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Pros: Sorry people about this somewhat off-topic post, but I have nowhere else to turn when asking this question. I l already contacted MSI customer support, but they told me they couldn't answer my question without knowing which bios version is installed on this mobo. My question basically is does the motherboard have ivybridge compatibility out of the box? Did any of you have to flash the bios with a sandbridge before installing your ivybridge CPU? If any of you bought this motherboard within the last 4 months and have successfully installed an ivybridge CPU without any need for bios flashes, please post a review stating that this mobo is ivybridge compatible out of the box. This isn't a request to engage me in conversation. I'm simply asking that you include this detail in your future reviews. Thanks.
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: This processor is lightning fast at stock clocks. To give you an idea, I've had ventrilo, mumble, mozilla with about 5-6 windows open, and a game running without this CPU even breaking a sweat. In the most graphics intensive games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033, this CPu stands out because it will give you that extra 10-15 fps you're missing when running an i3 or E8400. I've had absolutely no issues during the 10 months that I've run this CPU. It runs cool and has a lower TDP (95) than the equivalent Bulldozer competitors. Overall, you can't beat the value of this processor if you can snag it for around $200.
Cons: It does not have not hyper threading. Also, it can run a little hot with the stock cooler (50's Celsius), but it's nothing a xigmatek rifle cooler-such as the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283-can't handle. My Gaia SD 1283 brings temps down to low 30's for non-gaming and low 40's for intense gaming.
Other Thoughts: System specs:
Corsair 400R Carbide series Mid Tower Case
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
GSkill Ripjaw 4GB X 2
Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1000 Mhz
Seagate Constellation 500GB HD
I'm currently in the process of upgrading to the ivybridge i5, an MSI motherboard, and eventually the GTX 660 TI.
Pros: Worked great for the 7 days that I used it. Cords are sufficiently long that I can wire them through my Corsair 400R case's rubber grommets, in behind my motherboard, and out again through the grommets. Packaging was excellent, but it's not the packaging that makes the PSU; it's the PSU that makes the packaging.
Cons: Fan is a little loud. I expected it to be somewhat quieter. This PSU bricked on me after 1 week of moderate use in a case with great air flow, as well as in an air conditioned room. Seeing as I'm 1 of a handful of people experiencing a dead PSU after a few days to a weeks use, I'm going to have to conclude that Corsair has quality control issues with their products. Either their manufacturing process is sloppy, or they're using cheap parts, possibly cheap capacitors.
Other Thoughts: Corsair, I wish I could have loved your PSU, but the negative reviews show that even people who got replacements had their replacements break down on them. To be honest, that doesn't make me feel too comfortable about getting another one of your PSU's. Went with an NZXT 750 Watt PSU instead, but I will keep an optimistic eye on your products in the future.READ FULL REVIEW