Joined on 07/15/08
Pros: I've been ordering one of these weekly for the the last 6 weeks. We've got a slew of Pentium 4 Celeron Dimension 2400's that we're gutting and rebuilding with these as the heart, keeping only the case and optiical drive from the original unit. This mobo fits perfectly and all the case connections fit as needed with the exception of the single front-panel audio; which for our business isn't used anyway. Using this mobo I can strip down the old unit replace the internals, and be installing software within an hour.
Cons: Only con I can think of is the previously mentioned mis-fit for the case's front panel audio; and since that's due to the proprietary connector on the case, it is NOT a con I hold against this mobo. Not that the Dimension 2350 seems to have proprietary connectors for front panel USB as well as audio.
Overall Review: This mobo, an E5300 cpu, 2 Gb of Gskill RAM, a WD 160 GB hard drive, and a Seasonic SSII 330 Watt Psu (probably overkill but a great product that will allow a dedicated GPU should I need to go that way in the future) and I've got a Win-7 capable machine (32 bit) with all parts delivered by NewEgg for ~$260. For another ~$50, I could switch to 4GB of Gskill and be ready for Win-7 64-bit. The closest I could come with a new replacement from the Austin folks would haver run about $250 more.
Pros: Well priced, mid-level, Enthusiast Z170 Skylake MoBo with everything I needed and nothing I didn't. Great reviews on Anand's and Tom's if you're looking for a detailed run-down. I was looking for the last, best, affordable MoBo designed to support Intel's last, best, affordable CPU that the MS conglomerate condescended to allow US Citizens to use without their massive glob of spyware (Win 10); and that's the Skylake series.
Cons: Cons? For others it might be the four USB ports on the back panel, but for me that's offset by the four available to the Front Panel Header. Really, after all the research and elimination of contenders, how can I be dis-satisfied with the product that best fit my needs and wallet-dictated-desires?
Overall Review: I would certainly recommend this mother board and other MSI MoBo products to anyone willing to carefully identify and select according to their needs. I've built about 70 mid-budget computers over the years and have used MSI products for ~50 of those builds. This one was paired to an I7-6700K Skylake CPU, a Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler, an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quicksilver, and 16 GB of G.Skill TridentZ (F4-2800C15D-16GTZB). At Baseline, the Passmark improvement over my OLD Q8400 OC'd to 3.2 GHz and RX 270X was about 285%. Color me happy.
Pros: Accepts DDR2 or DDR3 RAM (4 DDR2 Slots, 2 DDR3), overclocks well, quality construction, good price. I like ASROCK for their mission goal; providing quality mobos at mainstream pricing.
Cons: The Front Panel USB ports, as well as a couple of the Backpanel ports are under-powered with respect to comparable mobos. USB port headers 4-5, and 6-7 (Front Panel) along with ports 8-9 on the Back Panel will not provide power sufficient to run either of my external USB hard drives (WD Passport 150 and 250 GB models). ASROCK Tech Supt as much as admits this, suggesting that any external USB drive have its own power supply. Note that I've used these same drives on many different Dell models as well as mobos from MSI and ASUS without encountering this problem. In fact, the only other time I've encountered this issue was on another ASROCK mobo, the 4CoreDual-SATA2. Only with a Y-cord USB cable, pulling power from two ports on different headers, were either of these motherboards able to power a USB external drive. USB keyboards, mice, and Flash-keys, no problem; but then they don't require any power to speak of.
Overall Review: This motherboard got a couple of great reviews on Tech Sites, and overall I am satisfied with its performance; the USB port issue not being worth the cost or RMA-ing the mobo. Had I known of this issue in advance however, I'd probably be writing a review for a different product.
No Complaints Here...
The Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler that I ordered from Cryostore (via Newegg) arrived promptly and in good condition. My only surprise was to find no UPC label on the packaging; but perhaps that explains why I could not find any Mail In Rebate offers for Cryorig products. Based on my one-time experience, I would happily recommend their products and their store.