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MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: FM2+, clean-non-cluttered-layout, Fired up run perfect out of the box.

Jumpers to clear CMOS mem is nice to have. I kind of messed up the RAM timing once, and using the jumper to clear the setting was easy.

Cons: MSI command center (the included hardware monitor, OC tool, and fan control) totally of sucks. Not only does it crash all the time, but there is no way to save profiles for fan control and custom OC, you have to set the behavior for fan in the BIOs and you don't get very fine control over the fan in the Click BIOs IV. These issues are sort of killing the rating, when I consider the crashing of the software and weak customization options, I just have to take some eggs away.

From time to time the Command Center will crash, you will have to end the task to stop it from hanging, and then when you load it back up the fan control profiles are so jacked it is lowing your fan speeds as temps go up (it reverses the graph you made to specify fan speed to temp, max speed at max temp is < min speed at min temp).....just silly.

Whats saving the score is that it came with BF4.....which has nothing to do with the MB itself, and that it ran out of the box no issues...which should be the case for any MB. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: I got this because it was slightly cheaper than the ASUS A88X board I wanted, plus it came with free BF4... I knew I was sort of taking a gamble for the better price and game, considering I knew the ASUS OC software and fan controls would have everything I needed (and never crashed on my A-55 chipset board), and have not used the MSI software for some years now.

I'm running an A10-5800k on this board. I upgraded from an ASUS A-55 MB.
a lame $49 board with almost not bells and whistles.

The ASUS A-55 gave me control over the APU voltage, and allowed me to undervolt my A10-5800k to maintain cooler temps (lots of people have trouble with this apu reaching or going over safe temp limit i was able to completely solve this problem with a minor undervolt)

Unfortunately I lost my gamble because this MSI MB did not give fine control over the voltage, without enableing OC Genie.

With the APU iGPU enabled on this MB I have the temp problem with a10-5800k. With APU iGPU disabled temps stay well below safe limit. You may say this is an APU issue, but with the ASUS OC software suite its not a problem at all.

Sort of a shame that the 50$ ASUS board comes with better software than a $80 MSI board.

NZXT H230 White ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Includes 1 x 120mm Front, 1 x 120mm Rear 2 x USB 3.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice features for a nice price I'd say.

Looks handsome and classy, some cases are just over the top... Its a personal computer not a spaceship or create of top secret glowy space ooze, bloody alien coffin, et cetera.

Removable drive rack for easier access to second front fan slot or extra GPU space! Bonus 500!

Can't wait to put parts inside!

Cons: Each of these I think are only worth -1/2 an egg or so kind of nit-picking.

"Removable" filter on the underside doesn't seem easily removable. Its sort of pinned in on all sides as far as I call tell, meaning it doesn't just slide in and out for easy cleaning like I imagined. Looks like a pain in the behind to remove actually, like you'd have to power down remove all cords from the case flip it over to get a good look at it and wrestle with getting it off for 5-10 minutes...

Magnetic door is sort of clumsy. Watch the video listen when she closes the door, minor slammage... maybe its just my OCD. No matter how lightly you try to close the door the magnet is so powerful it sucks the door from your hand and it clang-clacks closed. Easy fix though I think... I'm going to look for those little felt-adhesive-circle-things some people put on cabinet doors to soften the noise of closing the door. 2 or 3 in the right places should soften the blow of the door getting magnetically sucked to the case.

Other Thoughts: Hmmm...

ASUS HD 6000 Radeon HD 6570 DirectX 11 HD6570-2GD3-L 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Worked right out of the box, no extra power needed. Duels with AMD APUs (A6, A8, and A10).

Although it doesn't crossfire with my brothers A4, my bad, actually did bring my brother's to Rift settings to medium-high at playable frame rates (20s-30). An improvment over th iGPU of his A4 which only let him play at low settings. So he thought it was worth the purchase.

Cons: Not so cheap considering some R7s cost about the same? Kinda old chipset / model now a days. Almost out of stock?

Other Thoughts: This will crossfile with most higher end APUs but I got it for my brothers A4-5400, which turns out only crossfires with an 6450. You live, you learn, and you put it in the other thoughts for others to learn from your mistakes.

Good luck.


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Display Name: Nate G.

Date Joined: 01/14/12

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 01/18/14
  • Last Review: 01/30/14
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