Joined on 08/07/01
Great in a Nikon D80!
Pros: Good price for high quality class 6 memory. Plenty fast. In the D80, I can take 7 raw shots with no lag. (3 FPS) After that, they go about 1-2 FPS. I had a Transcend class-6 card before this that would make the camera lurch and sputter in continuous mode.
Cons: It will be cheaper next month. And the next month.
Overall Review: Highly recommended.
Pros: FAST!! Importing photos from Compact Flash cards is noticeably faster than my old USB 2.0 reader. USB 3.0 Dual-port USB 3.0 header is included.
Cons: The only problem is the bulky USB 3.0 header. It physically interferes with other things on the motherboard. On my Asus P8Z77-V LK, it interfered with the chassis fan connector, so I had to clip a corner off the fan connector and shave a bit of the plastic off the side of the USB 3.0 header. A better design would be to have a dongle made of flexible wires, or include a cable with two USB 3.0 on one end, and a 20-pin USB 3.0 on the other.
Pros: Awesome picture quality in HTPC applications. Boss hardware acceleration. Four monitor ports Low power consumption High price/performance ratio
Cons: DDR3 memory, not GDDR5, but to be expected at this price. Makes no difference to HTPC applications. Not the quietest fan.
Overall Review: Excellent for home theater! I think I am actually getting better-looking video out of my plasma screen. This card has allowed me to get rid of an entire other computer system that I use for photo editing! Instead of running two systems, I have four monitors hooked up to this card, two in each room, with bluetooth keyboards and mice. Two of the monitors are cloned and serve as the primary displays for each room. (Start menu and login screens) and the other two screens are a plasma TV and a 21" analog monitor I use for photo editing. It works great, and I only have to maintain one system now!
Great board, but missing CMOS jumper!
Pros: Excellent board, I don't have anything new to say about that. Capable of 6-drive RAID! (I am running 5x1TB) There are rumors that Z77 boards are only capable of 4-drive RAID, due to the fact that the six built-in Intel SATA ports are split between two 6Gb and four 3Gb ports. This is not really a problem. I have five 1TB drives connected in RAID 5 with one drive connected to a 6Gb port. Works dandy!
Cons: None that I have found.
Overall Review: Mine wouldn't POST until I realized that the CLEAR CMOS jumper was missing entirely. I found an old jumper and installed it in the normal position and everything came up fine. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem... No big deal though.