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5 out of 5 eggs Has been working well for a year 10/22/2016

This review is from: MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition AM3+ AMD 970 & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Fits my PC's color scheme
-Isolated audio (No buzzing noise when no sound is playing)
-Plenty of expansion slots
-USB 3.1
-Good selection of I/O ports

Cons: -The NB runs a little warm, but not burning hot
-Not a good CPU overclocker

Other Thoughts: If you have seen the other reviews for this, you would quickly come to the conclusion that these like to blow up. For me I have had no such issue with my FX-8350 (non-over clocked) and RX 480. I bought this board in late summer of 2015 and is still going strong with no issues. After reading other reviews apparently I got a silicon lottery of this motherboard, and hope it stays that way. Based on my experience I would recommend this board for someone who does not intend to overclock the CPU. All GPU's I have had in this board, a Powercolor R9 380x Myst Edition and now a reference RX 480, have been overclocked and have caused no issues at all for me. If you get this board I would highly recommend using the bios "M-Flash" feature and update the bios to the most recent version, I think that's why so many people say these are blowing up... or using a AM3+ CPU that draws to much power for this board like an FX-9xxx. I have had good experience with this board and would recommend, the PC its in runs over 100+ hours every week and has been doing so for the past year without any issues.

My PC:
MSI 970A Kriat Edition Motherboard
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz
Radeon RX 480 8GB @1350 MHz
Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212
Kingston HyperX 1866MHz 16GB (4GBx4)
XFX Pro 550W PSU 80+ Bronze
WD 1TB Green HDD
Silicon Power 960GB SSD (Windows 10 installed)
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition


Pros: -I am able to play all games maxed out at over 60fps without any issues at 1080p, even with lots of mods
-Brought new life to my older FX-8350 system
-Pretty quiet with a little tweaking from the fan profiles
-Low power consumption, especially after undervolting
-Fits in my case with lots of room to spare
-Attractive design for a reference card
-Passed the Steam VR Ready test without ever having a single frame below 90fps

Cons: -Not a great overclocker, knew that when I bought it so not gonna take an egg off

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this card for anyone on a budget but still wants to max out there games and not have to worry about there FPS being low. I was worried the fan was gonna be super loud and I like a silent PC, but with a little tweaking with the fan profiles it is barely audible under load while playing games which made me very happy. I would definitely buy this card again.


Pros: Factory overclocked to 1020MHz, has head room to be pushed much further
4GB of GDDR5 that loves to overclock
Only takes 190w to power (two 6-pin)
Very quiet even under a heavy load for long periods of time
Cool temps, 33c at idle and around 65c under load
Has backplate
Attractive styling to mach its performance

Cons: Very large card, was not an issue for me because I have a full tower but if you have a smaller case make sure you have the room

Other Thoughts: Very happy with this card, and was only $200 dollars and worth every penny. Would recommend for anyone doing 1080p gaming or even 1440p in some games. I can run games like Far Cry 4, Forza Motorsport Apex, Skyrim, GTA V and so on all at high/ultra settings at 1080p, would highly recommend for a budget gamer!


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Date Joined: 04/04/14

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