Date Joined: 03/18/02
Pros: ECC RAM Support!
Lots(6) of SATAIII (6Gb) ports
Well supported in Linux.
Rock solid after BIOS update
Cons: Had to flash the initial BIOS/UEFI to get stability. After I updated BIOS from the out of the box version, it has been rock solid.
Second (black) PCIe 2.0 x16 is really just a PCe 2.0. x4 bus with a x16 physical connector. This can be very misleading. Doesn't really effect me, but with people doing SLI/Crossfire, that could be a big issue.
Overall Review: I love that ASUS enables the ECC support in there AMD FX processors. More vendors should.
I can't comment on the audio since I don't use it. I use this as a server.
Pros: Great number of core per price.
ECC RAM support! (With supported motherboard)
IOMMU Support for direct access to hardware for virtualized guests.
Cons: Stock fan is loud but I don't care since it is in my basement.
Overall Review: I use this for my home virtualization server. I use it with Ubuntu Linux and Virtualbox setup. It works great. Never have any heating or stability issues after I updated the firmware in my motherboard (Mobo's fault). It run the three VMs I need well: pfSense box (1 core), a file, media, plex VM (3 cores), and a legacy ubuntu server (1 core) without issue. I also run Linux software RAID 5, 1, and soon LVM - Parity. I never see the CPU get congested.
Never have any issues with it that aren't my fault.
I would recommend this for an entry level workstation, low-end home visualization server, or low / mid level gaming machine.
Pros: Installed Linux Mint 17.2 without a hitch. Both the open-source and catalyst graphics drivers worked out of the box without any issues. The closed source installed without a problem and installed Catalyst version 15.20. I saw significant speed increase over the open-source drivers.
The only thing I haven't tried yet is the Ethernet port since I use a USB 802.11N adapter.
Cons: So far I've seen none during run time. I'm running Phoronix tests to stress it.
I will say that when building this machine, I was very particulate about the hardware. Many of the FM+ motherboards are very RAM picky. If you don't you'll have lots of stability and performance issues. Check the RAM compatibility list.
I tend to by RAM that is at least one step faster than what I expect to run it at. This gives the RAM some breathing room if any of the RAM sticks have some performance issues. I bought DDR3 2400 and I'm only running it at 2133.
Overall Review: Many people said that GPU drivers were an issue in Linux. That was then an this is now. Now that AMD has released the drivers for 15.7 ( 2015-05-17) Linux support is a reality
Pros: Works great out of the box. Great weight too it. The multimedia keys works without any configuration in Linux Mint 17. The LED back lights work as expected. The keys have a nice movement too them. They also aren't loud which is important for a father that has sleeping infant in it.
Cons: One con I did find is that the keyboard didn't work with my D-Link DKVM-4 (circa 1999) with USB->PS/2 converter. Since the KVM is so old, I didn't take an egg. I could also be the convert's fault too.
Overall Review: One thing I did find that bit of getting used to is that the keys are slightly smaller than you standard IBM keyboard. It's not horrible but it is noticeable.
Pros: I was happily surprised at this USB wireless. I bought this for a cash strapped friend who needed to connect an old computer (P4-1.3G/30GB-5400RPM/640MB RDRAM). I also installed a PCI Rosewill USB2.0 card (Item#: N82E16815166014) to give the machine USB2.0. I was worried that the minimal resources of this machine would cause the software / hardware to be very flaky. That was not the case. It has proven to hold solid connections to a 802.11G access point. I was getting 4/4 signal bars though 2 walls and 15'.
Cons: The only two things I can critique the hardware on is two minor things. It doesn't use the native Windows XP wireless interface. It uses it own custom software. I know many wireless cards do this. I don't like this because it confuses many users between the two management consoles.
The second is it would have been nice to give a short (3') USB extension cable. It would get the huge antenna out of the way of the tangle of wires in the back of the computer. It would probably also improve reception to being aware from a huge source of EM.
Overall Review: There was no 'N' access points around to test with. Thus I can't give any comment of it performance/stability there.
