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This review is from: MSI P7NGM-Digital LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Has a lot of connections and features for a MATX board. On paper, it met all of my requirements to be my Home Server and Home Theater PC.
Cons: It physically has 6 SATA ports but only 4 show up in bios. This was a required feature for my decision making purposes.
I am going to preface the following cons with the fact I am running Windows Home Server:
There is no HDMI audio even though I installed the latest drivers. This was an important decision making feature. The Dual Core Center does not run after installation.
Other Thoughts: I only gave this board 2 eggs but that is based on running WHS. I am going to build a Windows 7 disk for this system for testing purposes. I will update with another review if Windows 7 shows more favorable results. Also this will help with bios upgrades. I killed the WHS OS when I tried to upgrade the bios. Poor assumption on my part that it would go smoothly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I got this for a MS Home Server. This is probably way overkill but it was at a great price point and I plan on doing a little HTPC with the server. It came with a CPU Cooler. I have not seen it go higher that 31C with a Gigabyte Rocket 2 Cooler and at idle it runs at 26C. This is great since this machine will be on all the time. Excellent packaging.
Other Thoughts: I am sure the stock cooler is fine for my purposes but since I was building my own system for the first time in over a decade, I decided to bling out the system. That was the only reason for not using the stock cooler.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The case is great looking once I put every blue led device I could fit in it. I like how much you can fit in it. The extra ports are not behind the door. A great price with the discounts on the Black/Blue Led unit.
Cons: Multiple problems:
One of the screws for the side panel was pinned down by the side panel and I had to torque the case and carefully pull it out. I stripped the very soft screw pulling it out.
The hard drives have to be pulled to remove the devices out of the 5.25" bays and the hard drive bay screws are difficult on the bottom side due to clearance. These should all have been tool-less based on the compact design. BTW, the whole case is not that compact. It is a lot bigger than it appears in the pictures.
If you have a tall CPU cooler, you have to remove it to pull out the hard drives on the right side.
All of the pictures show the side fans as having blue led's but only the rear fan has them. The side that does not have the filters needs washers for the fans to be snug.
The door feels like an afterthought. It should have been cushioned with a positive eject instead of a magnetic latch. The old school lock mechanism feels out of place.
Other Thoughts: This review is for the Black/Blue led unit. This could have been a fantastic case with a little more effort. If you have a lot of components, the cabling starts to crowd the inside and with the way the side panels work, it would be difficult to place a lot of wire guides.
I replaced the 2 stock side fans with blue led units and added 2 more. I thought of using red led fans for the exhaust side but I kept the blue motif. I have 37 useless blue led's in the case but it sure is pretty. The window on top is not that big and half of what you see through it is the power supply. The power and reset buttons are not marked but the power button is the bigger of the 2. It would have been better if the top section of the back panel (where the rear fan is) slid out with the motherboard. This would make it easier to install a large cooler. The Gigabyte Rocket 2 was very difficult to install once inside the case. I would imagine this to be the case with any clip in cooler.
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