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Pros: NO LEDS.
Low cost and includes a mountable variable fan controller. Fans are quiet up to around 50% speed (on the controller) and have the option of being plugged into any standard 3 or 4 pin mainboard header.
Build quality appears to be good. Red blades if that fits your fancy. Rosewill is good enough to include the mounting hardware for the fans, but you'll need your own screws to attach the controllers.
Cons: The controllers require a 4 pin molex connector to provide power to the controller and the fan. This may introduce a wiring nightmare as I experienced in an Antec 900 case.
Other Thoughts: I like them better than the 3 speed Antec fans that came with my 900. Will they last as long? They already have. The original Antec 120mm fans started bugging out in less than a year.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: If you're looking for a demure unassuming case, this will fit the bill. It has plenty of room for large video cards (up to 12.5 in) and can hold up to 2 optical drives, two 3.5 in internal drives, a media card reader, and a single 2.5 laptop drive or SSD. I suppose a 2.5 in drive could be placed in the media card slot if desired.
Build quality is okay. The side panels are nearly undetectably warped from the factory but are solid enough when bolted on. The internal structure of the case is on par with most low cost OEM solutions from the likes of Dell, Compaq, etc..
Power and reset buttons and the front USB ports are well done and secured well into the fascia while the HDD activity LED is nice and small, but bright enough to see.
Antec includes plenty of mounting hardware and a 92mm exhaust fan that uses a 3 pin fan header to plug into your mainboard.
Cons: Except for one, all the expansion slot covers are the snap-out type. Once removed, they're not going back in.
The lock tab on the back of the case isn't going to keep anyone out. Work it back and forth a few times and it'll pop right off. Easily remedied by using hex or allen head screws to secure the panels as most hardware thieves don't walk around with those, although they may start if they read this.
Other Thoughts: Remember, this is a Micro ATX case, and Antec really means Micro. You're not going to fit a standard or larger ATX in here. Even a Micro ATX mainboard is a tight fit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I haven't had this mainboard very long and it was selected for a customer's build. It features all solid caps, although I don't believe this equates to great reliability. I have an old Pentium 3 Abit mainboard that still boots up and works, and those caps are from 1999. An old Biostar workstation board from 2005 still works too. At least solid caps look pretty.
What is nice is the ability to adjust BIOS settings from within Windows and the overall build quality of the board. All the solder points are solid and the PCB isn't flimsy, which is unusual on mainboards at this price. It also has 6 SATA connectors and a floppy connector, Gigabit LAN, and all the connections you need for 8.1 surround sound in the back using either HDMI or the old plugs.
It supports a 100w FM2 A8 chip just fine and the Crucial DDR3 I selected was auto detected immediately with correct timings and voltage.
Both the onboard APU graphics and a discreet addon graphics card work well.
It has a couple of USB 3.0 ports in the back and plenty of USB 2.0 connectors. It even includes a single PS/2 port for older keyboard or for troublshooting USB problems.
Works just find with the included MSI software or AMD Overdrive.
Cons: The reviews posted after I made the purchase that report tons of problems related to APU video and/or memory issues is disturbing. That and suddenly the board isn't available for purchase any longer.
Long video cards may block some of the SATA ports.
MSI really needs to silk screen the Power, Reset, HDD LED, and so forth on their mainboards... ya know, like everyone else.
Other Thoughts: Mainboard shipped with 2.2 BIOS and upgrading to 2.3 BIOS occurred without issue. I tested the board as thoroughly as possible within the few days I had before delivery of the completed PC and didn't run into any issues.READ FULL REVIEW