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Pros: Cable is long enough for my full tower case.
Cons: None at all.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Big, quiet. Fast: 191 megabytes/sec seq read, 204 megabytes seq write per Crystal Disk Mark 5.1.
Other Thoughts: I check my drives occasionally with Crystal Disk Info. This week I found that one of my WD 4TB drives was failing. It is about 2 years old. I used WD Digital Data Lifeguard utility to verify the problem. Sent info to WD support. A couple hours later they replied and they said RMA the drive. I RMA'd the drive. They will cross-ship replacement. No muss, no fuss. Just good customer support.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Teak Town dot com has a great review of this board and I agree with most of it. In particular I bought this board primarily for the Killer Network capabilities. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to try that out.
Cons: The board I received had two bad PCIe slots. Of course I didn't find that out until I had already loaded Windows and worked with the BIOS for a while. It took me more that 10 hours of bench time to be sure that the problem was the MB and not something else. I was very disappointed.
This MB has a very sloooooooooooow POST: around 90 seconds from button (PWR) to beep. One of the reasons for the long bench time was this very slow POST. Adding greatly to the annoyance of the slow POST was the absence of a beep. Yeah, no beep. According to the MSI forum, MSI has disabled the beep on POST in the BIOS. People found it annoying. I asked MSI tech support about that, but they never got around to answering that particular question. From a marketing point of view, it is a real head scratcher: if you don't want the beep, just don't install the beeper. If you DO want to hear the beep, jsut don't buy MSI..?? I like the beep especially with a slow POST: it tells me 1. POST succeeded and 2. it's time to act.
Other Thoughts: The POST hung for typically 30 seconds at code 68 and for another 30 seconds at A2. I understand A2. But what is 68?
Tech Support was neither particularly slow nor particularly fast. It got the job done.
One of the reasons I bought this board was that I had great success with the MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II MB. Great board. And if they bring the beep back, MSI can count on me buying another of their MB's.