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This review is from: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12NS30
Pros: It was a cheap Blu-ray drive because it didn't come with any of the video playing software (which usually expires after a year anyway, then you'd have to pay 3x the cost of this drive for new software).
Cons: I have been using two of these drives for 8 months in my server, and one of them started dying. It occasionally encounters errors reading perfect discs (which read properly in the other drive, or in the defective drive after waiting a while and retrying), or stops detecting the insertion of a disc, or stops responding to commands from the computer (such as to eject the disc).
The only reason I gave this 2 eggs instead of 1 is because one of the drives is still working (but who knows, that may also start to go soon).
I use these drives exclusively for ripping my large DVD collection (not even blu-rays). I estimate each drive has ripped around 280 discs so far, which is not at all too much to expect from a drive.
This review is from: ASUS Z87-WS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: With one critical exception, this motherboard is fantastic. It has a ton of ports (both internal and external) and it has a nice UEFI configuration interface.
Cons: So I bought this motherboard to setup a nice 40TB NAS (with the help of a SAS HBA card). After a couple days of setup, and UEFI/firmware upgrades, I unplug the monitor to run it headless (as I plan to) and boot it up. It gives me 1 long beep followed by 3 short beeps. A little research indicates this is graphics related, and sure enough if I plug a monitor back in, it's fine! If I can't run this server headless, then it's of no use to me!
Other Thoughts: I have never had a problem with ASUS before, but this is just plain awful. Forget even running headless, what if the monitor was just turned off? The thought of all those wasted hours building this thing, and that I'll have to do it again with another motherboard, is just crippling me right now. This is very upsetting, and I do not think I can trust ASUS again.READ FULL REVIEW