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This review is from: Rosewill RC-215 VIA PCI SATA 1.5G x2 / ATA 133 (IDE) x1 Controller Card
Pros: Great for taking advantage of some old storage devices.
If supporting old storage devices(IDE) it's also handy to offload your slower Optical devices to save the faster SATA 2 and 3 conections on the motherboard for newer and faster storage solutions.
Cons: The PCI conection with new Motherboards means the CPU needs to go through the chipset and a PCIe to PCI bridge. Motherboards with the Z87 chipset don't really support PCI. If you get a B85 board with PCI then you need a large enough case (no Mini/Micro ATX cases)
The addition of a second boot screen adds time to boot. Plus the boards BIOS is slow to load.--But it really is a legacy device.
Other Thoughts: Since your optical drives are your slowest component, attaching them to the SATA connections could save you SATA II and SATA III conections on the motherboard for faster RAID or storage device conections.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Runs great and fast. With the cooling solution setting to the speced rate of 1600 is safe and easy. Contains plug and play profile for 1600 and is easily accessed depending on bios. If your bios doesn't run with profiles then some of the other reviews here give you the settings needed to run at 1600.
Cons: Spec sheet/marketing a little misleading to those who haven't been in the industry before Plug and Play.
Although the memory is rated for 1600 the native speed that most Bios's recognize is 1333. This requires changed settings in the bios.
Other Thoughts: This con isn't really new to the PC industry regarding memory.
Typically it has long been neccessary to change bios settings for memory whenever adding memory rated at speeds faster than the default slowest memory speed suported by the mother board. Some people are too used to assumptions with plug and play tech and don't remember/know how to maximize settings.
This review is from: Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
Pros: Small clean OS that returns to the compact thinking lost when Win95 was released.
Comes with Security in mind and is built tighter and cleaner which removes many of the timing gaps that hackers love to exploit. Plus Security software is native to the OS.
Hyper V is a nice welcome for those that are techy and would like to run virtual machines to preserve old clasic programs/games. Instalation is quick and easy even under custom install.
Once configured and costomized it really is a fast and intuitive Operating system that I enjoyed learning to use. Navigation is fast and seamless and returning to XP style navigation seems unreasonable.
Cons: Closing Metro instances of Apps is a bit more combersome is you don't have a touch screen. With a touch screen it is a quick simple, yet distinguishable motion. With a mouse it is a bit combersome tomove the mouse to the top, grab and thendrag to the bottom vs clicking on an x in the upper right. But this does preserve the screen for maximum use.
This is both a Con and a Pro:
Removal of native support for DVD playback and the removal of Media Center.
Not being native it means that it must be purchased seperate and may incure extra costs if not with your device drivers/programs disk. On the other hand this allows for selection of other Media Center programs and Video (DVD or Blu-Ray) playback software without the clutter of two systems.
Other Thoughts: For PC users I'd sugest costomizing the navigation to open to the desktop and use the desktop background as the background for the start screen To do this go to the control panel. From the desktop (Win+D) right click on the start button and click control panel. I don't like the category view of control panel so I change the view to large or small icons. Open the Taskbar Settings. Then click on the navigation tab and select the open in desktop option and the use desktop background as the start screen background option. Then enjoy the new intuitive navigation of Windows8.1
With the tech focus being on compact comunication devices such as smart phones and tablets the PC world has gained the advantage of a compat OS supported by an experianced corporation. This was lost in the mid 90's when memory and storage was becoming cheaper at an excelerated rate that nobody really cared about how large programs were getting. This meant sloppy programing, especially in the OS depatment.