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MSI B85-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: USB 3.0 (but this is only useful if you have high end USB drives, many 3.0 drives are just as slow as 2.0 in benchmarks)

Easy to update the BIOS while in Windows

Compatible with great CPU's

Cons: no smart response and therefore this board does not have the part of Super RAID that makes it RAID.

Other Thoughts: I feel a bit ripped off because the features it advertised were not available on this model. But I am not going to dismantle the computer and mail it back in, unless they are willing to send me one of the MSI Z/H/Q 87 so that I don't have any down time.
For anyone who is wanting to know what boards have which super raid features:

intel rapid start: Z87, H87, Q87, Q85, B85
intel smart response: Z87, H87, Q87
intel smart connect: Z87, H87, H81, Q85, B85

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MSI B85-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: BIOS is neat
Good budget board
USB 3.0
2 cpu fan
Supports nice CPUs

Cons: This board does NOT support RAID.
The features say Super RAID but apparently that is not the same as RAID.
Purposely misleading, please read other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I was buying this because it said Super Raid, I would have selected a different model had the description been more clear. I do not want to go through the process of returning it.

The following should be listed in the description of all of these boards:
Please be advised that Intel Smart Response is required to perform RAID
Therefore, H81/Q85/B85 do not have RAID support, but they still can support Rapid Start and Smart Connect.

intel rapid start: Z87, H87, Q87, Q85, B85
intel smart response: Z87, H87, Q87
intel smart connect: Z87, H87, H81, Q85, B85

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AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Phenom is a fair product at a reasonable price. I am able to transcode video using stock cooler WITHOUT reaching dangerously high temps.

For day to day use this processor is almost overkill. Capable of gaming or rendering audio/video at an entry level.

Cons: 95 watts is a lot of energy and this thing does get hot when running at 100%.

Other Thoughts: this was a quality product AMD needs to bring back the Phenom series.

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Daniel P.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel P.

Date Joined: 12/19/09

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 01/30/12
  • Last Review: 03/24/14
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