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Pros: CPU/APU built into one. Not bad. I don't like how hot it runs, all my temp programs says idle at 50c, re-seated the APU multiple times using Cooler Master Sedion 120v and Artic Silver. Hasn't locked up but the temps show they have reached 75-80c during long gaming runs and CPU stress tests...
Cons: Temps run high, but it isn't bad, aftermarket fans can be turned low and it's silent or purrs when under load. Cool n Quiet for the win!
I am afraid to overclock it very much due to the idle and stress temps it reads. Could just be a bad sensor on my mobo... but 4.5ghz and 2400nb with 2133mhz memory isn't bad.
Other Thoughts: I eventually added a GPU with more kick for better framerates. And of course, now I am thinking I should have gone CPU/GPU vs the APU route. Being my daughters pc, I didn't expect her to game much... but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree haha! Still runs nice though.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Haven't tried to overclock it, don't need to... Runs cool, runs perfect, going on 3years, no glitches... Short, easy to install, easy recognized by bios.
Other Thoughts: I took a chance on GSkill, thought I would go budget ram for an APU inexpensive build. Always used Corsair or Kingston before, GSkill worked out great.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This mobo has all your everyday items for a basic or slightly advanced user, on board video, on board audio, usb 3.0, raid... easily overclockable. MSI's technical support and service is wonderful! I am giving it 5 eggs but they really need to remove the windows bios updater to prevent bad flashes. Middle of the road as far as features go, great mobo. Though, I couldn't get Cool n Quiet working properly...
Cons: Why don't motherboard manufacturers provide fan controls for all fan ports? Silly, just CPU, Sys1 and Sys2. but Sys3 is 100% all the time??? Sure I can buy a 3rd party device, but why can't they just make it a standard!
DO NOT USE THEIR WINDOWS BIOS UPDATER! Fried my bios. I was just over the 2 year mark when I was working on getting Cool n Quiet enabled. Figured I would flash the bios to the latest. Their Bios update comes packaged where you have to run it to extract it on a flash drive while in windows. But stop there and go into Bios to update it, don't use their Live Update or the program within the package!
I blame myself though, I know better...
Other Thoughts: I thought I was dead in the water, I did the unthinkable and flashed the bios in windows only to have it corrupt it. Fans turned on, 2 short beeps, nothing could load a new bios, amiboot.rom on usb or cd, nothing. Called tech support and they recommended I ship it in for them to fix, evidently it was still under warranty. Their RMA center is 14 miles from my house, I drove it there and they swapped it for the next level motherboard! FM2-A85XA-G65 can you say THX AUDIO! nice! Also, Cool n Quiet worked right away on this board. I love not being able to hear my pc on!
WOW! SAME DAY SERVICE! I take back all the bad things I ever said about MSI haha! They flashed the new mobo's bios to the latest before giving it to me too! The board went in like a charm and I was up and running faster than I ever had been. Thank you MSI! I am grateful for living so close to their RMA center, it probably wouldn't have been as pleasant of an experience if I lived in another state...