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MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Defective BIOS chip? 06/04/2015

This review is from: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: When working, all is well, I'm happy.

Cons: When I first got the board, the killer nic was switching on & off, never stable, so, I flashed the bios. The board came with the latest Bios. After that it was okay for about a month & a half. Then, the pc would start slowing down & the usb3 controller started dropping out. Reflashed the bios, The PC was back at speed, but, the usb3 was gone.

Other Thoughts: Either the bios chip or it is a poorly written bios. The current file is 7693vM2. I've tried it in Windows 7 32b, win 10 tp 32b, &,win 10 64b.The most problems show up in the 32 bit windows installs.

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good looking, plenty of room, comes with 5 installed quiet fans. Has very good cable management and not too many ODD slots.

Cons: Out of the 5 installed fans, only 1 came with a motherboard header. All the rest are molex connectors.

Other Thoughts: The fan connectors were the only fault I found with this case.
It's a great case otherwise.

OCZ Synapse Cache SYN-25SAT3-64G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The speed increase is fantastic! During install, I ran into problems with my PC that I didn't know were present. First I get an error message installing the software (msi.exe) which wound up pointing to missing windows system files(thanks OCZ tech support). Seems oxidation had reared it's ugly head on some of my connectors. So I reinstalled Windows on a new HDD & voila, it works.(had to clean all exposed connectors tho). Now the drive is only limited by my mobo's southbridge, an AMD 790 SATAII.

Cons: Typing in the serial # every time something goes wrong,&, the software is for Win7 only.

Other Thoughts: WEI scored it at 5.9 until I upped my ram from 1333- 1600.WEI then gave it a 6.3. Windows only tests transfer speeds tho.


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Display Name: Paul W.

Date Joined: 09/20/02

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 09/13/12
  • Last Review: 06/04/15
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