Rock stable server motherboard--Long Term Use Review8/18/2018 11:09:12 AM

Pros: --24x7x365 stability --Well laid out with no clearance issues I have encountered --PCI-E x16, x8, x4, and x1 slots giving a great deal of compatibility with enterprise level hardware --On board debug LED --All solid long life Japanese capacitors --VRM heatsink is bolted down just like it should be...no push pins with springs here! --Dual Intel LAN --PS/2 keyboard connector --BIOS was easy to setup

Cons: There are no cons I have ever run into

Overall Review: I strongly recommend this product if you need a reliable and stable server or workstation setup. This board is a work horse. Mine has been in service over a year now running continuously, coming down only to facilitate regular maintenance or upgrades to the server. The server runs headless and is being to host Ubiquiti UniFi Video as a NVR managing 10 cams recording full time at 1080p 15PFS and performs double duty as well running a Ubiquiti UniFi Wireless controller I also own the older variation of this platform...the C226M WS motherboard and it has displayed 100% stability as well. That board is still in service as well, up and running for nearly 2 years as of this writing. I look forward to the C246M WS that is being released soon. I expect the same level of reliability, given AsRock Rack's track record. My server setup: AsRock C236M WS Crucial DDR4-2133 ECC 16GB (2x8GB sticks) Xeon 4c/8t E3 1275 v5 CPU Intel PCI-E x4 i350-F2 dual channel fiber adapter Samsung 850 EVO as boot/OS/server software drive 4 x 6 TB Seagate Surveillance drives in software RAID array using mdadm (RAID 10) Seasonic Focus Plus 550W PSU Corsair H60 AIO water cooler Ubuntu Linux Server 16.04.3 x64

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Awesome and extremely stable mobo4/18/2018 7:12:06 PM

Pros: -- Great pricing--high level of workmanship for the money and I ditched a Super Micro Z370 motherboard for this one so.... -- Heavy duty VRM with ultra long life black caps -- Audio solution is top notch. I literally could not tell the difference between the on board audio and my Sound Blaster Z when it came to my Trance. -- Nahimic 2+ is included for sound shaping, including headphone surround gaming which works quite well -- Highly compatible with my RAM kit...G.Skill RipJaws V DDR4-2666 CL15 1.2V -- Withstood 24 hours of Prime95 Blend AND Furmark running simultaneously which I consider the ultimate stability check combination -- Bling if that is your thing...not mine so I turned off the little blinky lights... -- The H370 chipset now has native USB 3.1 Gen2...no need for AsMedia here -- Heatsinks on the VRM area are BOLTED down! -- So many FAN headers I was not feeling the least bit worried about what fan cable would reach where...something I usually have to account for in any build. -- UEFI is superb. Fan control and degree of granularity is second to none. -- Comes with RGB LED cable and Corsair Link cable to the Corsair Link control box if you use that

Cons: -- I cannot find any cons. Really, I cannot.

Overall Review: My setup is: MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon Core i7-8700K G.Skill DDR4-2666 RipJaws V at CL15 1.2V XMP Profile 1 PNY GeForce 1080Ti M.2 Samsung 960 Pro 1TB PCI-E 3.0 x4 NVME M.2 Samsung 951 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 AHCI Corsair H110i water cooler and using the Corsair Link cable/software EVGA G3 750W Gold PSU

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Stable, but VERY PICKY motherboard with other oddities4/18/2018 6:55:40 PM

Pros: Well built...8 layer PCB I believe Well done audio subsystem...flawless listening Cooper Bussman power delivery...definitely server grade stuff Very little switching going on...which means little bandwidth sharing between devices UEFI does have better explanations on the settings compared to other brands of mobos I have used No frills...no bling...everything you need and NOTHING you do not...just the way I personally like it

