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GIGABYTE GA-F2A85XM-HD3 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just got it, really. Haven't had time to shake it out. Everything appears to be working OK. Updated BIOS over the net from Windows, no problems. Running 16Gb Crucial Ballistix memory OK. Works with a 4 pin ATX 12V connector. I've had it running for 10-12 hr. stretches with no glitches.

Cons: Don't know for sure, but BIOS may be a bit limited. I can't seem to undervolt CPU, for example.

Reported temps in BIOS and Gigabyte's Windows application disagree; neither agrees with SpeedFan. I'm either running core temps of 25 or 37 or 63 degrees. What is so difficult about this? I've been building systems since there have been systems (IT pro since 1969) and have yet to see a temp I trust. Gigabyte has lots of company here.

Other Thoughts: Bought it primarily because of the small footprint. Have it in an Apex MJ16 and there is room to spare. So far, I'm happy.

Just thought I'd post a "No obvious deal breakers" review to let you know it's not a box full of trouble.

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APEX MJ-16 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case ATX12V SFX 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Despite reviews to contrary, it will hold 4 3.5" HDDs with any mATX MB that does not have right angled SATA connectors. I just did it. I number slots from 1 (side of case) to 4 (center) for explanation. If you install 92mm fan in front, duh-mies, well, that's where you have to put drives 3&4 to clear MB. Slot 1&2, no problem. Slot 3, remove front bezel, break out perforated panel (like you did for rear I/O, put drive in from front. Same for slot 4, but no panel to breakout; instead, a plastic piece to push out. Drives 3&4 stick out of the case front about an inch (they are not visible, hidden by the black bezel). The perforated panel you need to break out of drive 3 slot is what people are attaching the 92 mm fan to. There is still room for a 60 mm fan in front of slots 1&2. Do buy 3 60mm fans, 2 for rear and one for front. Get drive screws. Break off and throw (actually, hurl, with great vigor) away tool-less HDD mounting doodads, along with included fan. A land fill would be insulted to receive them. BTW, never use tool-less; screws help transfer heat from drive. I got a Cooler Master Vortex Plus heatsink in with about an inch to spare. PS has 2 SATAs, 4 Molex, 24 pin & 4 pin.

Cons: HDDs were still a you know what to install. Be careful when you remove the front cover. Reports of dead power switches are probably due to people jerking it off. The ribbon cable to connect to MB has a tendency to get hung up. and needs to be gentled out.

Cable management: yeah, do that. Let me know how it turns out.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a pretty good case. Most of the issues with it are common to all small cases. Hey, it's a small case, limited working room, etc. But if you TAKE YOUR TIME AND THINK, it goes together pretty easily. I'm running four HDDs, optical, a high end sound card, WIFI card, SATA card, and a 65W processor in it, temps are OK.

If you just need a basic case, couple of drives, then buy it.

But, if you CAN use a larger case (I couldn't), life's a lot easier. Or if you're a tech level 5 type, and can't figure out why - when you put a fan where the HDD should be - you are having issues, this isn't the case for you.

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Display Name: Terry D.

Date Joined: 02/02/03

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  • First Review: 03/16/13
  • Last Review: 04/21/13
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