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This review is from: MSI H97 GAMING 3 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Quality PCB, Excellent layout, excellent VRM heatsinks.
I'm impressed with not only the board but the audio and Killer Lan as well. This is a quality product that works well and has excellent drivers.
It stays cool while in operation, and I love that it still has at least one PCI slot.
Cons: Only 6 SATA plugs? That's about all I can ding it for, which isn't enough for an egg!
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly recommend this board for any of the Haswell CPU's of the non-k variety. It's perfect in that arena and seems to be of a quality you usually find on $180 motherboards.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fairly powerful, roughly on par with a 660Ti, but with wider bus and boost 2.0, so it performs better.
Very cheap! At $149 there is no way I could pass this up for use in an extra computer!
Mine had an ASIC score of 93, so it's a very good chip. That number means it will likely overclock quite a bit with little extra heat and no voltage required. That's a real good thing because of cooler (see below).
Cons: -Runs hot. Thsi is one of the worst reference coolers I have run into. The heatsink has no fins. It is merely a pieve of copper. The fins you see if you look in exhaust are merely for the VRM. Even with an aggressive fan profile I implemented, with good case airflow, it bumps right up to the 80 degree C throttle limit.
Normally I like reference coolers. My reference 780 has a very nice reference cooler that cools phenomenally as well as being quiet. THIS cooler is rather loud, and it's obviously a cheap fan. Still it does the job, barely.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a fairly good card. No extreme low points, and in general does what it should: play at 1080P on med to high settings. The heatsink and blower could be better, but at this price, it's worth it.
I'd recommend this definately for a spare computer, but not necessarily a primary rig with all the Maxwells on the market.
Pros: -Aluminum body to help cooling
-quiet fan yet excellent airflow and heat dissipation
-all of mine have had excellent craftsmanship
-works well on eSATA and USB (eSATA performance is very good)
-definately worth the money
Cons: The only con, and it's not a big one, is it's not made for quickly switching out a hard drive. It takes a complete breakdown of parts to do that.
Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these (2 black and 2 brushed metal/silvery. 3 run on eSATA (which I still prefer over USB 3, because no port dropouts or driver problems which USB 3 still has).
One of mine has run 24/7 for 3 years straight on USB connection as the backup drive for my WHS2011 server!
*To Roger S. below: They DO make a USB 3.0 version...I also have one of those!
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