Cons: UEFI fan control granularity is many generations behind the competitors. Don't expect to do much fan tweaking. Confusing settings as well in this section. For the price, a EMI shield over the ALC1220 CODEC would have been nice MOSFET heatsinks are push pinned down...not bolted down and should be at this price level Unbelievably picky with RAM! I could not use a G.Skill RipJaws V set at DDR4-2666 CL15 1.2V via XMP. It would misread the XMP profile and set the RAM to 1.35V. Upon manually setting the proper voltage I experienced instability that was not RAM related--leaving the voltage at 1.35V would result in similar instability that only showed up on ultra heavy gaming like Doom at 4K. Come to find out this very common RAM is not on the QVL and further not many sets of enthusiast RAM have been vetted by Super Micro. I stuffed in a set of DDR4-2400 CL16 that happened to be a Crucial set that was on the QVL and that did work and did not present stability issues....however there is no way I am going to have that RAM 24x7 in my gaming machine. UEFI processor microcode is older and the Spectre mitigation(s) are not present...no BIOS updates on the website. Further, the latest version of the UEFI allows a Core i7-8700K to throttle under heavy Prime95 testing despite being all voltages and temps being in the "green". This issue was mitigated by other manufacturers but not Super Micro. The M.2 slots, due to the limited resource sharing going on, are PCI-E ONLY. No SATA allowed.

Overall Review: Although the hardware is high quality, there are just too many tradeoffs here. The UEFI is not up to snuff if you are used to MSI/ASUS/Gigabyte. The RAM compatibility is the biggest issue, and betrays Super Micro's primary mission which is server grade stuff. I do not recommend this motherboard at this time. Fortunately, this stuff is correctable via BIOS updates. For me, I had to return this motherboard as I was looking at having to buy more and expensive RAM in order to meet this picky board's requirements.

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Very stable RAM!4/18/2018 6:34:55 PM

Pros: XMP setting working immediately with my MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard. After a number of tests with MemTest86 and Prime95 I am certain the RAM is good. Came with a case sticker...kinda nice since that shows an attention to detail.

Cons: No cons. Price, perhaps, but that is the market not G.Skill

Overall Review: This RAM will work with your Intel CPU and AMD Ryzen CPU. I have cross confirmed in two different systems to be certain.

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Great price, and excellent quality8/21/2016 8:45:59 AM

Pros: -- High quality -- Fully shielded -- Meets CAT7 termination specs...although you are not likely to need that level of certification, but the quality and construction of the cable make it perfect for any application you need to be sure won't be affected by EMI/RFI

Cons: -- None that I can find

Overall Review: -- I always make use of shielded and also shielded/grounded cabling in critical business applications. You don't need to worry about running this cable too close to CCFL lighting, which IS a concern with UTP (unshielded twisted pair).

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works well4/1/2016 10:22:55 AM

Pros: Excellent product for the price Internal PSU, with three prong standard power cord--no wall wart here! No annoying fan Has been working for two months now with no issues Metal housing

Cons: None

Overall Review: I would buy one of these again

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Best micro wireless keyboard and mouse set I have ever used4/1/2016 8:49:23 AM

Pros: Compact Sturdy feeling mouse and keyboard Key feel on keyboard is excellent--you get what you pay for! Batteries were included Worked on Ubuntu Linux 14.04.4 server and desktop immediately with no drivers needed

Cons: NONE

Overall Review: I would definitely buy this set again if the need arose. I have to say Logitech put out a major winner here, and if you have the need for a highly portable TKL set like this, just buy this one. I have tried others, and something was always wrong...sticky keys, etc. Not on the Logitech!

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DOES SUPPORT WINDOWS 1010/19/2015 5:53:30 PM

Pros: I previously wrote a review that ended up my customer's name of "Mukesh P". Eeek. Anyway, I have two items to add to my previous 5-Egg review: 1. This controller in Windows 8.1 x64 is considerably faster than Intel RST firmware RAID. I used ATTO to confirm this because I was curious. Not only was the Marvell controller far more consistent, it benched about 80 MB/s faster on nearly every file size. This was tested with a 64KB stripe. I tried just about every other stripe size that Intel RST offered and the performance was either the same or worse. So, that question is answered...basically even a "kind-of" device like this one (hardware RAID because it has a CPU, but no actual cache) is still the better way to go vs. firmware RAID. 2. This quote is directly from SiiG support: "Hello, Engineering tells us that Windows 10 comes with embedded drivers to support the controller. The Marvell monitoring software, available on SIIG download, must be installed however. Regards, SIIG Support" So, another question answered. Yes, this device works with Windows 10 right out of the box.

