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MSI A88XM-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Supports G.skill 2400 DDR (N82E16820231666) (for a single stick anyways) at 2400 spd. using the XMP settings in the Bios
Superior bios, you can even drop and drag drive icons to set the boot order.
Only needs a 4 pin MB connector from the power supply.

Designed for "mom" systems with simple sound, fewer USB3, and only 6 SATA6 port. <grin>

Pair it up with a fast A6-5400k and DDR3 2400 for a cheap effective windows 7 system upgrade for those old XP boxes that don't need to be XP.

Cons: Bought 3 of these, 1 had physical damage to the board (still in box, no shipping damage, this was original vendor issue). The damaged one would boot, but had no ethernet and wouldn't support the DDR2400 stick.

I need to RMA that board, but would have no issue with a good replacement.

Other Thoughts: The MSI E35 micro atx has 1 PCI-e 16x, 6 SATA6 ports, 2 USB3 ports
(and a header) and stereo sound.

The MSI E45 micro atx variant has 2 PCI-e 16x, 8 SATA ports and 4 USB3 ports + header for a reasonable amount more.

If you're on a dime or building for mom, the E35 is fine. For yourself or with any kind of upgrade plans, get the E45 variant.

I wouldn't run this without an SSD, even for mom. Buy a new 120GB ssd and reuse her old hard drive for extra space and someplace for backups of the ssd.

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GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: USB3, sata3 2 PCIe V2 x16 physical slots

running solid with Windows 7 PRo x64

decent price

Cons: the second PCIe slot only has 4x electrical, so you're only gonna get 2GB/s on the second card in a crossfire setup.

Won't be an issue for most people, as this a value board

Other Thoughts: works with Opensuse 11.3.

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Display Name: Daniel L.

Date Joined: 02/15/01

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 08/16/10
  • Last Review: 04/03/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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