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This review is from: BIOSTAR TA970 Plus AM3+ AMD 970 / SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - AMD
Pros: Boots up well. USB 3 ports work which is more than I can say for the ASUS M5A97.
Cons: Setting up BIOS is a bit confusing and not explained well.
Scratchy high-pitched noise coming from speakers. (super annoying)
Mouse becomes erratic at times.
Defaults to SP1 fan control so CPU fan stays running even in standby. Changing to SP3 in BIOS fixes this...sort of. Mouse/keyboard wake on not supported.
USB wireless LAN slow to kick in.
S/PDIF audio but NO audio input connector. (Why even have this option? It's like having plugs in the house but nothing to plug into them)
Seriously considering returning it because there's precious little information online. Biostar's website asks for some odd ID that does not exist.
Other Thoughts: I've had good luck with Biostar before. This board was replacing the ASUS M5A97 which was a disappointing board (USB 3.0 never worked. Other USB ports would come and go) but so far, not impressed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Crapload of USB ports. It's been a good motherboard. Still plugging along 2 1/2 years later.
Cons: USB 3.0 ports do not work. They're set correctly in the BIOS and I even upgraded the PS to 750 watts. Still nothing.
Other Thoughts: I deal with a lot of RAW camera files and USB 3.0 is a huge difference in data transfer. Not happenin' with this computer. Probably gonna find another brand because I can't figure out what the problem is.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB3000100 Black
Pros: It's easy to set up and works as it should.
Other Thoughts: Not so much the drive but the customer service is above and beyond. I took a lightning strike at my house. Even though it shut down my computer (it survived oddly enough) it fried everything on a separate wall plug that this drive was plugged in to. I contacted Seagate, explained what happened and if they had any videos on how to open the case. This was not a warranty issue because I figured I was out of luck. They asked me to hang on as they passed it up the chain. They did not have videos but advised that they existed elsewhere and on top of that and allowed me to open the case (carefully) and see if I could salvage my photos. When I was done I was given permission to return the drive and they would replace it under warranty even though there was no fault on Seagate's part. As it turned out, the drive was ok once I managed to free it from its plastic bonds. Plugged it into an available SATA port and the computer found it and installed it properly. Nothing was damaged on the drive either. Seagate has easily won my loyalty and I highly recommend this company!READ FULL REVIEW