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Pros: This, from an aesthetic point of view, is a nice motherboard. I liked the color scheme (true black, not that ugly brown-black common on boards) and the blue meshed well with the LED fans I have.
The audio-centered build of this motherboard seems to be more than mere advertising. My wife's work often entails sound editing (Adobe Audition, ProTools, etc) and I watch a lot of movies as well as game on my PC. The motherboard's physical components and included software produced a notable increase in sound quality, noticed by both my wife and I.
The on-board reset and power button was cool. But what is truly awesome is the LED panel that displays error message codes and the system Temp.
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Pros: -Fully painted
-Built in fan pushes a good deal of air
-Lots of slots for other fans
-Viewing window is spacious and crystal clear
Cons: -The built in fan blocks a handful of the drive bays. My HDD is jutting out about 1.5inches because of this.
-The front slots (USB, audio jack, etc) were not secured in place. I pushed the module back in but can't find a way to properly anchor it. All the components work, but when I plug something in the module slides back into the case...
Other Thoughts: I could only install one fan on top because of my motherboard, but that's not really the case's fault.
I bought a fully modular PSU, and this was my very first PC build. If you're clever, you should be fine with cable management.
Pros: -Looks very nice
-Recognized by my motherboard (Biostar HiFi Z87X) without an issue
-Garnered a 7.1 rating from Windows (which, for those unaware, is almost the maximum score).
Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to me, RAM has steadily risen in price. This is of no fault to the RAM itself, of course.READ FULL REVIEW