Cons: Nope.

Overall Review: Not now...

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Inexpensive and high quality10/19/2015 5:43:14 PM

Pros: 1. The stated wattage is real...no fluffing of numbers 2. High quality, as one would expect from Seasonic 3. Adequate number of connectors to a 300W PSU 4. Fan is pretty silent 5. About $30 for a Seasonic?1? Wow, if this PSU fits your needs wattage-wise you would be nuts not to buy it. 6. 80 Plus Bronze and supports the C6/C7 states for Haswell. 7. Active PFC 8. Physical on/off switch

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Remember, this is a OEM unit meant to be sold to system integrators and therefore will not come with screws or a AC power cable. No, it will not have a flashy paint job or sleeves on the cables. The cable lengths will also be shorter than to what you are accustomed to...the reason being that most integrators are using Micro-ATX mini towers. OEM's want reliable power with minimal excess costs and that is what you get here.

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Nice earrings8/24/2015 9:21:56 AM

Pros: I realize these are created Tanzanite, but I don't care. The stones are a nice shade of blue, and have the signature Tanzanite look. In fact, I would say they are better looking than the lower-end true Tanzanite you can buy for around the same price. Solid sterling silver settings and nice backers (backers are tiny...don't drop one if you ever hope to find it).

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I wear them every day. I get complimented often on them.

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I love this case8/24/2015 9:17:50 AM

Pros: Corsair Carbide, but you might mistake it for Obsidian level quality! 1. Extremely easy to work with (but, larger and cube shaped) 2. Power supply is completely separated from the rest of the system--the mobo goes in one compartment and the PSU in another. Other than the two hot-swap bays at the bottom of the mobo compartment, all drives mount in the PSU compartment as well. 3. Lots of spots to tie down cables and rubber grommets everywhere. I had no difficulty with getting a really neat build. 4. Side panels are easy to get on and off. They do not feel flimsy. 5. Extremely good air flow. 6. Easily removed top vent cover for maintenance access to your AIO top mount water cooler if that is where you put it, like me. 7. Removable PSU dust filter. Rest of the filters are fixed and not exactly filters...they will filter out pet hair and big dust but not fine particles so you get high air flow but at the expense of needing to vacuum out the inside a little more often. 8. Hot swap bays present. 9. All LEDs glow white, which matches my AIO cooler LED. 10. Case fans are quiet at full speed, and when regulated via DC by my motherboard (they are 3 pin affairs) they are silent. 11. Tinted case window to show off your build if you are into that sort of thing...I did not really care either way.

Cons: Only one...the PSU intake vent on the right side of the case is not filtered at all. I think this was a pretty big oversight since this is an area that should be kept relatively clean as well. I did not knock off an egg for this. You should be aware of it, though. After market filter material would work well here. A possible con for some is that this is NOT a small case by any stretch. Yes, it is standard depth and a little shorter than most mid-ATX cases, but double wide! Plan ahead if you are tight on space.

Overall Review: My rig: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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Best AIO water cooler I have ever used8/24/2015 8:57:07 AM

Pros: Well, Corsair outdid themselves. This AIO cooler actually matches the H110 quite handily. So, if you are looking for the best AIO cooler but don't really have the space for a 280MM radiator, then you just found it. 1. Excellent cooling...my i7-5820K will not get past 60 deg C even under Prime95 Blend Torture Test, and the cores all idle in the low 20s. 2. Thicker radiator, which certainly helps with the temps. 3. Uses the new mounting scheme (metal back plate, separate bolt mounts for the thumb screws) which is easier to work with and far sturdier. Not only that, but the new mounting scheme allows remounts to different motherboards easily since the old plastic back plate used double-sided foam tape that would only work one time and was really difficult to remove. 4. Very quiet, since my cores don't get past 60 deg C even under a 4 hour Prime95 load I never do hear the fans. 5. Hoses are pretty flexible and pivot at the pump head. 6. Interchangeable "rings" at the top of the pump head with blue, read, or the default color if you want to customize the look. I just used the default. 7. Corsair logo glows white, and I do like that. Classy.

