Date Joined: 09/01/03
Pros: Modular and looks good
Cons: Failed in less than 12 hours.
Overall Review: I'll maybe revise this depending on the RMA/Return experience.
This was a new home server build. Once up and running let sit idle over night. Woke up to dead box. Motherboard lights functioned but other than that zero activity and could not power on or post. Plugged in spare PSU and was able to POST.
Will diagnose more, but I suspect this is a failed unit.
Pros: Super compact. Works in NAS chassis like U-NAS 810. This is a fantastic compact cooler. Just know what you're getting it for, and set expectations.
Cons: Cannot move heat fast enough to allow prolonged turbo on the faster LGA 1151 parts.
Overall Review: I installed this in a u-nas 810 chassis. The fit and finish is top notch Noctua. But even with the top off the case this cooler will not allow full CPU perf. I suspected that would be the case, so I'm not going to dock it a star. I knew what I was getting when I bought it.
Pros: IR dongle great form factor.
Cons: Remote itself cheap. Don't need it though. It does work with the other MC IR receivers I have.
Dongle "bangs out" in device manager with code 28. Other MCE IR receivers work.
Pros: Solid and reliable, this board has been running my home server for about a year.
Overall Review: I am not using the onboard controller except for the boot disk (60GB intel SSD).
I have been running this for about a year. Previously with WHS V1, now with Win8 for host OS duties and Server 2K12 in hyper-v for backups. This has been flawless to-date. As it is behind a UPS I have had 100% uptime to-date.
I'm running an Areca 1230 raid controller with five 2TB disks as RAID 5 configured as four 2TB volumes that are aggregated in Win8 via Storage Spaces as a simple pool. Perf in the configuration is outstanding.
This server also hosts Plex and with a I3-530 handles trans-coding fine.
Pros: Very fast when paired with another AC66U. I get 500mbps+ sustained between the bridge and the router.
Contrary to my last update: I have manage to get these things running in a stable fashion. I have no idea what I did, but they;re working fine and up-time has been rock solid.
If not for the issue noted below I would revise my review to four stars. Docked one star for the overly newb-friendly dn limited UI.
Cons: This is a big deal (and why my final review is two stars): when you configure the device as a bridge and connect at 5Ghz to the router, the 2.4Ghz radio on the bridge is left on and exposed with no security with an SSID of "Asus."
There is NO ui when configured as a bridge to set security or turn off the other radio. You can get around this by first configuring the device as a router and setting up security THEN enabling the bridge. This is not intuitive nor documented.
THIS IS VERY BAD. By default your network is exposed and there is NO UI TO ADDRESS IT. Only an un-intuitive work around.
Overall Review: I am sure Asus will get this all sorted out. I get the desire to hit the market with new tech and beat your competitors. But in the case of the new bridge feature they have actually introduced a serious security hole for novice users.
Pros: Adequate build quality (see cons)
Good fan layout
Cons: Cards (like my two Cetons) do not sit well in this case, it took some fiddling to get them seated enough to actually work. There's some flex at the bottom of the case in teh back that may be the cause.
Overall Review: I agree with others that the big logo on the front should be optional and there should be no indent for it. Clean lines are preferred.
I would also love to see either a IR receiver built to slot into the 3.5" bay or built in, and a proper Windows Media Center remote, none of these knock offs that need drivers and stuff with no support (antec, I'm looking at you).
Pros: The best Kepler value to-date
Solid perf for any title out there.
Cons: Even when idle the fan makes a rattle buzzing noise. The fan is not running fast, but it is making way more noise than it should be. Cheap fan it cheap and it really sticks out.
I bought two to run SLI and they BOTH do it. It's not a one-off issue. It's just a cheap fan.
Pros: Having worked on MC as part of my day job for almost ten year, I can say without a doubt this is the best tuner ever built for Media Center. Ever. Period. Full stop.
The crew at Ceton are top notch, with awesome support and a wonderful product.
The quad tuner config gives you the best tuner per $ deal. This is an outstanding value
Cons: None. It is a cable card device, any pain you experience may be cable operator inflicted.
It is a shame this device cannot be used with XMBC and encrypted content. That is not Ceton's fault, however.
Overall Review: I own two of these. They have been bullet proof.
Pros: A good deal for 120GB SSD
Works well in RAID 0 on ICH10R controllers.
Cons: SERIOUS long term reliability issues. Google "Vertex2 S3 BSOD" See other thoughts below.
Overall Review: For many months these disks have been champs. But lately my machine has started to BSOD out of S3 resume.
I have isolated the issue to the disks. Disabling S3 and using S5/Hibernate works quite well. Since they are very fast the resume form S5 is not that long.
