Date Joined: 07/12/04
Pros: Relatively fast, Reliable up until it just quit a few days ago.
Cons: No longer recognized in BIOS on any computer after 4 years and 1 month of use.
Overall Review: Backup your data if you buy this.
Pros: Quiet, Which seems to be the top selling feature of this unit. Braided cables was a personal preference. Modular cabling, plus the fact that they attach midway rather than at the top leaving room for a 25mm fan if top mounted. Price was reasonable before the holidays.
Cons: My only con is I wanted to purchase another one but the price has gone up $10 for Black Friday weekend. And, while looking through my purchase history, most items purchased before the holiday season have gone up. Some on sale or with a rebate that brings the purchase price down to what it was prior to the holiday season.
Overall Review: I will have to wait for the holidays to be over for prices to get back to normal and I can justify buying another one of these.
Have a safe and happy Markup season.
Pros: Attractive looking board. Paired with the i3-4330 it out performs my water cooled, OCed, QX6850 setup running at 4.2 GHz. USB 2.0 at very top for keyboard and mouse ensures reliable input verses driver dependent USB 3.0. Two PCIe X 1 slots (1 usable) for modern hardware because for me old PCI slots are a waste of space.
M.2 support for M.2 PCIe up to 10Gb/s under UEFI option ROM will be nice in the near future. Runs 8GBs DDRIII 1866 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer at 1600 MHz without issues. This board's UEFI BIOS is easy to navigate and has lots of options. Two BIOS updates executed smoothly from UEFI update and thumb drive.
Cons: Could not use in a slim Pixxo case as originally planned due to the side SATA ports directly against power supply housing. Purchased this in part because the description stated support for RAM faster than DDRIII 1600 but that appears to be misinformation after contacting MSI. No support for XP 64bit which is the OS I use most frequently and dual-boot alongside Windows 7 on my personal machine.
Overall Review: Could not use this board as originally intended to replace an ailing AMD HTPC (later found the Pyro SSD responsible). Will toy around with this for a while.
Pros: Looks cool, Antec Tri-cool fit like a glove on it. Nearly unlimited mounting options. It kept an overclocked North bridge 15*C cooler than stock. I'm a firm believer in direct touch coolers
Cons: Had to buy a windowed case so I can look at this puppy
Overall Review: Next best thing to water
Pros: It does what it should. Cable is sufficiently long. Sturdy bracket. Price not outrageous.
Cons: Directions could have been written more clearly. Switch could stand to be a step up in quality and or design.
Overall Review: A covered or recessed momentary switch would out last this and reduce the chance of catastrophy, like when you pc is running and the slide switch goes bad...
Pros: Looks pretty good
Cons: Excruciatingly terrible delays in wired and wireless connections. Movies, webpages would have long delays in loading. Browsers, all tried, "this webpage is not available" until reloaded several times. Wireless connection showed as excellent in windows 7 on HTPC but movies often failed to load and would go blank. Settings are not saved properly. Password can be changed but then you cannot log-in and must do a full reset. Could not change time zone without losing all settings and doing a full reset. Resetting to factory did nothing to improve anything. Release and renew changed nothing. Released IP and unplugged everything overnight and was assigned a new IP from the cable server. Some improvement appeared to take place so I kept nursing this thing, hoping. I mean, how could a brand new router be bad?? Three days ago I plugged my D-link DIR 855 or whatever it is back in. I have not had a single problem since.
I sent an e-mail to Buffalo and got their automated confirmation that was three weeks ago. I called last week they said they would be in contact via e-mail. I have heard nothing. This tells me they do not support their products.
Overall Review: Updated to latest firmware as soon as I received the router. Seemed to do ok at first. I dismissed abnormalities as something else could be the cause like the motorola cable modem or the new cable company buyout going on. Put my old router back in and everything worked smooth as silk. I'm considering posting this review on other retailer sites to save some unsuspecting customer the lost time, embarrassment and headache this thing caused. I won't be buying anything from Buffalo again. They don't need to bother replying to this. Time is up.
Pros: I received my MIR.
Cons: 1st board had UEFI problems. Make a selection in Advanced Settings and a box appeared four inches below and off to the side with nothing written there but you would have to click in the vicinity of that box to select whatever setting you originally set out to select. Problem continued with UEFI upgrade or downgrade. Repeated attempts to use the simple overclock feature resulted in a board that would not boot a video card, one long eight short beeps, until you do a CMOS reset to Onboard video then you can go back to use video card. Tried 3 different vid cards, 2 different power supplies and two 3rd generation CPUs and two different sets of RAM all with the same results, in a case, and out of the case on the box it came in. Finally RMAed it.
