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4 out of 5 eggs Some issues, but overall a good board for a mini-box 350 build 01/24/2017

This review is from: ECS H81H3-TI2 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Thin Mini-ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Runs stable despite initial issues. I purchased the board for a good price. Decent BIOS layout.

Cons: 1. The board acted flaky with an mSATA drive as the boot drive, so I swapped it out with a "regular" Samsung 850 EVO SATA drive, and all the issues disappeared.
2. Also, I downloaded an optional Intel update through Windows update (I think it had something to do with ME), and it would not power down without a hard reset after that. I messed around with it for a long time and was ready to reinstall Windows, decided to Restore to a previous point before the optional Intel update, and it worked great after that. No more "optional" hardware updates for me.
3. Only one ram slot, which I didn't see in the description when I bought it. But after researching the issue, there is almost zero difference between single and dual channel performance, especially for PCs that aren't doing very intensive work. My PC was build to stream movies, play basic online games, surf, etc., so I bought a single 8GB stick, and it is working great.

Other Thoughts: If the price is right, I think the board is a solid performer. Obviously if you can find a similar board with dual ram slots and other specs you like for a similar price, this board wouldn't fair so well.

Tripp Lite AVBAR6 6-Outlet Ultimate Protection Isobar Audio/Video Surge Suppressor
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent quality - seems to have fixed pixelation 07/03/2014

This review is from: Tripp Lite AVBAR6 6-Outlet Ultimate Protection Isobar Audio/Video Surge Suppressor

Pros: I am a big fan of ISOBAR surge protectors, and I often sell them with computers that I build for friends/customers. I had a "regular" ISOBAR surge protector for my flat screen TV and A/V gear, and it worked great, but my screen would show pixels because of issues with my local cable company. I replaced the surge protector I was using with this ISOBAR for A/V and ran the cable line through the ISOBAR, and the pixels have gone away. Nice filtering system!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I got it on sale for just under $40. Solid price to protect my high $ gear.

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board has been very stable for me. The BIOS is very good, and it is an easy board to manage. I used the pre-set overclocking settings, and I believe the 3770k is @4.3 GHz. It was effortless. I am using an SSD as a boot drive and have 2 x 2 TB drives in Raid 1. No issues whatsoever, rock solid using the most current BIOS. And it is very easy to control the fan speeds. My system is almost silent. I have 4 x 4 GB of Samsung "wonder" ram @ 1600 and 1.35v. I love the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro... I got it using points from credit card purchases!

Cons: I have had no issues and have owned the motherboard for ~ 1 year.

Other Thoughts: Use an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock.


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Display Name: Stephen K.

Date Joined: 07/23/08

  • Reviews: 49
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  • First Review: 01/05/09
  • Last Review: 01/24/17
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