So, beware. If you require S3 support you should look elsewhere.
Pros: Very pretty
Fast (for typical run of the mill tasks)
Pretty good screen.
Cons: Intel HD Graphics. You are not going to do anything remotely stressful on this machine, graphics wise. Even lightweight games (graphically speaking) like "Kerbal Space Program" can make this thing struggle.
Intel video decoding (H.264) is problematinc in some apps with DXVA not working so well in XBMC and Plex.
WiFi is 2.4Ghz only. Not a big deal. Wifi is atheros rather than intel. That's a bummer.
USB3 port is some no-name provider. It works.
Overall Review: Four eggs due to weaksauce Intel graphics.
Asus: drop the intel GPU and give this thing some beefcake.
My first unit was faulty with BSODs and random crashes. Having compared it to the replacment I feel confident in saying that the first unit had a faulty cooling solution, the fan ran hard far more frequently than the new unit.
The screen, generally nice, does have some wird off-axis brightness behavior. Lateral field of view is good, but vertically you can get some pretty dramatic changes in brightness.
Pros: Just works (at stock speeds). Solid ASUS. Lots of great features (USB3, SATA3), no legacy slots.
Cons: Does not OC as well as my P6TDeluxe-V2.
Exact same RAM and CPU and identical BIOS settings will not post on the P6X58-E WS. Bummer.
XMP profile for RAM would not post half the time, again: not an issue on the P6T Deluxe V2.
Overall Review: Purchased this via retail. Impulse buy. Expected equivalent OC perf than the older P6T Deluxe V2 I was replacing. I was disappointed.
Pros: On P6TDeluxe V2 = XMP DDR3 2000 speeds not a problem. i 970 OC to 4GHz on air, not a problem.
Cons: Swap memory and CPU into Asus P6X58 -WS and XMP profile has a 50/50 chance of posting. OC impossible. Stability possible by tweaking voltages, but S3 resume hangs.
Overall Review: I don't know if it's the memory or the board, but just becuase it works one place, does not guarantee working elsewhere even wiht the same vendor and chipset.
The inability ot employ the basic XMP profile on the P6X58-WS yields the three egg review. The point of XMP is that it's suppose to JUST WORK. That is not the case here.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Build quality is iffy.
Overall Review: I bought this locally after reading about it here.
To the guy complaining about "international:" Read the flubbing manual. The name of the company is "P3 International" The product is clearly stated to be 120V. It's right here on newegg in the details section, which you obviously did not read.
The customers inability to read a product description is not the fault of the manufacturer.
Pros: DD-WRT stock install with tons of options.
Router section handles heavy traffic very well.
It's CHEAP. You get a lot of router beefcake for your $60.
Cons: DD-WRT is not for newbs. Some may consider this a "con."
No 5Ghz support.
AFAIK the VPN server is a bit flaky.
The online help does not match what is on the screen.
Overall Review: This has proven to be a solid router. The 2.4Ghz wireless is very good and I get better coverage than my Dlink 855.
Right now I'm using the Dir855 are a 5ghz N access point. The Buffalo is handling 2.4Ghz and all router duties.
It has proven to be far more capable under load than the dlink. I've got fios and when I go on a uTorrent binge the dlink just staggers. The Buffalo handles it without breaking a sweat.
Not sure under what conditions you get 300mbps. I might buy another one as a bridge to see what happens.
I would buy, right now, a simultaneous dual band version of this router. I'd actually buy several.
Pros: Came with all the parts.
Seem to be working fine.
They look cheap, but appear OK.
Definitely not for frequent hot swaps.
Cons: The fans have two speeds:
Overall Review: I got these instead of the Athena Power units I ordered. Not worth the hassle to return. Seem to be working. Will probably replace the fans with something less insane.
Cons: Very mixed results.
Be prepared to tinker.
RAID configurator is some Java based garbage that is very flaky. Don't bother. It's software RAID anyway and Win7 has that native, so use that instead. The Silicon Image tool is complete garbage.
Overall Review: I'm not sure if it's my cabling, the blax-x duet, or the istar port multiplier 4 bay cage: no matter what I try I cannot get consistently reliable results. More investigation is needed but this is NOT plug and play. Be prepared to tinker and be prepared for inconsistent behavior. IE: power up the blac-x and no drives show up. Disable and re-enable card in device manager: presto! Both drives show up. In the istar bay: one drive, selected at random, does not appear.
Pros: Easy config. Solid at vanilla settings.
Cons: S3 sleep is totally broken. The machine will sleep. But it will fail to resume it you let it sit long. S5 hibernate works flawlessly.
