Date Joined: 11/28/05
Pros: Purchased instead of a 680 with intent to overclock. Current OC has it well beyond stock 680 speeds and the performance is unbelievable. Upgrading from a 465 GTX I can now play BF3 with max settings at 1920x1200 without any stutter.
I had planned on ordering two but I see no reason why a second is needed for my configuratoin..
Pros: The motherboard itself has loads of great features, but as an enthusiast board I'm underwhelmed. Having Intel gigabit nics and HD audio is amazing, but the overclocking features are mediocre at best.
After some tweaking I am running my 3770k at 4.9 with perfect stability.
Cons: Hopefully a firmware upgrade will add some OC profiles for popular ivy bridge chips, maybe an OC tuner that tests profiles until failure and finds the best voltage/frequency/etc for your system
Pros: This case is absolutely wonderful. Lots of room, lots of expansion bays. The cable management options really open up the central case for airflow. The duct around my video cards blows air directly over my SLI setup
Cons: I'm incredibly disappointed by the mail in rebate. This has no bearing on the functionality of the case, but it does affect whether or not the case was a great bargain, or just a great case.
Pros: I picked up three of these cards and put into my media server. Each of these cards has 5 1TB drives tied to it, and tied back into the motherboards onboard controller. Using the motherboards on board controller, I created a raid 0 using 3 ports. I was surprised at how well it works for setting up a 12TB usable, where I can lose one drive on any array and still have full access to my data.
Cons: It is a sata II port multiplier, so using this I'm limited to 3Gb/s (384 megaBYTES max, but I'm only observing ~340) on my controller which is somewhat unfortunate, but I knew that when I purchased it and accepted that for the price, I was going to get plenty of performance.
Pros: The device is nice in that I was reliably able to extend network access to the far side of my house.
Cons: My network connection to the wall unit is 100mbps. The 200mbps is a misnomer, unless it meant 100mbps up and 100mbps down, which is purposefully misleading.
That's isn't even a concern really, because the devices only connect to each other at about 5-12mbps. The first time I used it I tried connecting it to a room that gets 300mbps, but high packet loss on my wireless N connection. While I received no packet loss with this, the bandwidth wasn't fast enough to stream standard definition content from my media server.
Overall, I'm very dissatisfied with the product.
Pros: I used this to make an ESXi machine and loaded it with hard drives. It has great air flow and works well for what I wanted. The 3.5 to 5.25 converter worked great in the non-broken 5.25 bay.
I did end up bolting two additional drive cages into the case, one on each side and it comfortably seats all six drives with good air flow.
Cons: The bottoms 5.25" mount was missing one of the sides, return shipping was too much to justify an RMA to have one more hard drive. It would have been nice to be able to add an optical drive to my storage server, but I also did not want to give up part of my raid.
Pros: It does not drop connection and the connection is consistent.
Cons: It caps at 72mbps even when connected via dual band. I have two adapters of different brands connecting to my WAP at 300mbps.
Overall Review: Tried updating to the latest drivers as well using the drivers provided through Windows Update. My connection performance is still very under whelming.
Pros: Solid construction internally ane externally. Accepted a few of my 2.5" sata drives. Read/write performance was bottlenecked by my drive speed
Cons: Tiny screws that can easily be misplaced or stripped.