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Pros: Low price
Very fast boot, application, and file loading times
Reliable—although I haven’t yet installed the drive I’m reviewing I own 2 others, a 120GB (Apr 2015), and a 240GB (Mar 2015) and have not experienced a single problem with either.
Other Thoughts: Far and away the main reason I buy SSD’s is for faster boot and load times. From my experience with these drives I’d rate them way above average in meeting that criteria.
I don’t do much in the way of large file transfers, so I don’t have anything to report one way or the other in that regard. Do your research if that’s a high priority for you. Write times are also important but as long as they write faster than platter drives I’m happy—pass.
Pros: This is the very capable Kaveri chip without the graphics.
Uses FM2 board, a big plus for me. My biggest complaint about the otherwise very capable FX chips is that it's much harder to find a good AM3 board at a decent price, especially micro atx.
Better core-for-core (single core) performance than FX which is important for many applications.
For what it's worth it benchmarks higher than Haswell i3's on Passmark. Check it out.
If you plan to use a discrete card anyway this is an unbeatable bargain.
Other Thoughts: I can almost guarantee that most, if not all, of those complaining that their processor was "DOA" did not have a graphics card installed. From my experience from almost 200 builds over the years is that CPU's are almost never DOA. I might have had one but if so it was a very long time ago because I can't remember a single instance. Again, this is the Kaveri chip without the built in graphics.
Although the 2 systems I built using this chip were a mix of NewEgg and a local retailer components both of the CPU's were bought at the local retailer with a promo code deal. I just felt I need to respond to the DOA complaints. There might have been one or 2 (although unlikely) but no could there have as many as reported.
Pros: Disclaimer: I rarely overclock and didn’t try with any of the 8 systems I built using this board even though there are some tweak options in the bios. If you are an enthusiast you’d probably be looking at boards that cost more than $60.
This one has 4-pin CPU power connector and only one PCI Exp slot.
With that out of the way I will say that based on my experience this is one of the best boards in its price range I’ve ever used and that covers a lot of boards. It’s a micro ATX but manages to fit in 4 memory slots, VGA, DVI, and HDMI connectors, 4 SATA 6Gbs, 2 SATA 3GBs, and a header to plug in your front USB 3.0 cable. There are also 2 rear USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0
Give me those features and a solid board that keeps running month after month without a hiccup and I’m happy. My first build with it was in Dec 2014 and the last in May of this year. I’ve not had or heard of a single problem related to any of those builds, unless you call having to flash the BIOs on the first build to make the Pent G3258 work, which was pretty painless. I just bought 2 more today (Black Friday) for $59.99 before $25 MIR—one for me and one for a friend.
Cons: none (I will never list a con for something that is made clear in the description/secs)
Other Thoughts: Specs for the system I’m sitting at while writing this review are:
8GB (2 x 4) Team Zeus 1600 Mhz
Asus B85M-G R2.0
240GB OCZ Arc 100 SSD
ITB WD Black
550W Antec TruePower Classic 80 Plus Gold Modular
GeForce GTX 750 1GB GDDR5
Corsair Spec-02 Case
The others are G3258 (2), i3-4150, i5-4460, i5-4590, i5-4690, and another i3-4360 besides the one I’m using now. I’ve also used 6 different brands of SSD’s. This board is happy with all of them.
I’m glad I don’t base my purchases strictly on reviews, especially when it comes to motherboards, or I would have missed out on some really good buys. Not that I don’t consider reviews, they can often be helpful, but I think motherboards get blamed for a lot of problems that aren’t their fault; and I don’t mean just the user. It can often be because of another component, having too much stuff connected during initial install, etc, etc.
Notice that you don’t see many boards with a 5-star rating but more than 90% of CPU’s get 5 stars. The motherboard has tough job for such a relatively inexpensive component.
I like this board!