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This review is from: MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Looks very lovely, quality of components is high, runs cool.
Cons: UEFI BIOS is horrible to work with,no pcie 3.0, BIOS updates from MSI are few and far between and don't address extremely common issues with the FX series processors, cannot overclock anything due to erratic voltages, board has become extremely unstable over the past year, MSI RMA process is the stuff of nightmares.
Other Thoughts: I've been using MSI boards for every AMD build I've done in the past four years and loved them, so naturally I picked up the 990FXA-GD80 to use with my FX-8350. I wish I never had. Problems started from day one with cores erroring out under load, random bluescreens, issues with memory compatibility, etc. The UEFI BIOS is also an unresponsive, horrid mess, and it's impossible for the board to supply an accurate voltage to your chip regardless of what you select. I couldn't accomplish ANY overclocking using this board, even on my older Phenom II 970 BE that was running at 3.8GHz at stock voltages on my older MSI 890FXA-GD70. Any voltage or multiplier that is over or under exactly what stock should have been would cause a BSOD or the machine to completely lock up. More importantly, over the past couple months the board has become increasingly unstable at the stock settings and is throwing other strange errors like losing about five min per week from the system clock (yes the CMOS battery was changed). BIOS updates from MSI are useless in solving any of these issues as well. Overall I'm extremely disappointed in the quality of this board and will likely replace it with an ASUS 990FX Sabertooth, since MSI's RMA service s laughably awful and in previous experiences their replacements were often worse than the original defective hardware I RMA'd. Don't buy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very nice color range, picture is crisp and sharp, no ghosting, monitor itself looks good, the base also has a small groove and hook in the back to help hide cables.
Cons: As other reviews have stated the base isn't the sturdiest so the monitor tends to wobble a bit (even as I type this), but it doesn't bother me too much and with sturdier desks it might not even happen. The viewing angle is a little odd though, and if you aren't looking at the monitor dead on, the sides of the display will look a little 'warmer' than the center. This is most apparent against white/light images, but even then it's a pretty minor complaint. Both of these issues are present on all three of the displays I ordered, so I assume they're all like that.
No DVI cable included...
Other Thoughts: Since I will probably mount all three on a single stand eventually, my biggest annoyance is honestly the lack of a DVI cable. I mean, really.... it's 2013 and this is a high-def monitor being marketed as high-end product. You can't kick customers a cable that will cost them at MOST ten bucks retail? Talk about petty. Or better yet, keep the VGA cable and ship with a DVI instead.
Anyway, it's a nice monitor. Just make sure you order a DVI cable to go with it.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: Possibly a cheap and effective liquid cooling solution, looks nice, totally self-containted.
Cons: Corsair quality control appears to be rubbish. The first unit leaked near one of the fittings when turned on, and the replacement had multiple areas of damaged radiator fins due to the way it was packaged (not damaged during shipping).
Other Thoughts: While the damage to the fins on the second unit might not have had much noticable effect on cooling performance, to me it's still unacceptable that a $110 product has physical damage out of the box due to the way it's packed.
Thankfully the small leak on the first unit didn't fry anything, and Newegg picked up the return shipping on the second unit, so I'm only out the $16 or so it cost to ship in the first one for a replacement. I'll be getting a refund because I don't want to waste anymore time on these, but if you absolutely have to have one regardless of this review, do yourself a favor and leak test it by hooking it up to power before you install it.