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This review is from: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Solid performance. Runs like a $150+ board, for almost half the price. Overclocked, still runs cool as can be on air (with an FX6300).
Normally a Gigabyte MB user for my builds, but really happy with this MSI product! Running perfect for a almost a couple of months. Would buy again, and highly recommend.
Cons: The "OC Genie"/Control Center software would lockup (reinstalled many times, to no avail), requiring a reboot. I finally uninstalled it.
No problem though. I simply set and saved my preferred clock & voltage settings in BIOS (you can save up to six), then on boot would choose what I wanted, and then when done gaming, I would again go to BIOS, and select the basic saved setting, and be good to go for everyday operation. I actually prefer the BIOS control method, and with the Click/UEFI BIOS, it's simple.
Some Linux distros do not have the drivers for the sound and/or LAN hardware for this board, for instance, "Elementary". It does work in Linux Mint though.
Other Thoughts: I power my system with a quality 650w PSU, running an Vishera FX6300 (95w) CPU, 16gb RAM, 2-SSD's, 2-HD's, and a GT640 video card w/2gb of RAM. When gaming, I overclock from stock 3.5Ghz to 4.4Ghz, with a .25 voltage increase. Works perfect, and runs super cool on air. With those settings, the frame rates while running FSX are around 60FPS! All flying is now as smooth as can be, and graphics are greatly improved. For the money, this is a hard MB to beat if you're an FSX or FS2004 user.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Lenovo M57/DC-2.5 Desktop PC Dual Core 2.5GHz 2GB 160GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium
Pros: Had one of my friends recently purchase this, on my advice, and I set it up for them. Came packaged really well, and functions perfectly.
Surprisingly powerful with for Pentium Wolfdale, and only 2GB of RAM. Came with Win 7-32bit, which works just fine with this setup.
Cons: The BIOS is not for noobs. This is obviously a former corporate unit, and as such, had BIOS settings foreign to most home users. Once I got the BIOS straightened around, and turned off all the corporate network stuff, all went well.
There were no instructions of any kind included with the computer, so if you're thinking of buying it, and know nothing about how to setup BIOS, or know someone who can do it for you, be prepared to do some studying.
Other Thoughts: This is a perfect little computer for those who just want do some internet cruising, office work, emails, and even watching movies. A great value.
I installed the (free) Libre Office suite, and it works great with it. Be prepared for several hours of Windows updating after you do the initial BIOS setup and Windows bootup.
Had only one tiny little covered scratch. It's not new, but it's not priced like new. It did come with a new keyboard and mouse (both cheap, but usable). Hard to believe one can buy a computer that runs Windows 7 well, for this kind of money!
Pros: Where else can one buy a functional and decent AMD 970/SB950 MB for less? Have purchased two of these in the last month from NewEgg. Each has functioned flawlessly, and both have withstood hours of non-stop full-bore torture testing, without a hiccup.
A good "value" board that I will be buying more of to use in future builds.
Cons: Not really a con, but know what you're buying. This is an 4+2 phase MB, not an 8+2 (or more), and is not suited for all-out, pedal to the metal, over-clocked gaming.
The UEFI BIOS, is *not* graphical, does not operate with a mouse, and is not on a par with more expensive MB BIOs' in this class. That said, it's a usable BIOS, but not one for noobs.
Lastly, the size of this MB is smaller than many ATX class MB's. Installed one board in a new Rosewill Galaxy 01 case, and the other, in a Thermaltake Versa II. In both cases, a couple of the "east-side" mounting holes did not line up correctly, leaving the RAM/Power Plug side of the board with out good support (where it's most needed). Easily remedied though. I simply fashioned some plastic supports out of some material I had, and used those.
Other Thoughts: One board was installed with an AMD 965BE (over-clocked to 3900Ghz), and the other, with an FX6300 (over-clocked to 4000Ghz). Cranked at 100% for hours, all temps stayed below, and within spec.
Be sure, if you're overclocking, to get your BIOS fan settings right, first, by installing a decent monitoring program, like HWiNFO64, which gives *correct* readings of the NB (where heat could be a concern).