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MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Everything works, easy install, no problems 06/15/2016

This review is from: MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I'm typically not an MSI customer, but liked the features and design of this mobo, so took a shot with it. Board has a nice layout, and was easy to install. I used a new Broadwell i7-6950x CPU with it and was worried I'd have to update the bios (I had no other 2011 CPUs at my disposal). Fortunately, the mobo came with v2.2 bios installed and it recognized my 6950 on first boot. Drivers and utilities for the mobo are on both CD and USB 3.1 flash drive, which is a nice option. Came with lots of black SATA cables (with locking clips), so I didn't have to buy more of those. Mobo recognized my Samsung 950 Pro M2 SSD and Win 10 install was fast and easy. The Samsung 950 was tested in this mobo and confirmed to hit the advertised 2500 MBps read, 1500 MBps write (in bios, make sure M.2 is set to Auto and not PCH). Using an H115i water cooler for this system. With tweaks to just multiplier (44x) and voltage (1.35), had no problem hitting a cool and stable 4.4Ghz in minutes. Bios layout and features are nice and user friendly. Overclocking has been easy and had no problems so far. Did a 3 day burn-in at 4.4Ghz and had no issues. LEDs are cool. Onboard audio bardware and software are impressive. No problems with Corsair RAM. After a week, the mobo has been rock solid and I have no complaints. It's loaded with great features and components.

Cons: I'm not a fan of Killer NICs, due to previous software, reliability, and performance problems with other brands of mobo. So far, no issues with this Killer NIC implementation. Tested the throughput, and it's been identical to my Intel GB NIC, so no complaints. Price is high for this mobo, but I'm using all premium, cutting edge components, so can't complain too much.

Other Thoughts: Love everything about this mobo, so can definitely recommend.

AOC e2251Fwu Piano-black Glossy 22
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5 out of 5 eggs Great option for usb power/signal monitor 07/28/2012

This review is from: AOC e2251Fwu Piano-black Glossy 22" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight USB LCD Monitor 150 cd/m2 1,000:1

Pros: power AND video signal via USB
good quality picture

Cons: Stand is not adjustable
Not very bright display unless you plug in AC too

Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice features 07/28/2012

This review is from: Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack

Pros: Really nice combination of features:
USB 3.0
3.5 and 2.5 bays
LED lights for each drive
no drive trays required
on/off switch (rare for drive bays)
Everything works on it!

Cons: 19 pin USB 3.0 cable is probably too short if you have a full size tower case. USB 3.0 header extensions are hard to find and relatively expensive too.
Mounting may be a bit unstable if mounting in a tool-less drive bay.
Faceplate and drive doors feel too cheap and plasticky.
Cheapo SATA cables with no locks.

Other Thoughts: My only big complaint is the short USB 3.0 19 pin cable. I like a tidy case with good cable management, so I'm going to have to spend another $15-20 for an extension cable.


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Display Name: James W.

Date Joined: 12/29/04

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 12/13/07
  • Last Review: 06/15/16
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