Form and function8/4/2021 12:11:29 AM

Pros: It worked right out of the box. The layout on this board really is impressive. You'll appreciate the effort put into the layout. It's built like a tank. Said by others, I know, but it really is! Its amazing how heavy it is. It has all the features. It's a sexy beotch.

Cons: The BIOS UI is a little funky, and this is coming from someone familiar with a similar ASUS WS X299 board. You may need search for help on finding some of the settings because they aren't intuitive.

Overall Review: After I opened the box, I didn't know whether to install it or put it in a display case? This thing is even more impressive in person. I opted to make the switch to red team with this unit and don't have any regrets. Coming from an ASUS WS X299 which was always picky and flaky, this board has been smooth and easy. Some things that I came across that maybe aren't obvious. I don't want to list these as cons but some people might. Those people should stick to consumer boards. -The board is big, EATX. It maxes out my old Silverstone TJ07B workstation case. -For the 8-pin power cable, I had to use a 8-pin to dual 6-pin splitter. From what I've read, most people will have to do this also. Research if your power supply will work. You may need to upgrade that as well. -The two 6-pin power connectors at the bottom are optional. They are the only optional power connectors. You will need them if you put a medium to heavy load on the PCIE slots. -I'm running vanilla GSkill memory that is not on the qualified list but it worked right out of the box. -Works with the Optane 905P PCIE version. Benchmarks on this are little down from the X299 but not a deal breaker. Kinda to be expected really. I imagine the 905P is optimized for the X299 and vise-versa.

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Powerhouse8/3/2021 11:21:21 PM

Pros: Other than the specifications you already know, I like the CPU mounting system better than the solution from blue team. Also the packaging is nicer and seems to show a little pride. The included torque wrench is a good idea.

Overall Review: I opted to make the switch to red team for a workstation upgrade and have no regrets. The system is quick and responsive at all times, no matter what I'm doing. AMD is back!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Easy!1/15/2012 11:12:59 PM

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: No toy surprise in the bottom of the box

Overall Review: I was relieved to see that someone was still making heatsinks for a dinosaur P4. The installation was a cinch and the clamps are even better than the original plastic garbage on the stock cooler. The noise, in my case, wasn't a problem. This isn't any louder than the other stuff in the PC. I didn't realize people were complaining about the noise until I read the other reviews here just now.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
It works1/15/2012 11:05:58 PM

Pros: They work!

Cons: Here is where I say something whitty like "they weren't free".

Overall Review: Let's face it, they are just cables. How hard can it be to make a cable? Still, happy to report zero problems with the 3 I bought.

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Nice product1/15/2012 11:03:13 PM

Pros: It works! It's fast. It's small.

Cons: We had some trouble with certain switches not linking to the copper port. We tried regular and crossover cables, no dice. Other switches worked fine. If I had to guess, I'd say it's something to do with the port speed negotiation because the switch that worked seemed to default to 1G rather than 100Mbs. There was nothing in the instructions about this. Heck, knowing my luck, I happened to have the one and only switch that this won't work with.

Overall Review: This unit fit our application exactly. We opted for the rack-mount kit which makes the unit look even more at home our rack. Despite the small hang-up during install with the switch compatibility, after we swapped some Ethernet switches around, it's been racing along ever since. I would certainly buy more of these if the need arose.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
It works!1/15/2012 10:49:40 PM

Pros: Does what it's supposed to

Cons: None

Overall Review: We pretty much plugged this thing in and it's been racing along without any complaints ever since.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Nice unit1/15/2012 10:47:57 PM

Pros: It's attractive looking unit with an improved LCD display that's an improvement over the LED lights on previous models.

Cons: None

Overall Review: If anyone is curious about the noise, I haven't heard a peep out of these unless they go on battery, which is totally acceptable to me.

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Thumbs up!1/15/2012 10:45:19 PM

Pros: Fast, sleek, Muskin

Cons: You'd think that everyone would find a way to get away from the friggen cap, but noooo!

Overall Review: I'm getting about 25MB/s on USB2.0 which is all I have right now. I'm looking forward to upgrading to USB3.0 to really let this baby stretch it's legs. For some reason I find the red LED a pleasant change from the eye piercing blue that seems common now.

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Avoid5/10/2011 10:42:02 PM

Pros: Looks solid from the outside.

Cons: The hard drive wouldn't slide in at all because a metal bracket inside was catching on a screw on the drive, so I had to bend that out of the way with my finger. The spring clips on the door are a joke and catch on the drive randomly. Their purpose seems to be to make the simple task of closing the door, as difficult as possible. The spring clips inside the drive are so stiff that you'll think your going to break the drive trying to slide it in. I believe these are also the cause of the screeching metal noises that can be heard when installing a hard drive. To top it off, it won't work at all with my WD20EADS. I don't have another drive to test. Since this is the reason I bought it, it's useless to me regardless.

