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Pros: I'll start with the good.
Great looking board, the grey is nice and the yellow looks good in person. BTW, the yellow matches Seasonic Gold series PSU's if you are color matching.
Feature rich, USB 3.0, bluetooth, WiFi, 4 pin fan headers, etc.
Good audio. Probably not as good as a sound card but it is plenty for 90% of people.
Was very stable.(while it lasted)
To MSI's credit, the RMA went smoothly.
Cons: Very long story short (character limits) at 5 month in, one or more of the VRM's shorted internally causing smoke/sparks and destroying the MOBO/CPU.
I did asked Intel to check out my CPU to see if it was fried when the MOBO blew, they sent my back a NIB CPU so I can only assume that the MOBO killed my i7 but I cannot confirm that.
I requested an RMA for the MOBO and sent it off, 22 days later(4/30) I got a replacement board back and thing seem to running fine, but it has only been three days.
I can understand a MOBO having problems, including "blowing-up", it happens, but the thing that makes me upset is that the replacement board was a refurbished board and not a brand new one. I am now fully aware that this is MSI's policy but I spent my hard earned money for a brand new board, not a refurbished one. If I had wanted an refurbished board I would have bought a refurb/open-box in the first place.
Refurbished boards were sent back for a reason and even though they tested fine at the factory they could have issues when ran 24/7/365, especially when overclocked which is what this board is made/marketed for.
The reason I am am having issues with this is that the refurbished board I received as a replacement had several problems of its own.
There were several bent pins on the back of the board. They aren't bent enough to cause shorts but they should not be bent in the first place.
The PCB have a significant bend in the back corner where the PS2 port is attached the the PCB. The bow is heavy enough that it is visible from the out side of the case even when mounted to the MOBO trey due to the ports being misaligned, they are still useable but they should line up.
The CPU socket has some sort of glue/corrosion on the mounting bracket that had to have been from the previous owner. Most wiped off, some didn't.
There are finger prints all over this board. They are on the heaksinks, components, on the board, and on the board where the pins are soldered. I cleaned off the ones on the heatsinks but I really cannot do anything about the ones on sensitive parts due to static. These print have to be from the the previous owner/MSI techs, either way they show poor handling of the board.
Now everytime I look into my case at my used board I'll get to look at all of the greasy finger prints that I cannot remove and then I'll get to think about all the back of board that I cannot do anything about.
I feel cheated by MSI, I had a motherboard that I payed full retail price for that had a obvious defect that was clearly a manufactures quality issue. After sending it back, on my dime, it was replaced with a board that works(for now)but shows clear signs of abuse/neglect. Pins and PCB's don't bend themselves and finger prints on sensitive components don't appear by themselves.
I guess there isn't much that can be done now but it still makes me mad.
Other Thoughts: I have had good luck with MSI's in the past and wanted to use them in my new build but I didn't know that MSI's policy was to replace obviously defective parts with used ones.
Had I known that before I bought this board I probably would have gone with a different brand.
Pros: High power.
Comes lots of cables.
Legendary Seasonic quality.
Did I mention it is fully modular?
Cons: The cables might be a little short of you are using a full tower and hiding cables behind the MOBO trey.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Good looking case, stylish without being tacky.
Lots of room for fans, can support 10 total. Can also support 240mm radiators for you liquid cooling fans.
Pretty big for a mid tower.
Has room behind the motherboard tray for cable management.
Good overall build quality.
Cons: Side panels are a little flimsy but too bad.
The case could be just a bit wider to give more room for hiding cables.