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This review is from: MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This has been one reliable board! It gets almost daily use, has been overclocked for lengthy periods, and has seen many upgrades to keep the computer current: USB 3 card, SATA III card, cpu upgraded from i7-920 to a hexacore i7-970, video card upgraded to NVIDIA GTX580 (used). It can still kick it, encoding H264 while simultaneously editing video, recording audio, and watching Youtube, all while still feeling responsive. Overclocked with this board to 4GHz on air, the i7-970 on this board gets a Geekbench2 score in the 15,000 range.
Cons: For the time it was created, I have no complaints.
Other Thoughts: If I were given the chance to go back to the time of my purchase, I'd ask "why on earth is THIS the life-changing moment you're letting me change?" Then, I'd buy the same board again, resentful that important decisions I actually regret were passed over.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Runs cool
Cons: Unreliable. One drive was DOA. The other drive and the first one's replacement began to click and become progressively slower until becoming unusable. This was with occasional use as a backup drive. A firmware update solved this issue, but left me unwilling to purchase any more of these.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: My HTPC can record six over-the-air TV programs simultaneously while playing back another recording, without excessive hard drive noise or playback/record issues. It is my understanding that this drive is optimized to play back multiple video streams simultaneously rather than record multiple streams, but I've had no problems at all.
Cons: I have no complaints about this drive.
Other Thoughts: After more than 5 years of fairly heavy daily use, I've had an occasional message (twice in 6 months) from Hard Disk Sentinel based on SMART data that there is a pending bad sector. When I run a read/write/read surface test, this pending bad sector disappears, but the reported number of reallocated sectors remains zero. There has been no data loss associated with these events, but I've dropped a star because of this.READ FULL REVIEW