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Pros: - Lots of usb 2.0 and 3.0 internal connections (two each)
- Debug readout is very handy for troubleshooting memory and pcie issues.
- Debug readout shows the CPU temperature while the system is running in windows.
- Bios is easy enough to navigate through.
- Extra 6 pin power, will be useful for multi GPU setups.
Cons: - UEFI/BIOS limitations with the early adopter bios version; specifically pertaining to memory.
- Commands a premium price compared to all other X370 motherboards for its feature set; features similar to the Aorus Gaming K5 (i.e. U.2.)
- Rear IO could use more USB ports.
Other Thoughts: - System seems a bit unstable running at memory speeds above 2666mhz using A-XMP. The motherboard beeps 5 or 6 times then posts and boots into windows. Sometimes it doesn't do this and boots into windows without any beeps. I suspect these quirks will be fixed with an upcoming UEFI microcode update.
- Occasionally Windows will BSOD sometime after waking from sleep if the memory is clocked at the maximum of 2933mhz (the same speed reviewers were using). I doubt they tested the PC as a daily driver.
- I know it's not a hardware issue because the system is 100% stable at stock JEDEC timings (i.e. 2133mhz)
Pros: -Extremely quiet. MSI managed to get the fan profile right when so many competitors got it wrong.
-Excellent VRAM and VRM cooling.
-Maintains out of box clock of 1303mhz with no throttling.
Cons: -Wider than a lot of other custom 480 options (Nitro+ and GTR).
-No Dual bios (Nitro+, GTR, Red Devil all have this)
Other Thoughts: At full load, the max fan speed is around 1500rpm (30% fan speed) averaging around 68c. This is definitely the best RX 480 for someone that is looking for that out of box / plug n' play experience. The Gaming X is quiet, fits in practically all mid-tower cases due to not being that long; it's about 1 inch longer than the reference RX 480.
For the tinkerer, the MSI gaming app allows for changing the LEDs. The card is also one of the better overclockers and once overclocked to the Nitro+ stock speed, the fans remain quiet and can be left on auto.
This is one of the best representations of what a top notch RX 480 should be.
This review is from: Ergotech 100-D16-B03-TW Triple LCD Desk Stand
Pros: -Sturdy and durable construction.
-Entire thing is mostly metal.
Cons: -Mounts for side monitors aren't as easy to adjust and fine tune compared to the XFX tristand.
Other Thoughts: For the money this is an excellent option for those with limited desk space and want to run 3 monitors. I'm running this with triple 1080p 22" monitors. Excellent for Freesync gaming since Freesync monitors are available in the 22 and 24" sizes.READ FULL REVIEW