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Pros: Moves alot of air.
LED's are a true red.
Start at 5v every time!
Cons: Not well balanced, do vibrate just enough to make them audible even at 5v.
Other Thoughts: I now have 4 of these installed, and all of them share the same deficiency as well as pluses. These are the loudest fans in my case, not annoyingly so, just NOT silent. I replaced the stock case fans with these because the stock fans didn't always start at 5v, these do. Overall satisfied, would have given 5 stars if they were silent/balanced!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy set up.
Automatically recognized there was a video card installed. It turned off IGD and enabled PEG all on it's own.
So far, rock solid and stable!!!
Quality on board audio solution. It does lack controls for sound preference, ie; eq, bass, treble, etc. Fortunately, it sounds good the way it is set. But for a touted feature, this solution is woefully restrictive!
2 Bios with several profile save slots.
Power, reset, and clear cmos buttons easily accessible on the board.
Includes 6 ninety degree sata cables, very nice.
Fairly easy to navigate bios with a ton of options. The options are explained in both the bios and the included user guide.
Heat pipe solution keeps this board running cool.
Cons: Does not auto set itself for performance settings on the ram. You must go into the BIOS and enable XMP for the board to recognize memory timings above 1333.
Other Thoughts: Board looks good with it's red and black motif.
I am not really a fan of killer nic, but it is working well. Be aware, until you install the drivers, you will not have a network connection. Windows does not have the appropriate driver built in (the cd did, at least for windows 7 64bit).
Make sure you install all of the drivers, including the two intel and both audio drivers as they are needed. I also find the MSI command center to be very useful. It allows you to monitor temps, adjust fan speeds, and overclock from the comfort of Windows. It contains a nice hardware monitoring suite. I did not install any of the other optional software, so I can not comment on the rest of it.
Includes two USB 2.0 gaming ports which support higher than normal polling rates (500 to 1000hz vs the standard 125hz).
This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Quiet fan.
Fits low profile cases.
Ram clearance is sufficient to clear Ripjaw series x ram.
Cons: Heat pipes are not flush with the base of the cooler. This requires the use of more thermal paste than a typical cooler. Thermal paste is not as good a heat conductor as direct contact limiting the performance of this cooler.
Other Thoughts: I used this in a low profile build for my son. I later moved his system into a larger case as the thermals were just too much for the small case. We are now running identical systems, but I am using the Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler and my system is running 8c cooler. I know....low profile vs, however, if you look at the fin array, the surface area is very similar, and the fans are the same. It really comes down to the base of the coolers, the 524 is a flat base, this one is not!READ FULL REVIEW