Pros: Installed the PCI card in an aging Pentium 4(1.3Ghz) for a neighbor that needed WiFi. Plugged it into an out of date WinXP SP2 machine and it came up without an issue. No drivers needed. Didn't see any USB2 bus based errors even under load which is pretty easy with a slow machine like this.
Cons: None at this moment.
Overall Review: Didn't try the internal USB port because the machine didn't have any use for it.
Pros: One of the best VA per $ for it's time. It was supported Linux with NUT. No problems there. The only issues I had was that you had to go manually silence the alarm every few minutes if the power was out.
Cons: The UPS worked great and the as the battery aged it eventually was not holding much charge. This was a about at the 4 year mark. I knew it the battery was bad so I didn't expect it to do much of anything other than be a surge protector and maybe a bit of line conditioning. That is not what happened. Over the next 6 month I had 3 PSUs die on me. Even before I put the UPS in, I didn't have that much problem with 'dirty' power. I pulled it out of my infrastructure and the dying PSU issue went away too.
Pros: My BNT-1500 (aka Black Knight) did very well for the four years I used it. I supported my whole home LAN with one. That consisted of 1 switch, 1 low power pc, 1 high power server, 1 VOIP Router, and a cable model. With a little bit of research, I was able to integrate it with NUT (Network UPS Tools) for linux.
Cons: Now the bad news... when my BNT-1500 was getting up in age (the four year mark), I would wake up some mornings and have to reset the UPS and restart all connected devices. Also about this same time, I started having power supplies fail across multiple machines. I took the UPS out the equation, those issues went away. There was no alerts on the UPS at all.
Pros: Small, portable, seemingly decently built. It is a nice webcam. It works with both Gentoo Linux (kernel 2.6.30) and Windows XP. Works well with Skype for Windows 4.x and Skype for Linux 2.x despite what other reviews have said.
Cons: Would be nice to to have a physical lens cover
Overall Review: I didn't test some of higher resolutions since I only plan on using this for video conferencing.
Pros: I bought this for my linux based laptop the connects via a port replicator to a KVM. You can probably see I am just asking for problems. I was happily surprised when I just plugged it to my port replicator and KVM and as working perfectly. No issue other than a bit of configuring in Xorg, but that is linux issue not the USB adapter's fault.
Cons: None at the moment.
Pros: The DUB-H7 works as described with some quarks. (See Cons) I haven't seen any connectivity issues or bad dataflow.
Cons: One of my big issues with this hub, is that if the upstream signal is stopped, it stops the both the signal & POWER to the downstream USB devices. This means if you undock, suspend, shutdown, unplug this hub from the computer, it will shut down the power to the devices that are connected to it. That may have been fine in the past, but with so many devices like Palms, Blackberries, iPods, and the like using the USB port to charge, this can be very aggravating. This is one of the reasons I a bought a USB hub in the first place. I have never seen this behavior in the previous hubs I have owned in the past.
Also one thing that sort of worried me, is I noticed that the AC power converter only supplied 3Amps of DC power. Technically, if all of your USB devices used 500 milliamps, you would need 3.5 AMPs plus whatever was needed for the hub controller. It is unlikely that this would happen, but it is possible.
Overall Review: Here are some other areas I could see for improvement but I couldn't consider them flaws/cons:
* Foot to stand hub upright so it would take up less desk space
* Lights indicate signal and data traffic (not just power as it does now)
* Lights indicate when the hub is running at 1.1 vs. 2.0
Pros: I got this card for my linux workstation. I was attaching a 300GB Seagate drive and lite-on DVD-Burner. Once I got the driver issues dealt with (see below), this card has been rock solid.
Cons: When I first got this card only linux kernel 2.6.19 had just come out. I had problems with attaching my SATA Burner. It would make my system unstable. While there is an open-source driver for linux... linux-ata.org didn't say that it didn't support ATAPI devices at the time, only harddisks. Had to wait till 2.6.21 to get ATAPI support stable. If you cannot upgrade to a recent kernel stay away from this card.
Overall Review: If you plan to use this in linux for SATA ATAPI devices (aka optical drives), make sure you are on kernel version >=2.6.21. There was implementation of for ATAPI devices since 2.6.18 /w patch but it was very unstable.