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Pros: -Runs Crysis 3 at 1080p on high 50-60fps
-Runs Skyrim 4k Textures, Sharpshooters ENB 45-60fps
-Silent at idle
-Unbelievably cool; 40-60C while gaming
Cons: -Coil whine, noticeable even through case
-Fans randomly spin up and down (though not frequently)
-Can't seem to get any decent stable overclock (although I have little experience)
Other Thoughts: The pros outweigh the cons! Planning to add a second in SLI, giving above-780 performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Extremely good construction, feels sturdy and thick, yet still flexable
-Carries a 1Gbps connection without any problem
-The best part? $10! This is an absolute steal. How can a company afford to make such high quality products and charge so little for them?
Other Thoughts: Using this to wire my PC downstairs to my main router, upstairs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I should say I haven't even installed Windows yet, but I just have to post this pre-review because I am so blown away!
-Wasn't DOA (phew!)
-The UEFI BIOS is just incredible! So many features, excellent fan control and overclocking! It's just so beautiful... you have to see it.
-Beautiful aesthetics (with a few caviots, see cons). The board is not just a ROG clone! It is almost all black, with red accents, which in my opinion is very cool.
-PERFECT layout! I can't emphasize this enough. Everything is in the ideal location. Also, the USB 3.0 connector is sideways, which is smart, as you don't have the cable going vertically out of the motherboard. Seriously, perfect layout.
-A great number of features for the price! Honestly, with ASUS, you'd pay an extra $50 just for the name.
Cons: If you have a case without a side window, just ignore these.
-Bright blue LED right on the middle of the motherboard. Why couldn't this just have been red?
-Pink LED under the "AUDIO BOOST" cover. That's what happens when you put a white LED behind clear red plastic. Luckily, you can disable this LED in the BIOS.
-Green LED behind the power button, reset, OC Genie, and POST code readout.
-That's red, black, pink, green, and blue all on the same board. Nothing a little black duct tape can't fix. I just don't understand why MSI wouldn't just make all these red.
Other Thoughts: Paired this with an i7 4770k, in a Corsair 540, powered by a Corsair HX850. I can't wait to finish this build! Still need to add alot though. I plan to add:
-Two MSI 770 4Gb's in SLI
-Corsair Vengeance Pro RAM
-Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb
I plan to run three 1080p monitors in nVidia Surround. Very glad I went with this motherboard, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a premium board for an excellent price!