Date Joined: 02/18/05
Pros: Worked out of the box with my Ryzen 2700, no BIOS update required
Good performance and assortment of ports
I really appreciate it has USB 3.2 gen 2 Type C
Cons: The connector for the RGB header is VERY weak. I tried to do some cable management and all of the connector pins bent 90 degrees to the side. My RGB fan now no longer receives a “G” signal form the pins. I had no idea it would be so flimsy.
I don’t know if it was an issue with my case, or with the motherboard, but the IO panel was just slightly misaligned. When I took the motherboard back out to do a fit test it fit just fine, but once the IO panel was in the case, the whole thing was a couple millimeters off, enough to keep some of the metal tabs blocking some ports. I ended up using pliers to get access to the USB-C connector.
No addressable RGB header, just standard. If I wanted aRGB, I either needed the full ATX ROG STRIX mobo, or the mini ITX ROG STRIX mobo, nothing for mATX.
No motherboard header for a PC speaker (not everyone will care about that though)
Overall Review: Overall this is a solid board for anyone that wants to do mATX. The RGB header is nice, but didn’t realize it was so flimsy and I wish it was addressable. Hopefully I’ll be able to repair the “G” channel on it. I can’t wait to finally get a 2080 in it and see what it can really do. I would definitely buy it again.
Pros: Runs fast, runs stable. No DOAs, which is always a plus.
Cons: They are recognized by my laptop as 1333, not 1866. However, performance is so fast and I am not a benchmark fanatic so I have not attempted to change it manually. But I took off an egg because for the less tech-savvy, fixing that could be problematic.
Overall Review: I have stuck with G.Skill over the years because they provide great performance and I have never had a DOA part. So long as they keep up that trend, I will keep buying from them.
Pros: Computer booted up without a problem and installation did not have too many problems.
Cons: The first time I installed Windows using this motherboard, everything went fine and without issue. Then I upated the drivers on my Geforce GTX 260 to the latest version via Windows update and rebooted the computer. Upon reboot, the computer went to a black screen just after the initial Windows loading screen. I had a mouse cursor that occasionally did the spinny (working) thing, but all I got was the black screen. I ended up reformatting and re-installing Windows all over again. I was very careful to install nVidia drivers straight from the website next time.
I tried using an Asus USB-AC56 wifi adapter with this computer. Drivers installed without issue and it attached to my network, but as soon as I tried transferring files to my NAS the transfer speed would drop to 0mbs after about 10 seconds and then freeze there. I tried the adapter in both a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port and the same thing happened. I had no issue using this adapter on multiple laptops throughout my house.
Lastly, the UEFI BIOS. It's not bad, but it's also not great. After years of Asus UEFI, I was a little let down. Don't get me wrong, ANY UEFI is a step up from old school BIOS, but Gigabyte's design just doesn't match Asus'.
Overall Review: The reason I went with a Gigabyte board versus an Asus board was because I had a horrible RMA experience with Asus earlier in the year that took about 6 months to resolve, over $150 in shipping costs, and an Asus customer service team that just didn't seem to care about the horrible service they were providing to a long-term and very loyal customer. I hated the thought of buying a non-Asus motherboard for my next computer, but with how they treated me, I really felt I had no choice.
I had heard good things about Gigabyte and decided to give them a go. Overall, it's not a bad board. Some peripheral compatibility issues like the ones listed above have bothered me. Also, the UEFI is not as intuitive as Asus' overall experience. Also, over the course of the last year that I have had this board, I have had a handful of BSODs. About once a month I would say. It never traces back to anything specific and they are few and far between, but somewhat annoying.
Overall, I am satisfied with this board. My performance is excellent. Compatibility issues and the UEFI might have me going back to Asus in the future. I'm really not sure. Not a bad board, but not incredible either.
Pros: Huge performance and nary a hiccup anywhere. It's fast, it's stable, and it runs cool and quiet.
My computer is very multipurpose. It functions as a home office PC and my gaming computer. I have a 27" 1440p monitor and a 21" 1080p monitor that is in portrait mode. I recently upgraded to a new Geforce GTX 970 and the results have been stunning.
Both Crysis 2 and Tomb Raider both cruise at 45-60FPS with no hiccups anywhere.
Cons: It runs a little warmer than I expected, but I chalk that up to poor airflow in my crammed case and possible misapplication of my heatsink. I re-used my old Cooler Master Hyper TX3 and I probably could have done a better job of cleaning it off.
