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Pros: very good quality, heavy weight. Long enough cords for Antec 302 case. 8 pin cpu power cable could be two inches longer tho. Quiet smooth.
Cons: cpu power 8 pin could be few inches longer for good routing. The connectors are usually at upper left corner and new cases put the power supply at bottom.
Other Thoughts: Good looking, good working, quiet and smooth. Braids are worth an extra five bucks.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I have been building PCs since 96, and overclocking since the Celeron 300 up to 450. I have some experience. This is a great board for the price.
I have used it with a Pentium 2 core K type processor and a i5 4590 unK type. Except for the following problem which you should check out before buying to make sure the clearance isn't too close.
This board has the smallest clearance at that point b etween the connectors of all I have seen, so just check if your case's usb 3.0 connector is slightly larger than usual, and as well the width of your power supply connector 24pin.
Cons: The power to the motherboard thru the 24pin rectangle connector is too close to the USB 3.0 front connector to use with "SOME" Cases. I used an ANTEC 302 case along with an EVGA 500W power supply. It does not have enough room to fit well, I bent the pins in second row of the USB 3.0 connector to the point of being unusable.
Luckily, I had a PCIeX1 USB 3.0 board that fit into the small slot connectors in back area of case, and it had a USB 3.0 front blue connector just like the motherboard had, and was able to connect the USB 3.0 connector from the Antec 302 case into the board easily. IT also added two usb3 ports.
Other Thoughts: Everything else great for price. Seems pretty stable for mild overclocking, not an extreme board of course, but has a lot of options to use to get a stable speed. I used a 3 pipe CoolerMaster cpu cooler which worked well with the 2 core.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have ALWAYS used Antec up to this unit. I am impressed. I wanted the 2ea 6pin+2 connectors for video cards as I could at any time use SLI since I build and rebuild units. I was strapped for cash when ordering for bargin unit. Used with G3258 Pentium and MSI PC MATE motherboard I got for 110usd here on sale, recommend deal, for 2 core gaming, tho you can't use with some AAA titles like FC4 without cheats cause 2core.
Quieter than any other unit I have installed, donno if all are that good, but am impressed, even under load is quiet. Big fan and good engineering show. May buy more eVGA power supplies.
Cons: Everything seems OK for now, but i havn't installed it yet so cords could be short or something like that.
Other Thoughts: impressed by EVGA, price and quality and quietness.READ FULL REVIEW