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XFX Radeon R9 380X R9-380X-4255 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support DD XXX OC Video Card
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Pros: Doesn't get too hot and is pretty quiet. It was also a great value, as I snagged it when it was very discounted. Also has an array of output ports.

Cons: A very minor thing, not worth taking off an egg for: the screws for the DVI connector are weird - it was very difficult to screw in the DVI connector and unscrewing it resulted in the screws also coming out. I ended up using the display-port instead (which has a much nicer connector anyway)

Other Thoughts: The power connectors are on the same axis as the PCI-E slot, so if you're concerned about length, this might be a problem.

I'm running this in a Corsair 250D with a Skylake i5 system and an XFX 550W supply.

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Pros: -Semi modular design was pretty good: not too many fixed cables
-Good amount of connectors included in the packaging
-Functioned upon arrival

Cons: -Made a whining sound, not too loud, but loud enough to notice
-Fan was kind of loud relative to the rest of the system
-Tier 4 PSU (a step above a do not use power supply)

Other Thoughts: I ended up returning this supply and going with an XFX TS 550W unit (Tier 2) - it was much quieter and no more whining noise. I lost out on the modular cabling, but nothing that some zip ties and patience couldn't fix. And I gain the piece of mind of having a better PSU overall. If you're going to spend a chunk of change on components, you may as well get a good power supply instead of a mediocre one. EVGA sells some good supplies, but you really want to check the model against well-known power supply lists to verify if it is a good unit.

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Pros: + Wireless card is small and positioned near the backplate, keeping it out of the way of the heatsink
+ Wireless antenna has a magnetic base, which lets you stick it to the side of a case
+ Wireless card has been working flawlessly
+ 6 SATA ports (however, one or two are unusable if you choose to use an M2 drive) - the 6x SATA ports was one of the main reasons I chose this board over another H170 mITX board
+ M.2 slot on the backside of the board (though, some HSF backplates may interfere with its use)
+ The area around the CPU doesn't interfere with HSF installation
+ Motherboard software is pretty good - the System Information Viewer in AppCenter allows setting of fan speeds, temperature monitoring, voltage monitoring, and other general stuff.
+EFI works fine and boots quickly with an SSD.

Cons: - SYSFan connector is not PWM (see the manual, speed control is not on the 4th pin).
- Only one system fan header (not really a big deal, considering it's an mITX board)
- Fan speed options are extremely limited in the BIOS.
- USB 3.0 header is right in the middle of the board, which is pretty annoying considering the stiffness of internal USB 3.0 cables and general cable routing
- Tautological manual (eg: The X setting turns on or off X) - but this is a general complaint about motherboard manuals. I wish they would include more information about what some cryptic settings do
- Enabling "Platform Power Management" in the BIOS resulted in random freezing within Windows (no blue screens) the first few days. Since disabling it, I have had no issues. I also replaced the PSU and saw the same issue.
- I wish AppCenter would fully minimize to the notifications area instead of being able to always see it in my Alt-Tab menu in Windows.

Other Thoughts: To get around the single system fan header issue, I had purchased a Silverstone 8-port PWM hub. It had the dual benefit of allowing me to just use the CPU-Fan header for fans I wanted using PWM.

Not sure if it's a pro or con, but the rear speaker output is really loud. I had to lower the levels to make sound usable (In Windows 10 --> Sound --> Playback Devices --> Properties --> Levels, lowered the "Front" level)

Build:
Corsair 250D
Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI
Intel i5-6500 (Skylake)
Cryorig C7
Silverstone CPF04 PWM hub
XFX R9 380X
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, Intel 520 120GB SSD, WD Blue 1TB, WD Green 500GB
Lite-on IHAS-124
XFX TS 550W power supply

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Display Name: James B.

Date Joined: 06/18/06

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