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This review is from: ASUS H81I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: ASUS has always been known to have the worst customer experience. Just google it yourselves. If by any chance your mobo goes DOA after the Newegg Return Policy good luck dealing with ASUS customer support. Chances are they will charge you a $120 repair fee. They do anything they can to deflect and have the uttermost strict policy when it comes to their returns. I will never, ever, buy ASUS again.
Cons: Horrific return policy. Board became DOA 30 days after I received item and had to deal with ASUS directly. They just deflect, deflect, deflect. They are the Sony of motherboards meaning they overcharge like crazy when you can get as good of a motherboard via other manufacturers.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 2133Mhz ram for a very good price.
Cons: It's been a week and I have not heard a word from Newegg. This is very rare of them too. It's very unfair to say that the item was 'shipped' when the tracking number that was given to me is NON-EXISTENT. Furthermore, they charged me when the item didn't even ship.
Newegg has great ram prices, but I think I will relegate purchasing RAM at my local computer stores like French 'Fries' and Central Computers (they price match) then having to deal with Newegg's degradation of service. Hopefully Prime members will be able to purchase PC Components at a more competitive price.
Pros: Easy to setup for HTPC usage. Ample space for all your aftermarket parts like heatsink, memory, GPU.
Beeping is now limited to one steady beep once you update BIOS.
BIOS update process is now a breeze. Do it all through a windows installer process.
Mobo had no issues reading my Onkyo SR507 receiver. Detects DTS-HD, Dolby, etc no problems. (Windows 7)
MSI has super charger support. You can now charge iPad-like devices no problems.
USB 3.0/SATA 6.0Gbps support
Cons: Native MSI software is rubbish. I always end up going to Intel's website for all the latest chipset/software drivers. Doesn't hurt to check MSI once in awhile, however.
No true SLI/xfire support. Does not support 2x 16 lanes. Just one.
Other Thoughts: I bought this on a combo deal at MC. This mobo + i3 2100 for $149 altogether. Not bad. I also used an older triple channel memory (can only use 2 sticks) and worked flawlessly on the mobo.
Can't really knock on this HTPC-ready motherboard. It gets the job done. The HDMI input really saved me from installing a dGPU (discrete GPU), which would have added more heat, noise, money into the rig.
It plays 1080p mkv container files with no issues. If you're trying to step up to a more GPU heavy codec like madVR, the 2000 series IGP will NOT work on it.
Also, dxva is not compatible with IGP, but I'm sure everyone knew that already.