Temps idle at about 40c and operate at about 60-65c under load. So nothing bad, just not as good as I was anticipating.
Overall Review: My new build replaced my aging AMD Phenom 9550 system from 2008. That computer performed admirably for 6 years, but it was time to move on.
I multi-task with tons of programs open at once and I game. This processor allows me to do both with no issues.
Core i5 4670K
CM Hyper TX3 Cooler
EVGA Geforce GTX 970 ACX G-Sync
16GB (2x 8gb) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866
250gb Samsung EVO 840 SSD
1TB WD Black 7200RPM
Lian-li PC-V354 Micro-ATX case
Pros: Unbelievable performance for a single card. I've been primarily running Crysis 2 and Tomb Raider to benchmark this thing lately. I've been running these two games on my 1440p monitor at native resolution while driving a second 1080p monitor in portrait mode. All of my games have been run with AA on its highest setting and any/every eye candy available cranked up. Results?
Tomb Raider: 45-60 FPS, averaging around 50-55.
Crysis 2: Same
And the games look gorgeous on my 1440p screen.
Cons: Some people have complained about noise and heat, but this thing idles in my very small micro-ATX case at about 38c and operates at about 65-70c under full load playing Tomb Raider.
No coil wine here, just the sweet, low hum of a killer frag box.
Overall Review: I built my new computer earlier this year but re-used my aging Geforce GTX 260 (yeah, it's been THAT long) while I waited for the next gen Geforce cards to arrive.
BOY am I glad I waited. I now have a computer that can chew through games on my 1440p screen without a hiccup.
I was actually surprised at how much life my old GTX 260 had in it once I started running it with my new Intel Core i5 system. But man, coming from a 260 to a 970 has been a near-religious experience.
If you are worried about coil whine or fan noise, don't. Mine is perfectly quiet. And that is with it in a very small Lian-li PC-V354 with poor airflow.
For me, the 970 hits the perfect balance between heat, noise, power consumption, performance, and price.
Core i5 4670K
CM Hyper TX3 Cooler
16GB (2x 8gb) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866
250gb Samsung EVO 840 SSD
1TB WD Black 7200RPM
Lian-li PC-V354 Micro-ATX case
Pros: Easy to setup. No messy menus or network settings. Just plug it in, go to “Network” in explorer, and it is almost immediately available to access without any login or password information required.
There is a link on the network drive which takes you to the browser interface. This takes you through the initial setup process and setting up of accounts.
Interface is VERY easy to navigate and make sense of, and the descriptions for the “Remote Access”, “Seagate Media”, “DLNA”, and “iTunes” services are all very simple to understand.
Setting up multiple user accounts for password protected storage is also very simple.
Average write speed over wifi of 8-14MB/s. I was able to transfer 5-8GB files in about 10-15 minutes. The most important thing? No sudden stops or pauses. It was continuous with no failures.
DLNA feature works fairly well. I have three devices in my home setup with XBMC, and XBMC was able to read my video library from the Seagate Central, run its file scrapers to add metadata for TV shows and movies, and stream to all of my devices successfully.
Device had a total of 1.7TBs of actual storage available on the 2TB drive.
The Dashboard software has its ups and downs, but for the most part it is competent enough for most average users to understand and utilize. Also, 2TB is enough storage for most households to be able to backup multiple computers with enough room to spare.
The software unfortunately takes the WD approach and gives you backup options based on “Categories”. These categories are Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Personal, or All Files. Fortunately, unlike WD, Seagate gives you the option of backing up specific files. Using this method, I chose to backup my pictures and music folders to the device. The software is also nice enough to give you multiple scheduling options such as Continuous, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. Overall, most customers will be able to navigate the software with little struggle.
Two other big positives about the software are that it gives you the option of backing up to the public folder, or any of the password-protected folders based on the user accounts you setup. Second, the Dashboard software automatically maps the public and private folders as network drives so that they are easy to access in the future.
Cons: As is usually the case with most consumer devices from HDD companies, the hardware is spot on and yet the companion software falls flat on its face. The Seagate Dashboard software takes a few minutes to detect the Central on the network and make it available for use. Until that time, it keeps asking for you to plug in a compatible drive. I thought it wasn’t going to work at first, then out of nowhere an icon representing the Central popped up and I was able to use it. Fortunately, once it finally detected the NAS, setting things up was fairly simple.
