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This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It worked 2 years
Cons: This board died on me after 2 years, like others have reported. Did the drill, even swapped out the cpu out of another dead MSI board. Put everything from the dead boards in new ones and was up and running again. Until my great purge due to moving for the first time in 30 years I had 10-15 year old boards(even had 1 VLB that was 20 years old) that still worked fine. Still running 10 year old ide hard drives in a couple of my computers. So I think that 2 years life out of a motherboard is unacceptable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was a little hesitant to buy this drive, but it has been running 24\7 for almost a month now. No problems and I have another one on the way. For $60.00 they are a good buy but time will tell. At least I back up everything to another hard drive as precaution as I have been doing for years
Cons: None yet.
Other Thoughts: I am a little worried about the second drive that is now in transit. The first one was shipped directly to where I live and delivered. Looking at the tracking of the second one it has to go over 1,000 more miles and has had 5 stops already in 5 days. I wonder if the increased handling exposure is a reason for dead or non functional drives. I will soon find out as this is first of 10 drives I have bought over the years from Newegg that was not shipped from California.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I got this motherboard to replace my 2 year old dead MSI 970A-G43. The MSI board cost twice as much but was flimsy and died after 2 years. This Gigabyte board weighs twice as much and is built solid. I am running a 6 core at 4100 on air, something I could never do with the old MSI and it is running cooler. Too bad I didn't get 2 of them, I have another computer with a dead MSI board in it. Not the latest and greatest but I learned a lot of times it is better to have an old reliable.
Cons: One case fan header but they make cables cheap enough to take care of that problem. And I really prefer not to be running all thsat load through the motherboard.
Other Thoughts: After running this board for almost three weeks I am still impressed with it for the price. I am running 9 hard drives and a DVD with this motherboard using 2 SYBA SI-PEX40094 add on SATA cards. It is in a Cooler master 932 HAF case. This runs 24\7, the newest hard drive that I received on the 17th of Feb has over 350hrs on it already. As I stated before I have a 3600 6 core processor running at over 4100 on air with no problem. It will run higher but the onboard video starts having problems because of the overclock. A dedicated video card would solve the problem but then I loose one of the PCIE sata cards but I have a few older PCI sata cards that would work with the DVD and the oldest sata hard drives. I am still playing around with my optimal conflagration. And I still have IDE port which I could connect my 2 500GB IDE drives to. They are on sale again and I am buying another one to replace another dead MSI board that the CPU & memory are still good. It is a shame because 15-25 years ago MSI was a better board but not anymore by my experience. 7 of the hard droves are in an iStarUSA BPN-DE340SS and an iStarUSA BPU-230SATA-BPL hot swap units.
This is almost as fun as in the old days when we would take a 10 mb MFM drive and put it on a RRL controller and then double space it ending up with around 24-25 mb of drive capacity once the overhead was figured in.. Sure it was slow but it saved $500-600. in hard drive costs.