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This review is from: ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: USB 3, Sata 6.0, Z68, UEFI, $100. Heck of a value
Cons: No internal 3.0 headers. Apparently the USB 3.0 controller isn't compatible with some devices, but I have no USB 3.0 devices as of yet. Drivers from the ASRock page are out of date.
Other Thoughts: I had an issue with network traffic going across the LAN when originating from this rig. Transfer speeds were around 250 Kbps. I was using the latest drivers from the ASrock page as well as the drivers that came on the CD. When I updated to the Realtek drivers, the issue went away and I was able to saturate the 100Mbit connection on the router.
Time for a new router.
Pros: Small and powerful enough, decently priced. The remote funtionality is surprisingly good.
Cons: Noisy when the fan spins up. The buttons on the remote like to stick a lot, especially the mouse directional pad.
Other Thoughts: While I'm sure speed could be helped by maxxing out the RAM and adding an SSD, in stock form, the slowness is acceptable. I play 720p mkvs over the network (wired) without issue. I don't have any issues streaming netflix or hulu HD. I do have it hooked up via D-sub and separate audio cable as opposed to HDMI, as I could never get the proper resolution to set right on the TV itself, a 42" Vizio. I will echo a previous reviewer's comments as to disappointment that the audio jack is on the front. I do like the combined audio/optical jack, and am looking for a set of 5.1s with an optical in. This in combination with an external blu-ray drive will let me minimize the number of components in my TV setup.
I'm also contemplating drilling ventilation and attaching a USB 120 or 140mm fan to see if that can prevent the onboard fan from spinning up so much.
Pros: Value line, value price. I've ordered value line before with no issues. Two eggs because it's this batch in particular.
Cons: This particular batch caused random, intermittent BSODs. Two sticks of 1GB, tried together and separately.
Other Thoughts: Used on an Acer Revo AR1600.READ FULL REVIEW