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Pros: * More features than most at this size, at a lower price
* Amazingly stable architecture
* No heat issues, with nothing but an APU stock fan!
* ECS has been a pleasant surprise
Cons: I haven't stressed my sub-500 dollar machine enough to matter. So I really can't say anything bad about it.
Other Thoughts: This is perfect for an HTPC setup. I've been very satisfied with the USB 3.0 performance, the chipset stability, the lack of heat produced (speaks well of chip efficiency!), and the motherboard as a whole. I use Auto on about everything but the RAM timings, and it just works great. I spend more time helping my wife run netflix on her Tablet then working on this motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SILVERSTONE ST45SF 450W SFX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Pros: * Stable power provided to my computer, no hiccups on my 3870K-A8 mini atx HTPC, even gaming on the big screen
* Tiny as can be
* Provides a bracket for a standard ATX slot to be filled, much appreciated!
Cons: Has yet to wake me up with the scent of bacon!
Other Thoughts: I cannot believe how tiny this thing is. The size allowed for a much needed gaps that really helped with the airflow in my small HTPC Case.
My HTPC basically runs 24/7, and it's been going strong for nearly a year now. I'll run 720p MKV files off the USB 3 drives, and stream from netflix constantly. No issues ever. I haven't even bothered removing dust from it ever. It's a strong contender.
Pros: * Works out of the box, recommended
* will run stable at 533MHz for a simple 1:1 ratio retaining a 4-4-4-10 2T timing. Waaaay better than my 5-5-5-15 originally was.
* They gave me a fancy case sticker :-D
Cons: * 667MHz operation (at its rated setting) caused horrible instability. I saw crashes every 5-10 minutes.
However, in all fairness, see below!
Other Thoughts: The instability is likely induced by my hacked bios.
It allows my oddball setup to take a 2GB stick, increasing my ram limit from 2 to 3GB (the BIOS chip only understands upto 32-bit, not a ram issue)
This stuff runs STABLE on a hacked bios. In case you're wondering - it's 4CoreDual-Sata2 v2.20a.
Each stick, as well as both at once, pass memtest with no issues for hours.
Seriously, G Skill is that awesome at this price range.