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Pros: See "Other thoughts."
Cons: See "Other thoughts."
Other Thoughts: With the "u" suffix, the "Total Design Power" (TDP) on this processor is only 25W, *not* the 65W stated in the specifications. If you require an extremely low-wattage CPU for an AM2+/AM3/AM3+ motherboard, this is as efficient as they get.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Please see "Other thoughts."
Cons: Please see "Other thoughts."
Other Thoughts: Spent the bulk of last weekend at a coworker's home attempting to set up this motherboard. (He purchased this at Newegg.)
His CPU, a FX 4350, which has a TDP of 125W, *is* listed on the MSI website as being compatible with the G43. As of today, (8/15/13), ALL of the 125W Zambezi and Vishera CPUs are listed as compatible.
I had serious reservations about using the above processor on this platform, as this board has gained a bit of a bad reputation for having problems with overheating on the VRMs and insufficient Northbridge cooling.
Taking MSI's website at their word, we proceeded with the build, and, as an additional precaution, added an Antec SpotCool Fan that I had on-hand, (Newegg Item#: N82E16835209044), to provide some additional airflow across the voltage regulators.
All seemed well at first, but I received a phone call from my coworker later that night that the system had shut down abruptly, and there was a faint smell of something "burning."
When I arrived the next day, we discovered that the VRMs had apparently become so hot as to discolor the motherboard around their location. The board was toast, but didn't take any other components along with it, fortunately. By the way, the 4350 was not overclocked.
I'm not an electrical engineer, but personally, I wouldn't use this particular board for ANY processor rated with a TDP in excess of 95W, and even then, would *not* recommend any overclocking whatsoever. You may want to roll those dice; I certainly wouldn't.
Pros: I have some previous history with this drive model, and it was quite positive. That positive impression continues with this example. The particular drive I received has not exhibited any unusual level of noise. It has functioned as expected, and is a good match, performance-wise, for the system it was installed in.
Cons: These drives, as a class, have a reputation of running a bit "toasty." Nothing I would describe as being excessive, but not quite as cool as units of more recent design and manufacture.
They are, in my opinion, *not* a good choice if you intend to mount them in, say, close proximity of another hard disk, or within any sort of cramped enclosure. This is not a good practice with any hard disk. If you provide a reasonable air-space around the drive, and/or there is any sort of active cooling involved, (a fan), you should be fine.
As these are "multiple platter" drives, (5, in this particular case), and represent early examples of SATA 3.0Gb technology, they are probably not the ideal choice where blazing performance is paramount. They are solid units, but don't expect 2012-era numbers.
Other Thoughts: Eyes wide-open, ladies and gentlemen. These are refurbished drives, originally produced about 5 years ago. You should recognize and accept what it is you're considering buying, and how well it suits your needs. Given my past and current experiences with the E7K500, I'm quite satisfied.READ FULL REVIEW
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