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Convenient New Anti-Static Anti-Skid Gloves ESD PC Computer Working White
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Pros: Antistatic with small dots...

Cons: Very uncomfortable and poorly designed. I guess you get what you pay for. I won't even use them...

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MSI MSI Gaming H170 Gaming M3 LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Apart from many features which are quite comparable with other new Gen6 chipset motherboards, here's what I found outstanding with this mobo...

HARDWARE
- Future proof as it some of the latest features and an optional Turbo U.2 header.
- M.2 PCIe at 10Gbps which allows Gen3 Turbo M.2 (up to a ridiculous 32Gbps, if you have such SSD going that far...), or SATA 3.0 (up to 6Gbps, but if you use that M.2 port you don't want this "backward compatibility"), and is compatible with Turbo U.2 headers for future SAS SSD up to 32Gbps.
- Has strengthened PCI Express slots for those huge and heavy Graphics cards out there, with reinforced heavy soldered connections
- Although not listed in MSI's memory compatibility list, the ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2x4GB) Model AX4U2133W4G13-DRZ works splendidly well with this motherboard.
- Has a brand new UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10
- Cool looks...

SOFTWARE
- Offers CPU-Z with a nice customized GUI
- Unlimited RAMDisk app for free (Fatster disk access at the speed of RAM memory - count in nanoseconds instead of milseconds)
- Gaming Hotkey app allows you to customize any key on your keyboard (up to 8 steps macro programming)

Cons: 1- Not really a con, but after doing some tests with USB... Don't get confused like me: this motherboard actually offers USB 3.0, not the newest USB 3.1. In fact, The USB-IF organization announced that USB 3.0 connectors capable of 5Gbps (SuperSpeed) would now be classified as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (this mobo). While the new USB 3.1 connectors, capable of 10Gbps (SuperSpeed+) would now be classified as USB 3.1 Gen 2.

2- Only one USB 2.0 header! Hence, 2x USB 3.0 headers (or another which is 3.0) would have been nice for those front panel expansions e.g. multi-card readers, unless you sacrifice your chassis front panel USB ports - many devices don't require USB 3.0 speed. I've removed one egg because of this, although it's a personal issue and I knew about it before hand (I already have a PCIe x1 card with a USB 3.0 19 pins header thus it's not such of an issue, but it occupies one PCIe slot).

Other Thoughts: Simply put, USB 3.1 Gen1 is USB 3.0 plus all of the changes that have been made to USB 3.0 over the years. According to the USB-IF's documents, these changes include "added performance boosts to meet requirements for USB storage, display and docking applications," as well as USB 3.0 Engineering Change Notices (ECNs)

Overall, a great motherboard at the correct price point.

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Pros: Slick looking, good overall quality

Cons: 1- No DVD/BD slot (read"Other")
2- A bit hard to assemble all the components, but that's normal considering its size and shape. It's not a real "con" just saying for those who find this hard like if it wasn't normal... Design your build and verify if this chassis would accommodate your components before acquiring, that's all.

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy it since this was a gift. On a general note... What leaves me perplexed regarding the new breeds of these so-called "media center HTPC" case since a couple of years, is that most of them which are good looking for the living room don't have a DVD/BD slot ! Like if nobody was watching DVD or BD movies, and I find this ridiculous market-wise. It's like if they were not designing for the user's needs, but instead for the streaming industry interests (else it's not understandable)... Anyways, overall a great looking case (I like it simple).

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