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This review is from: MSI 760GM-P34 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: AMD FX support microATX with overclocking capability.
Wonderfully Thorough BIOS.
Black PCB looks good in a black case.
Reliable (despite other reviews based on a DOA product).
Cons: 2U x 9.5" ("enthusiast") graphics cards will block not only the PCI 1x slot, but also 3 of 6 SATA jacks as well as the CMOS battery.
BIOS was not translated very well.
Oversized CPU cooler may block one of the RAM slots (specifically the cooler master Evo 212 with push/pull fan configuration, or simmilar).
Other Thoughts: I believe it's unfair to review a product that's DOA. Take your complaints elsewhere, don't post them as a review.
I've owned this board for over a year and have not had any issues with it, even pushing it with periodic overclocking (full time for RAM) and forcing unexpected reboots.
If you're shopping for a microATX board, you should know by now that the market for AMD AM3+ microATX motherboards is slim and manufacturers aren't exactly competing for the best product (vs. Intel microATX options).
I chose this board, despite the complaints of DOA products, because it suits my budget-performance build. After waiting patiently for the best deals, I was able to build a very fast and quiet editing computer for under $700, see specs:
8GB 1866 DDR3 (OC'ed to this board)
120GB *refurbished* OCZ SSD + 1TB HDD
GeForce 570 GTX, (occasionally overclocked for gaming ;-) <- bought used on electronic bay
Nestled nicely into the Fractal Design Define Mini. With BIOS settings set sys fan reduced to 50% and CPU minimum fan speed set to 0%, this makes very little noise at all.
This review is from: BOSE® Computer MusicMonitor Speakers
Pros: The Bose Music Monitor speakers are compact and use very little power for the amount of sound they put out. Fidelity is good at lower listening volumes. Saves on desk space.
Cons: These speakers are really quite overpriced. For $300, you should expect greater power handling and RMS, though a larger footprint. Also, the frequency response is not consistent at all volume levels. At lower levels, you can hear louder highs and at higher volume levels the highs are much more suppressed and less crisp, even muffled.
Other Thoughts: For day-to-day use, sitting at your desk with the speakers both pointed at your face and within 3 feet, these will work great. However you will experience similar and sometimes better results with lesser priced speakers.
Note: not for use as reference monitors. Audiophiles beware.
Pros: This case fan circulates air, has a durable construction and a flashy design.
Cons: This fan is not silent. The no frills fans that are included with the fractal define mini, though run at a lower rpm, are "silent". The fan does not move as much air per rpm as many other fans.
Other Thoughts: My intentions were to build a nearly silent powerhouse of a PC without the cost of water cooling. I bought two of these in hopes of moving a large amount of air without the noise of a typical fan. I was disappointed with first the noise level, which is by far the loudest coming from the case and two, the air flow which seems less powerful than the included case fans.
To somewhat resolve the problem, I have wired in a switch that I use to "kick on the afterburners" while running graphic-intense applications. While using the PC for anything else, with the fans off, it is almost 100% silent :-).
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