Date Joined: 06/16/04
Pros: -Plenty of ports
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.
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.
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
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
Pros: -Easy Install
-Plenty of SATA ports for my FreeNAS build
-Fully compatible with FreeNAS
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
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)
Pros: Nice improvement over regular hard drive, no problems so far, firmware update very easy
Cons: none so far
Pros: Works great in my Acer Timeline
Pros: -Decent signal boost over stock antennas
-Better signal means better bandwidth
Cons: -doesn't work at 5GHz
Pros: -Easy Install
-Great Signal Strength
Cons: -Unit is a little bulky
Overall Review: Bought a couple of these and they both worked perfectly out of the box.
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.
Pros: - Great upgrade over onboard graphics
- Low power usage
- no fan to make noise
Cons: - heatsink is a little big
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
Pros: works perfectly in my 2 year old intel motherboard
Pros: nice RAM, no problems, very reliable
Overall Review: i've stuck with GSkill RAM for my last few builds and it works great every time
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
Pros: Stable, tons of I/O, easy to setup
Pros: Fast, stable, great value
Cons: heatsinks are large enough to cause a problem with some CPU coolers
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.
Pros: Securely holds my 1284 cooler without stressing the motherboard
Cons: somewhat of a pain to mount
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.
Overall Review: 3 times faster at video compression than my old box, well worth the upgrade.
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.
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.
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.