Joined on 08/05/09
Pros: Works perfectly on a traditional SATA II hard drive, no erros hard drive errors yet Data transfer speed appears unaffected by the device which is great Supports very large hard drives. No problems with my 1.5TB drive and 1TB drives.
Cons: Optical drives are a different story, you can expect to play movies, music, or read what ever is on it fine. CD, DVD, and BD burning almost always seems to result in an error.
Overall Review: LightScribe drives appear in incapable of of using lightScribe with this device
Excellent product that delivers
Pros: Mine shipped with the latest BIOS version (3.70) , so don't pay the reviews that say doesn't work with Ryzen 3xxx support any mind Rock solid and sturdy Onboard Dual-Band Wireless PCI Express 3.0 (PCI Express 4.0 has problems I don't feel like dealing with)
Cons: If you plan on using a compact case, set EfficiencyModeEn option to Enable. My Ryzen 5 3600 runs 20ºC cooler, and well my whole system runs a lot cooler than when that option is set to Auto. The UEFI BIOS Interface is bit of a pain to deal with it
Overall Review: Rock solid and sturdy, I accidently pressed a little too hard on one of the RGB header pins with my finger while assembling my build, which got my finger pretty good. I was surprised to see that board and pin had no damage. From that mishap, I can say this board is anything but flimsy. The dual-band wireless and Bluetooth onboard works well and I have had no issues with it. This feature was a key factor in my decision and does not disappoint The onboard audio doesn't disappoint This is my first time building a system with a PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD, and the difference in performance is like going to 1080p HD from 480p SD for the first time. Yes, I am very happy with this board
Works as advertised
Pros: Works without issues Sturdy build Great for attaching USB 3.0 devices that can run well at USB 2.0 speeds
Cons: Doesn't magically add USB 3.0 speed USB 3.0 external SSDs will take a serious performance hit, but you should already know that
Overall Review: It is pretty sturdy and well built. I attached mine to an internal USB 3.0 memory card reader. You aren't going to get a crazy performance boost if any over USB 3.0 when it comes SD cards.
Pros: The APU I had prior was an A10-5800K which was impressive, the A10-6800K (this APU) doesn't disappoint. List of cool features I like AMD Dual Graphics 844MHz GPU clock base speed 4.1GHz CPU clock base speed Gets up to an additional 300Mhz above CPU clock base speed with Turbo DirectX 11
Cons: Runs a little warm, and the stock heatsink is definitely trash worthy. Technically it is physically dual core with 4 logical processors. Better than the A10-5800K, but not by much.
Overall Review: Received the APU on Friday the 13. I have noticed that by disabling the Turbo feature, the APU runs considerably cooler. Bought as an upgrade and to stock a vital part of a future build.
Driver CD Not Quite Up To Date
Pros: Dual Band, Wireless N, when it works, it works. Driver software gives the nice option to install the driver by itself with OR without the WLAN Utility. An option I really like to have, but hardly is ever given.
Cons: Like the title suggests, the included driver CD wasn't exactly up to date. For quite some time I used the drivers provided by Windows, which only allowed the 2.4GHz band. The signal quality could be better. If you are using Windows 8, I would suggest downloading the driver from Manufacturer Product Page in order to utilize the 5GHz band, but to be honest, for what I use it for, I cannot tell a difference other than that 5GHz has a harder time going through obstacles, like walls. I would minus an egg for the driver CD being a little outdated, but you never know how long the product is going to sit after being packaged so 5 Eggs here.
Overall Review: Rosewill has become one of my choice brands of computer hardware. Currently use a Rosewill case, Card Reader, this item. Their hardware does what it is supposed to do and have been quite satisfied with them
Exceedingly Great APU
Pros: Very fast, fully compatible with the Hyper-V feature of Windows 8, the integrated graphics that far exceeded my expectations, and no need to overclock with the TurboCore speed boosting feature. Despite other reviews saying the stock heatsink is insufficient for cooling it off, I only have that issue when monitoring it from my motherboards BIOS. Once my OS starts, the temperature drops to room temperature level. Windows manages the provided power while my BIOS tends to not do so. My battery backup power supply runs longer under Windows than when my BIOS is running
Cons: The thermal compound sticks like glue. When I tried to remove my heatsink, it ripped the CPU out of its FM2 socket. Fortunately no damage to CPU and motherboard. Minus no eggs because I am strictly rating the CPU. The Hyper-V feature of Windows 8 when enabled seems to disable the TurboCore technology. Slightly irritating is that Windows 8 reports 2 physical cores and 4 logical cores, though Windows Experience Index gives me a 7.3 for processing power which is equivalent to my old 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor per the Windows Experience Index. Came close to subtracting an egg but the integrated graphics still have me stunned.
Overall Review: Bought this for my second personal. Absolutely love it. No complaints on the APU itself. Compared to what I had before, not going to bother overclocking it.