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MSI A78M-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs a APU board that cant allocate Ram... 01/04/2015

This review is from: MSI A78M-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: well, its running. ill give it 2 eggs for booting right up, just one major flaw.....

Cons: Cannot allocate ram in bios on a APU a8-660... so basically for a board that says its for the apu market its junk, completely worthless for a apu build. for anything else other then that im sure its a solid little board, so id buy a cpu and a dedicated graphics card for this board if your gunna use it in a build, cause you wont be able to do much in the way of tweaking a a8-6600 at all. I have a a10-6800k in my other system on a biostar ta-970 and it runs very well and I can allocate ram on that, should have bought one of those, as it is now since I build this thing on a whim I suppose ill just buy a graphic's card for it, but I shouldn't have had to.

cant say much on build quality either, as I was re-routing some cables the neat little blue grasp for the usb 3 onboard plug desided to come off with the cord, didn't break or bend the pins so its working, but not something you like to see when your building anything that parts pull right off that should be attached :( It is working im writing this review on it, but very disappointed, was my xmas gift for myself for the rec room in the basement to play some ultra off ste@m in the basement. no allocated ram = very sub par performance on that benchmark :(

Other Thoughts: I suppose I just assumed that since it was a apu board id have no problems setting up the 8 gigs of Kingston ram for the apu, guess its a live and learn.

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FSP Group FSP400-60GHS(85)-R 400W Micro ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply with Intel Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, and 80 bronze certified, has been running my a10 now for just under a year in the htpc in the living room, both combined the noise level is extremely low, a lot of my friends have been impressed compaired to my previous htpc. so far its been running pretty much non-stop, as I have a 4 terabyte external with that system and I use my network to watch video's through out the house. Ill be making another systems using a a8 6600 and plan on buying another one of these psu's for that build

Cons: I haven't had any, its in a Silverstone Milo series htpc case, has a lot of breathing room and has been running pretty much none stop for over 9 months.

Other Thoughts: great little psu if you have space issues in your builds for a htpc,

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: well layed out, has everything I wanted, solid little board, owned for a few months now with a a10-6800 installed and 8 gigs of ram, and has been running pretty much since then ( HTPC) with no issues

Cons: none really, I want to buy another one.

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Display Name: james p.

Date Joined: 08/10/07

  • Reviews: 30
  • Helpfulness: 14
  • First Review: 12/15/07
  • Last Review: 01/04/15
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