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MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: been using for a couple of months and no problems; wanted sata III (for ssd mostly) and wanted usb 3.0, which is why I got the A75 as opposed to the A-55 (had to add a hyphen because of inappropriateness)

Cons: making sure the APU and cooler/fan are working as they should has been a bit mystifying running Windows 7 and Xubuntu 13.10, but not sure if this is because of the motherboard or AMD or my ignorance, so no egg dropping

Other Thoughts: APU - A8-5600K
Windows 7 professional
The system runs well but I wanted to benchmark it. Windows Experience Index was 4.8 for graphics. Cinebench OpenGL test was low - 18.23. After doing a BIOS update from version 2.2 to 2.3 the scores went up - 6.7 WEI and 29.60 Cinebench. Don't really notice any difference in everyday use, but I recommend flashing the BIOS, at least with the A8-5600K APU.

XION XON-560 mATX/ ITX Meshed Mini Tower Case, USB 3.0, White/Blue LED
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks nice, solid feel, usb 3.0 on front panel, blue led light on front fan

Cons: Small complaint - could not use the ssd bracket because my power supply couldn't connect to the drive.

Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small profile, plenty of room for RAM (G.Skill F3 8GB), easy to install - AMD A8-5600k, MSI FM2-A75MA. I did have the mobo outside of the case so I imagine it would have been a little more difficult inside.

Cons: Fan speed is constant no matter how hard cpu is pushed. This may not be the cooler's fault, maybe it's a problem with the mobo. Tried many smart fan control settings in BIOS but the fan always runs at the same speed from idle to benchmarking. HWMonitor showed high cpu temps - 89 degrees when running Cinebench and fans at 50%, 86 degrees with fans at 100%. Something is wrong but I don't know what so I took an egg off (maybe unfairly)


David H.'s Profile

Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 03/10/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/15/13
  • Last Review: 04/06/14
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