Date Joined: 07/21/02
Pros: This seems to be a great Z370 mobo for the price. I like how the second x16 slot is a x4 off the southbridge -- this means I can install something like a 10GbE card and still retain the full x16 from the CPU to the GPU. Plenty of PCIEx1 ports for other stuff and still get two full speed M.2 slots. Nice Intel GbE. I'm also using Asrock's TB3 AIC, works fine.
Cons: My only wish is that I could use two TB3 AICs but I don't think any mobo has supported that. I also personally would probably trade one of the M.2 slots for another x4 card slot, but that's just me. Some might find fault with the lower end audio compared to other boards but it's fine for me. Ultimately nothing I'd knock an egg off for.
Overall Review: I haven't tried overclocking on it so can't really gauge how well it does there.
Pleased with this board. This review for ASRock review rebate program.
Pros: This thing has great low power consumption. I used a bench DC power supply with a PicoPSU-120 to measure. At Linux idle with a single 8-chip DIMM, GigE up, 1920x1200 DVI up, and a HDD in power-down mode, this thing consumed 6.3W.
I tried a couple while true; busy loops and the power consumption was 8.9W.
Blanking the display and bringing down Ethernet gave me an idle of 5.2W.
I like how it has 3 PCIe slots.
Cons: Obviously performance is much slower than a real Haswell or such. But with a ceiling of ~9W I really like the performance I get for a router or media center or such.
Overall Review: Most ATX power supplies will have significantly more at-wall power consumption than my measurement. Even some 80+Gold units were double according to killawatt.
Pros: Performs as advertised. A smart switch for under 20 bones.
Cons: I knew this going in, but it’s not 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet) compliant. I think it’s a bit deceiving to stamp “Energy Efficient” in the product literature since it doesn’t support the most energy saving Ethernet spec. I took an egg off for lack of 802.3az.
Overall Review: I took some quick idle power measurements with a bench supply:
* No cables plugged in: 54mA (0.48W)
* Single GigE idle link: 94mA (0.84W); I tried both a 2ft cable and a 25ft cable and got same results. Not sure if longer cables will affect this.
* Two GigE idle links: 136mA (1.22W)
Pros: Worked with many displays and video cards. Seems to be a descent cable.
Cons: When connecting a Dell E248WFP to a Dell PowerEdge T20 the display was never recognized. Didn't matter if I plugged it in before boot or after Windows running. Nothing -- not even a sound from Windows of a recognized display when plugging in. I tried for a good 15 minutes before giving up. Other monitors on this server with this same cable worked.
A Dell 023NVR (also a passive DP->DVI adapter) worked between these two devices perfectly.
Overall Review: Next time I need a passive DP->DVI connection I will probably just buy another one of the Dell adapters and a DVI cable. So far those have been 100% compatible for me while this cable is not.
If I'm paying a premium for an adapter integrated in a cable I expect it to work as well as a discrete solution.
Pros: I bought a new batch of these at the end of Nov-2013 and Norco has changed the design a bit since my Aug 2013 review.
They now correctly advertise up to 12x10.5 board support and not EATX.
The front panel is completely changed with working LEDs for: power, HDD, three LANs, and an alert. Also, two USB 2.0 ports with a standard 9-pin plug. And it all works this time!
Cons: Paint quality on my new batch wasn’t as good. Came out of boxes with some light scratches and such already. Not really too big of deal for something that I’ll never look at and is in this price range. (I would subtract eggs from a more expensive chassis with this sort of paint quality)
Strangely, one of the USB ports is a blue USB 3.0 plug. But, they don’t have the cable to plug in to a USB 3.0 header on a mobo. Works fine as dual 2.0 ports though.
Many fewer holes in the side of the case now. I guess if you’re using Norco’s rails this shouldn’t be an issue but if you are doing anything creative you might have a harder time.
Overall Review: Too bad Newegg doesn’t let you upload pics in a review so I could show changes.
Reluctantly giving 5 eggs to balance out my old review since panel is much improved and case is advertised correctly now. Still don’t like the bend-and-break I/O slot covers though.
Pros: Has a nice mesh around the cables to keep them together.
Cons: 6-bin female connector seemed a bit tight and took some extra effort to mate.
Overall Review: I like this because it takes three 12V wires and converts it to four 12V wires. This seems theoretically better than a simple molex adapter (one 12V wire) or EPS splitter -- seems like it will maintain more 'expected' loads on all the 12V wires exiting the power supply.
Pros: Worked great in the Mac Mini I have (Macmini5,1). Placed it in the top slot (slot 1) leaving the stock 1GB in the bottom slot (slot 0). Ran memtest86+ over night with no issues.
(arguably the non-symmetric capacity of each slot will now slow the computer down some but this wasn't a concern for me)
Cons: None, really.
Pros: Worked great in the MacBook "sunset edition" I have (MacBook7,1). Placed it in the top slot (slot 1) leaving the stock 1GB in the bottom slot (slot 0). Ran memtest86+ over night with no issues.
(arguably the non-symmetric capacity of each slot will now slow the computer down some but this wasn't a concern for me)
Overall Review: I always try to buy Mushkin when the price is competitive -- they're an employee owned company and every time I've called them you can tell a difference: they care.
Pros: Included a DSL filter, 2 phone lines, and an Ethernet cable in the box. Not bad extras for the price. Out of the box it’s configured to bridge 0/35 and 8/35 so it should work out of the box for the vast majority of DSL installations out there without configuration. It’s pretty easy to go in and change the VPI/VCI if needed though. Has been stable for 3 weeks now.
