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Pros: -TwinFrozr cooler is very good at what it does. 100mm axial fans and the aluminum fin stack with 4 heatpipes keeps things cool; haven't gone above 60 C
-Very quiet. Fans run about about 50% speed during gaming and during normal use, about 34% speed, at which point it's virtually silent
-Decent factory core speed overclock
-Baseplate which will hopefully keep it straight for a bit longer (mostly, it is a heavy card after all)
-For those not inclined to manually overclock, MSI Gaming app offers easy one-click core speed overclocking and adjusts the fan profile accordingly
Cons: -Doesn't have a backplate (pretty much not necessary except for looks on this card)
-PCB is brown for whatever reason, guess MSI thought it was close enough to black
-Buzzing sound present when in-game (though it's only audible if you put your ear directly next to the card)
Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to get working codes, so I actually got Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist with the card, making it an even better value.
Also note that the heatpipe finstack has the fins positioned horizontally instead of vertically like most other aftermarket coolers. This makes far more sense (to me at least) than vertical fins because the back of the bracket has vent holes. Due to the axial fan design, heat will always exhaust into your case, but the proportion that does is important. If the finstack is vertical (air moves up and down), ALL of the heat is thrown into the case, rendering the vent holes in the rear bracket essentially useless. If the finstack is horizontal (air moves left and right) at least SOME proportion of air has a CHANCE to go through the vent holes in the rear bracket which means there's that much LESS hot air your case has to deal with. Just my two cents on how airflow works with this cooler, so know that it may not be the correct interpretation
This review is from: MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -blue and black, the color scheme I like best
-Z87 chipset means all SATA III ports so it'll be speedy regardless of which port I plug into
-Plenty of PCIE for graphics cards and peripherals
-4 USB 3.0 ports in the back and one header onboard for 2 more
-UEFI BIOS doesn't look bad, not the best layout, but preferable to the BIOS of the past
-Can easily tweak (if you look for them, not easy to find, not hard to find) processor and RAM clocks and timings
Cons: -Wish there was even more onboard USB 3.0 but realistically, I've got 6 of those ports now so I'm not exactly lacking
-Wish 8-pin CPU power was closer to the edge of the board
Other Thoughts: SOMEBODY mentioned that this shouldn't be a board for anyone wanting to overclock and I will agree with them in terms of using OC Genie because it won't even get close to a decent overclock. But for those looking to manually overclock anyway and skip the genie, this board is fantastic on a budget. My Core i5-4670k is running at 4.5 GHz just fine because I set them myself and tested. Don't fear that those settings are "locked out" or anything like thatREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Does what an optical drive should at a good price.
Other Thoughts: Optical drives are rarely necessary anymore, but I got this for those rare times I need one and from what I've seen so far, it's simply a solid choice for an optical disk driveREAD FULL REVIEW