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Pros: -Aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
-Plays/burns all media specified.
-No failures yet.
-Loads quickly (for blu-ray).
-OEM drives are nice because there's no instructions, boxes, cables etc to mess with during builds.
Cons: -Firmware Updates are cumbersome.
Other Thoughts: -As others have stated, no software is included with this drive. I use Cyberlink Power DVD 13 with great success. When Newegg has sales on this drive, it's a bargain!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Runs 1866 without issue.
Other Thoughts: This ram was low profile enough to allow the use of a Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler without issue (on an ASUS M5A99X EVO board).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -UEFI Bios
-North and South bridge heat sinks. It amazes me manufacturers in this price area negate installing these.
-Price to performance/feature ratio.
Cons: -It's a personal preference, but I didn't like the card slot locking mechanisms. Felt cheap, but they worked.
-No USB 3 front panel header. It surprises me to see a 970 series chipset boards missing something like this. Considering most mid to high range cases now include USB front panels.
-This is not product specific, but I don't like doing builds where the motherboard only uses 6 mounting locations. It makes plugging in the board power connector precarious and causes unavoidable flexing in the pcb.
-RAM location could cause problems mounting aftermarket CPU cooler.
Other Thoughts: Overall a good mid range board. I wouldn't expect to get much for overclocking FX processors (very power demanding) and wouldn't recommend so anyway without a 990 chipset.READ FULL REVIEW