Date Joined: 11/14/01
Pros: Refurbished board shipped with all accessories that normally come with new board (no manual, but easy to get from web).
Overall Review: Installed into new build in 4-5 hours with Windows 10 latest release
Pros: Price as a first criterion, 3 year warranty, and manufacturer name. A very good deal for a new drive.
Cons: I don't like the relatively "light" packing that this vendor does - for a transcontinental shipment of a high capacity drive, I don't appreciate receiving a rather beat-up priority mail envelope containing a delicate mechanical hard drive. Note that this is the second shipment I've received from this vendor over the past 2 years, or so, and the first shipment (packed the same way for a similar item) resulted in a DOA drive.
Overall Review: Note that for the DOA drive mentioned above, that vendor fully refunded me, including return shipping. At any rate, I deduct one star for their shipping practice. I would be willing to pay another $5 for better packing in the future (which vendor could offer as an option?)
Pros: Board works quite well with an i3-4160 Haswell CPU *** AFTER BIOS UPDATE***
Cons: BIOS level on MB predates Intel's Haswell release in June 2014. Because of this: the hard reset line connecting from case to the reset input on the MB is disabled. Also, any BIOS settings changed then needing a restart of the MB require a cold start. This extends also to installing Windows on the MB. That is, each restart required in installing the operating system require a cold start. These related problems go away once the BIOS level is changed to the latest level.
Overall Review: If Newegg or MSI would have included a note/warning of the need for updating the BIOS in order to allow Haswell CPU's to function properly I would not have initiated an RMA based on the deceptive "problem" caused by this mismatch. Fortunately, a bit of research saved the day.
Pros: Board ultimately met my needs although it is not fully functional.
Cons: Configuring a mix of SATA-2 and Sata-3 drives (11 in all - mostly used for "archival" storage) proved to be an uphill battle. Immediately had problems with DPC latency - Windows 7 opening greeting was choppy (the first of many clues). Any audio or multimedia files played resulted in sporadic 1-2 sec buzzes and or freezes. After 2 weeks, the Asmedia ports stopped functioning altogether. After another 3 weeks fighting the latency issue I came to the realization that Asmedia was the source of this problem. Disabling Asmedia in the BIOS magically solved the latency problem. Note also that PCIex1_2 port never functioned, regardless of BIOS settings - this port shares its' IRQ with Asmedia. Obviously I used a number of additional SATA adapter cards to configure the system, so could have made use of this slot.
Overall Review: For the bucks proffered I don't rate this board as one of my finer choices. I purchased it because it offered 8 SATA-3 ports, and therefore would reduce the necessity for augmenting the installation by one additional SATA adapter card. My overall experience using Asus products has been very satisfying, but this one proved to be somewhat disappointing, especially with the aggravating interrupt problem.
Pros: Relatively easy to install in my desktop (non-gaming) system consisting of
- Thermaltake Xaser VI full size case
- Asus P7P55D-E MB with i5-650 CPU
- 8 GB RAM
- 128 bit video
- 1 BluRay writer
- 2 DVD writers
- 10 Hard drives
Cons: Modular SATA cable assemblies are too short to support full size case - an additional 2-3" for 2 of the 3 assemblies would suffice.
Overall Review: Used all 5 modular peripheral & SATA cables (though have some individual connectors that aren't used). Had to use peripheral cable with 2 dual SATA power cables to route to the most distant hard drives in my system. I would have needed to use at least one dual SATA adapter in any case, since I have 11 disks/ATAPI units requiring SATA power connections, and this unit supplies only 9. All in all, the fully modular approach to OCZ's design makes installation a pleasure, in what otherwise can be a nightmare with a cheaper "conventional" (non-modular) supply.
The short modular cable problem is one that I've experienced with other vendors as well - as a retired engineer with 35 years hands on experience I would advise the vendors for their higher power (and quality) modular designs to include one or two longer peripheral cables.