Nice Board10/22/2015 3:03:36 PM

Pros: -Plenty of ports -M.2 slot -Build Quality

Cons: -None so far

Overall Review: After good experiences with a couple of previous ASRock builds I went with this board for my Skylake build (upgrading from Sandybridge). Board is well made and has worked perfectly from the first power up. Running i7 6700 and 16GB Crucial DDR4. Not using the M.2 slot yet, but may upgrade SSD in the future (nice to have the option). Nothing special, just a good midrange board.

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Great Board1/7/2014 1:04:54 PM

Pros: Stable, well made board, works great with Linux Mint (including USB 3.0), optical SPDIF

Cons: I wish it had one more USB 2.0 header since my case isn't USB 3.0 compatible.

Overall Review: I'm loving my upgrade to Haswell for my HTPC. Much faster than my old Sandybridge system.

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Good Cheap Case1/7/2014 12:58:34 PM

Pros: Looks good, cheap

Cons: metal is a little thin and easily dented

Overall Review: Overall a decent case, especially for the money, just don't expect too much

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Decent Monitor12/2/2013 5:41:51 AM

Pros: Sharp screen, no dead or stuck pixels, bright, light weight, thin, built in power supply, has both DVI and RGB input

Cons: vertical viewing angles are tolerable but not good, I wasn't expecting much but the built in speakers are pretty terrible

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Nice Motherboard3/13/2013 1:35:15 PM

Pros: -Easy Install -Plenty of SATA ports for my FreeNAS build -Fully compatible with FreeNAS

Cons: -None so far

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Nice Case3/13/2013 1:31:27 PM

Pros: -Good build quality -Fans are quiet -Decent cable routing -6 hard drive bays were perfect for my FreeNAS build

Cons: No hard drive activity LED

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Nice External Enclosure6/13/2012 1:43:57 PM

Pros: - USB 3 speeds are fantastic for external backup - solid enclosure construction

Cons: - while the enclosure isn't flimsy, the fit and finish could be better (for example the usb port doesn't line up very well with the hole in the end of the enclosure, it isn't enough to prevent proper operation, but it's still annoying)

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Nice Upgrade6/13/2012 1:41:06 PM

Pros: Nice improvement over regular hard drive, no problems so far, firmware update very easy

Cons: none so far

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Solid5/14/2012 10:14:54 AM

Pros: Works great in my Acer Timeline

Cons: none

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Nice Upgrade5/14/2012 10:13:33 AM

Pros: -Decent signal boost over stock antennas -Better signal means better bandwidth

Cons: -doesn't work at 5GHz

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Fantastic5/14/2012 10:11:21 AM

Pros: -Easy Install -Great Signal Strength -Awesome Value

Cons: -Unit is a little bulky

Overall Review: Bought a couple of these and they both worked perfectly out of the box.

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12/5/2011 11:53:48 AM

Pros: - Compact - Good Power Supply - Quiet Fans on case and PSU - Silicone HD mounts keep things quiet - Decent Layout

Cons: - Routing wires from the power supply and keeping them organized is a challenge - Hard Drive mounting locations could be better

Overall Review: I like this case a lot, it looks good, is quiet, and comes with a nice power supply. Mounting the hard drive and routing the cables, however, could be easier.

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12/5/2011 11:30:12 AM

Pros: - Great upgrade over onboard graphics - Low power usage - no fan to make noise

Cons: - heatsink is a little big

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Great CPU12/5/2011 11:28:22 AM

Pros: - Solid Performance - Runs Cool (I use a big heatsink with no fan to keep my HTPC quiet) - Low Power (my HTPC never uses more than 70 watts)

Cons: minor price premium for low power part

Overall Review: this made for a nice upgrade over the Celeron E3300 I previously had in my HTPC, current generation tech + hyperthreading + reduced power usage = awesome

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12/5/2011 11:22:42 AM

Pros: works perfectly in my 2 year old intel motherboard

Cons: none

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12/5/2011 11:21:56 AM

Pros: nice RAM, no problems, very reliable

Cons: none

Overall Review: i've stuck with GSkill RAM for my last few builds and it works great every time

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Works Great12/5/2011 11:19:54 AM

Pros: works perfectly to add some usb ports to my home theater pc

Cons: socket that connects to motherboard headers is split, not one piece, doesn't affect operation, but it makes installation a little more annoying

Overall Review: wish they made a version of these with 4 usb ports instead of just 2

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Great Motherboard5/2/2011 11:15:42 AM

Pros: Stable, tons of I/O, easy to setup

Cons: none

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Works Great5/2/2011 11:14:32 AM

Pros: Fast, stable, great value

Cons: heatsinks are large enough to cause a problem with some CPU coolers

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Fantastic3/21/2011 9:58:49 AM

Pros: Effortlessly cools my Core i7 2600, Fan is very quiet and never spins up because the heatsink is so efficient (I could probably go fanless if I wanted to).

Cons: Mounting the fan is a bit tricky, since you have to do it after the heatsink is mounted to the motherboard.

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Required3/21/2011 9:56:07 AM

Pros: Securely holds my 1284 cooler without stressing the motherboard

Cons: somewhat of a pain to mount

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Awesome3/21/2011 9:48:44 AM

Pros: Huge upgrade over my Core 2 Duo E8400. I don't plan on overclocking or using the onboard GPU so saving $30 over the K version was a no brainer.

Cons: None

Overall Review: 3 times faster at video compression than my old box, well worth the upgrade.

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Great Case3/21/2011 9:45:29 AM

Pros: Quiet (love the silicone hard drive mounts), Good Ventilation (although you have to buy your own 92mm fans up front)

Cons: The swing-open front faceplate is good idea, except you can't open it without removing the side panel, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Overall Review: This is a great case for my new Core i7 build. Fits my long video card, big CPU cooler and has plenty of ventilation with the built-in 120mm and two additional 92mm fans.

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Great for Home Theater PC2/25/2011 7:51:42 AM

Pros: - Works perfectly with Ubuntu Linux - VDPAU video decoding compatible - Absolutely Silent - Low power usage - Stays cool (34-40C)

Cons: - Uses 2 expansion slots

Overall Review: This is a nice upgrade over the onboard Intel x4500 graphics in my Boxee home theater PC. Lowered my CPU usage when playing HD content.

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2/7/2011 9:50:14 AM

Pros: Fast, good capacity

Cons: Not the quietest hard drive

Overall Review: This was a good upgrade over my 4 year old 500GB drive with only 16MB of cache, but I do wish it was as quiet as my WD Green drives.

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