Overall Review: This unit looks good when you take it out of the box, but looks can be deceiving. In the end, I wasted $32 and 2 hours of my time. I'll also be crossing Icy Dock off my personal buy list from now on. I just wish I could give it zero eggs. If anyone wants this thing, it'll be in the dumpster out front of my apartment until Friday when the city comes by. Oh yeah, super quick shipping by Newegg. Thanks!

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Nice board but...3/25/2011 11:30:40 PM

Pros: Supermicro! Excellent features make this a versatile solution for many situations

Cons: None really, see below

Overall Review: Just a heads up for anyone considering using this as a SOHO server board, it doesn't seem too happy with an Areca RAID card in the PCI-E x16 slot. It works most of the time on a cold boot, and most of the time on a warm reboot it hangs. I'm sure the official response would be that this is a workstation board so I can't really count this as a con. It appears to have the latest BIOS so no luck there. I picked up a Supermicro MBD-X7SBL-LN2 to try instead so I'll let you know if that works better with the RAID.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Excellent3/25/2011 11:21:58 PM

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Overall Review: I like how Areca has unified all their battery modules into this one unit that works for all. Great idea! The cable is long enough that you should be able to install this in any empty slot, although it would be nice to have a second mounting method that didn't take up a PCI slot in case you don't have a spare.

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Excellent3/25/2011 11:17:29 PM

Pros: Works great out of the box

Cons: None experienced

Overall Review: Having tried competitors Micro-ATX boards with similar features, it was a relief to have this board simply work the way it is supposed to. It fired up the first time and has been purring like a kitten ever since! Thanks ASUS!

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Nice3/25/2011 11:14:23 PM

Pros: Excellent engineering and design Excellent air flow Excellent fit and finish Fairly quiet fans included

Cons: CD-Rom bay swap requires complete disassembly of the PC

Overall Review: If you grab one, be sure to install the CD/DVD first and make sure the little eject button works and everything. If it doesn't you will have to disassemble almost the entire PC to fix it later. Other Lian-Li cases have the quick release CD/DVD holders so I'm not sure why they skipped them here. The rest of the case is so nice that you won't be sorry you bought one even with the CD/DVD issue.

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Excellent3/25/2011 10:45:44 PM

Pros: Excellent design Excellent fit and finish Hardened inserts throughout for screw threads

Cons: None come to mind

Overall Review: This is my first Lian Li case. I've used aluminum cases from competitors which are good, but they have a problem with the threads stripping. I was very happy to see the threaded inserts used here. Airflow is also excellent and the included fans are fairly quiet which was a bit of a surprise and a nice bonus.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Cheaper for a reason3/25/2011 10:40:31 PM

Pros: Cheaper than other options

Cons: License not transferrable License for 1 PC only (as opposed to 2 PC's for the DVD version)

Overall Review: I bought this to save a buck and then I decided to get a new PC shortly after installing this. Guess what? Hosed. I bought the DVD for the new PC. I ain't doing this again.

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Nice but...3/25/2011 10:34:22 PM

Pros: Lots of capacity! Expandable! Looks great! Works great! Great for server racks!

Cons: -1 star for fan noise! -1 star for running the fans 24/7!

Overall Review: Sorry for the exclamation points on everything but I have to yell over the noise of this thing! I'm a fan of APC and I love the Smart-UPS 1500 I bought at the same time as this one. But to be honest, all of the good things about this unit seem to be overshadowed by the enormous fan noise that eminate from it at ALL TIMES. As you might have guessed, this sits next to my desk in my office. I can accept the occasional noise after a power outage or a self test and such, but to listen to this thing whizzing away 24/7 is driving me nuts. Why APC used these loud fans and then decided to have it run 24/7 is beyond my comprehension. Obviously they assumed that every last one of these were going to be installed in some sort of server rack. Well guess what APC, some of us workstation guys need one this big too! Now I'm trying to come up with a plan B for this thing such as install it in some sort of noise cancelling rack or relocate it to next room.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Nice!3/25/2011 10:19:10 PM

Pros: Quiet Easy to install Looks good

Cons: None

Overall Review: This unit may not have all the fancy features of some of the other units out there, but it has all the essentials such as battery life indicator, load indicator, and USB link. I personally think it's perfect for what it's designed for.

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Cool!3/25/2011 10:16:08 PM

Pros: Works great!

Cons: The battery situation is kinda strange and could be a con. The batteries are internal so if they go dead your only choice is to plug in the unit to charge. The good news is it seems to have good battery life. Also, the USB cable only charges the unit. It will not allow the unit to be used as a corded keyboard which confused me at first.

Overall Review: This is an awesome little unit that's great to keep with you in case of a "keyboard emergency". OK, so probably not likely, but I added one to my travel kit just in case. It's about as easy to type on as a cell phone with a qwerty keybard. I can think of lots of other uses for it. A buddy of mine said he was going to get one for his HTPC in his living room.

