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ECS Z87H3-A4 - Good motherboard?

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Hey all, I am about to build a media server PC. I was scanning motherboards that would work for me and came across THIS guy. I have no experience with ECS at all in all the many builds that I have done. I am just wondering if anyone has had this motherboard or a similar one and how well it performed. It also states that it has a built in raid controller for the 6 x 6GB SATA ports. I am curious to see if anyone has used a raid 10 or 5 setup on one of these boards and how well the integrated controller works?
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the controllers basically the same as everyone elses.

Its a pretty much down to brass tacks kind of board. Nothing to set it apart really, it should work well in a mediacenter.
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the controllers basically the same as everyone elses.

Its a pretty much down to brass tacks kind of board. Nothing to set it apart really, it should work well in a mediacenter.

That's good to here and what I was hoping for. It's a pretty good price for what it offers plus a free 32GB SSD. I'm sure the SSD isn't nearly as good as an Intel or Crucial, but it should still serve well to hold my Ubuntu.
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I have found that I can no longer stand spinning disks, so anything SSD is better.
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I have found that I can no longer stand spinning disks, so anything SSD is better.

Well this is going to be a media server, so It will have 8 HDDs in it. But as far as boot drives go, I only use SSDs. Cant stand HDDs anymore either. biggrin.gif
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That would work fine. I wouldn't use any ECS board in a heavy-duty application, but for a media center PC, it will do the job. And a 32GB SSD is plenty enough to boot from, especially if you reduce the footprint of the OS as much as possible.
     
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That would work fine. I wouldn't use any ECS board in a heavy-duty application, but for a media center PC, it will do the job. And a 32GB SSD is plenty enough to boot from, especially if you reduce the footprint of the OS as much as possible.

It's going to be running Ubuntu so I know the 32GB will be more than adequate. biggrin.gif
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