Overall Review: If it were not for the S3 issue I'd give this board five eggs. But, IMHO, S3 and power management in general is a core thing that needs to work. I don't care about buzz term laden overclocking B.S. Just make the BASICS WORK.
Pros: Fast. Works. Running rock solid with gskill DDR3/2000.
Cons: S3 is totally busted. Tried latest BIOS. It will get into a state where it hangs on resume. After which you cannot wake the machine with a mouse or keyboard until your pull mains power and reboot.
Overall Review: Asus tech support in this case has not been very good. That is too bad and not surprising for those of you who have had to deal with Asus in the past.
If you need S3 to work, then this is not the board you're looking for. If not then it is a great solution.
Pros: Nice package.
Runs well at stock settings
Cons: Using the XMP profile results in an unstable system.
Visiting the forums will reveal that you need to manually set BIOS settings, totally defeating the POINT of XMP profiles. Additionally you need to disable a variety of features like LLC and speedstep.
I got this RAM for fast RAM. I'm not a huge tweaker or overclocker. The inability to run this RAM at the ADVERTISED speed on a SUPPORTED board without tons of fiddling and visits to forums is inexcusable.
Pros: Sound good.
Cons: The volume knob will go bad. All three of mine have. After some period of time it will crackle through the speakers when adjusted. Balance is off when you get into this state.
Pros: I needed to "diskpart clean all" a pile of drives. This makes that very easy.
USB and ESATA support works.
Cons: Not really a CON but something people need to understand: you need port multiplier support on your esata port to use both bays. The in-box drivers that ship with windows will not do it. You need the driver from your motherboard or chip-set vendor.
Overall Review: Getting this to work on a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R was a huge PITA. The drivers provided by Gigabyte were buggy and hung on shutdown. The board still crashes if you hot swap enough times. Not a problem with this device though. Just be aware: port multipliers can be troublesome.
To the reviewer below who says enabling and disabling a device is how you get hot swapping to work obviously doesn't get the POINT of HOT swapping.
Pros: Fast. Lots of features.
Cons: I am not overclocking. Hardlock. Reboot to warning that I am recovering from a bad clock or voltage problem. press any key. Keyboard does nothing. Need to find a PS2 keyboard to progress. No fan speed control beyond one chassis fan and the CPU. F3 bios latest on US site, F4 on TW site.
JMicron drivers on install CD will hardlock machine on shutdown when installed. You need them if you want port replicator support on esata.
Updating BIOS? be careful: two boards with very similar names on support site. Both BIOSs will work, but one works more than the other.
Overall Review: Gigabyte has been getting rave reviews for this series of boards. They are impressive, when they work but the stability is just NOT there.
Pros: Boots. Runs fast. Seems stable. Not trying to OC.
Intel ICH10R is SMOKING fast for SSD RAID0.
Cons: Will not shutdown all the way. Windows shuts down and exits as expected, but the system does not power off yet sits there banging the DVD drive.
S3 will not resume from keyboard. Does from button on case.
Win7 install takes forever with inexplicable pauses before you get to the part where the file copy happens. It takes longer to get to the file copy than to copy the actual install, installing from USB thumb drive.
Fan speed control only for CPU and one case fan.
Overall Review: Gigabyte: spend less time on gaudy box art and silly applications and more time on the basics.
Will RMA this if I cannot find a way around this.
Running i7 960 with 6GB gskill from Gigabytes memory compatibility list and two evga GTX285s as well as a thermalright ultra120. Two Vertext 120GB SSDs iun RAID0.
Lack of proper poeer management and fan/thermal control is a deal breaker. Back it goes.
Pros: Excellent image quality. 1080p/30 option. Decent manual options. Accurate color.
Cons: Accessory cost is pretty crazy. Narrow field of view, but the wider angle adapter fixes that.
Overall Review: Running this on Win7 X64 and Sony Vegas.
I've been a big canon fan since my first real digital camera. This flash based camcorder is a great unit. I tried the Panasonic equivalent but the colors were all cartoonish and over saturated while the 1080p mode was useless with tons of blur and artifacts.
Canon is great. If you want another option: look at Sony, my last HD cam was a fist gen Sony unit and it was also excellent.
Pros: Solid. Install was simple. Trayless. Smooth mechanism.
Cons: Odd power connector. Should not be needed buyt not a major issue.
A bigger issue: I have had two of the tiny fans fail so far.
Overall Review: I run three of these in a Windows Home Server machine 24/7 on a 12 port Areca RAID card. So far I have replaced one unit due to a failed fan. Another unit is in the process of having a fan fail. The tiny fans are the real weak point on this product. I have pinged Kingwin for support but do not hold out hope of getting any, these little companies rarely respond.