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6/16/2010 1:47:03 AM

Pros: Works great Looks great Everythings great

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: As an old Plextor fan back from when they were exclusively SCSI, over the years their quality has become hit and miss. I had a PX-716A that was just short of being a piece of junk. But I gotta admit that the last few drives I've bought have worked OK, starting with the 740's. This is the first drive that has stood out as a work horse and chug through anything you put in it. It reminds me of the good 'ol Plextor SCSI days again. I'm so impressed that we're going to be buying a few more of these.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
6/16/2010 1:34:00 AM

Pros: Better than that dinosaur W2k your using now. Better price than a full copy of 2003 Server.

Cons: No major cons, but see below:

Overall Review: I hate to complain, because this is just a tweaked version of 2003 server for a much lower price. It's fine for average home user that just needs a file server or something like that. But, the remote console just feels gimmicky. In fact, I don't use any of the selling points for this OS. I don't need the data backup. I don't need the media server. I don't want to install anything on a client to manage my server. I guess most people that buy this are newbs, so that's who Microsoft is targeting. I just use it as a normal server OS via Terminal Services. It complains at first about how your going to break the remote console by interacting directly with the desktop, but after that it works just like normal. For devices, I just used 2003 Server drivers. I came across a printer that didn't have a 2003 driver and the XP driver didn't work. There's no built in driver either. Kind of a bummer since I didn't want to buy a printer yet. I guess that's just as much HP's fault.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
6/16/2010 1:12:52 AM

Pros: Small Cheap Fairly durable construction Bright blue LED at tail end is cool at first

Cons: Bright blue LED at tail gets old after a while

Overall Review: I bought these as cheap drives to give away to customers. They aren't bad performing, especially considering the price. HD Tune: OCZ DIESEL Benchmark Transfer Rate Minimum : 12.2 MB/sec Transfer Rate Maximum : 15.2 MB/sec Transfer Rate Average : 12.5 MB/sec Access Time : 1.0 ms Burst Rate : 11.1 MB/sec

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6/14/2010 4:36:32 PM

Pros: It's cool, fast, etc. You've heard it all already so I'll spare you. By now you know what your buying and about what to expect.

Cons: Let's face it, the price is insane, even for a flagship processor

Overall Review: Just to post my experiences with mine, after a couple evenings of casual overclocking with a Koolance CPU-360 and 60 deg F water I was able to reach 4.4GHz at 1.344v fairly easily. Beyond that, mine starts kicking and screaming. I was able to get higher clocks but it took much higher voltage and never completely stabalized. For how much this thing cost I'd rather not start getting all crazy with the voltage, so I settled at 4.4GHz for now. Another thing I noticed is the the power consumption goes through the roof when you start adding voltage, so maybe I'm stuck at 4.4 because of something else. I'm going to revisit the situation when I get more time.

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6/14/2010 1:44:12 AM

Pros: Quiet and cool.

Cons: Seems to not be immune from problems.

Overall Review: After going through a few drives in a case with poor air flow, I thought I'd give the "green" version a try. The drive faired much better and didn't get anywhere near as hot. I thought I was golden until after about 9 months the performance slowed to a crawl, about 2MB/s. After a repartition/format, it was back up to it's usual self. I'm not sure what up with that? Now I don't trust it so I bought a new one. We'll see if this one fairs better.

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6/14/2010 1:36:15 AM

Pros: Super fast, but you probably knew that already. I'm not going to repeat what many others have already said. I buy the Intel SSD's because they don't studder and because they have the trim utility for Windows XP.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: The drive is a bit slower than the 160GB version, but still quick, believe me. The only difference is in the benchmark. They both peak about the same, but the transfer rate on the 160 is flat, where as this one has a few dips here and there, especially at the beginning. I can't feel a performance difference in the usage. For the record, I also own an X25-V and an X25-M 160 G2, and this one performs between the two, closer to the X25-M 160. Intel has done a good job of price-pointing these SSD's. Spend as much as your budget allows and you will get what you pay for. The X25-M 160G2 is my favorite but I think this one is a better value.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
6/14/2010 1:21:14 AM

Pros: Battery life is excellent. Still on my first set of batteries. Looks cool and feels balanced and solid. The mouse wheel is innovative. Power/tracking lense shutter is cool. Leather pouch is a nice touch. Receiver is small enough to plug and forget. Darkfield is nice to have, although I honestly haven't needed it.

Cons: None that I've found.

Overall Review: I liked this mouse so much that I bought a couple more for my other machines. The power button on the bottom doubles as a shutter/cover for the tracking eye, so it won't get dusty or scratched when you turn it off and toss it into your bag. What a concept! My favorite feature is the mouse wheel click-to-toggle-freewheel feature. Click it once, and you can spin the wheel like a top and scroll like a racecar on NOS. Click it again, and the normal detent is back for precision scrolling. Caution: The mouse scroll function is one of those features that you will miss when you go back to using a mouse without it. Be warned that if you purchase this mouse, you will soon be replacing your entire fleet.

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