Cons: The thicker radiator might cause you some clearance issues with some motherboards and some cases in a top mount setup especially...so do your homework. This is not really a con, but I thought it good to mention.

Overall Review: My rig: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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UPDATE REVIEW--Great RAM8/24/2015 8:07:08 AM

Pros: Well, I received a brand new replacement set of this RAM from G.Skill in near record time. They even payed for the shipping back to them. This was great service. If you want the best service, communicate directly with their reps and stay away from the automated RMA process on their website. After getting the replacement set all is well...no issues with compatibility and Prime95 Blend Torture results are all good. I am using the stock XMP Profile 1, which works great. I am now quite pleased and have given 5 eggs. I earlier posted a review with 1 egg due to a defective stick and a unresponsive RMA process. Once I switched from the web based RMA submission process and started communicating via email with the G.Skill reps everything went very well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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Superior PSU8/24/2015 8:00:03 AM

Pros: Just go to JonnyGURU and see a professional review of this PSU! I bought this unit based upon that review, plus the reputation of the OEM and reviews here on NewEgg. 1. Fully modular 2. Inexpensive for what you get...you can pay more and get less! 3. 10 YEAR WARRANTY. 4. OEM is Super Flower, specifically on the LeadEx platform. Super Flower is the primary competitor, at least on a quality basis, to Seasonic. Super Flower is smaller, but they make really good power supplies and have for a long time (since the 80s). 5. ECO mode where you can flip a switch to decide when it goes from fan-less to fan mode. Yes, it really works. I am using this mode and as it turns out my power supply fan rarely even turns on! No constant dust filter maintenance for me...well, at least UNDER the computer. 6. Substantial weight, feel, and build quality that absolutely screams quality. 7. Voltage regulation, ripple, and electrical noise results per professional review sites are best in class. 8. All Japanese capacitors are used in this thing...a mixture of electrolytic and solid. Nippon Chemi-con and Rubycon. 9. Capacitors are present in the peripheral cables 10. If the PSU fan has turned on recently I would not know since this unit is very silent. 11. Bag supplied to keep your unused cables in. 12. This PSU is packaged like it is made of glass. I mean big box, with a complete encasement in medium density foam, plus a black bag over the PSU itself. I don't think even UPS could damage it in shipping unless it actually gets run over by the truck.

Cons: None

Overall Review: My rig: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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Excellent motherboard8/24/2015 7:45:53 AM

Pros: This is my first X99 motherboard. I had been using a Devil's Canyon i7-4790K on a Z77 motherboard prior to this, and although I like the CPU the CPU/PCH did not allow me to upgrade to and get the full speed from a Samsung SM951 PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD. So, I made the jump and I am glad I did. 1. Not over-priced. You can pay a lot more. 2. Really good, and I mean REALLY good on board sound (Realtek ALC1150 with Crystal Sound 2 enhancements by ASUS). Although I opted in the end for my Sound Blaster Z, if the Z should die I will have no issues with using the on board sound. The primary reason for the Z is due to the positional surround to my headphones that the on board sound does NOT do. 3. UEFI is beautiful and easy to configure. There are a ton of options, a lot of them specific to the X99 PCH that I don't fully understand even after being in this game of building PCs for 25 years. Well, you know, if you don't understand the option you leave it at AUTO. We all know that! 4. Fan control is second to none. I was able to use the UEFI built in utility to tune the various fans in my case and ended up with silence and the lowest possible temperatures across all components in about 15 seconds as opposed to several hours of experimenting. 5. Full speed M.2 slot--PCI-E 3.0 x4, and it supports nVME. 6. USB 3.1 via a ASMEDIA controller. 7. More than enough fan headers, at least for me. I am running three case fans, plus a water cooler that requires two more headers. 8. PCB feels quite sturdy, and I have handled more than a few. 9. Critical VRM components are heat sinked. 10..Easy to use ASUS Q-connectors. That always saves time on hooking up front panel LED and button connections. 11. Intel i218V LAN on board. YES! This is a big deal as the Intel LAN is going to give you much better CPU utilization. 12. Staggering amount of SATA and USB connections. Read the specs as I won't repeat them here since I am sure you can read. 13. All of the ASUS 5X protection for longevity. Nice to have. I am not overclocking anything other than my RAM...Which happens be G.Skill RipJaws DDR4-2400 CL 14. I had no issues with either that set, or a set of EVGA DDR4-2666 CL 16. After benching, the G.Skill won out and I used those. I used 1.2V per XMP, as I dislike the idea of pushing RAM voltage. As for stress testing this mobo, I put it though a LOT of AIDA 64 and Prime95 stress testing (probably a good 36 hours between the two) and nothing faultered

