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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

3 out of 5 eggs Great Board but Has Goofy Issues At Times 08/22/2015

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

Pros: Board looks great and has a lot of awesome features (especially front USB3 ports). After buying one, I went ahead and bought 4 more, total of 5 so far. One was DOA, and Newegg took care of that ASAP =) . Planned to deploy them to all PCs for family so I can use FX CPUs. The previous board used was the MSI 870 and that board worked like a charm for several years...not one failure out of 5-6 boards.

Cons: This board has had odd issues. After turning it on it randomly says that " Previous Overclocking Settings have Failed", asking you to go into the BIOS. Funny thing is no overclocking settings have been made...everything is at stock. Also if you ignore this message & reboot the system without entering the BIOS and saving, the system stops POSTing until the CMOS is reset. Reading some reviews and whatnot online...I narrowed it down to the voltage for the RAM being incorrect and changed that setting, causing this to happen less often, but has happened again. I'm guessing the BIOS is buggy.

USB3 ports also randomly vanished from Windows one day, and after a CMOS reset they were back. All I did that day was change the BOOT order and removed a bunch I didn't need. When I changed them again...yup...USB3 randomly gone again. I only set HD as main boot and USB3 haven't disappeared since.

Last issue so far (and cause of 2 RMAs) is the performance of any CPU (6 core or 2 core) drops significantly after a few months of use (other was few days). Even reinstalling Windows does nothing. Win7 scores don't mean much but when a 6 core drops from 7.4 to 5.1 and the sluggish performance can be felt...something is wrong. CMOS reset in this case didn't help. Swapped the board and poof...back to normal. Can't explain this one at all...maybe a chipset failure?

Have had to RMA these boards a total of 3 times so far (2 are on their way back to me...one is a double RMA so far) and MSI's process is pretty good and easy. But sadly these goofy issues are starting to get on my nerves, especially when a family member you don't get to visit much says that "issue" has happened again. If these two RMAs start having the same issue, I may have to get rid of these boards in favor of another, which saddens me.

Other Thoughts: Have owned several MSI boards before (after feeling ASUS AMD boards have had random failures...sound, LAN etc) and always loved them...my main PC uses an 890FX which is still running strong and have owned many 870s too. These 970s have odd BIOS issues that really can't be stopped, no matter what "cautious" settings you set them too. Unless MSI spills out specific instructions on what to do, doubt I'll buy another, even if there's a Egg sale.

The new 990FX Gaming Board caught my eye for potential upgrade for main 890FX PC, but with these issues...kinda scratching my head a bit.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Back in 2012, 3TB def was a lot of space. Was able to get it working fairly easily. Used it as main media/video storage device. Was pretty quick and worked at great speeds.

Cons: Hard drive died two days ago after almost 3 years of use. The final year it was used mostly as a backup device, so was surprised to see it fail. Haven't bought Seagates much lately...this failure from a hard drive that's had light use kinda pushing me further away. But to be fair...it did serve it's main purpose for the most part.

Other Thoughts: Out of warranty, so drive is useless now. Warranties should stick to 3 years. Originally rated it as 3 eggs, but with that thought, it's now a 2.

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Samsonite Tectonic Large Backpack
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Bag 04/04/2012

This review is from: Samsonite Tectonic Large Backpack

Pros: Very stylish looking bag, and holds my 15.6" laptop. Has it's own compartment for laptop, so a lot of space left for other stuff, even paperwork. Feel is very strong and comfortable to wear, even for long periods. Cushioning protects from sudden drops on the floor (especially for me while riding the NYC subway during rush hour). Several pockets are great for any cables, especially for cables needed to be kept separate. I actually bought two. Bag still looks new after weeks of daily use.

Cons: None

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Display Name: Edward R.

Date Joined: 10/23/03

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  • First Review: 04/08/07
  • Last Review: 08/22/15
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