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William D.

William D.

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Most Favorable Review

Very fast and stable motherboard with great features.

ASRock Z390 PHANTOM GAMING 7 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z390 PHANTOM GAMING 7 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Motherboard layout is very good. I was able to make a nice and clean build. Motherboard has been completely stable with no issues. NVMe is working great on the Samsung. I have always had good performance, stability, and features for the price with Asrock motherboards. This did not disappoint. ARGB effects are nice - have lots of ARGB (fans, video card support bracket, and LED strips) all controlled by motherboard using an ARGB hub. The Asrock software or bios can be used to control the effects.

Cons: Very minor - it would be nice to have slightly longer ARGB pins on the header - mine are kinda short and maybe smaller gauge than what seems to be common with ARGB cables - when connecting the cables that came with my many ARGB kits, each cable would slip out with little effort as they barely engaged the pins. Given the cables that came with my ARGB kits from many manufactures had this problem, I have to kind of blame the header. I ended up using a smaller connector from my spare parts bin and got a stable connection with a slightly smaller gauge connector/wire. I then connected this to an ARGB hub to connect the other devices. The gauge of pins for the power switch/hdd leds, etc are the same gauge of the wires - the ARGB is slightly shorter and smaller gauge... Easy fix, and now perfect. Also, neat to have 2500Mbps Lan; just dont see any affordable 2500Mbps Switches... yet...

Overall Review: I built this with an I9-9900K CPU, a MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DirectX 12 RTX 2080 SEA HAWK X 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP video card, 500GB Samsung 970 Plus Nvme, Intel 1GB 960 Nvme, OLOy WarHawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin Intel/AMD Ready DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory all in a Phanteks Enthoo Pro with Antec HCG1000 Extreme 1000W powersupply. CPU cooled by Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync Edition CL-W234-PL12SW-A Water Cooler and added lots of RGB cooling. All parts from newegg. I had my buddy buy the same parts from newegg and I built it. Both of ours are awesome.

Awesome HTPC

Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Intel Atom D510 NM10 Chipset 1 x 200Pin Next-Gen NVIDIA ION GPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Intel Atom D510 NM10 Chipset 1 x 200Pin Next-Gen NVIDIA ION GPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Has everything I was looking for in a media PC and more! Small, quiet, fast video, HDMI with HD audio, Optical HD audio, DVI video (and VGA with included adaptor), eSATA! Gigabit lan, SD reader, plenty of USB, on and on.

Cons: Only one memory slot, so buying the combo of 2GB RAM maxes the slots, but not the max memory supported. Doesn't matter for my purposes - the 2GB of RAM is plenty. Also, the included VESA mount is for PC monitors. Will need to get adaptor plate to mount to the larger TV Vesa mounting spots.

Overall Review: Running dual boot Win 7 and XBMC. Rarely boot Win7. Win 7 worked easily. XBMC Live CD install needed video and sound drivers installed to enable HDMI and optical HD audio. Little tricky as forum instructions did not work. After mucking around, I finally succeeded in installing Nvidia drivers and ALSA and now perfect sound and video, DTS, 1080P, etc. Bought combo (ram+HDD), but used 30GB SSD instead. Superfast bootup. Never tried integrated Wireless N since Gigabit is fine for me. Booted fine on USB memory stick and USB DVDRW for OS installs.

Impressive Enclosure

SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower
SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower

Pros: Amazing box for the price. Impressive speeds with the hardware raid - low CPU and the raid arrays are faster than a single drive; unlike many software raid solutions. Raid is contained in the enclosure so you can move it from one PC to another without loosing the RAID. Allows software monitoring of the RAID though both esta and usb, as well as additional options for raid creation (beyond the dip switch configuration). Even in degraded mode (I pulled a drive out on purpose), the drive performance is about the same speed. In rebuild mode, you can adjust the prioritization of the rebuild (slowdown is noticeable in rebuild - nice you can adjust how slow so system is still usable during the rebuild). Tried many ways to "test" for failure, like turning off the unit or disconnecting it while copying to/from it, etc and short of pulling out a drive, I could not make this unit fail an array. So short of a drive actually failing, this enclosure so far does not randomly drop/fail drives.

Cons: 1. When creating a RAID array through the software utility, it tends to flag one drive as bad. Random drive each time. When I create through the DIP switches, it works fine each time. 2. When connected to esata, my 6TB Raid 5 (4x2tb) showed as 1.5tb in W7 disk manager, but 6TB in the ICH10 utility. I talked to tech support and I had to connect to my USB, then use DM to partition, then I could connect back to ESATA. 3. No option that I could find to create an array without wiping the drives in the process. If my enclosure's circuit board ever blows, I doubt I could move the drives to an identical enclosure without loosing the data on the RAID 5 array - but I don't know for sure. Would need Raid creation without initialization.

Overall Review: I am very impressed with this enclosure. Tech support was quick to answer on the phone and answer my question (solved the connecting to USB so DM could partition). This is so much more versatile than an internal raid solution, and alot less expensive (hardware PCIe card + an enclosure = way more than what I paid for this). I did list some cons, but they are largely annoyances. I haven't tried JBOD or N-WAY, or RAID3. NOTE: JBOD seems to require FIS-based multiplier support which is not in ICH10 (command-based). Raid 0 = very fast (300mb/sec max), Raid 1 and 5 about 200mb/sec max). USB3.0 and esata II are about same performance when using the usb turbo software from the vendor. Had cheapo PCIe Esata controller that would loose this enclosure, but never lost it when connected to my AMD870 or ICH10 controllers, or my USB3.0 controller. So must have been the cheapo controller. So far, this device is awesome (features) and hopefully (time will tell) reliable.

11/22/2010