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Howard M.

Howard M.

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Most Favorable Review

Good so far, USB 3 has some issues, Immature Bios

GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Pros are listed here in the product detail. to add to that, This board has "Dynamic Vcore" setting Google that, read the owner's manual and research it. I like this feature, allows for a higher overclock without the cpu receiving too much voltage when idle. Undervolts along with EIST when idle = longer lasting CPU life and more energy saving when the extra boost is not needed.

Cons: Etron USB has issues with disconnects. The USB 3 here is not NEC, which is proven and stable up to driver version 1.0.20. Latest drive here for this board's Etron USB chip is 100.00.98.. I had to use my USB addon card for my raid 5 AMS Venus 5 bay 2350c. Onboard USB again, during large file transfers dissapears from system every time. I expect Etron to fix this eventually with Bios update. Bios version F4, the latest bios for this board as of this review, has a few buggy issues. Like Turbo boost on/off does not quite work right, and sometimes the Multiplier does not reflect to what is set in the bios. Some slight ram issues, I am using GSKILL Ripjaws 16 gigs, 1866 cas 9. it appears the ram undervolts a little bit at higher CPU overclocks. not a big deal. This board is new and bios revisions still somewhat immature. Will take a few revisions to get it right on.

Overall Review: I7 2600k tested stable up to 4.5 using stock voltage set to "normal" in bios, and +0.07 to compensate for Vdroop. I like this feature better than Load Line. Load line in bios now has 10 steps, BE CAREFUL with this, as it can fry your CPU if you do not fully understand how to use this setting! Be sure if you are going to use it, to get studied on it! Be sure to check CPU PLL level in bios when set to both auto and normal. Be careful to leave this on auto if MB sets voltage over 1.90. Took me a little time to research all the features this board offers.. This is same board as the UD3R version except this has 6 phases, that board has 8. Package comes with ATI crossbar and 2 SATA angle cables, THAT IS IT!! no brackets for front USB.

Most Critical Review

Works, BUT read cons!

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND2000-200NAS)
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND2000-200NAS)

Pros: Set up with Hitachi 7200 RPM 64k 3 terabyte drives in both bays. Works just fine, formatted just fine.

Cons: USB ports WILL NOT recognize external drives over 2 terabytes! This is a confirmed issue for this firmware.. Don't buy if u want to use those USB 3 ports on this to run 3 terabyte external drives under release Firmware.

Overall Review: Beta product here; as others have mentioned, missing add-ons, as I have mentioned no external USB support for drives/arrays of 3 terabyte and higher. Finished with Netgear because of this.. 2 eggs because it works as a basic NAS. Companies more and more are concerned with getting a product out to make that extra money, without fully testing it to make sure all works.. They did not test to see if a 3 terabyte drive and higher works on the USB ports.. everyone else has same issue.. avoid if u want to use the usb ports as I have mentioned.

Fast, no blue screens with FW 2.15

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G

Pros: Fast drive, benchmarks in line. Latest firmware 2.15 fixes any blue screen issue. I was able to back up my spindle OS drive to Acronis and clone it on this drive, no issues. I do not know why others report issues. Make sure to first get old drive OS ready for SSD drive. Refer to online guides on how to use/optimize SSD drive in Windows 7.

Cons: AS non compressible data transfer and typical IOPS are slower than the Vertex 3's. That is the difference you see in the price from this drive to The Vertex 3's. Unless you do a ton of video editing, a ton of multiple writes and transfers. you will not notice a real world difference.

10/29/2011

Works well

SNT SNT-125B Black 3.5" SATA Hard drive to 5.25" Bay SATA Mobile Rack Removable Hard drive kit
SNT SNT-125B Black 3.5" SATA Hard drive to 5.25" Bay SATA Mobile Rack Removable Hard drive kit

Pros: simple to install at every step.. I did not even screw the drive in. Drive fits snug so no need to screw it in. Because of this, I can swap out the drive and use this as a tray less type setup. has power button which is a big plus. Leds work fine.

Cons: Nothing really. Perhaps a tad bit flimsy, lock is key less and mechanism is very small.. Small lever has to be turn clock wise to lock.

Overall Review: Worth the price and very easy to install and use.

10/29/2011

Works Great!

ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual Bay 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/IDE SSD & Hard Drive Bracket / Adapter, tool-less design for installation
ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual Bay 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/IDE SSD & Hard Drive Bracket / Adapter, tool-less design for installation

Pros: Really easy to install the drives. Open front door, slide them in and close the front door. Fit easily into my Thermaltake 3.5 3 drive rack. No need for me to use screws as it is firmly in place as it is designed to do.

Cons: None, but please be sure to actually watch the video here and/or just follow the directions!

Overall Review: Follow directions!! Do not try to force your drive(s) in. It really does work just fine, and it is nicely constructed for the price as well!! Note; This is not meant for removable tray type hard drive application. Yes, you could use it for that, but you would have to jimmy rig it to work correctly!

10/27/2011

Updatesd

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE240G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE240G

Pros: Bought this a few months ago, look for my original review with my username here "Delweine" Drive still works the same as it did the day.. Same blazing reads and writes

Cons: The only real con is you cannot update the firmware while using Intel's RST driver 10 and above. For me, no big deal. I have a hybrid Seagate 500 gig in my other laptop bay with Windows 7 installed there with Microsoft IDE driver, so I can boot into that drive and upgrade my OCZ from there!

Overall Review: Here is a quote from one user in this feedback chain; "Cons: SandForce Memory controller DOES NOT SUPPORT Power State 3 or Power State 4. Power State 3 is Sleep Mode and Power State 4 is Hibernation Mode. If these modes are used the SSD will hiccup and blue screen crash. Many times upon reboot the system will blue screen 5 or 6 times before the SSD gets back on track and loads the OS." I have no sleep/hibernate issues at all, so I do not know what the heck this person is talking about!! I use Hibernate mode all the time with Windows 7, and again, no problems, no blue screens at all. Perhaps this person is not using Intel's RST 10 and above? Intel's RST fully supports Trim command... Remember, before you install this drive, READ EVERY SSD TWEAK AND PRIMER guide, so you know how to full and properlty implement this technology!