Overall Review: They replaced it with a board that had the same exact issues. Their last communication with me over a month ago was that they had not heard of similar problems and they would try to duplicate my issues by testing this particular MB. I made a few inquiries as to the progress but have not received a reply
Pros: "Latest and Greatest" from Intel, had to have one.
Cons: No support for Windows XP Professional 64 bit = one egg. I always dual boot XP because it goes where the others won't.
Ambiguity over V-core and CPU voltage led to accidental excessive V-core by 1 whole volt for a good twelve hours. Fault of the motherboard and user as well.
Less overclockable, another egg. If I wanted a laptop CPU I would buy a laptop.
Overall Review: My first gig with Windows 8 wasted days of my time trying to get a $300.00 Graphics card to display correctly on a 2048 x 1152 Samsung monitor. Never had that problem with Windows 7, Vista or XP. If I were trying to get it to work with Windows 98 sure I would expect some issues but this is 2012 not 1986.
Pros: WEI score went from 6.9 for the IGPU of the A10-5800K to 7.6. So I bought another one of these and got a 7.8 WEI in crossfire. The color scheme goes well with my new MSI A85XA-G65 main board, which I'm liking more the longer I play with it. The free games I received recently all play well with no lagging or jitteryness. State of the art GPU with it's own private driver. Nice MIRs on both cards. Affordable.
Cons: It looks as though I would void my warranty if I were to replace the stock thermal paste or heat sink.
For a little more money I could have got the 7950 but the one I want is out of stock.
Overall Review: New to the "new" 3D gaming arenea--I'm a die-hard FSX fan--I can't offer much in game graphic settings performance details.
Have yet to install FSX on this machine as well.
Pros: Frame is reinforced rubber therefore absorbing/ dampening much of the fan vibration. At top speed all I hear is air rushing through the holes in the aluminum fan shroud as it is being drawn through a dual 120mm radiator mounted in the top of a Lian li PC-7HX. That's running Prime95 with a A10-5800k @ 4.8GHz, otherwise they just whisper. The blue fans go well with the blue build theme, blue hoses, blue fittings, blue highlights on the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65's heatsinks and a blue led that came with the XSPC dual bay reservoir/pump combo.
Cons: Fan frame flexes (say that three times fast) so at a later date I will cut some stiff, hollow tubing to support where the bolts pass through the fan frame, top case panel, and thread into the radiator housing.
I have to find a use for the boxs these came in. They are too nice to throw away.They have a magnetic latch that keeps them closed.
Overall Review: Found a 140mm version at another store and it quietly draws air in through the side panel.
I rarely go for the high priced fans but the rubber frame made sense and I had to try it. I'm glad I did.
Pros: Not a bad looking board. uefi bios updated to 1.7 without freezing. ran twice for a good burn in I bought this board to push the A10 past 5ghz on water then maybe stab a 7950 in it.
Cons: RAID not supported. Had to copy AMD raid driver from asrock MB cd to thumb drive get windows 7 to recognize CD DVD drive to install windows 7 on raid0 ssds Simple fix MSI can put RAID driver on included cd to copy to thumb drive. windows has never included amd raid drivers and never will so lets get with the ball game msi.
uefi color sceme is dark on dark cant see some functions because of this. bios 1.5 freezing up many times required hard reset. Some bios items are single click some are double click making it confusing should all be one or the other or an option to choose single or double.sata mode in bios default is uefi sata raid driver. just try to install windows with that turned on. i did. doesnt work. live update said bios 1.5 was up to date when i checked the website 1.7 was there. I updated expecting it to freeze during the update but it made it. there was no update verification phase indicated. Way too many boot options have to disable the vast majority...fastboot not very fast my 4 asrock boards are nearly instantaneous booters with windows 7. Fast boot option hidden under windows 8 garbage in bios. 1866 ram posted as 1333. bios beep not working. Winki was supposed to have installed and updated to newer version twice but i cant find it. uefi functions that require winki still dont work.
Overall Review: Will continue to nurse this one along and if it gets my a10 to a stable 5ghz ill be happy. Will update
Pros: Oops!! It comes with instructions that tells you where the dongle is. Its inside in its own little nest thing. Pretty clever
Cons: Oops!! The instructions also tell you how to open it. Dont use a large screwdriver. The back top slides off not the bottom part
Overall Review: I didn't read the instructions.