Cons: Just the price of getting in the X99 platform I guess, but now that SkyLake is DDR4 this is really not a major con anymore. I just hope SkyLake-E will work with X99 and LGA-2011-v3!

Overall Review: My Rig: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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You think it is pricey..until it saves your rear end!8/24/2015 7:05:28 AM

Pros: This is hands-down the best UPS I have ever used. I had a serious power issue with over-voltages occurring because my utility power line lost its ground to the pole. Fortunately I had everything plugged, that was of value at least, to this UPS. The issue was fixed by the utility company but not before it destroyed a microwave, a fridge, a TV, and a number of light bulbs. The UPS warned me of the over voltages and logged them per the Power Panel software. I was able to jump on the issue quickly and save even more items from croaking. 1. Extremely effective at blocking spikes and unusual utility power conditions. 2. AVR--Automatic Voltage Regulation which does not need to use the battery to smooth out power issues. 3. Battery life is long...about 59 minutes assuming my screen has turned off and the system is sitting idle. See my setup and you will understand why I think 59 minutes is a LONG time. Your mileage will vary of course, but most people are going to get a lot longer than 59 minutes! 4. Lots of outlets 5. USB connections for fast charging of smart phones, etc. 6. USB Host connection to a PC for monitoring the Power Panel software or it will use the built in Windows UPS service instead. 7. Battery is replaceable, which is pretty major for me 8. Pure Sine Wave output when on battery power...most power supplies with Active PFC will work with simulated Sine Wave quite well, but some do not. The pure Sine Wave output ensures that you are covered in either case. 9. Nice, long, and thick power cable from the UPS to the outlet. 10. The whole unit screams quality. I will be picking up at least one or two more as they go on Shell Shocker, which happens pretty often.

Cons: None. Not even the price. It saved me money, not cost me money.

Overall Review: My Rig: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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I LOVE THIS SSD8/24/2015 6:42:09 AM

Pros: I finally jumped from SATA based SSDs to PCI-E boy am I glad I did. This particular drive is PCI-E 3.0 x4, in the M.2 form factor. 1. Really fast...ATTO has it 1.6 GB/s writes and 2.2 GB/s reads for file sizes at 512KB and up. The speeds exceed ANY SATA III SSD starting from 8KB. 2. Stable...I have had no issues with it at all. 3. Tiny...as in stick of gum sized tiny. If you wish to use this as a OS boot drive, then no problem. You MUST UEFI boot the OS installation media and install from that angle as the OS will see the SM951 right away where the BIOS may not. Once the install is complete, the SM951 WILL show up in BIOS as a Windows Boot Manager device in the boot order. Folks who use, or only have, Legacy boot options need NOT apply.

Cons: I little pricey...but not excessively so. You do get what you pay for. If you want large and with the latest technology, then you will pay for it.

