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Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina 5g Thermal Adhesive Set AATA-5G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Super Strong 03/14/2013

This review is from: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina 5g Thermal Adhesive Set AATA-5G

Pros: This thing will definitely, without any problem, hold any heatsink down permanently. I know first hand.

Cons: The only con is on my end. I accedentally used this as a thermal paste for my cpu heatsink... DO NOT do that, it's a terrible idea. Unless you want it that way.

THIS IS NOT A THERMAL GREASE!!!!! I'm just nuts.

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MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had to board for 11 months now and I can say that the BIOS is nice to work with. It's not the greatest, but it gets the job done. I was running an o.c. at 4.7GHz at a steady 40 degrees celcius; not using the O.C Genie.

The board itself ran nice a cool and it looks great.

The thing ran smooth out of the box up until one day.

Cons: It died 11 months in. I went to power on one day and it didn't post and just reboot itself, over and over again.

At first I thought it was my PSU, that's a common symptom of a bad capacitor. So I took the same type of PSU out of a working computer and hooked it up. Still same issue.

After taking the PSU out of the equation I then decided to test the memory in each DIMM slot. Problem still persisted.

I then resorted to removing the board with CPU, heatsink and memory out of the case and try to boot then. And the issue still continued.

I'm upset that I'll be without a computer for the next couple weeks. I'll have to start the RMA process and hope for the best. If it's smooth and all goes well, I'll be a very satisfied customer.

Other Thoughts: I was thinking about purchasing the MSi N660Ti Graphics card. I can only hope that it's not a defect like this board. I was really starting to like MSi.

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MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Its nice uefi features are nice to work with, as well as the over clocking is a breeze.

Cons: Well, I only have one con: Infinite boot looping about 11 months into performing.

Just today I went to power on my PC and noticed it powering down and restarting endlessly until I manually shut it down.

At first I thought it was the power supply unit, as this can e a common symptom of a faulty unit.

I grabbed another working psu out from another build to test. Same issue.

Figured the ram could be bad, so I booted up with each ram stick in each DIMM socket. Still, same issue.

Perhaps the CPU and Cooler is not properly seated. Inspected the heat sink and cooler, everything was sitting flush and tight.

I continued to figure it was my PSU and un plugged all optional components. I even reset the CMOS.
-To no prevail, same issue.

After researching this issue and this motherboard I've noticed other people having the same issues. Some even with BIOS update problems.

And this begins my RMA/Warranty process as I've only had this board running for less than one year. I REALLY hope I do not run into any problems during this process, as I will NEVER purchase another MSi product again.

Other Thoughts: I was actually considering purchasing the MSi N660ti Graphics card. But we'll see how this process goes first.

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Date Joined: 02/19/08

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