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This review is from: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Now that I replaced the fan, it's perfect
Cons: Had to replace the fan
Other Thoughts: I wrote the previous review as well, in which I complained about fan noise. ECS told me to enable the smart fan controller.
I did, the problem was that when I set it to "quiet" or "silent" operation, it would run that way until the temps built up. The fan would then spin like a banshee for about thirty seconds and then slow again. Very annoying. The problem has been fixed. I purchased a 40mm Noctua fan to replace the stock fan, and the temps are better, and the computer runs completely silently. Good board, stock poor fan. It does the trick, but it's annoying beyond words until the fan is replaced. That is all.
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler
Pros: +Decent cooling.
Cons: Fan can get a bit loud when spinning at 100%.
Thankfully, this only happens when your computer is really loaded. Normally it's pretty quiet.
Other Thoughts: Picked one up when there was a 20.00 dollar rebate, making my net cost < a Hamilton.
Finally installed it with my Ivy Bridge i5 clocked at 4.3 ghz, replaced my aging Corsair H60.
Cooling is comparable, but without the annoying pump on the Corsair.
In my mid tower system I max out at about 81c running Prime 95.
No complaints, until the fan really spins up it's not annoying.
For the price, it's just really hard to beat this cooler. I'd probably compare this cooler to a Hyper 212+ for cooling, although putting this together was a bit easier.
Pros: +USB 3.0
+Nice UEFI Bios
+Everything worked great
Cons: -Front panel connectors located in a bad spot.
-No heat sinks on the VRMs
- Only 3+2 Voltage Phase Regulation
Other Thoughts: I slapped together a system for sale using this motherboard and an A8-6600k processor and an R9 270 video card.
This motherboard does a good job, I haven't noticed any problems with it. That being said, I'm definitely pushing the limits of what this board is capable of with the processor I used.
All that being said, the VRMs don't have heatsinks, so if you're using a 100w processor, I'd make sure your case is well ventilated.
This motherboard is probably best suited for a dual-core 65w APU or less, but After testing my build for a few days, including BF4, I came to the conclusion that it's fine for what it is, and certainly is hard to beat for the price.
The one thing that I really didn't like about this board is that if you're using a discrete graphics card, the front panel connectors for the power switch/LED activity lights will be blocked.
You'll need to connect the cables, then bend them out and away at a 90 degrees to install your video card. Aside from that, no complaints.