Overall Review: My RIG: ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V Intel Core i7-5820K Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970 Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case Windows 10 x64 bit

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Good inexpensive SSD8/24/2015 6:24:53 AM

Pros: 1. Crucial brand 2. Stable Silicon Motion controller...no SandForce junk here 3. Reasonably fast, and has quite a few professional reviews that giving it high marks 4. Inexpensive 5. Very compatible...see Other Thoughts section for what I upgraded 6. Treats compressible and incompressible data the same 7. ULTRA LOW power consumption, which is why I made a point of using this SSD...again see the Other Thoughts section

Cons: None

Overall Review: I upgrade a Dell Inspiron N4010 laptop with this. Quite the task if you have never completely disassembled a laptop before (motherboard removal, etc.). But, I digress... This SSD was recognized immediately by a 7 year old HM57 PCH based Intel 1st Gen i5 CPU laptop. The latest BIOS I could find was dated 2012. So, it works in a wide variety of machines. It totally gave a new life to this laptop since it replaced a Toshiba 5400 RPM HDD. The power consumption according to the professional review sites is the lowest ever seen on idle, writing, or reading. I can verify that because this had the effect of extending the laptop's endurance by a good 40 minutes. However, the laptop was also upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 so that may have played a role as well. Since the PCH only allows for SATA II 3.0Gb/s speed I did not bother to bench the drive as it will saturate the read and write bandwidth available in any case. Since this drive's maximum write speed is about 370 MB/s write at the 250 GB capacity this was an excellent match as obviously the PCH will not allow anything past 300 MB/s anyway. Unfortunate that the reads got hobbled as the SSD can do much better, but this is a HM57 PCH limitation.

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Inexpensive, stable and name brand!8/24/2015 6:03:50 AM

Pros: 1. Inexpensive 2. Passed the latest version of MemTest86 twice before... 3. Passed Prime95 Blend Torture test-- 4 hours I was not able to test the modules at full speed, however. See the Other Thoughts section as to why...

Cons: None

Overall Review: I upgraded a Dell N4010 Inspiron with these modules along with a CPU change out from a Core i5-450M to a Core i5-560M. Both of those CPUs are 1st Gen and the PCH is HM57, so the most speed I could squeeze out of the modules was DDR3-1066 (533MHz). That is a CPU and PCH limitation--not the modules fault.

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These things work!8/20/2015 8:28:48 PM

Pros: 1. Not overpriced. 2. MTBF rating is extreme...enterprise class components were obviously used. 3. Barely warm to the touch under constant stress. 4. No vibration that I can discern. 5. FAST! ATTO benches it at 190 MB/s write and 220MB/s read for sequential transfers. 6. Capable of handling 32 simultaneous camera streams, and specifically tuned for surveillance duties were writing is the priority. I can verify it easily handles eight 720P/16FPS streams without breaking a sweat. 7. Designed for 24x7x365 operation. 8. RAID friendly due to the rotational vibration sensors.

Cons: None that I have found other than the inherent issue with spinners in general...random I/O is nowhere near what a SSD can provide.

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Inexpensive, sturdy, stylish and yet weird8/20/2015 8:18:59 PM

Pros: 1. Inexpensive given the quality of the construction and features. 2. Air filter for PSU that can be removed. 3. Filters in front and top that can be easily vacuumed off (but not removed). 4. Black inside and out. 5. Bottom mounted PSU, with rubber pads for anti-vibration. 6. A lot of drive space for such a small case, but see cons too. 7. Two 120MM case fans are pre-installed and can be hooked up to 3 pin headers or directly onto MOLEX connectors (adapters supplied). These fans are NOT PWM, and therefore any fan control will have to be done via DC. 8. Case leads are more than long enough. 9. A lot of cable tie down points, and slight bulging of the right side panel allows for some light and out of sight cable routing. 10. Water cooler friendly for rear mount (120MM) or front (240MM). 11. A ton of screws are provided...including a lot of thumb screws. 12. Case speaker provided. This is something you don't see often. 13. A BIG ONE...the PCI expansion slot covers are not only vented, but removable. No break-aways!

Cons: The only real con I could find, and it was a really perplexing one, is that SSDs can mount to the mobo tray and do so with rubber grommets. Now, I think rubber grommets are a great idea for dampening vibration. One problem. SSDs don't vibrate. At all. I think the smarter solution would have been to allow mounting of 3.5" spinners in the bay provided on rubber grommets, where they make sense to use because spinners...well...spin. They therefore vibrate. So, aside from this extremely odd choice of where rubber grommets can and cannot be used in this case I really think Cooler Master created a great case here.

Overall Review: Note to Cooler Master engineers: SSDs don't vibrate...3.5" HDDs do.

