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Pros: Well laid out, plenty of fan pinouts, sturdy, had everything I was looking for. Paired with a fixed clock i5 and I have no need to overclock because it flies.
Cons: awkward SATA connectors (x4), video problem trying to use integrated graphics through DVI output port. I had to reboot constantly in order to get a video signal to my monitor, even after updating BIOS, video drivers, swapping memory and power supply. Finally resolved by installing a separate graphics card.
Other Thoughts: A nice card for the price, although I am a little disappointed in the integrated graphics performance. I had hoped to use the Intel graphics while setting up the machine, at least, but having to reset after every cold restart was a royal pain.
i5 4670 Haswell
8 GB Patriot G2 @1333
GEFORCE GTS450 GPU
120 GB PNY SSD, 500GB Seagate HDD
Pros: Got it on sale
Works with the processor graphics
Lots of features on a mATX board
Cons: Could use another fan header or two.
The SATA ports point in an awkward direction for me
Scared me when it didn't boot right away
Other Thoughts: Had to push the MemOK button to get it to recognize my RAM. After getting it to boot and adjusting the memory speed and voltages to what it really needed it was smooth sailing.READ FULL REVIEW
Did I say fast?
Cons: Only two cores, maybe? Not really an issue for me.
Other Thoughts: More horsepower than I probably need for my simple HTPC, but I got it at a good sale price. Married it to a ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM and 8 GB of Kingston RAM. The integrated graphics are fine for HD video and this runs so much cooler than my old rig that I could eliminate a bunch of fans.READ FULL REVIEW
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