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Pros: Great looking case, quiet fans, lots of space for a mid tower, cable management, removable HDD bay, lots of features for under $100.
Cons: Swing open front panel has to be mashed to open, front and top covers had bent plastic pins, thumb screws are not always hand tighten (need screwdriver), cable managemnt rubber grommets come off easily, between the front panel and case there's a small gap which if you have case lighting, the light shines through and doesn't look clean. It's due to the problem as described below.
Other Thoughts: When I received the case about a year ago, when I took the front and top panels off, they had bent plastic pins and one broke. I super glued and went ahead with the build. I decided (then) to post an actual good score (4/5 eggs) but removed one egg for the bent pins.
Someone from NZXT replied and encouraged me to go to their website and let them know about the issue. Really I would have been happy with a new front panel. I did as asked and they replied a couple of times and said they would look into it and resolve my issue.
I followed up a few times after when nothing more happened and I got no response. I let it be and moved on with my life.
Fast forward a year.
Recently, my motherboard went bad so when I went to replace it, I removed my top and front panels and now I have 4 broken pins and superglue just wont do the trick anymore.
Also, the front panel relies heavily on the top panel "hook" to stay tight against the front of the case. The bent and broken pins do not help and therefore there's a gap between the front panel and the case and light shines through from the lighting and the hdd and power led's making it look cheap and not a clean build.
I know it's been more than a year AND I did let it go, but now after taking the case apart once since the original build, and it falls to pieces? Just thought everyone including NZXT should know.
Pros: Looks cool, Status LED's, OC, Power, & Reset buttons on board, Easy Bios Interface, Dual Bios, Lots of features for a mid $100 board.
Cons: Died after 1 year, SATA & USB 3.0 connectors were flimsy and wiggled, Power LED was either backwards on the board or the manual was wrong.
Other Thoughts: No OC or anything extra ordinary. All vanilla. Died right before I was going to play a long night of SWTOR with the Guild and take on the Nightmare Mode Stuff. Very disappointing.
MSI Forum was very helpful. Tried anything and everything to fix it. Inspectd every inch for damage...founf none.
Bought a new motherboard b/c I didn't want to wait the month or so for a fixed/new one under warranty. That one is working fine.
I posted praises about a month after I bought this one so this is not just negative bash post. I post either way. Should not die after a year though. Still under warranty so we'll see how MSI handles it.
Still like MSI and have had great success with other boards I have bought from them. When/if I get this one back, I'll use it as a spare or for a new build.
Pros: Fast, Unlocked Multiplier, Everything loads much faster. Especially games. Combo'd with an Nvidia Graphics Card which seem to be a good combo.
Other Thoughts: The idle temps on the stock cooler were 41-44 degrees C. This seemed a little high but figured out it's not. I bought an aftermarket cooler and they dropped to 37-38. Core #2 runs the hottest. Running Prime95 for about 15 minutes and temps never got above 55 degrees C. No overclock. I plan on over clocking when it needs more speed. Right now it doesn't. Plenty fast for gaming and everyday use.READ FULL REVIEW
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