Date Joined: 07/31/03
Pros: Installed and worked without problems, both hardware and driver software, in my old Windows Server 2011 system. The card includes a 20pin header for USB 3 as is typical of newer motherboard -- this allows you to use USB 3 on old-spec motherboards that have only USB 2 headers.
The USB 3 stuff works as advertised -- I have noticed a large decrease in time for my backup compared to the USB 2 gear replaced.
Overall Review: The device ships with a full-height mounting bracket -- including a half-height bracket would be a nice touch.
Pros: USB 3 and Audio work as expected
This is a good way to modernize an old case to use USB 3
Cons: The depth dimension is very short (approx 50% of a floppy disk) and there is only one set of mounting holes on the bottom. This means that, if you must use bottom mounting (as I did), you can mount the device at only one depth relative to the front of the case, In my low-profile case, floppy disks, CD-ROM's, etc. have to "stick out" about 3.4" inch to match the front of the case. CD-ROM and floppy are long enough and have screw holes at multiple depths to accommodate this.
Also, the sides are very low (approx 1/4 inch) whereas a floppy drive is 3/4 inch high. This means that the side mount holes are too low and do not match up well with the floppy mount point holes in the 3.5" bay on my case.
In the end, I mounted this device in a 3.5"-to-5.25" bracket. -- so I got the functionality I wanted, but this should not be necessary
Overall Review: I think that all 3.5" bay inserts should have the same outside dimensions and both side and bottom mounting screw hole patterns as a floppy disk drive. This is what the bay was designed for and what case manufacturers use as a standard.
Also, when a young person asks "why all these mount point patterns?", us old-timers can regale them with tales of when the big upgrade in storage was going from 160KB floppy disks to 320KB disks.
Pros: Very modern board with all the connections and headers -- graphics good enough for business use and watching movies, networking first rate. Will be my standard motherboard for the near future.
Had to RMA first board (completely dead) -- second and third board perfect. As usual NewEgg handled the situation with dispatch and aplomb.
Cons: As received, the BIOS way out of date -- I got my board in April 2008, but BIOS was dated July 2007. You must download and install latest BIOS from Intel -- Express BIOS Update is a breeze (took less than a 2 minutes to install)
Matrix RAID install requires a floppy!! -- an odd anachronism for an otherwise very modern board.
Overall Review: I could not get front panel audio to work as others have reported. The problem turned out to be that my case expected older AC'97 audio connections and the motherboard has only HD audio header (the pin definitions are different). Got the "APEVIA HD Audio to AC'97 Adapter Cable Model CVTHD97" from NewEgg to fix problem.