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Updated review...FAILED after five months3/29/2015 3:12:42 AM

Pros: Well, this router worked well for the time it worked. One day out of the blue it decided it was not going to work with my cable modem anymore and would not pull down my public IP or recognize it was connected to the internet. I was using the latest F/W. I tried resetting it via the hard switch using the 30/30/30 method to be sure I was wiping it back to factory defaults. No dice...the issue still persisted. I tried having my ISP reset my cable modem and went through trouble shooting with them for a couple of hours in addition to the trouble shooting I did on my own. It became obvious that any device hooked directly to my cable modem worked great but anything plugged into the router would have a good network connection but no connection to the internet. I was finally forced for purchase another brand which worked immediately.

Cons: Price you pay seems to be high for a router that you not expect to fail in five months. $160 wasted. I was way outside the Newegg return window and a RMA through ASUS to only get a refurbished unit in return and play that particular game was not appealing.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Mukesh, I want to thank you for posting this review and I understand that you have an issue with the router. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience this issue has caused you but let me go ahead and further assist you. Have you tried reconfiguring the router? or do a power cycle change channel bandwith or try to upgrade and downgrade the router's firmware. For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150769923 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products. Thank you for choosing ASUS. Best regards, Jerry ASUS Customer Loyalty
Works quite well3/29/2015 3:05:19 AM

Pros: I needed a external USB DVD burner to primarily be used as backup and to load Operating Systems, etc. This one fit the bill very well. 1. Sturdy and quality construction 2. Vibration is no more or less than one would expect from any notebook sized DVD burner in an external enclosure 3. The cord is nice and usable--I have used other external burners where the cord is so short you could not even put the drive down on the table after plugging it in. This drive adds a couple three more inches that make using it not a hassle!

Cons: None at this point.

Overall Review: Remember, this is a notebook DVD burner inside an enclosure. You will get the same read and write speeds as you would expect from a notebook...as in nothing fancy or fast. This device should be bought for portability and backup use in case a primary device fails.

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Excellent adapter3/29/2015 3:00:33 AM

Pros: This is definitely the perfect adapter for those looking for: 1. Rock solid reliability 2. Advanced server features such as the ability to team 3. Low system resource use I have this adapter installed into a small specific use server, that controls a Ubiquiti WiFi network and PoE camera system (the server is the Zone Controller and runs the AirOS software). The Intel adapter is capable of handling the incoming and outgoing traffic without skipping a beat and putting a minimal burden on the host CPU which was the idea. Further pros: 1. Comes with full sized PCI and low height brackets and the brackets are perforated for ventilation 2. Works in any PCI-E slot size 3. Driver set is easy to use and configure--many detailed explanations of the settings are found inside the driver set itself as well as a full blown manual that may also be downloaded

Cons: Only one I can think of, and that is the price. However, that said, you do get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Using in a AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini APU / MSI AM1I mini-ITX motherboard small form factor server with Windows 8.1 64 bit.

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Talk about a good value...and it is Seasonic!3/16/2015 5:33:28 AM

Pros: The wattage stated is what you get! This is a Seasonic PSU, although obviously meant to be used by PC manufacturers in their builds. No flashy paint or other add-ons..just honest reliable power. Pros: 1. Seasonic, as I said. Reliable. 2. Built with quality components. 3. All the ratings and power protections one would expect in a high quality unit such as OVP, OCP, etc. UL listed. 4. Active PFC. 5. 80 Plus Bronze rated. 6. Silent...I cannot hear it.

Cons: None...well maybe the fact that it is OEM and therefore does not come with a power cable...but I knew that up front and ordered one. The only other thing I can point out is that the design is a little dated since it still has a Berg floppy connector on it.

Overall Review: Be aware that Seasonic does not build PSUs to fail early, so this PSU is 300W and has the connectors to match that wattage. No PCI-E connectors, only one 12V CPU AUX connector, and more than enough SATA and MOLEX connectors. This is the perfect PSU for replacement in an older machine with a failing or failed PSU or for a smaller system that does not need much power like a HTPC or small form factor light duty server.

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