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Pros: I'm amending my previous review of this chip. As I mentioned before I was impressed with its performance compared to my Phenom 2 965be. I still have not added my GTX 660 to this build as I wanted to try the integrated graphics this offers. With an old Glacier cooler with dual 92mm fans locked at 1350rpm I was able to run Assassin's Creed 4 on Normal settings around 32fps constant and the game was completely playable with no lag spikes with poor performance drives. After playing for 2 hours straight I closed it down and verified my chip temps with MSI commander I had running in the background and it only peaked at 109f and within 3 mins of dropping idle it was back at 86f.
My opinion is AMD has something pretty good here to be able to run such a demanding game with near the same performance of my main rig running a GTX660.
8gig G-Skill Ares DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24
old 80gig Seagate 5400rpm 8m cache 2.5" drive for O/S
320gig Western Digital 5400rpm AV 2.5" drive
Lenovo 17" monitor 1366x768 res
Corsair CS650M semi-modular power supply
Cooler Master N200 case
Cons: AMD chips can't do Physx other than that none at all anymoreREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Corsair is a big name and known for their memory which made them famous. I've only been able to run 2 of these 4 sticks from day 1. Those 2 sticks run great with no issues nice and fast like they are supposed to.
Cons: 2 doa sticks. I had all 4 of these in a AMD sabertooth board and continously bsod'd. The sabertooth would never detect the ram correct and I spent hours googling all the needed memory timings to manually set them up. Even after that I still had bsod's. Now it was single stick time and hours of memtest86 and prime 95. Turns out 2 of the 4 sticks were doa. The bad part was this pc was needed and I couldn't have any downtime so all this testing hurt and now I'm down 8g of ram. I shelfed the 2 bad sticks and turned a sad eye evertime I looked at them as I didn't have any spare ram to swap out for an RMA until recently. So finally after nearly 2 years I'll be sending all 4 sticks back for an RMA and hope I don't get 2 more bad sticks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've owned a few MSI boards in the very distant past. Well it's been way over 10 years. I've been running Asus boards since then I just switched for the features on the price at the time no other real reason. I'm impressed with the features they've added to this board and for the price. This is a stepping stone upgrade for me as I'm jumping the AMD ship and saving up for an intel gaming rig I just need something portable until then and this was the way to go. I paired this with an a8-5600k and 8g of g-skill ares ddr3 1600. I plugged everything in and powered it on and it just worked. The bios is ok'ish kinda mediocre from being used to the UEFI bios on a Asus sabertooth. It is still manageble just a very odd setup. It does have alot of options but also alot of limitations for extreme overclocking it tends to favor the auto overclock genie more. I do like the xmp memory support my g-skill timings were all kinds of messed up until I found that option and turned it on. After that my ram lit up and took off like it was supposed to. There were a few reports of not detecting the a8 chips but mine was fine out of the box flashed with v30.2 bios. I haven't tried a dedicated vid card yet but I will be dropping my Gtx660 in there soon. It does have 2 4pin fan headers 1 cpu and 1 sysfan and a 3rd 3pin sys fan header.
Cons: none I can think ofREAD FULL REVIEW