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MSI Z97 U3 Plus LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Works great, but with one cavaet 05/07/2017

This review is from: MSI Z97 U3 Plus LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: No issues with board until its first hardware "refresh". (See Con & Other)

Cons: All 4 of the board's ram slots cannot be used. (Memory controller issue? Issues with the slots themselves?)

Other Thoughts: Purchased and setup with an Intel i3-4160 & 2 x 4 GB of ram in Dec. 2014 with Windows 7 Home 64, later upgraded to Windows 7 Pro 64 and then Windows 10 Pro. All was well until several months ago when the system (following a hardware refresh) began to have intermittent blue screens of death. In the end, after the user's and my testing/work, we have determined that the system cannot handle using all four of its ram slots. (The ram had been upgraded, along with the video card and some general software "clean-up". Error messages seemed to indicate driver issues, but that wasn't the case. I had to wait until I had 3 sets of known good ram, and 2 systems, to use to confirm the issue.)

The system board is still under warranty, but with the memory upgraded to 2 x 8 GB now, it isn't worth the hassle (and shipping costs) for the user or I. (Mostly due to Intel's inevitable change of sockets every couple of years, as... as of this writing, they are now on socket 1151 instead of socket 1150.)

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MSI Gaming 970 Gaming AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 and SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Mostly Good, one Caveat (Initial Review) 05/07/2017

This review is from: MSI Gaming 970 Gaming AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 and SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: A. For the price, including the mail-in rebate (I usually have good luck with them, the price couldn't be beat at my time of purchase.)
B. Good, black and red, color for those looking for such (and that have a window in their case.)

Cons: 1. (Minor) I remember a time when system boards came with 4 SATA cables instead of 2.
2. (Minor) As others have stated, the thick paper manual is mostly that way due to multiple language instructions. However, for an mid to advanced builder, you won't likely run into any issues.
3. (Major) After testing, my board has a wiring fault with one of the standoff holes. (Yes, this was as annoying as it seems it could be to determine.) In the end, I simply didn't use that standoff for attaching the board to my case.

Other Thoughts: Used as part of a hardware refresh for a media center computer following my gaming desktop's upgrade:

AMD FX-8320
2 x 8 GB ram (Crucial Ballistix BLT2K8G3D1608ET3LX0)
Windows 10 Pro Creator's Update

Note: Within the UEFI, make sure to look at the temperature and fan profiles. Due to the way my "small" ATX desktop style case has its fans plugged into the board, I had to adjust the fan profiles for the Sys Fan 1 to work with the CPU temp. instead of the CPU fan header.

After proper burn-in, this review will be updated.

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Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Memory (Desktop Memory) Model PVE416G213C4KGY
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Pros: Once I went into the UEFI and switched the ram to XMP in my Gigabyte (GA-H270-HD3 (rev. 1.0)) board with an Intel i5-7500, all was well. No issues.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: With Intel chips, low ram latency is better than high ram speed if you aren't overclocking. That's exactly why these were purchased.

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