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Pros: -Completely quiet, no coil whine
-Great cables. Some people don't like them because they say they're too stiff or difficult to maneuver. Ribbon cables are like that. But the advantage is that they can lay flat against each other and stack, overall taking up less space.
Plus, they flex and will keep their shape, so you can mold them as you like.
Only thing I didn't like was the 24 pin main power, as that was divided up into two cables with wires going to different plugs, which is unnecessary and actually makes that cable bulkier. But this is minor.
-Packaged VERY well, unlike the Corsair 750d case I bought
Cons: Had a problem with my mobo and I couldn't figure out if this thing was actually on. I used the paperclip test, which is where you connect the green wire to a black ground wire, tested a fan and found out the PSU was ok.
Considering this thing is dead silent whether on or off, a small, subtle indicator light somewhere would be helpful for troubleshooting.
Other Thoughts: Going to use this to power SLI GTX770s.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -Dark brown PCB, matches black cases well
-UEFI is easy to use
Cons: - Good luck troubleshooting the online bios update if it can't connect through your router. I gave up and just downloaded the bios manually. It was just as easy.
-Computer was running too fast. Seriously, the windows clock was running at twice the normal speed. It was like the system was on a caffeine high. I had to pop out the mobo battery to clear the CMOS, and that fixed the problem.
Other Thoughts: I originally thought this motherboard was dead, or that my new PSU was dead, because it showed no sign of life. This is my 3rd PC build, but the first one where I tried to boot up without the CPU. It hadn't arrived yet and I figured the board would light up or give some sign of life without it. Nope. Make sure the CPU is installed before you try testing.
There isn't a lot of variance between motherboards aside from hardware features. The big difference is in the software - the BIOS/UEFI and other utilities. If these don't work well, the board is useless. I've had no issues with this board and the software seems pretty solid. I know others have spoken of problems but maybe ASROCK has worked that out now.
This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
Pros: Very small and cheap
Cons: See below
Other Thoughts: Originally this thing was pulling less than 1mbps whereas my laptop was pulling 25+mbps off my wifi. I updated the driver and now it pulls in anywhere from 5mbps - 10mbps.
If you have slow internet, this would probably be ok. But if you're paying for 15+mbps speeds, you don't want to bottle neck what you're paying for through a poorly performing wifi adapter.
Because of the poor speed, I'm not going to use this. It's basically a waste of money.