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Pros: *Great board layout
*multiple pci-e slots including a pci-e 4
*usb 3 capability
*ethernet is pretty fast
*board is neutral themed and will match a variety of cases/colors (if that matters)
*Will hold an 8350 @ 5.0(depending on if you get a good chip) but i wouldnt reccomend it for long term
Cons: * power plugs are a little weird where they laid them out, makes it awkward for large cases with bottom mount power supplies.
*Onboard sound leaves much to be desired, but i always use a dedicated pcie sound card anyways so its not an issue.
*Northbridge gets really hot (see other thoughts)
*PCIE slots and ram slots are a little picky with how you use them (see other thoughts)
* This board will not handle the 200w chips (9370 and 9590) dont even try, it will reconize them but doesnt have the power phase to hold them (only 4+2), the capacitors and voltage regulators are a little on the light side and will get hot and pop destroying board and possibly cpu as well.
Other Thoughts: Overall this board has run well over 2,000 hours plus I purchased it new on 3/23/2012 with an Amd 8120 overclocked at 4.0-4.5ghz on a corsair h50 with gskill 2133mhz ram and it has survived numerous hardware changes, multiple graphics cards (4 in crossfire or 2 in sli) and some hardware failures (power supplies dieing video cards failing, ram failing. But it has never let me down. A few issues I had with the board
#1 The pci slots are really loose fitting, everytime i tried to insert a card and use the plastic pcie clip at the back of the to keep the card firmly in the slot the card would sometimes not post, i found its due to mis alignment, this is corrected by not using the plastic clip at all and just inserting the card and putting a screw at the slot end to hold the card and it will work fine aslong as the computer isnt vigorously moved allowing it to come unseated from the slot.
#2 The northbridge runs super hot I took the junk northbridge heatsink off and put a better aluminum one with arctic silver ceramic it has a small 4,000 rpm fan on it and it does a much better job keeps it 60-65c under full load which is 100x better than the 70-95c it was running before.
#3 This board will run 2400mhz ram but it is picky, it only likes certain types/manufacturers, ive run corsair and gskill but gskill runs better and clocks easier to advertised speeds and beyond.
Overall this is probably the best board for the buck for Amd I recently upgraded to an 8350 and a asrock Extreme 6 to get me through gaming wise till the Am4 comes out, but the extreme 3 is still running fine in my brothers gaming rig with the same 8120 @4.0 no issues and today survived another power supply failure and booted after new power supply was replaced with no issues.(Thats why I took the time to write this review) When I find products such as this that stand the test of time I generally stick with that brand and recommend them to others and I definately recommend this board to anyone looking for a decent upgrade.
This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Pros: *the price was nice for 600w
* seemed well build
*cabling had some nice sheething on it
*cable ends were nice and tight and werent cheap as others ive used.
Cons: *cables may not be long enough for some cases
*Low amperage on the rails compared to higher quality power supplies but its to be expected at this price point.
Other Thoughts: I used this power supply for a backup rig and my kids used it a bit for maybe 10-20 hours of use on an old single core build with some 3 fans a 7200 wd hard drive a gtx 570 classified and a cd drive. (300watts+/- a few) worked ok, Rebuilt the system and gave to my brother. I added 2-120gig ssd drives,same Evga 570gtx classified(overclocked factory) and an Amd 8120 (overclocked to 4.0ghz maybe a mistake but ran fine) an Asrock extreme 3 board and 2-4gig sticks of gskill 2133. It ran fine for 2 weeks logged 40 hours all temps. normal no issues and today we were playing Rust and the power supply died all the sudden. No warning just pop bang dead, power supply hot and smelled burnt, room temp was 65*f. Upon further investigation the Gtx 570 classified needs a 12v 38amp rail on a 500w power supply minimum according to evga for that 1 card. Its my fault for not checking it in the first place but be warned if your using a heavy graphics card go with a heavy power supply that can handle it make sure the rail amperage is heavy enough the wattage doesnt matter or how many rails it has if it can not handle the current flow, the power supply will die. On the other hand if you are not gaming or are a light gammer with smaller cards or an integrated graphics chip or upgrading from a smaller power supply in a budget system this power supply will work fine just stay low power on the graphics end and you will be fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: *Nice looking card
*Plays BF4 High-Ultra settings 55-60 fps depending on enviroment, never drops below 50fps on 1920x1200 monitor.
*Bought onsale for 217 with 3 free games
*No real huge differnence between this card and my old 7970ghz edition.(In games that is , benchmarks maybe but those are for people who like numbers, which who cares?)
Cons: *The fan leaves a LOT to be desired, moves hardly no air at all, I am probably going to go with an after market 2 fan cooler, the one on the card needs to be run at atleast 70% to keep the card under 55c under game load.
Other Thoughts: This card is decent or was decent for the money which was under 200 , now the cards at over 200 not even a month later? Crazy price change, also the card was suppose to have a $25 mail in rebate, when I sent the rebate info in to MSI they said it was turned in too late which I only had the card for a week and the rebate forms were mailed in that same week, and being the forms were turned in "late" MSI denied the mail in rebate and I did not qualify for the other mail in rebate because MSI already had my UPC off the box so I cant even reapply for the new rebate to even get $20. I emailed MSI and tried to reason with them and they told me the first one was late and without the UPC code they could not process a new one, but they already have my UPC code you think a legitimate company would go the extra mile and fix little issues like this, instead of just sticking it to their customers. So with that said I will no longer buy any MSI products nor will I recommend them to my friends. I have never had any issues with any other company like this and this really burns me. I cannot in good faith recommend this card to anyone after this scenario. I hope MSI reads these reviews, its little things like this that can make or break a company, anyone remember BFG graphics cards? Probably not cause they went bankrupt for issues such as this.
I gave this card 3 stars because its an ok card not great but decent for the money, BUT i deducted stars because of the hassle with MSI not because of newegg, newegg is awesome!
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