Unfortunately, the apps did not turn out as nicely. From my experience, the software could only log into the NAS from the cloud. I was unable to simply access the drive locally using the app. This is bad for two reasons.
First, if I want to access my files, those files have to stream themselves out of my home, to Seagate’s servers, and then back down to my mobile device back in my home. It is an unnecessary step.
The second problem with this is that large files will not be able to be streamed using this method. Whenever I tried to play videos on my mobile devices using the app, it told me that it couldn’t stream the videos and needed to download them. So the device would then download an entire video in order to play it.
The only saving grace for this unfortunate oversight in the app’s design is that you can use other apps to access your content as long as they support DLNA. In the case of my Android devices, I had XBMC installed and I was able to access all of my content and stream it locally. As a piece of hardware, the Central works great. The companion apps are unfortunately pretty useless.
Overall Review: I really like this device. Its physical design is very understated and unassuming. It will sit in an entertainment center or on a shelf without attracting unneeded attention or distracting you with obnoxious blinking lights. I had mine in a cabinet where I have my wireless router and cable modem and it did not generate much heat at all. Also, with only three ports on the back (power, Ethernet, and USB), and no on/off switch, this is one of the most un-intimidating pieces of consumer-level network tech I have ever seen. Almost anyone would be able to buy this in the store and confidently set it up in their home without being afraid. Seagate has designed a NAS that will hold your hand and walk you through the setup without intimidating you with big words or lofty tasks.
While I really don’t like backup software that gives you options based on file “categories”, I at least appreciate Seagate’s foresight in giving its users the option of backing up their computer based on file locations and folders.
My major downside for this product is its apps. This is an option that any hardware manufacturer would be stupid to ignore, but offering limited and ineffectual apps is not the answer. Either go big or go home, especially when people will see that feature on a retail box and possibly make their purchasing decision based on those features alone. As it stands, Seagate’s apps are not worth the time of day. Luckily, because Seagate has included standard services such as DLNA and iTunes, most users will still be able to make great use of this device without needing to rely on broken apps.
My last comment is an important one. This device is what it is. It is a consumer-level device designed to give users a reliable backup solution for their home. The base 2TB model does that by providing plenty of storage for an average household. Just keep in mind, this is not a replacement for a full-on NAS setup such as those that come from Synology and the like.
However, this device is a solid contender in its product category and one I whole-heartedly recommend. It is decently fast, and most importantly, reliable. Easy setup and easy configuration. I am very happy to have one and plan on using it until it dies.
Pros: Easy setup
Combines 2.5ghz and 5ghz devices into a single LAN
Ability to turn off UPNP. Not susceptible to UPNP flaw, as tested through Steve Gibson’s ShieldsUP test.
Cons: USB drive support is awful. When running the SAMBA server, only one computer can map it as a network drive at once. Every other computer results in an “Access denied” error when I try to map it.
No way to setup a USB drive without a login and password. My old router allowed me to plug it in and just make it available to all. This router REQUIRES you to use a login and password whether you want it or not, thus resulting in all of the connection issues I’ve had.
Writes to the USB attached network storage maxed out at 2mbps ON A GOOD day. The rest of the time it averaged about 2-500kbps and the speed would drop out to 0 kbps entirely every 1-2 minutes. That would last about 45 seconds and then pickup again to its 2-500kbps speed.
It took 1hr 44mnts to transfer a 1.9gb file.
If I had a device trying to write to the USB drive while another device was trying to play video off of it, the transfer drop off affected read speeds as well, my video playback would stall for the entire time that my file transfer speeds were zeroed out, and would start again once the file transfer restarted.
This all happened in the same room as the router with full bars and a strong 300mpbs connection.
The router configuration DOES NOT allow for assigning a static DNS such as Google or OpenDNS.
Overall Review: I had a few criteria that I planned to base my review on. Ease of setup, whether or not the LAN would combine the 2.5ghz and 5ghz networks without any issues, and whether I had any connection issues such as random disconnects. On those three criteria this router is excellent. I had no connection issues, all my devices could see each other on the LAN, and I had no problem connecting or staying connected.
I did NOT anticipate having issues with the USB support. This was supposed to replace my Netgear WNDR3800. With that device I was able to map my hard drive to all of the computers in my house with no issues and easily transfer files to it without any issues. Read speeds were almost 10mbps and I could stream video all over the house. The only limitation was write speeds maxed out at 3mbps.
