Date Joined: 12/31/12
Pros: Install was a breeze, included software made a quick image type transfer to the new drive.
Disk marginally faster than the old one, but not as much as I'd hoped.
Cons: It's been just a little over a year and it's dead.
"The drive found 64 bad sectors during its self test.
There are 64 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.
223 errors occured during data transfer. This may indicate problem of the device or with data/power cables. Problems occurred between the communication of the disk and the host 104 times."
Only happened to notice this as the machine began freezing up. How much damage has been done to the data? No idea. Will need to restore from backup and start an RMA with Seagate for this disk.
So it's just a shade faster than a regular drive and it dies in just over a year? Yeah, sign me up for two... :-S
Overall Review: I hope the new one under return works better. Tell you what, it's not going anywhere near anything important datawise, that's for sure.
Pros: This unit fits perfectly into the Foxconn all in one case I bought. The original Channel-Well PSU failed within a year, so I bought this to replace it.
It LOOKS like it won't fit with the fan sticking out the side there, but it's only a few millimetres, and there's still about a half centimetre from the motherboard.
Cons: Really, I dunno? I'd say it could be cheaper, but honestly given how well it performs in reviews (fully rated power and almost zero ripple) you can't quibble too much at the price at all.
Pros: As I said in a previous post, I was waiting on Intel returning two repaired / new boards for my dead ones.
They sent out the new boards promptly!
Cons: They are every bit as temperamental, unreliable and generally rubbish as they boards that died.
One will not post with my ViewSonic monitor; a monitor that works perfectly with 11 other laptops and PC's I've tested it on. There's a routine in the BIOS which tries to detect which port is the primary - and I think it was written by a five year old: it doesn't work at all.
The other board, the NIC randomly works one day but not the next. "The device failed to start" error under device manager and Intel knowledge base has nothing on it. Chop and change drivers - no help.
I feel that the issue here isn't bad hardware, but a truly atrociously written BIOS. Installed the latest BIOS and no better.
The change log states the latest bios supports the European power saving standard and no other fixes / improvements... Well that's splendid, but how about supporting actually working for more than a day? :-/
Overall Review: I've just dumped these two mobos into a corner in the basement. Wish I could get my money back.
I won't sell them on, as no-one should have to suffer a terrible product!
Pros: Works fine with all the boards I tried it in!
Cons: W7 benchmarks don't rate this ram too highly, it's got quite a high latency. Not great for a CAD number crunching monster, but fine for your media centre or kid's PC.
Pros: Quality capacitors on the motherboard, a good PSU (Channelwell with proper input filtering and Samaxon caps in the secondary section), good layout, solid metalwork, no sharp edges.
Installed the CPU and RAM, HD and was up and running in 5 minutes.
Cons: The 'silver' around the front is a little cheap looking, but it looks a lot better than the price would have you think.
The blue 'on' LED (in common with other manufacturers) is the same power rating as your cars headlamp. It's stupid bright. Removing it and applying some dark nail-polish (don't tell the wife, eh?) dimmed it right down though.
I wish manufacturer's obsession with blue LEDs would end already!
Pros: Pros? It handles calculations
Cons: It has a rubbish GPU embedded inside it. I'd rather get the chip for a few bucks less without the GPU, if I could.
Pros: Speed - whilst still running cool
Pros: Good looking case
Nice thumbscrews for tooless maintenance.
Decent, quiet fans pre-installed
Cons: Could certainly use more USB ports at the front, but for the money there's nothing wrong with this case at all.
Overall Review: This case is fantastic value - I'm using it for a living room media centre and it's working out great.
Pros: Good support in Windows out the box
Remote receiver is small and well made
Is 100% eHome compatible.
Cons: Configuration in XBMC for Windows can be a daunting task; not really the remote's fault though.