I gave it a bad review. I'm sorry. It doesn't work now but prying it open with a screwdriver had something to do with that.
Pros: Has some novel features. Kids might like this OS for playing Jewelquest or whatever.
Cons: Does not work with 2048 x 1152 monitor and a nVidia GTX 660 TI. After installing the nvidia driver windows will minimize to taskbar and not open due to incompatible resolution. Without the driver graphics are crippled and it is a useless piece of software. Everything I use is in a new location and would require relearning. Not worth the time and effort since even basic GUIs are unavailable. Windows 8 tries to get you to snuggle up with trillion dollar corporations by streamlining social networking thru which these corporations can track your internet usage. You will get advertisements made especially for you based on what you told joe on facepage.
Overall Review: Windows XP 64bit is my main OS because I can make it do exactly what I want it to and thats how an OS should be. I dual boot windows 7 to make use features not supported by XP and for now thats all I need.
Cons: Unit is defective, have to give an egg to post
Overall Review: Electrical interference/feedback from unit disables communication of Netgear powerline ethernet adapters through one of which its power is supplied. This results in no ethernet connection. After resetting, power cycling and updating 5 past versions of firmware on my router and verifing the Netgear adapters were functioning by plugging in a different pc on the same adapter I had narrowed it down to the pc with this power supply in it. Hooked up a different power supply and whala, I had ethernet, just like on the 15 or so other pcs I have bench tested here using the same powerline adapter with their power supplies being fed from the filtered outlet on the adapter. With this power supply, seconds after the machine is turned on, and before the BIOS finishes loading the light on the adapter that indicates communication between adapters goes out. Have requested an RMA but shipping is half or more of the puchase price. Maybe I'll just send Hec a bill for diagnosing a bug in this power supply. Bringing it to their attention before they make and distribute any more of these defective units should save them a wad of dough. I think $500.00 is fair.
Pros: I love the dim purple color, relatively quiet, sleeved wiring, moderatly priced
Cons: one of these fans mounted on the horizontal plane has developed a low frequency vibration occilation that is more audible when listening for it. Not a con worth taking an egg away though.
Overall Review: I got two 140s top mounted and two 120s in front in a NZXT Tempest 410
Pros: Good brand, Solid state, worked in RAID0 with a Crucial 64GB M4 with possibly a slight hit on performance due to the missmatch. Used more recently as a quick e-SATA storage drive in a docking station.
Cons: Just quit working. Puchased on 6/6/11. No longer recognized as a drive by BIOS on several different computers. Causes BIOS to hang. Caused XP and Windows 7 to hang sometimes when plugged in to HDD docking
Overall Review: Tried DOS based (thumb drive) firmware update continually failed with "Internal error" Opened a support ticket with OCZ, will see how it goes. I would like my files back.
Have had 4, 60GB vertex 2s in RAID0 arrays and different configurations on various systems for over a year with no discernable slow-down let alone an outright failure. Currently in Raid0 on my GAZ68XUD3P with windows 7 installed and a partition for games and pagefile for a dual booted XP OS.
I keep the firmware current by switching to AHCI and booting the thumb drive updater. Never had a failed RAID doing this.
Pros: Bigger than a 32", connects to the internet, sometimes the picture was good, magic remote was cool when it worked
Cons: Big cloud of light bleeding through on left side. Toslink connector for digital audio-out does not hold cable, it falls out. Have to use cheap LG wireless adapter others not compatible. Have to use LG camera for skype. Weather app only has weather for a town two hundred miles from here--I'm in the largest town in the state. Youtube app defaults to screaming punk rock videos until you enter something into search. Cannot access my router, ip camera or Plex app on another computer because there is no way to input username and password into the particular dialogue box that opens.
had to re-register magic remote twice, sometimes the cursor stays on the screen. Internet took several minutes to connect and your continually asked if "you would like to set up a connection to the internet?" while you wait.
Overall Review: Theres more but you get the picture. I have returned this item for refund and will be getting a Sony with edge lighting.
I have a 32" LG LCD 60Hz TV and some LG monitors and have had no issues at all with them.
Pros: Cheap, port multiplyer support, speeds not less than expected
Cons: Cannot boot PC IF there is a drive plugged in to this controller, tech support is no help
Overall Review: I had no intention of booting FROM this controller but, if there is a drive plugged in to this controller when booting my computer, not even the controller on the motherboard will boot a drive, with boot order properly set. Tech support insisted this is not a bootable controller card after repeated explanations that I am not booting this controller. Windows 7 had no problem recognizing two drives in the TT black duet on this controller but it can only be turned on after the system drive boots. Windows XP recognizes two drives sometimes. Other times the asmedia controller has to be disabled and re-enabled before it sees the two drives.
