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Pros: Perfect at that price. This is APU is very new to the market. And very few benchmarking information is available. Took a risk. Good Risk. Fast CPU.
Cons: With my review of the motherboard. This chip only fits on 88x motheboards -> MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus. Reviews, Blogs, and Forums, have all the same problem I do. As soon as the chipset driver, and the graphic driver is installed, on Windows OS, for MSI, and Asus, the systems gets corrupted, freezes, BSOD, and Constant restarts. If you are looking forward to play Battlefield 4, I suggest to go with Gigabyte 88x motherboard. Reason is that you will need to install the R7 display driver to play Battlefield 4 and COD games, but graphic driver doesn't work on any other board except Gigabyte motherboard.
Other Thoughts: Like I said, very new board, will be waiting till they fix, the software drivers, have put a trouble ticket to both MSI, and AMD, waiting for reply.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler
Pros: Amazing little CPU cooler, fits perfectly on MSI A88x-Z45 board, and on top of A10-7850K R7 Amd APU. Doesn't block anything, Cooling is amazing, not as much as Cooler Master 212 Evo, or H100i, or H80i, but does the job, keep the temperature at 30-50C.
Cons: Installation requires users to see the manual before installing it. Kinda confusing but easy to install.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good board, no complains, excellent architecture, one of the only 3 boards, that can support A10-7850K CPU, the other ones are Asus, and Gigabyte. To you, if you are going to get an A-series, specially A10-7850K, I would suggest you to get a Gigabyte, instead of Asus, and MSi. Cons, will tell you the reason.
Cons: Since, the CPU is very new, not a lot of motherboard are compatible with it. all 88x of MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte are. The software driver of the chipset is very corrupted for ASUS, and MSI, the OS corrupts as soon as the display and chipset driver software is installed, both on WIN 7 and Win 8. Fortunately Windows 8.1 is compatible, and installs, all the Microsoft driver to start the for basic users, but to gaming, Battlefield 4 wouldn't work with the basic driver installed. I have issues for 3 days, and then I decided not to install the Graphic R7 driver.
Other Thoughts: All the flavors, of Linux will work with this board and drivers. However on Windows 7 and below, the driver software are useless, for the chipset. Windows 8.1 is the only option with this board and AMD A10-7850K R7 APU.READ FULL REVIEW