Cons: I really would have liked to see more statistics in the web GUI like CRC counts, FEC counts, or bits per tone info.
Overall Review: Giving this 5 eggs because it doesn’t really have any faults... not because it’s above average in any way. Does what it’s supposed to do without hassle and a reasonable price to boot.
Pros: Well, it does what it is supposed to if you have the room.
Cons: Other reviewer is right in that one of the pins should not be populated. This wasn’t a problem for me because none of the cables I had were nice enough to be properly keyed. I had a hard time attaching the IDE cable, almost like the pins were too large. However, the pins seemed to be in the correct location.
The plastic was too wide by a mm or two. I was replacing the hard drive in a Fit-PC Slim (the orginal one, not Fit-PC2) and this adapter simply wouldn’t fit where the standard sized hard drive had originally been. It’s easy to detach the plastic if you need to (but then you’ve over paid).
The adapter did fit in my T42’s UltraBay module with the plastic still attached though. So less exacting installs may be okay with the plastic.
Overall Review: Unlike what one of the other reviewer suggests, CF to PATA is pretty much a straight through connection. Any booting problems are most certainly not the result of this adapter.
Pros: Supports at least UDMA5 (100MB/sec) in IDE mode. (descriptors seem to indicate it could go faster but I don’t have the hardware to test higher than UDMA5) Boots just fine in IDE mode. Sequential read speeds were great, showing over 50MB/sec is some cases. Has SMART including statistics on the wear of the flash so you can get an early heads up of when it has reached end of life.
Cons: Only 3.8GB (even when counting as 1000*1000). Random writes were pretty slow but I have no exact numbers.
Overall Review: I have firmware 3.05K
Pros: Works, inexpensive, and I like the pedestal antenna even though it clearly doesn’t help much.. at least it gets the antenna off the ground. In XP I just popped it in and no-nonsense drivers came right off Windows Update. Chipset is well supported in Linux.
Cons: Rather poor sensitivity, but in line with what you should expect in this price range. The bracket was off some 15 degrees. I had to remove it, bend it to the right shape, and reattach. I’ve never seen a bracket so far misaligned in my life. It wasn’t damaged, just clearly manufactured completely wrong. Taking an egg off for this.
Overall Review: This is just your typical low-end Ralink chipset so if you’re not expecting much it will do just fine. The one I got is based on the older RT2561 which has reasonable in-tree Linux support. Don’t be surprised if they silently move to the newer Ralink chipset though, as it’s cheaper for everyone involved, but unfortunately doesn’t have very good in-tree Linux support.
Pros: Put my X25-M G2 in this thing and mounted it in a Supermicro hot-swap bay to install in my 7046A-3. Everything lined up perfectly (I must admit I only had to use the side screw holes) so you should feel comfortable mounting this in to whatever you need to. I really liked the ease of installing the 2.5" drive (screwless). You can shine a flashlight through the air holes so you know you can get some good air flow through there. They included 4 screws in case you need them... nice extra touch.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: Yeah, it might seem expensive, but when you look at the price for an adapter that is basically a stamped piece of metal... this isn't all that bad for what you get.
Pros: Popped 12 of these sticks in to a Supermicro X8DA3. After reseating one of the sticks, no problem.
Cons: Wouldn't mind easier to open packaging.
Overall Review: If you don't see all your RAM on a new build I think the easiest thing to do is to grab a Linux live CD (I used Fedora 11) and install lshw-gui. It can tell you what slots are utilized so you can easily see what slot wasn't detected. Remember, these CPUs won't use a stick in the B slot if the A slot isn't detected. So, it's worth just reseating the A slot if both A and B don't show.
Pros: Nice of them to throw in a low profile bracket.
Cons: There is something wrong in this card’s boot ROM that makes it want to be the INT18 boot device regardless of what is actually connected to the card. This made it impossible to boot off another add in card. It didn’t matter if the card was first or second in the initialization at boot (I changed this by physically moving the cards around), the card always wanted to be the INT18 boot device. During initialization, the card should have recognized I only had a BD burner connected, with no disc in, and then NOT hooked to INT18.
Overall Review: If you’re booting off another add-in card you might have trouble with this card taking over and making it impossible to boot from your other card. I’m a little unclear why my original add-in card didn’t “steal” INT18 back in the situation where the original card was the second to initialize. I can only assume it was trying to play nice.
Pros: None for me.
Cons: I could never get a BDR-203 BD burner working with this. ImgBurn would give all sorts of bizarre errors that almost made me think the drive was bad.
Overall Review: If you need to get a SATA card for a SATA burner, look elsewhere. I’d probably recommend just avoiding VIA SATA controllers altogether. The Silicon Image chips seem to be better regarded for SATA burners so you might be best to start with those.
Pros: Excellent 2D performance. Fast 128-bit memory interface. Clean VGA output. Solid HW-assisted DVD playback.
Cons: No DVI. 1080i MPEG2 playback doesn’t seem to have adaptive deinterlacing (it looks like bob).
Overall Review: I bought this card for plain 2D desktop use in XP and it excels at that. The included drivers are from July 2004, but I used them because unlike the modern drivers they have a non-.NET control panel. The driver CD includes ATI’s MPEG2 decoder, so I downloaded the newest MPEG2 decoder from ATI’s website (you need their CD to download their latest decoder, so this was a nice bonus). If you need a simple 2D card for use in XP and no DVI, this card is perfect. It’s worth spending the extra few dollars to get the faster 128-bit memory interface like this card has.