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MSI MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M9 ACK LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The onboard Xtreme audio DAC is worth the $400. Awesome, LOUD sound w/my Sennheiser HD 700s. Build quality seems to be above average. Easy UEFI/BIOS. In OVERRIDE mode got it to run IBT v2.54 stable for over 2H at 4.6GHz, Vcore set to 1.35V, dropped to 1.31V fully loaded, 81°C max temp. Most settings just on auto and memory on XMP mode.

Cons: Took me a few hours to figure out how to install Windows 7. Didn’t have mouse/keyboard at initial attempt! Researched to find you have to have it set to “windows 7 installation” = enable, which also automatically does “XHCI” = disable in UEFI. Then you have to make a bootable, slipstreamed Windows 7 USB thumb drive w/the latest Intel 3.0 and AssMedia 3.1 USB drivers to get Win 7 to install w/out giving you the “A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If u have a driver floppy disc, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.” Luckily MSI has a cool utility called, “Win7 Smart Tool” to create this USB bootable thumb drive fairly easily.
Game Boost is a joke, the presets just don’t “get ‘er dun”. ADAPTIVE mode is useless for OC.

Other Thoughts: I initially installed BIOS v1.3 so I didn’t have any problems w/the BIOS as others have mentioned. I find all PC component manufacturers to have $)(!++y support, not just MSI.
My Build:
Intel 6700K
CM Seidon 120V installed w/5 year old ArcticSilver5
Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)
Corsair HX750i power supply
MSI GTX 970 vid card
Intel 520 ssd
Intel 510 ssd
Pioneer BR BDR-2209
CM stacker 830 EVO chassis w/3x AeroCool ded silence fans
Windoze 7 PRO SP1 x64

Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 S7J-00001 Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired BlueTrack Mouse
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Ergonomic design. BlueTrack is great!

Cons: Slightly overpriced.

Other Thoughts: I wonder how long this mouse will last? Average mouse life for me is ~3 years.

ViewSonic VX2253mh-LED Black 22
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: None

Couldn't get the HDMI input to recognize the DVI-D convertor plug. The Cost Cutters at ViewSonic definitely had their way w/this monitor.

Other Thoughts: ViewSonic better up their game or I will not be looking at them for future monitor purchasing.


ERIC K.'s Profile

Display Name: ERIC K.

Date Joined: 11/24/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/18/09
  • Last Review: 11/13/15
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