Date Joined: 02/27/09
Pros: + Supports connecting via USB-A or via USB-C
+ Almost 1 TB of storage (about 920 GiB) in a small flash drive
+ No unintended disconnects, even under constant usage/heat for more than 12 hours**
+ Premium feeling metal enclosure
(** - the constant usage for more than 12 hours was due to writing/reading the full contents of the drive at its slow speeds)
Cons: - Excessively slow writes. The best I got was about 20 MB/s -- when I was lucky.
- Embarrassingly slow sequential reads. It starts at an almost-acceptable read speed. After a couple of minutes, it drops to about 50 MB/s before finally dropping to roughly 10 MB/s for a sustained read operation.
- Becomes extremely hot to the touch
Overall Review: Overall, I can't recommend this product in good faith. This flash drive is just too slow.
To put the speed issue a different way: if you were to completely fill this flash drive with data, the operation to copy data onto it would take more than 12 hours. The same is true for reading the data off of it.
The question to ask yourself is as follows: Is a 1 TB drive worth wasting your time waiting forever to place or access data?
My answer is no. I don't plan to buy any more of these, nor do I intend to make very much usage of the 2 that I already purchased.
Pros: * Sturdy stand, that doesn't wobble like other monitors I've recently purchased.
* Zero tools needed for building and attaching the stand
* Includes built-in speakers as well as audio output 3.5mm jack
* IPS display, which means great colors and viewing angles
* HDMI and DisplayPort inputs
* HDMI cord included in the package
Cons: * The built-in speakers are nice for everyday basic usage, but the sound quality really suffers for things like listening to music. Personally, I prefer having the speakers built into the monitor and using headphones for music, but others might not like the lower quality sound of what's built in.
* No DisplayPort cord was included (but HDMI was, so that's better than none)
Overall Review: I generally prefer smaller and higher pixel density screens, such as the 17 inch at 1920x1200 on my old laptops (this is 2560x1440 in a 27 inch screen), but it is so difficult to find that in desktop monitors. This monitor was a very good quality for the price that I paid, and so far I'm happy with it.
Pros: + Fanless
+ M.2 slot (on back), with 4 SATA ports and an AMD RAID controller
+ Built-in WiFi, Ethernet
+ 2 HDMI ports; most similar boards have 1 HDMI and maybe a different connector (DVI, D-SUB, or rarely Display Port)
+ PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
There are tons of features here, especially for such a small board. I've been very happy with the board so far.
Cons: These cons are all very minor:
- The BIOS and Windows-based F-Stream utility do not provide any way to actually turn a CHA_FAN off. I've seen other boards provide the ability to cut power to fans when the cooling is unneeded. As described in the Other section, my system barely needs any active cooling, so I would prefer if I had a way to drop down to passive cooling.
- The AMD RAID is limited to license level 10. This means you only get the very basic RAID options: RAID 0 (stripe), RAID 1 (mirror), and maybe RAID10 (mirror+stripe). The RAID controller supports additional configurations, but they are disabled due to insufficient license level.
- The CHA_FAN/PUMP fan header is awkwardly placed. It is behind the PCI-E x16 slot, behind the RAM, and ends up being underneath the heatsink. I had to worm the chassis fan cord to reach it. CHA_FAN2 is placed much more conveniently and is right at the top corner of the motherboard.
- The M.2 socket is on the back of the motherboard. I totally get it, there's simply no room for this on the front. But it just means that I need to basically disassemble the whole computer to service the NVMe drive.
- The HDMI ports are extremely stiff. In my first attempt to plug in a cord, I thought something was actually blocking the port, or I had the cord oriented incorrectly. It turns out that I just needed to push the HDMI cable much harder than I ever have before on any other port. This might actually be a pro, because the port will hold the cable connection better. You decide.
Because none of these are particularly major problems, I'm keeping the rating at 5 eggs.
Overall Review: This review for ASRock review rebate program.
In other words, I'm getting a slightly larger rebate from providing this review. Nonetheless, I would recommend this to anyone building a mid-range gaming desktop.
I'm using it for a build of almost-passive cooling, pairing this board with an AMD A12-9800E (35W thermal design power), a Thermalright Le Grand Macho heatsink, and a fanless Seasonic power supply. The only active cooling is with 2 case fans. I unplugged the case fans and booted the system to idle to test its heat output. It idles at about 34~39 Celsius on the CPU chip. Under moderate load, it gradually climbed up to about 55 Celsius as read by the CPU temperature sensor. To be on the safe side, I am keeping the case fans installed, and the system doesn't ever get above 40 Celsius even at sustained heavy load. I just wish the motherboard would support cutting power to the fans at times the cooling is unnecessary.