Joined on 03/09/04
Entry Level SSD
Pros: Fast, Great with Windows 7. Bounces between 6.8 and 6.9 on Windows Experience Index Windows 7 boots quicker then ever, Though this is in a desktop build that runs 24/7 so boot times are not really an issue. SSD is a newer tech so naturally more spendy, But in this case well worth it! With faster seek and read times over mechanical drives you can expect applications to launch almost instantaneously. Includes mounting bracket that supports 2 SSD's to be mounted to 1 3.5" bay. This is great as not all SSD's on the market today include brackets so this ensures future expandability.
Overall Review: HD Tune Pro: KINGSTON SNV425S264GB Benchmark Read transfer rate Transfer Rate Minimum : 168.8 MB/sec Transfer Rate Maximum : 208.9 MB/sec Transfer Rate Average : 183.2 MB/sec Access Time : 0.3 ms Burst Rate : 58.0 MB/sec CPU Usage : -1.0%
Pros: Good Motherboard, Works as advertised. See below to under stand the low rating.
Cons: Fan Chipset Failed. This arrived 4 days later with UPS 2nd Day - Not good, UPS's fault not NewEggs except for maybe allowing UPS as a shipper.
Overall Review: Famous chipset fan failure, Has ASUS ever heard of a recall or maybe a revision? I recommend going to the Premium board which uses heat pipe technology instead. Chipset fan Failure rate is to high. When I bought this I was aware of the problem and planned on using a Zalman passive cooling heat sink like many have mentioned here. I think I will need to buy a small quiet fan to cool it a little better.
Pros: Bought this 12/15/2013 and its held up this long! It's not loud due to its large fan
Overall Review: This is a great PSU! I bought it for my living rooms custom media center PC and it has not failed me yet! It's quiet and runs 24/7. I have read the most recent reviews and have not experienced cold boot issues but also usually don't power down my media center too often. The build includes the following: AMD A8-5600K Trinity Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W AD560KWOHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) MSI FM2 AMD (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 A dvd burner I had laying around 3x 1TB Samsung HDD's Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
Bought for a custom Media Center
Pros: Great CPU and GPU setup for a media center! Kodi runs fast with it without need of additional GPU. DX11 Runs on Windows 7/10 Runs on Linux (though depending on distribution you may need to do things to get AMD working properly).
Overall Review: I bought this for a media center build in my front room.
Pros: Has many of the features you want in a motherboard for a cheap price. Can't go wrong with this one. I bought this to try out an AMD APU for my custom Media Center.
Cons: Only con I can come up with is that there is not enough Sata ports. I ended up having to upgrade hard drives in size quicker than I thought anyway do to amount of media being saved so not really a con and four is usually more than enough for most people (A dvd burner and 3 hard drives is more than most will do/need)
Overall Review: This is a great motherboard if you're venturing into APU's. This was also my first experience with UEFI. I went with legacy boot instead of secure boot because I wanted to dual-boot initially between Windows 7 and Linux. I ended up going with just Windows later on with it because of a few snags getting this to work with Arch Linux and AMD Drivers but I did read there are work arounds and I was impatient. This Motherboard also works fine under Windows 10. Kodi runs great and is fast without need of additional GPU. If you use this for major Gaming, I would recommend updating graphics but it will handle minor gaming just fine. Specs: CPU/GPU: AMD A8-5600K Trinity Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W AD560KWOHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7560D Mobo: This ;) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 PSU: COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 500W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Does the job well.
Pros: - Works as advertised - Better then the $20 headset it replaced. - Long cord - Built in Volume Control - Comfortable and can be adjusted to fit many head sizes!!
Cons: - Red, Would of been better fully black but that's up to taste.
Overall Review: I needed a headset and picked this up for less then $20 as an Eggsaver. Perfect timing as the band on my previous one broke. This headset is much more solid.