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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

Pros: Cheap, overclockable, looks sweet, several fan headers, lots of options in bios.

Cons: North bridge gets a little hot while over clocked. Under normal gaming it gets into the low 50's so I put a fan on it for now but I'm going to get a custom north bridge heatsink and replace the stock one.

Other Thoughts: Overall, great board. 8320E overclocked to 4.5Ghz and kickin a**. Haven't tried overclocking the RAM, probably won't. I don't really see a need to. The 970 chipset really seems to be pretty good as long as you don't plan on running xfire.

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

Pros: Cheap, 9 series, looks cool, overclocks well, nice audio, plenty of usb's, 5 fan headers, UEFI BIOS.

Cons: Northbridge can get hot when overclocked, voltage settings are set with an offset, not with setting the voltages. So if your cpu is at 1.100v and you want to turn it up, it shows +0.01000, +0.02000 +0.03000 ect. You kinda have to calculate it. BIOS takes a little getting use to. The plugs on the bottom of the board aren't labeled properly. You have to read the manual to figure out which plug goes to which. You can figure out the audio and usb's, but for power, reset, hdd light ect, you really can't tell.

Other Thoughts: Overall, very good board for the price. Wish it had some extra features like buttons for cmos clear, mem test, or dual bios. 8320E over clocked to 4.5Ghz on 1.46v without changing the core clock. Maybe it can go higher? Northbridge is idling at 45c with overclock. Gaming gets it to about 55. Prime 95 gets it higher so I will be getting a spot cooler.

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Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low cost per gb. Great speed! With my os and all my programs on it, sequential reads are 515mbps and write is 330mbps according to asssd.

Cons: Ssd cost is still more than hdd so I really can't put my games on it.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the speed!

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Kevin C.'s Profile

Display Name: Kevin C.

Date Joined: 07/06/09

  • Reviews: 46
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 01/27/10
  • Last Review: 12/15/14
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