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1 out of 5 eggs Don't buy, Intel RAID does not work 05/11/2017

This review is from: Asus P10S-E/4L Server Motherboard - Intel C236 Chipset - Socket H4 LGA-1151

Pros: Looks nice, dual M.2 slots,

Cons: RAID is flat out not possible with WIN7x64 or WIN8.1, or WIN10. I have never in my 20+ years had as much grief with a MB. I can get a system working with a single drive, no MB BIOS RAID enabled. But as soon as I enable RAID, even the SATA DVD disappears. Windows will not see the mirror drive or anything else. Loading DVD RAID drivers flat out does not work. Even updated BIOS and tried updated drivers, nothing works. Even with building a single drive, installing Intel RST drivers blue screened WIN7. I used 480GB SATA drives and 128GB M.2 drives, neither pairs worked. Then I read the small print the chipset has limitations. Called and wrote to ASUS support multiple times, they are useless. They kept giving me documentation for a different MB. Trying to contact ASUS and keeping an open ticket is painful. So now I'm moving on to a different vendor, hopefully MSI or Gigabyte RAID will work.

Other Thoughts: I definitely do not recommend this MB

Dell Latitude E6430 i5 3320M 2.6GHz 8GB 500GB 14
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Pros: Clean, very little wear very much like new. Video is 1600x900 vs 1366x768 everything works, reasonable price. Battery seems ok so far.

Cons: So far none

Other Thoughts: I swapped out the HD with a Kingston SSD, and now it has very good performance. Would have liked to have had an SSD but not really a con. I'll use the 500GB HD elsewhere.
I have bought a number of these refurb laptops, great value for the money. Beware though not all resellers of refurbished laptops are the same, my previous purchase the laptop was dirty, no effort was made to clean it, and there were some noticeable scratches. This reseller did a good job of making the refurbished laptop like new, and I mean like new. I'd definitely recommend Notebook Avenue.

Dell Latitude E6430, 2.90GHz Intel Core i7-3520M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Intel Graphics, Windows 10 Home Premium
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: E6430 is a great laptop, good performance, wanted the 1600x900 display.

Cons: Does not have full HD display, came with a rotator drive, not an SSD.

Other Thoughts: This laptop was dirty, was not even cleaned. had scratches but my tech was ok with the condition. I was not. The service tag and other info was removed. I've had previous great success buying these refurb laptops but compared to other sellers this one was not good. IMO
Plan on putting in an SSD and transferring the OS.


Geoff H.'s Profile

Display Name: Geoff H.

Date Joined: 03/10/06

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 03/04/09
  • Last Review: 05/17/17
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