Should have gotten the Rosewell...
Pros: Pure quiet. Moves just the right amount of air for what I want $5.50 ea. 3 years ago
Cons: Price has doubled my paycheck has not
Overall Review: Have one in the top hole of a Lian Li PC60 for three years with nary a peep. The other gets velcroed between two crossfired, water cooled 5850s to move air.
Pros: Nice looking. Deep red LEDs. Seemed to move a fair amount of air. One of three was quiet. Price is decent enough compared to most other fan /resellers/manufactures.
Cons: Ordered 3. One of these was noisy out of the box in the horizontal plane. The other developed load annoying clicking after a few weeks of being mounted with the intake side down blowing up and out of case. Two bad eggs.
Overall Review: Mounted vertically these may have been ok. If nothing else the frame makes a good 120mm spacer in front of a radiator.
Pros: Affordable hardware RAID solution, steep learning curve, lots of options and expandability, good support, got it for $20 dollars less somewhere else. 4 OCZ vertex2 60GB SSDs were easy to RAID0, 6GB/s
Cons: Havent been able to get Windows 7 to continue installing after first reboot (I'm doing something wrong). Did not come with a cable. Loading kernel during system boot adds 40 secs or so to boot time. No UEFI BIOS support yet.
Overall Review: My first real RAID controller. Hope I don't brick it
Pros: Brushed aluminum, Holds two Vertex2s, needs only one SATA power connector, LEDs are the small, mature style
Cons: Had to drill two holes in sides to fit the NZXT Gamma series HDD mounting rails. Sticker on unit left lots of glue that had to be cleaned off. One bay door does not open as wide as the other but still functions
Overall Review: Ultimately I would have preferred one that supports SATAIII and had a port multiplyer to put two SSDs on one port. Not sure if my MB supports a port multiplyer.
Pros: Its a keeper. A real BIOS/CMOS with hundreds of tweaks and adjustments to research and play with. SSD caching. 16 GBs Patriot DDR3 1866 XMP runs smooth. Two HD 5850s in Xfire (8x) and an i7 2600K are working as expected. Its black instead of pastel pink, green and yellow. No flakiness at all with the USB devices.
A mainboard that actually does what its supposed to... Way to go Gigabyte.
Cons: Gigabyte software is buggy and pointless except maybe ET6 and @BIOS. Cannot use SSD caching with a RAID array, has to be a single HDD or volume. Cannot RAID an uneven number of drives. Does not like the Base Clock frequency changed even a little but thats something I need to read up on. Did not come with many extras. SLI bridge???
Overall Review: Use latest IRST to set up the SSD cache and reinstall IRST if the HDD acceleration gets disabled on a reboot. Using an OCZ Agility3 60GB paired with a 6GB/s WD Black 750GB HDD
Pros: Handles FSX and FS9 better than any card I've owned. It was easy to unlock to a 6970. Nice rebate. Its quiet and cool but that might have something to do with EK 6970 waterblock. I like the BIOS switch.
Cons: When hooked to the HDTV via HDMI and to my PC monitor via DVI with both displays enabled in clone mode I cannot render full screen 3d graphics on my pc monitor. I need to try a different HDMI port and check my settings in CCC. I'm pretty sure I have something set wrong.
Overall Review: I've Xfired 4850s and 5850s overclocked to the gills on AMD and Intel platforms without much real-world performance increase. The extra cost, heat and strain put on chipset resources isn't worth it. I was hoping the P67 and the Z68 would be different but both that I have have numerous BIOS issues that need to be resolved before I can really test Xfire on these chipsets.
Pros: It powers my HD6970, Core II Quad 9550, 8GBs RAM, 6 SATAII drives, Several fans and a pump, Everything's overclocked. Makes no discernable noise. Status LEDs a nice touch. It is bottom mounted in a Lian Li midtower with plenty of cable length. Modular.
Cons: Not a con but a wish list; OS supported temp/fan speed/voltage monitoring, manually adjustable output, say +/- 100 watts.
Overall Review: I have a 12 y/o TT Silent Pure Power 560W in an ancient, overclocked Athlon XP system with some power hungry goodies. It has never faltered. It would be nice to see this quality/durability in every TT power supply and elimate some of the guesswork. I got an TT 850w Black Widow still in the box... maybe it will maybe it won't...