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This review is from: MSI Z170M MORTAR LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is the third MSI board I have purchased. I love em. The board is stable, the BIOS is super easy to use, the quality of the board is very high, and driver and tech support from MSI is great.
Cons: Manual should give better instructions for how to configure Secure Boot in the BIOS. First, enable it. Then set the mode to Custom instead of Standard. Then, load the built-in keys. Then, reboot. Then, go back and change the mode to Standard.
Other Thoughts: MSI is my "go to" brand for motherboards.
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Corsair 430M power supply
MSI Z170M Mortar motherboard
Intel Core i3-6100
G.Skill DDR4-2133, 8 GB
Asus 750 Ti graphics card
Intel 730 SSD, 240 GB
Asus PCE-AC68 wireless network card
Windows 10 Home x64
Pros: Great features and specs, at least on paper.
Cons: I tried to use this board with a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 as a boot drive. I had tons of stability issues, despite using the Samsung-provided driver. No idea whether they were because of ASRock, the drive, or the fact that NVMe is a new technology. Just to be safe, I returned the board and purchased one from another major brand.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The drive is FAST. Intel provides great drivers, and reliability is best-in-class. Also, the Intel SSD toolbox is a great utility that is available for free with all Intel SSD's. Even though Intel SSD's don't top the charts, their real-world performance is great, especially the drives with Intel controllers.
Other Thoughts: This is my 7th Intel SSD. I'm using Intel SSD's in 5 different computers. One (a 320 series) is more than 5 years old and is still going strong.READ FULL REVIEW