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Pros: This is a nice budget motherboard that will satisfy the needs of most users.
Cons: My board will not reliably initialize the PS/2 keyboard. It seems to do so only when a USB keyboard is also connected, which kinda defeats the purpose. I contacted MSI tech support who offered very little in the way of support. They told me to flash the BIOS to the newest version but every time I try to do that, the system locks up.
The lack of an IEEE1394 is also a con.
Other Thoughts: I haven't had any stability issues or failure to boot. Mainly I'm disappointed that my PS/2 keyboard won't work as expected and that MSI wasn't able to help me fix it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: My Core i7 920-based system would reliably freeze when rendering video. Core temps climbed to >85 degrees. My system would freeze every. Single. Time. I rendered videos.
I put in the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and core temps haven't gotten above 58 degrees, and the system no longer freezes. With the $10 rebate, this was a very inexpensive solution to a problem that had been plaguing me for years. With a ~30 degree temperature reduction I feel a lot better about stressing my system.
As an added bonus, the Cooler Master is significantly quieter than the stock Intel heatsink.
Cons: As others have stated, the installation instructions are lacking. Take your time, think things through, and test fit everything first and you'll figure it out.
Even after installing the heatsink, it can still rotate (a few degrees) on the surface of the CPU, which bothers me somewhat, but I can't argue with the results.
Also as others have stated, this heatsink is quite large. If you're not using a full-size case, it's not likely to fit in your computer.
Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed that the stock Intel cooler wasn't sufficient to use my processor within its design limits. It took me quite a while to think through my problem and decide to replace the stock cooler in order to fix my problem with Windows freezing on me.READ FULL REVIEW