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Pros: The board is small and simple for quick builds and the BIOS setup is very nice. I bought this board for use in our church office. It will not be used for gaming or extensive graphics so I thought that the A4 4000 3.0 ghz processor would serve our needs very well. And it appears that I was right EXCEPT for the memory issues listed below
Cons: This is where my frustration will show. The board came to me with a BIOS that would not operate properly with an AMD A4 4000KLHBOX. Once I updated to bios v1.9, the issues with the processor stopped -- but the issues with memory began -- simply put, the board will not recognize 8 gig of PC1333 GSKILL memory. It works fine with 4 gig, but if you add the second stick it dies. It will not even POST with 8 gig. And I've switched the two sticks to see if it was just a bad stick -- no joy. I tried the memory in another computer and it was fine. I looked over the memory compatibility list from ASROCK and I find that there are only a very few combinations which allow 8 gig of memory -- none that use GSKILL F3-1333 4 gig sticks. Very frustrating. Now I'm stuck with a board that is only marginally better than the Intel 775 board that I replaced, and I've spent a couple of hundred dollars. It is unlikely that I will use this brand again with these issues.
Other Thoughts: Study the memory list from the manufacturer's site VERY carefully. Select only the memory that is listed there. Do not assume that you will be able to transfer existing memory from an old board to this one.
And be prepared to flash the BIOS before you attempt installing software.
Pros: I had been experiencing issues with the way another brand of board worked with my A8-3850. After trying everything imaginable, including reloading the entire operating system twice, I gave up and bought the Asus FM1A55-M LE R2.0. I loaded the system a third time, and everything worked perfectly, including AMD dual graphics with a Radeon 6670.
Everything is working perfectly. This is a very nice little board.
Cons: I've found no cons so far, except that the included disk had drivers for Win7 only. But almost all of t he drivers are already in Win 8.1, and revised software for 8.1 is available on the Asus website.
Other Thoughts: I had wanted an inexpensive small system to edit church services and to produce audio CDs for our choir. The little system will never be used for gaming, so I can't address the boards capabilities for that purpose, but it runs graphic editing software, video editing software, sound editors, and home theater absolutely perfectly. It also runs office applications (MS Office 2010 and Publisher) very well. I'm very pleased with this board. Asus has always worked perfectly for me (this is probably the 40th Asus I've built).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Sonata Sonata Proto Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I had commented before about this case perhaps being unusable because of a front panel connector that I had never seen before.
I thought in fairness, I needed to provide an update.
The connector turned out to be a USB 3.0 connector. I had never seen one before. While the posting here in the New egg site lists two USB 2.0 connectors on this case, Antec has moved on to USB 3.0 with this case. It used to have USB 2.0. I know because I have five of these with that type of connector.
I contacted Newegg first, and was provided with a direct number to Antec. I contacted Antec directly on Monday of this week. THEY RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY, and now on Wednesday, about 50 hours after I contacted them, an adaptor arrived in the mail which corrects this problem very efficiently.
Accordingly, I'm upgrading my score to four eggs. I didn't give five because I really don't think this should have happened -- perhaps the adaptor should have been included with the case in the first plac
Cons: No cons with the case -- the connector left me with a problem, but Antec fixed that issue very quickly.
Well done guys.
Other Thoughts: This is really a very good heavy sturdy case that goes together quickly and provides a very high quality completed product. I can say I'll buy it again, but then, I already have bought it again. This is my sixth one.READ FULL REVIEW