Date Joined: 08/29/06
Cons: Blacks are extremely bad and flowering on the corners.
Overall Review: I should have taken the review above mine seriously.
I do not recommend this TV to anyone
Pros: This is cheap and well built motherboard. After a lot of work I was able to get a hardware RAID 5 setup with 7 3TB drives and also boot Windows 7 x64 on one SSD (see other thoughts on how-to)
Cons: only 2 x PCI-E x1 slots and 1 x PCI-E x16
Overall Review: The manual for RAID is helpful but is incorrect. You CAN use Windows 7 and RAID-5 GPT (3TB+) This isn't just for Win8
1) get the "rcadm" file from ASrock website and put it on a USB stick. This is in the RAID manual URL
2) make a bootable Windows install USB stick-2 with ONLY x64x on it. Having both will prevent step 3 from working
3) get the RAID driver on the USB stick 1
4) Boot system and enter setup (F2 / Del) and change the controller to RAID
5) turn off SATA/IDE option
6) boot system and pres F11 to enter the Shell, make sure the USB Stick-1 is in the system.
7) follow the appendix / raid manual to make arrays.
8) make sure the SSD or HD intended for the OS is an array as well. I used RAID option -v or "volume" to create a single disk array that will show up in the windows install.
9) Install Windows and load driver and select the RAID driver from earlier step.
Pros: I use this motherboard and it has been mostly good and was able to overclock stable with watercooling.
Cons: The big downfall to this motherboard was getting the hardware RAID to be stable. It may be a defective MOBO but after a week of solid troubleshooting and many fresh installs with current drivers... I could not transfer files to the RAID array without it eventually causing a BSOD. System is stable otherwise and memory has been tested to isolate the driver to the RAID controller.
Going back to software striping win Windows 7 which has been ironically stable for over a year.
Overall Review: After years of owning AMD products. This will definitely be my last one.
Pros: I can't believe how long these fans last. Cranking lots of air since
I have bought other fans that didn't last a year that start clicking and clacking that cost $9.00
You get what you pay for. Expensive, but they last over a decade...
Cons: Can be a bit loud, but that is because it is pushing LOTS of air.
Just get a fan controller.
Recommend getting "NZXT SEN-MIX2 Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller"
Pros: moves air pretty well, but I wasn't *that* impressed
Cons: Starts clacking/clicking about 11 months of ownership. I had to take out 3 out of 8 that I purchased. The value of these is significantly reduced due to this.
Overall Review: I have a "SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Cooling Fan" That is over 5 years old and is still cranking. They cost $20 each, so I guess that is why. That fan is louder than this one, but just put a controller on it.
You typically get what you pay for with fans.
Pros: It is relatively cheaper, I guess.
Cons: Started having choppy video and slow refresh rates while watching movies.
Overall Review: Hoping this is covered in warranty, by I highly doubt it.
Pros: This piece of equipment has excellent usability. Very quick and informative. I got this product mainly because it handles lots of connections with torrents. I had a lot of problems with Netgear anything. I am very very happy to the nth power with all the features. Adding people to the reserved IP table is super slick. So much is done automatically, that I am used to doing manually. However, if I wanted to configure something specifically, I could. Word
Cons: none yet, i think most of the cons from other users were ignorant or DOA hardware.
Overall Review: The guys that designed the lights on this thing must have been rolling on ecstasy. The flashing LED's shoot out like 20 trabillion candelas. LOL. I think im going to have to move it somewhere inconspicuous.