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This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: this is a decent Mini ITX board. I was surprised about the features that came with it, USB3.0, SATAIII, etc. I picked this up on a combo offer with an AMD APU. Couldn't pass on the price.
Cons: This isn't a board for PC gaming enthusiasts. This board is great for someone building a casual PC that uses little power and will keep your computer experience relatively current with the times. Don't expect to overclock your processor or RAM and get great performance.
Other Thoughts: This board was perfect for my mother's casual PC. She had an old clunker PC that barely ran, so I surprised her with a nice quad core AMD APU and 8GB of DDR3 memory. This was a huge upgrade for an older person who doesn't play the latest and greatest blockbuster gaming titles. With an SSD, her system boots up in under 10 seconds and she has instant access to the internet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: pretty good price on the combo package with Kaveri processor and micro ATX board. Looks nice.
Cons: Cable management was a pain. I had a hard time installing the disk drives. I made the mistake of not connecting my SSD hard drive under the DVD/RW drive and I had to completely un-mount the DVD/RW so I could get access to the rear of the SSD. Not a big deal, but tiny amount of space. Don't expect to add fans or mod this case, there is literally no room to do much of anything.
Aftermarket heatsinks that are larger than stock AM1 or FM2 heat sinks probably won't fit. The PSU literally sits on top of the processor.
Other Thoughts: This was a good deal for my mother's casual PC because it was on a combo offer. If I was building a media PC for myself, me being the IT and PC gaming enthusiast, I would buy a better case. The combo parts fit (barely), and the case doesn't look to shabby. Overall, it was a great present for my mom.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Low power consumption, low heat, low noise, great performance for a casual PC user, heat sink easily clears most small chassis. My nephew can play minecraft and my mother can play all of her web browser games with ease.
Cons: The heat sink is a little tricky to install. It is cheaply made, so be careful and ensure you know what you are doing before installing.
This processor will not play modern block buster FPS titles on high, you will be lucky to get 30 frames on low.
Other Thoughts: This was an awesome value in a combo purchase for my family. My mother plays facebook games from time to time, and my nephews play minecraft when they visit. The system is small and uses little power and generates no heat! My mother loves her new computer using this chip! Great value if upgrading an older system on a tight budget for casual PC users.READ FULL REVIEW