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Pros: Optical output
Latest BIOS was on the board
Network, Video, Audio all worked out of the box - no unknown devices
25 second reboot time (With SSD)
Cons: Horizontally-oriented SATA ports
Other Thoughts: Like another reviewer, I needed optical audio since I am still on an older receiver without HDMI. Installed Windows 10 from a flash drive and there were no unknown devices in the device manager, although I did upgrade RealTek and Intel to get later versions.
Used i5-6500 and Crucial DDR4 2133 16 GB.
This review is from: ASRock Z97 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I'm not a gamer, but was looking for a board that would be fast for video editing/coding/databases, as well has have the potential for overclocking should I need it in the future. This board has Intel RAID, optical out, and works with the latest generation processors. The BIOS looks like an OS, uses the mouse and is easy to navigate. Setup with Windows 8.1 64-bit was very, very easy.
Cons: Forward-facing SATA ports... WHY?!? Every other connector on this board faces up... Had to borrow someone with little hands to hook up the drives. Would give this a 5 star rating if not for this.
I had to install the NIC driver from the CD, everything else was downloadable. It would have been nice if the NIC would work with the Windows 8.1 install, but this is being nitpicky. Also, Intel needs to make things clearer on their chipset package. I installed the chipset INF drivers and everything appears OK in device manager, but Windows still a message to install "Intel Smart Connect" - not sure if I need that or not.
Other Thoughts: Been stuck on Gigabyte for my past few builds, but this time I decided to try an AsRock. So far I am impressed. Would definitely buy this again and assuming this is stable will definitely consider AsRock again.
GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 2133
LG Blu Ray
Bunch of SSD and SATA drives in RAID arrays...
This review is from: Nero Burning Rom 2014 - Download
Pros: Successfully burned a Blu Ray data disc with a new LG WH16NS40 on Windows 8.1 64 bit.
Cons: Very basic edition - (this is not really a con since that's what I was expecting... )
Other Thoughts: Got a great deal on this software by reading the promo emails. I was using a previous version (Nero 2007?) that did DVDs and CDs, and this adds Blu Ray in the same simple easy to use interface.READ FULL REVIEW