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This review is from: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - This was the last new Z77/B75 motherboard I could find on the internet from a reputable seller.
- There are regular PCI slots if you happen to be hanging on to some really old stuff (this is also a con).
- This was relatively cheap at $85 for a full ATX board that could do crossfire, RAID, and overlocking
Cons: - Placement of the SATA ports are annoying. I have two AMD video cards in Crossfire and they completely cover the four 3Gb/s ports. They are not rotated 90 degrees off the edge of the motherboard like they should be so I've have to deal with some ugly wire routing through and around by two video cards to hook up my 4 hard drives. The two 6Gb/s ports I use for my SSDs are further up the board so they aren't an issue.
- The CMOS battery seemed to be DOA. The system would boot fine sporadically and would reboot out of Windows fine but when turned off overnight and started from a cold boot in the morning the system would spin up the fans but nothing happen beyond that. I had to clear the CMOS every time to get reset the BIOS defaults and it would boot. I replaced bought a new CR2032 battery and that seems to have fixed the problem but I'll need more time to see if this actually fixed the problem. If it's not the CMOS battery then something is definitely wrong and I"ll have to return this board (this was after the usual troubleshooting such pulling all video cards, testing memory and slot combinations, etc)
-Why are there two old PCI slots instead of PCI express slots?
-The front panel USB 3.0 connector on my Corsair 750D case does not fit any of the motherboard headers. I'm not sure if the Corsair connector is proprietary or if this ASRock board is just missing it. My previous MSI Z77 board had the proper header so now I'm down two front panel USB 3.0 ports.
-No onboard BIOS speaker. Troubleshooting is more difficult without being able to hear audible error beeps.
Other Thoughts: I think I bought the last of this board chipset available anywhere since it's such an older chipset. If I had to buy it again I probably wouldn't for my specific needs (overlocked i5-3570K, 6 hard drives, two AMD Radeon 7850s). The layout of the board is annoying, the dead CMOS battery was annoying, the BIOS is definitely barebones,the rear I/O panel shield isn't as nice as a Z77 board that has nicer colors and diagrams.
I bought this to replace a Z77 board that died while I wait for Z170 boards to mature and prices for Skylake processors to come down and it's doing the job. If you're in my position still using an Ivy Bridge processor and you're needing a band aid or you don't need something too fancy and you can get your hands on an Ivy Bridge processor then this motherboard is fine. It's definitely a budget board but that's what I expected being a B75 vs. Z77. For the average budget user or someone cannibalizing older parts into an new computer I would recommend this board.
Pros: Solid, reliable, mid-priced dual-band router.
I needed something dual-band (5ghz) to deal with the 30+ wireless networks in my apartment building. Prior to getting this router I could I could not stream video off my Qnap TS-212 NAS to my Roku, Chromebox or iPad or even other streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix without lots of buffering even though the distance to the router was less than 30 feet away from the devices.
After buying this and switching all compatible devices to the 5ghz frequency I have had no issues with connection quality and video streaming. It also helps that there are no other 5ghz networks I can pick up from my apartment vs the 30+ in the 2.4ghz range.
I previously owned an Asus RT-N16 which worked great until I moved into my new apartment and discovered the civil war of wifi networks. Do yourself a favor and get a dual-band router like this if you live in a high-density building with lots of networks and have problems streaming or keeping a good connection.
This is a great router you can upgrade to Tomato WRT and I believe DD-WRT but I haven't seen a need to as the stock firmware works fine. No need to buy a fancy AC router since most devices don't even support AC yet (wait for prices to come down on the AC routers).
Cons: Dual-band range (5ghz) leaves something to be desired. I live in a 2-bed apartment with the router in one bedroom. I do not get full signal on the 5ghz frequency in the other room. It's fast enough for my purposes and I don't have real issues given my small apartment but in a larger home I would see this as a problem (i.e. rooms further out or between floors). If you have a bigger place and want a stronger 5ghz signal you may want to go for a higher-end model.
Other Thoughts: No real complaints. I've had good luck with Asus routers and like the flexibility of loading Tomato WRT and DD-WRT.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good read/write speeds. Using in my Sony SLT-A55V camera. 10fps burst mode works great up to around 20 continuous frames then the write speed falls off sharply. Worse when shooting RAW vs JPEG obviously but still very acceptable. No problems shooting HD video. Smooth with no errors.
Cons: Price including shipping is significantly higher than other similar class 6 16gb memory. Seems worth the tradeoff though since people seem to have problems like DOA units.READ FULL REVIEW