Joined on 01/07/09
nice USB mike
Pros: Very high quality sound when using Audacity to record solo acoustic guitar. The microphone worked right away, I'm recording using the stereo pattern at about 12" -- it gives more "presence" than the other patterns for what I'm doing.
Cons: Minor: I'd prefer that it not use a mini-USB plug into mike.
Pros: Installed without problems in new desktop build (Windows 7). Worked immediately and since then (1 week) without problems. Good for the price.
Cons: Limited range. Only 3 bars from my home router w/added signal booster located upstairs, whereas the stock laptop sitting next to my new build gets 4 bars. I did install the software/drivers for the card.
Good so far
Pros: Posted correctly the first time in my new build (w/Intel Core i7 2600K), and continues to operate flawlessly so far (1 week). Good capability for the price.
Cons: None significant, but see below.
Overall Review: Note that this MOBO does not contain an internal USB3 header connector (and doesn't claim to). This means if you have a case with a front-panel USB3 port and a cable terminating in a 20-pin USB3 female connector, you have nowhere to plug it in. You'll either need to buy converter cables/adapters to route outside the case to plug into an external port, or buy an add-on PCIe card with an accessible internal USB3 header (20-pin male). Or just live with a dead USB3 front-panel port. Making that front-panel port functional implies incurring an added cost & headache that is avoided when the MOBO includes an internal USB3 header. Why can't MOBO suppliers and/or case suppliers include a tiny MOBO internal speaker/beeper to enable hearing the post beeps? It would cost them less than a dollar. Scavenging a beeper from previous builds is annoying... :-)
Good so far
Pros: Installed, configured, and operating with no problems so far (1 week) in new build. Never imagined a boot so fast (about 15-20 seconds in Win 7, not counting the time it takes me to enter a password).
Cons: Pretty fast, but not yet getting quite the read/write speeds I expected from specs and reviews I've seen. May be a MOBO issue.