Joined on 04/01/06
Samsung made good on its promise
Pros: Nice drive, fast
Cons: Had two drives with bad blocks, but read on....
Overall Review: See my review from 2/20/2011 8:00:45 AM My letter to Mr. Kim, the CEO of Samsung America, was not useless. The Office of the CEO called me and I received an apology for the problems as well as the promise to send me a 25$ Amex gift card to cover any shipping expenses. The card arrived a few days later. I sent the drives with USPS and received working replacements within five business days. The drives should have not turned sour in the first place, but Samsung's response was excellent and as far as I can tell, the replacement is a brand new drive. Checked the warranty on the replacement and it expires at the same time as for the original drive, which is OK. This restored my opinion on Samsung and is worth taking the time to write an update and give applicable overall rating.
Avoid at all cost
Pros: - cheap
Cons: - died after 8 months - Diablotek does not react to RMA request - Diablotek did not state that 3 yr warranty is only given when buyer registers product
Overall Review: What does a 1 year or 3 year warranty do good when the manufacturer outright rejects to communicate with customers? Do yourself a favor and buy a power supply from a different vendor.
Pros: - price - nice UEFI - runs latest AM3+ processors - slot location - 2 PCI - PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
Cons: - no second SATA controller for eSATA - no Firewire - no diagnostic help of any kind - low number of USB ports - odd size
Overall Review: This is not the most expensive board, but it does cut quite a few corners. There are only five internal SATA ports and there is no Firewire. I took a PCI Firewire card out of a different PC, so for me that wasn't that much of an issue. Having 2 PCI slots available The bigger problem going forward will be the rather low number of USB and SATA ports. I have three HDD and two DVD drives, so all internal SATA ports are used up. I do use the eSATA for a drive dock, but I see the purchase of a SATA controller in the near future to get more eSATA and internal ports. Adding an extra SATA controller onboard would have been nice. With only six USB ports (2 USB 3.0) I maxed out the USB 2.0 with keyboard, mouse, card reader, and remote. Luckily, I had a USB slot cover that gives me two more ports and another onboard connector feeds the front USB. I can manage, but others may have more peripherals and it would have been nice to see at least two more USB 2.0 ports on the back by default. I switched over to USB mouse and keyboard a while ago, so the PS/2 connectors do not help me much, but they may be golden for others. And there are two separate ports, not this combo PS/2 port that can run either a mouse or a keyboard, but not both even when using a Y-cable. After a first test run I installed the board into the case and plugged in the cards. After that the system would not turn on. I pulled the PCIe TV tuner card and after that all was well. Apparently, the card was not seated right, but some indication would have been nice (maybe I am just spoiled by the Asus board that frizzed out). Even after resetting everything no beeps are heard when booting up (yes, working case speaker is connected). Also, when a bootable disk is detected the UEFI screen is up for half a second only, so make sure to hammer the key right after pushing the power button if you want to change any settings. Lastly, the board has an odd size. Other reviewers mentioned that as well. I'm building PCs since the late 80s and accumulated a staggering amount of mounting hardware including plastic standoffs that snapped nicely into the holes on the inner edges of the board for extra support. That doesn't help with the main power connector, but the trick here is to plug all that in while the board is on a hard surface and then putting it into the case. Could tape a small wood block of the right size under it or use the holes on the edge to mount a piece of wood under the edge running the entire length. Overall I am satisfied with the board. I do not OC anything as I am aiming for maximum stability and reliability. There were no surprises, I knew that it lacks a few features, but that is reflected in the price.
Pros: - inexpensive - generally works - compact - cheaper than a PS/2 splitter - works with most systems
Cons: - when using a KVM the mouse goes haywire for the first few seconds - not the same as a true PS/2 connection
Overall Review: Unfortunately, newer mainboards no longer have two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard. Some have a combo port that typically does not work well. Even worse, there are not many USB to PS/2 converters to choose from and none that works flawlessly