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MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Inspect BEFORE installing>>> 09/04/2014

This review is from: MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice combination of features, price, design , and warranty.
Have built two machines with this board this year, and am currently spec-ing out a third. Have not had problems other than notes in CONS below and other thoughts.

Cons: Inspected both boards upon arrival before installing. Was disappointed to find that some screws holding the chipset heatsinks were loose, as were a couple screws holding the CPU backplates; Tightened before installing, with no problems, although this could have resulted in overheating chipsets or CPU's.

Other Thoughts: The loose screws must be a quality control issue, since I have a hard time believing these worked loose during transport. For owners who did not inspect or notice this potential problem, this could be tough to diagnose once installed, so ALL BUYERS CHECK HEATSINKS BEFORE INSTALLING, (gently grab heatsink and check for movement, but I suggest checking screws regardless) and don't over-torque when tightening.

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ASUS D550MA-DS01 Intel Baytrail-M N2815 (1.86GHz) Turbo 2.13GHz 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Disclaimer: I do NOT own this laptop; however...
Good features for short money - HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, webcam and optical drive included; also 1 year damage protection and 3 GB asus online storage are nice extras, especially at this price point

Cons: Only 2 total USB ports, so careful not to break'em!
Look at photo of underside - there are no easy access panels for RAM or Hard drive; The chassis must be disassembled to upgrade or replace memory and hard drive, and this VOIDS THE ASUS WARRANTY! - YES - I confirmed this online and on the phone with ASUS support

Other Thoughts: If you were thinking of supercharging this with a memory and Solid State drive upgrade, you might want to wait until the warranty period has expired. Various Asus and other brands are handcuffed by this problem ( model specific). If you're shopping at a retail brick and mortar, you can look at the bottom, but Newegg is one of the only sites i know of with such thorough Photos you can peruse ahead of purchase. Good luck

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MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great feature set, Nice board 03/27/2013

This review is from: MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Rare to find a mobo with such consistently good user reviews, I agree. Install was flawless, new build w/ Win7 64 and A10-5800K APU. All the ports and slots the average user needs; solid caps; Did not Add dedicated graphics card for this build, but very happy with results

Cons: none at this time. Build completed just over a month ago, so hope i'm not jumping the gun with a five egger, but confident in MSI's 3 yr warranty.

Other Thoughts: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Intel 330 Series SSDSC2CT180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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Date Joined: 12/04/03

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