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Pros: The main reason I'm writing this review is for a con.
Really good mobo. Relatively easy to install all the parts. Overclocking made easy. My brother, who works as an IT specialist, helped me set up all the settings and he was thoroughly impressed.
Cons: The main gripe with this mobo is the placement of the expansion slots. The PCI expansion slots are in placement 1 and 4. Most GPUs now are the size of 2 slots. When applying a 2nd GPU to the 2nd PCI (4th slot), it over hangs on the mobo, making it extremely difficult to reach some of the connectors. Furthermore, and most importantly, if you do intend on using this mobo and dual graphics, you'll need to buy a case that has at least 5 expansion slots. The first card will use up slots 1-2 and the 2nd card will use up 4-5. I really, really, really wish they would switch the 2nd PCI 2.0 slot to the 3rd slot. If they did this, you could really use any mATX case you'd want to.
Other Thoughts: When I bought my components, I had intended on keeping my gaming consoles and solely using this w/o a dedicated GPU. When I realized that I couldn't fully game at the quality I wanted, I bought a dedicated video card and crossfired it using my APU+GPU. During the installation, I realized that if I wanted to expand to 2 GPUs, I'd have to buy a new case and eventually did. Had I thought any better, I would've gone with the A55BM, or any of the MSI or Gigabyte equivalents.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Great case. Excellent airflow. Pretty good cable management but that can become tricky. Highly recommend planning it out and using zip ties or some sort of tie-off.
I really liked the amount of stock fans it came with, and the ability to expand on a micro atx. I plan on crossfiring 2 R9 270x so I needed the 5 bays. I tested the 2nd expansion slot to make sure it fit and it does.
Cons: There are a few. One in particular that really was a kick in the stomach for me. I'm not sure if there was a better way but I didn't feel like physically experimenting to find out and potentially be sacrificing my motherboard.
The size of my R9 270x would not fit into the PCI-E slots. I had to "remove" (some sort of plastic broke off of each one) the green clips inorder to get it in. It doesn't really do any significant damage to your case, just eliminates the ability to use those green clips again.
The USB 3 front panel is actually just an umbilical that runs through the case to the back, and into your motherboard. Therefore, taking up a USB 3 slot on your mobo. This case replaced a $30 Fractal Design case that had on-board USB 3.
The other that was a bummer for me was that only one of the 3/4 stock fans came with a pin-connector. The fans run well enough to provide consistent airflow but I'm sure they have the ability to be controlled, if only they had pin connectors.
Other Thoughts: Asus F2A85m-v pro
AMD A10 6800k
2 8GB Ripjaws
NZXT Modular 750w
AMD R9 270x (eventually 2/crossfire)
I primarily bought this case to replace my Fractal Design case inorder to expand to 2 Graphics cards. My motherboard has the 2nd PCI slot on the edge so I needed a case with 5 slots.
This is a great case. Don't get me wrong by my list of the cons, it's still an amazing case. There are some setbacks, maybe it's because I'm crazy excited to crossfire but I'm perfectly happy with my purchase. I do wish it was a bit 'updated' with how cases are nowadays.
Pros: This backs a great punch for a great price.
Can run most games on a high fps at low/medium. Runs great RPGs and less 'clustered' games on high/ultra. Highly recommend for cheap/small builds where you may want to save the $ on not buying a videocard.
Cons: There are a few shortfalls I'm noticing.
1 - Buy more RAM. I'm guessing that since the APU is going to be doing more during gaming, it'll most likely draw more RAM. I went with 16 gigs for about $100.
2 - Dual Graphics (Adding a video card). I'm at a bit of a road block with this APU and using a standalone video card. It seems that because the APU graphics 'model' is so high end or at least labeled that way (8650HD) and most video cards out are only in the 7xxx series.
What ends up happening is the computer thinks its actually combining the GPU capabilities of both but whats actually happening is that its shutting off the GPU part of the APU and turning the computer essentially into a normal CPU+Video Card scenario. In other words, it strictly uses the video card for gaming. Essentially, making the 'Dual Graphics' system obsolete.
Other Thoughts: TLDR: Great if you want to use for not buying a stand alone video card. I bet its amazing for laptops. Be aware of this model with combining current Radeon HD cards, it will not combine but only turn off the GPU functionality of the APU and strictly use the video card for gaming.READ FULL REVIEW