This router only allowed one computer to map it as a network drive, all of my other computers had to navigate to it via Network Explorer. This was very inconvenient for those in my home who are less tech-savvy. The inconsistent read/write speeds were atrocious and intolerable. Also, the drop in readability as I transferred files made the drive unusable for others in the house.
I have two computers running XBMC that play videos off of my network drive and a Google TV that uses a network-capable media player. My Google TV could not connect to the drive at all.
The inability to set a static DNS server is a major flaw that I find hard to look past.
If you don’t plan on using the USB feature and you don’t care about the inability to set a static DNS, then this is a solid router, with good/reliable connection speeds, and easy setup. However, for my purposes, this router falls flat on its face. I’m going back to my Netgear WNDR3800.
Standard single-home neighborhood. Light wifi traffic in area.
My devices: 11 total
Motorola Photon Q (2.5ghz)
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (2.5ghz)
Nexus 7 (2.5ghz)
2x Asus laptops (5ghz)
1x Asus laptop (2.5ghz)
Custom desktop (5ghz)
Sony Google TV (Ethernet)
Vizio 42” internet-enabled TV (2.5ghz)
2x Kindle Fires (2.5ghz)
Pros: I'll give you the skinny instead of the numbers details. I have been wanting this thing for a while but was not sure if it would fit in my LIAN LI PC-V354. I decided to bite the bullet and take a chance. This HSF DOES fit inside the LIAN LI PC-V354. It clears the power supply by mere millimeters, but it DOES clear it. My computer is MUCH cooler and quieter with this HSF.
Overall Review: I was running a stock cooler on my first gen AMD Phenom 9550. The stock HSF was keeping it adequately cool at about 45-50c, but the fan was screaming between 5-7k RPMs. It was a nightmare. This thing keeps it from the high 20s to mid 30s Celsius and the fan only spins at about 2200RPMs to accomplish that. It is MUCH quieter.
I have used this HSF before for other customers but this is the first time using it for myself. It's cool, it's quiet, MUCH better than stock, and does not require additional retention brackets to install. It was a little hard to install because of the cramped space inside my LIAN LI PC-V354, but other than that I highly recommend this HSF.
Pros: I bought this case over a year ago (the red one) and did a review then, this is simply a followup to say that the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 cooler DOES fit in this case. I had heard conflicting reports so I went ahead and ordered one just to see. It just clears the power supply. So if you want to put a decent aftermarket cooler like the TX3 in here, it WILL fit.
Overall Review: My computer is MUCH quieter now that I have added the Hyper TX3
Cons: Please note the manufacturer's response on my previous review (should be just below this one). The manufacturer states that they recommend disabling sleep mode because it might cause problems.
Really?!? Disable sleep mode because it may cause problems? That's like saying your new car might have problems if you try and drive it in reverse. Sleep mode is a default feature of nearly every computer and every operating system. It's simply good housekeeping to utilize it so you're not sucking down watts while not using your computer.
And you made a product that exhibits problems when using sleep mode? Telling me to disable sleep mode is NOT a solution, it's an admission of a problem.
Pros: TONS of features.
Versatile USB port.
Offsite access to USB storage.
Cons: I have a mixed home of 2.4ghz g/n devices and one 5ghz n device. About once a week, all of my 2.4ghz devices stop being able to connect to the network. Power cycling doesn't fix the problem and switching the wireless on/off using the button on the front does not fix it. The ONLY way to fix it is to log into the router, and switch the speed of the 2.4ghz band.
It doesn't matter what speed you change it to. You just need to change the speed, click apply, and then my 2.4ghz devices can connect.
Overall Review: I'm very glad I have a 5ghz device and a wired device in the house that can connect when I have this problem. Otherwise this problem would be unbearable and I would return it. I really LOVE this router. The menus are easy to navigate and it has a ton of features. But I really hope they push out a firmware update that fixes this problem.
Pros: Works. No tweaking required.
Cons: Red? Why not a nice electric green? And for that matter, why not Zoidberg?
Overall Review: I've been buying G.Skill for quite a few years now because they work reliably and are fast. Hard to put a word on the performance because I'm using this with a Llano based system. The ram probably runs circles around the Llano cpu. But it worked, booted with no issues, and have had no heat issues.
Pros: UEFI is very intuitive and easy to navigate. This was my first UEFI experience and let's just say I'm happy with the changes.
