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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs value/budget board 02/18/2014

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Bought on promo (62-10 mir) free shipping. Running with FX-4150 95W oem picked up on promo elsewhere for 70 shipped. Added twenty dollar Zalman optima fan for a nice budget build.
It also has USB3 header.

Cons: No VRM heatsink. The G46 version (more money) does have heatsink. 4+ 1 phase not suitable for serious overclocking. System 2 fan works but doesn't report rpm. I found online that is how it was actually designed- cost cutting?

Other Thoughts: FX-4150 overclocked 4.368GHz at default voltage (21 x 208). Could clock higher with more voltage but this is top at default. Cool n quiet enabled by "Eco" bios mode keeps the electric bills down. I ran prime 95 overnight (7+ hrs) a few times to verify rock stable system. Also ran 3D vantage several times in a row.

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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: PRICE/PERFORMANCE ratio. I'm running this on a 95W AMD FX-4150 cpu. Overclocked to 4.368GHz on default voltage and its still cool. It comes with zalman thermal paste but I used Arctic MX-2 since it scores better in reviews.

Cons: Large unit, could no longer use my side intake fan. Must mount back plate to motherboard (instructions were ok)..

Other Thoughts: My fan runs at 1810 rpm, set to under 1500 and its very quiet.
Could mount 2nd fan for push/pull for a 2C temp drop. The way my rear exhaust fan lines up with this heatsink, I feel no need for the 2nd fan.

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Crucial Ballistix Tactical 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT4G3D1608ET3LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was looking for cas8 memory, 1.35v and these fit the bill. I bought 2 singles since it was cheaper than dual kit. Heat spreader plus low 1.35v = less heat. Good reviews here and elsewhere. My current system is mid-tower atx but next system may be micro/slim and these would be good for that. I like the look of them.

Cons: A 1.35v 1866MHz would be nice.

Other Thoughts: Overclocked to 1664MHzon amd system with all default timings. Prime 95 stable overnight (7+ hrs) several times.

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Display Name: Matthew B.

Date Joined: 10/04/06

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  • First Review: 01/22/14
  • Last Review: 02/18/14
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