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Pros: I needed a budget Micro ATX AM3+ motherboard for my AMD FX-8350 and this was perfect. I'm a casual gamer, so I did not need anything enthusiast-level. My main components with this motherboard include: AMD FX-8350, MSI AMD Radeon 7790, one Crucial SSD (with AHCI enabled), and one Samsung HDD. I'm also running on Windows 8.1. I have had no problems with the software or hardware and everything seems to place nicely together. The BIOS is well-designed and has fairly advanced options; the main ones I tinkered with were to enable AHCI, adjust fan control, and adjust CPU power save. For those who will not be using a separate or third-party audio device, the onboard one is adequate. You don't get an equalizer like you do for Realtek devices, but the audio quality is good and handles various combinations of audio peripherals pretty well.
- good compatibility
- good BIOS
- adequate audio device & driver
Cons: I must say that you should only install the basic software needed to operate the motherboard: BIOS, audio, and LAN. I encountered boot problems when using the overclock software and their other installable "feature" applications are known to misbehave. Of course, always download the latest drivers from the manufacturer website.
- poor management and overclock software
Satin finish on body
Cons: Somewhat inconsistent clickiness
Other Thoughts: I purchased this item because I wanted to try out a mechanical keyboard for the first time instead of the standard rubber membrane ones. I. Have. No. Regrets. I have used this item for five months now and am extremely satisfied with my purchase. The keys are very clicky and my fingers are spoiled with this improved typing experience - I make less errors and my WPM has increase by a small amount. The weight of the keyboard keeps it from getting dragged or moved around, which is something I really like. If I were to be picky, I'd say the only problem with this keyboard is that the level of "clickiness" is not consistent across every key. One or two of my keys barely click at all, but I don't mind. A word of warning: reconsider purchasing this item if you live closely with someone because this keyboard is pretty loud. Overall, I feel this is an excellent and affordable entry-level mechanical keyboard. Never had one? Buy this and upgrade if desired.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had this fan in my main gaming desktop for a little over a year and it works pretty well. As advertised, the case fan is practically silent - even at higher RPM. It has produces decent airflow, so I'm confident my computer is kept cool. The low cost of this fan is the cherry on top.
- practically silent
- decent airflow
- low cost
Cons: To reiterate, this case fan produces only decent airflow. If you're overclocking or your computer is in a very warm or hot environment, you may need to consider a more powerful case fan. For the price and noise level, the compromise is in the airflow.
- decent airflow