Nice speed from the Llano platform. Pretty impressed with it.
Plenty of USB ports. Parallel and serial ports are nice built-in features for certain legacy devices.
Cons: I know I should have checked before I bought, but I was shocked to find that there was no DVI or HDMI port on this board. Luckily it wasn't a factor for my customer, but had I been buying this for myself I would have been shocked. I know it's a budget board, but DVI seemed like an unnecessary corner to cut.
The two SATA cables that came with the board had right-angle connectors. Because of the arrangement of my case I could not connect the right-angle end to my drives and thus had to plug them into the board. Because of this, I had to plug my SSD into SATA1 and my DVD drive into SATA 3. Not a huge deal, but it would have been nice if only one of the cables were right-angled.
The EPU feature from within Windows crashed the system when I tried to change the performance profiles. I was playing with it just for gee whiz sake. Needless to say, I didn't mess with it after it crashed Windows. I just ignored it after that.
Overall Review: The setup on this board was stupid simple. Plug in the drives, plug in the power, and you're good to go. Good speed, good performance, and the overall Llano platform was whisper quiet. Perfect for my customer's needs and the price was nice too.
I could have forgiven the lack of HDMI, but lacking DVI just seemed like a dumb move. Sure there are more expensive boards with HDMI and DVI, but at that price point I would rather just jump into an Athlon, Phenom, or any other AM3/+ based system.
Pros: Super low wattage consumption. Under load (running stress tests) it peaked at about a 20-25 watt draw. Under casual use it was between 10-15 watts, and it idled between 0 and 5 watts.
Temps were anywhere between 14-35C. With the SSD, the loudest thing in the computer were the 2 case fans. And even they were practically silent.
Cons: The CPU seems to be the bottleneck of the system. The built in GPU is pretty sufficient, but sometimes the speed of the CPU took the wind out of the joy of having an SSD.
Overall Review: This was my first Llano build and I am so far very impressed. I paid 65 bucks for the motherboard and 65 bucks for the cpu. As a budget build, it was a steal. If I had more money in the budget, or if heat was less of an issue, I would probably go with an Athlon or Phenom build with a motherboard that has integrated radeon. But the price/performance/temperature/power consumption ratio of the Llano system is hard to beat.
Pros: Everything spec wise is amazing and the form factor is perfect
Cons: This is an addendum to my earlier review. The power connector is very thin and it turns 90 degrees at its entrance point. Because of this, if it is in your lap it hangs downward. When you set it down, if you're not careful, it will wrench upwards and crack the inside of the motherboard. This happened RIGHT AFTER I bought it for my wife. It started shutting off randomly and the power connector would just fall out. Had to RMA and wait a week to get it back. Asus had to replace the motherboard. Even though it's fixed, I feel like it is already starting to break again because of the power connector's awful design.
Also, the 802.11N card is only 2.4ghz. So in my house, my wife can only connect to the 2.4ghz G band. Kinda pathetic considering my 2008 Asus G1S has 5ghz N wireless.
The keyboard misses about 1 key per sentence. It is really annoying.
Overall Review: I really like this laptop. It is blazingly fast, gets great battery life, and looks incredible. Definitely a head turner.
Unfortunately, the 90-degree turn power connector Asus went with leaves me with the feeling I have a time bomb on my hand. The power connector on the motherboard cracked less than a week after I got it. The warranty repair with Asus was fairly quick and easy, but my wife was without her laptop right in the middle of school.
I actually hope it cracks a couple more times, and soon. Maybe if it happens enough times Asus will either make a better power connector or replace it with a newer Zenbook that hopefully doesn't have this problem.
Pros: I am blown away by this product. Synology has POURED themselves into their DSM software. They just launched version 4.0 and it's basically a full-blown, multitasking capable linux build.
All of the settings and apps are easy to understand, easy to interact with, and easy to setup. I had this thing running in about a half hour.
The entire interface is done through a browser and is built on HTML5. Everything is perfectly smooth and intuitive.
The amount of features that are at your fingertips is unbelievable. They have really done their homework and done a lot of testing with user groups to create a product that is powerful and easy to use.
Cons: The only downside, and this isn't Synology's fault, is that Plex's Media Server app has only been ported to Synology DiskStations running on Intel processors. The DS212J has an ARM processor so I'm still waiting until someone ports it. Until then I can attach my Synology to Windows as a network attached drive and run Plex from my desktop.
