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MSI A55M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD A55 (Hudson D2)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333

4 out of 5 eggs If only it had USB 3.0 . . . 03/04/2014

This review is from: MSI A55M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

Inexpensive, reliable, solidly built

Cons:

No USB 3.0

Other Thoughts:

USB 3.0 in today's tech world is an interesting beast; the speed is awesome, but few appliances need it in order to work.

Hook up your KB, mouse, printer, and USB 3.0 gives no advantage - which is why these appliances are still built using USB 2.

But if you need to move data fast - for example on your flash drive, external HDD, or SD and that genre memory cards, then USB 3.0 is absolutely required.

I own the third oldest computer store in the Pensacola Bay Area market. When I spec and build for my older customers who use their computer for web surfing and emails, this board offers a low cost choice that gives them everything they need.

They can put in either an FM 2 or 2+ APU, and the RAM capacity is more than adequate.

But if I'm specking for businesses and individuals that need to move data fast - and they are regular external HDD backup users, or picture/video freaks, then I have to get something with USB 3.0 - so this board is out.

So, make your choice based on what you will do with USB 3.0. I'd suggest that be the criterion for you to use in choosing whether this board is right for your use.
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