Joined on 02/02/12
It's pretty nice
Pros: It works, and that is a HUGE pro to me. I will explain why. I have tried 3 ASUS motherboards, and all of them had something wrong with them. First board I bought from ASRock? Worked perfectly. Anyways, let's get down to the details here. The colors of this are absolutely beautiful. It's a matte black, with a glossy crimson red. It comes with some really great software, ASRockATuning is pretty nice. You can overclock from it with full voltage control, frequency, and multiplier. It has a built in hardware monitor, and the most accurate temperature readings you're going to find for your board. GPU overclocking is AMAZING on this board! I used a Gigabyte motherboard before this, and could only get my GPU a slight 10% boost, with this board, I was able to overclock a good 15%-20% Installation was easy, the BIOS are really cool... Over all, 4/5(check cons for why I knocked off an egg, it's important.)
Cons: The USB 3.0 ports. Oh my gosh, I've owned this board for a little over a month now, and no matter what I do they will NOT work... My 3.0 ports on the chassis work, but not the ones on the board. I have to knock an egg off for this, because that's a major flaw. I'm limited to 4 USB ports because of it. I'm not sure if I'm the only one with this issue or not, but be careful. P.S. ASRock, please, do not contact me telling me to contact customer support... I've done that twice, and I have yet to get a reply from you in over 3 weeks. I'll figure it out on my own.
Gets the job done
Pros: Gets the job done, lights up blue, front 3.0 ports, And was able to fit a Hyper T4 cooler on my CPU.
Cons: The blue LED is barely visible with the mesh on the front. Cable management space is literally non existent, I have no cables running behind, they're all clustered inside of the case itself.
Overall Review: This case needed extra cable management space. The inside of my PC is a disaster because of all of the cables.
Doesn't fit on board it's supposedly compatible with
Pros: It looks nice, and seems well built
Cons: Couldn't use it because it doesn't fit on an ASRock FM2A88X+ BTC board, both board manufacturer and Cooler Master claim it's compatible, but it doesn't fit on the board, it overlaps some capacitors on the board that prevent the brace from sitting firmly on the board. Dropped it to 1 egg due to faulty compatibility listings from both companies, and had to pay a restocking fee once I found out. By opening it.
Follow up review after using this product for a longer time
Pros: VERY quiet, doesn't require a lot of power to run, and when crossfiring this card, you don't need the bridge. Handles a lot of low level games with ease, a good buy for low budget and people not looking to overclock(see cons)
Cons: The overclocking software. NEVER buy HIS products if you're looking to overclock. There is no voltage control in the iTurbo software used to OC their GPU's. So you're highly unstable with a 50MHz boost on the memory clock unless you're packing an i7 CPU. Do the research online, that's the >ONLY< CPU that people got a 50MHz boost to be stable with, I wish I had researched their software. Now I'm stuck with a card I can never overclock because it crashes my drivers when I hit a 50MHz boost(and that's the bare minimum for you to get even a 1-5 FPS boost in games, guys.)
Overall Review: HIS needs to do some work on their iTurbo software. Really. I won't be buying anymore HIS products when I'm looking for long lasting hardware, because eventually, you're going to have to overclock when you don't make a lot of money.
Great keyboard and mouse
Pros: Highly comfortable except for one thing(listed in the cons) Mouse is highly responsive, and I mean HIGHLY responsive. Both the keyboard and mouse shine really bright so you can plainly see it in the dark.
Cons: The wrist rest is a bit short and the Pause/Break and Print Screen buttons are reversed. To be more specific, you have to press Pause/Break to do Print Screen and visa versa. They're labeled wrong, never had an LED keyboard before so I'm afraid to switch them around. Also, fair warning, the mouse has NO LED control. You can't turn it off, even if the computer itself is powered off. You have to unplug the mouse to turn it off. Not that much of a problem though, so I didn't knock off an egg.
Pros: Good, reliable PSU. You can't hear it, it's the quietest PSU I've ever owned.
Cons: CAUTION!! THE S-ATA CABLES ARE CONNECTED! To use both, they'll have to be attached to 2 hard drives, or 2 disc drives. You can't have both. I recommend buying a converter to turn one of the 4-pin periphreals into a S-ATA.
Overall Review: They really could have been nice and separated the S-ATA cables.. This is a fantastic PSU and I'd buy another if it wasn't such a low wattage. But for the cost, you absolutely >can't< beat this.