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Pros: Well laid out mobo with all of the bells and whistles one can expect from a mATX board. Plenty of SATA ports (8), came with 2 SATA cables, USB 3.0 connector, mobo speakers!!! and decent VRM. The memory slots were well spaced from the CPU and should be able to accommodate a large CPU heatstink/fan.
Cons: Front panel connectors are in a really trick spot. The I/O plate feels kinda cheap, but that is to be expected.
Other Thoughts: Booted up without any issues with an A6-6400K, some G Skill RAM, and Crucial SSD for my HTPC.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Round cable allows for slightly better cable management. The shorter length (10 inches) was great for my case (mid tower with an ATX mobo). If you plan to use a larger case, make sure you double check the distance between your SATA ports and your HDD.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ludicrous bang per buck. Under 60C while stress testing at 2560x1440. The MSI TwinFrozr has a neat self-clean system: its fans spin backwards during start up to get rid of dust! Great performance on all games and 4GB is definitely worth the extra $50! The cooling system feels extremely solid!
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I've yet to push this baby. Waiting a few months to nab myself a 1440p monitor and really make use of its 4GB of VRAM. The 4GB really isn't worth it if you're running 1080p, I've yet to see a game use over 1.5GB at 1080p. But who knows? as the next gen of consoles come around, perhaps games might become more memory intense.READ FULL REVIEW