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Pros: Fully Modular cable design, with flat black cables. Great for keeping the computer innards super clean and tidy.
Absolutely silent. With a Kaveri build, even under 100% load with some minor overclocking, the power supply shows how much energy draw it's pulling. I've never even cleared 105 watts total. I'll be able to put the most hungry of graphics cards in down the road, and it still might not even be enough to make the PSU kick out of zero fan rpm mode. Even if it did, I know that the graphics card would then be much noisier.
Power consumption monitoring is nice, but additional hardware is required.
Cons: The cables are thick, and hell to bend them how you want and get them into place, especially in a small case. However, I think this is a worthy trade off.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap, functional, and I personally like the etched finish on the front. It perfectly matches with my corsair 250d build.
Cons: The only con would be that this drive does not come with any bluray or burner software of any kind. This is not a problem for everyone though, and especially not at this price tag. With the price so cheap, I'm keeping it at a 5 egg rating.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The board comes with a beautiful BIOS, making it easy to make sure things are set correctly.
Comes with a wifi/bluetooth mSata card, perfect for a mini-itx build which is attempting to be a "mobile desktop" (Also nice if you already own some nice bluetooth headphones like me)
This is an incredible value per dollar, bang for the buck build option. I recommend it if you're doing an APU build.
This AMD board, supports intel's XMP memory profiles, which means you'll be able to use any memory and have them work great without any hassle. After selecting xmp profile 1, my memory is running 2400mhz, with 10 cas latency as expected. Very good, and important for an APU.
The motherboard comes with a good package of software. Which allows you to do some overclocking and fan speed tuning right from your desktop. No need to reboot into bios. I really appreciate that.
I'm also a big fan of the qualcomm LAN built in, which allows me to wake my computer remotely, even when it's completely powered down. Great for pulling files I forgot, or to use it as a VPN.
Cons: The only con that comes to my mind right away, is that there is only 1 chassis fan header. If you've got more than one, then it'll have to be hooked directly to power, which means it'll be running 100% all the time, and you don't have any control over it.
This is only a temporary problem for me though, since I will be adding a corsair h100i soon, which will handle some of the fans for me.
Other Thoughts: Overall this motherboard is treating me quite nicely. Everything has worked right from the get-go. The Kaveri chip loaded right up, before installing any kind of update. Then, I was able to power it up, before installing any OS, and was able to update the motherboard drivers over the internet. Awesome!
I've seen a couple reviews where people are concerned about there being some chips underneath the processor, which makes it hard, if not impossible to mount a backplate for liquid cooling. However, this shouldn't be a problem, since, at least with the corsair liquid coolers, there is no need to install a backplate with the AMD boards. The mounting brackets are already a part of the motherboard, and are super quick and easy to work with and to install a corsair liquid cooler.
Display Name: David M.
Date Joined: 12/05/11
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