Overall Review: I helped my dad pick this out so he can get the computers in his house and all of the family pictures backed up on a mirrored array. Even though I helped him pick the drives and the hardware, my dad was able to install the drives, plug it in, and follow the step-by-step instructions to get this software running. Very little input was needed by myself to get him setup.
The only downside I can see is that it won't be long before Synology has a strong customer base and boosts the price of their products. Right now Synology NASes, no matter what size, are a steal at their current pricing. I hope Synology keeps their prices low because I plan on buying one for myself soon.
Pros: Nothing, none, nadda
Cons: The USB hub, a major advertised feature, does NOT work. It doesn't even make a connection and simply plugging in a device causes popping and clicking from the speakers because apparently the internal speaker wire is entirely unshielded.
Pros: Prints are crisp and clear. Even pictures look great. Wifi connectivity means everyone in the house can easily print.
Samsung has an android app that allows me to print from all of my phones and tablets.
Decent toner life. Much better than inkjets that's for sure
Cons: DHCP PROBLEMS! Every time the printer went into standby it would drop off the network. The router couldn't see it and none of my computers could see it. Bringing it out of standby didn't fix it. I had to fully shut down the printer and turn it back on for it to come back. All the while the wireless light on the printer was on and the printer said it was connected.
The only solution was to give it a static IP address. More of a workaround than a solution IMO.
Included scanner software crashed on Windows 7 X64 during scan. I had to download and install the latest drivers from Samsung's website to fix this. Sure there was a fix, but it would have been nice if the included software worked out of the box.
Android printing app does not work on my Galaxy Tab 8.9 which is weird because they're both Samsung. Works on my Android phones though.
Overall Review: Please don't get confused by my 3-egg review. I love this printer. I bought this for my dad because he loves my CLX-3175FW. The few problems, even though there were fixes for them, would have driven a less computer-savvy person insane trying to fix. I knew enough about computers and networking to try a static IP to fix the connection issues and to download the latest scanner drivers. Other people, like my dad, not so much. He's just lucky I was here.
This is a great printer if either you don't run into the issues I had or know how to work around them. Otherwise, be aware of the issues I mentioned.
Pros: I got this for an old P4 system I salvaged to play around with linux. In the time it took me to reach behind the computer, plug it in, and look back up at the screen, Ubuntu had already installed it and detected my wireless network. Super fast. No complaints at all.
Cons: Absolutely none!
Overall Review: I shopped Newegg for the cheapest refurb/recertified usb wifi dongle with free shipping and this thing popped up. Gave it a try and I'm glad I did. I think I'll spend more time buying re-certified Newegg products.
Pros: Used two: one for about a 6 year old 60gb Western Digital and the other for more recent Western Digital Caviar Blue 160gb. Both worked without any issues. Truly plug and play.
Overall Review: Just make sure you place the jumpers in Cable Select (CS) mode to eliminate the possibility of errors. I did this beforehand so didn't have any issues. People reporting issues may have failed to do this.
Pros: This is my 4th build with this case. For the price, this case can't be beat. It's just simple, sleek, and has toolless drive clips. Super light.
All of the front drive bay covers and fan grills have air filters in them. Dust collects on the front of the case, but not in the case.
Cons: Could use a fan in the front, but not wholly necessary unless you're building an enthusiast system.
Overall Review: Great case for the price. Definitely not perfect, but find another case in this price range that's this nice.
Pros: Another build, another round of G.Skill Ripjaws. Worked great like always. No problems.
Overall Review: Buy these, they're awesome
Pros: Fast, Multicore. No problems at stock what soever. Runs between 27c and 35c with the lousy stock aluminum heatsink
Cons: Couldn't unlock additional cores. Some might think it's unfair to take an egg for something it wasn't advertised to do, but with everyone being so successful, I was hoping to be able to unlock it too. No dice, so lost an egg.
Overall Review: Don't let the four eggs deter you. At stock, this thing screams and is an excellent buy. Especially for the price.
Pros: Great specs. Really great onboard graphics if you're on a budget and have modest graphics needs. Booted no problems. I've been building with ASUS and this board is as excellent as ever
Cons: Core Unlocker didn't work with my Athlon II X3, but that was a problem with the CPU, not the motherboard.
Overall Review: I love ASUS, I've been building systems for over a decade and have only used ASUS boards. NEVER HAD A PROBLEM EVER(but some people run into duds.... it happens)! I highly recommend this board