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This review is from: ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Have had this board long enough to play a round a bit and see what it can do. Regardless of what other reviewers have stated this board works very well in a RAID configuration with optical drives. I had three 74Gb Raptors laying around so I set it up in a RAID array and also have two Asus DVD-RW and it all works very well.
This board is really set up for those who like to tinker as the BIOS allows you to change around just about anything. Another nice touch is being able to save (in the BIOS) different settings through the use of profiles.
I like the little multi-color on-board LED's that tell me at a glance whether I am normal, advanced, or crazy in my application of voltages. It appears I am mostly crazy according to Asus. Conversely you can also set up the lights to be off as well.
The BIOS application that lets you see the up time on your board is really nice and the CD is loaded with useful software. This board is cheap at $200! Get it before they raise the price.
Cons: Only five (5) SATA ports on the board. However, there is an ESATA connection on the back panel so technically you do have six (6) SATA ports available. If you wanted to avail yourself of the FireWire port you could add on more drives as well.
Other Thoughts: I bought another brand (2 months ago) because Asus didn't have a decent AM 3 board when the 720 X3's came up for sale. Pulled the other board and now have it up for sale. A decent board with a good BIOS can make a bigger difference than a good board with a so-so BIOS. Asus really went out of their way on this BIOS.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very solid and well made hard drive. It's a 5 year no nonsense warranty. Much cooler and quieter than my Raptor's.
Cons: Can't think of any and I have been buying WD drives for over 20 years now.
Other Thoughts: Not as fast as a Raptor, but the price is right!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
Pros: You get Vista 32 bit Ultimate + Windows RC1 + Windows 7 Ultimate. That's lots of OS for what you will pay for just one of them a few months from now.
Cons: Also have the Vista 64 bit Ultimate and it is way faster, but is not easy to interface to a Palm Treo and other hardware due to lack of 64 bit drivers. Conversely there are lots of drivers for the 32 bit software.
Other Thoughts: Do it now or you will regret this deal come the end of October.READ FULL REVIEW