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MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: OC Genie does what it says.

Cons: I am now RMAing my second board. Both of them will, as MSI puts it, LOCK UP/HANG UP/FREEZE. It starts off random and infrequent, then progresses to constant and unavoidable.

I've owned this board type since November. I've switched every other piece of hardware used with it and it still does the same.

I bought a different board (ASRock) already and will just sell off the returned board after the RMA. I'm done. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I can't afford to have another bad board that with all it's freezing and reboot loops will fry my SSDs or CPU.

Other Thoughts: i5-3570K @ stock and @ 4.2 with OC Genie
16GB Dominator GT 2133
MSI GTX660ti

MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It looks good.

Cons: So after a month of using this Mobo, it's giving me nothing but troubles. I installed it with an Intel i5-3570k (stock only, no OC), 16GB of Corsair Dominator GT 2133mhz, and a Diamond brand AMD HD5870. After several bios updates and "Live Update" updates, it keeps crashing.

Not so much "crashing" as completely freezing. I mean everything. USB turns off, mouse and keyboard don't respond. Screen freezes (still showing whatever was there). Audio cuts off.

I'm going to have to RMA this board, because it is now 41 days since I bought it. This is a HUGE disappointment.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this from another site, but Newegg has better visibility for reviews.

I hate the idea of RMA... what am I supposed to do while it's gone?

Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this SSD at a box store for a few bucks more than Neweggs price because I needed a new HD immediately. I first tried to do a switchover hybrid (move Program Files to the secondary drive and clone the C drive to the new SSD) but Win 7 was too whiny that way. So I wiped it and did a clean install of Win 7 64bit. Kept the Prog Files on D though.

Talk about blazing fast. I'm running this on a Sata-II mobo for now. From the end of my bios load to the Windows Sign on screen is 10 seconds. From sign on to IDLE, yes IDLE, is only 8 seconds. I ran a couple utilities and was getting Sequential Read/Write of 247/150. Pretty awesome.

Cons: The 2.5" to 3.5" adapter plate does not fit properly into a Coolermaster HAF 932. The case uses a tooless hard drive tray and only two of the pins will go into the adapter at a time.

Other Thoughts: This would be much faster on a better system and Sata-III. I'm running an old Q6600 quad on a stock HP (Asus Benicia) Motherboard.


Marc M.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc M.

Date Joined: 06/30/09

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/04/11
  • Last Review: 09/26/13
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