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Pros: - It is quiet almost too quiet... I feel as if it will sneak up on me and bite my leg. My children fall asleep in the room (previously they kept waking up) because it is so quiet.
- Tons of fan slots and did I mention the USB 3.0 plug on the top.
- Tons of room for the monster CPU cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 612 Ver.2) and still have space. I have enough room to get another 2 more video cards 3 more HDD's and a partridge in a pear tree.
Cons: - I wish the tabs that hold the HDD's were reinforced with aluminum. No big deal, I know that they can become damaged over time.
Other Thoughts: I like the thermaltake brand this will be the replacement to a 8 year case (Thermaltake Tsunami) that finally died due to abuse (dropped too many drinks on top of it) from the kids. I've built a few desktops in my day for different people. I have found that a person typically wants either a flashy loud system which typically makes everyone else in the room hate them or they get the quiet build that librarians approve. This case would be librarian approve for all locations. P.S. I am not a librarian but I know one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: intel uses the LGA, which I enjoy, I am always afraid of binding pins.
Cons: I have no other choice as the makers of AMD have not put out a decent CPU since the FX Bulldozer/Piledriver. I refuse to go back that far in the CPU category. I understand that late in 2016 there might be another AMD CPU but I will just have to wait for now.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - There are tons of USB ports to use, one for just about everything that I have. Since we tend to have a single storage/multipurpose computer for everyone to use, this MOBO answered all the requirements and then some.
- USB 3.0 supported is a must at this point. Make sure if you get a new case that it comes with the USB 3.0 plug (i.e. the 19 pin).
Cons: - I did not like where the PIC E slot were located it really was not a deal breaker. I would have liked to have more space between the CPU cooler and the video card. And yes I know there is a second PCI-E slot but when the video card prevents using the SATA connectors this is why I made this con.
- I also would have preferred to have the SATA connectors facing to the side of the MOBO, not a deal breaker. I believe that next time I will be on the lookout for a different design layout.
Other Thoughts: For the budget, this MOBO is ideal. The Con’s were not terrible so I will not take an egg away for them.
I used this MOBO as a fix to the family/wife’s computer the old one finally died after 8 years of abuse. Paired it with: Intel 4590 and 16 GB of 1866 RAM.