Kingston. Just wish they would have thrown these things in a box like most vendors and skip the "slash you to shreds" plastic packs.READ FULL REVIEW
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