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John E.

John E.

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Most Favorable Review

Looks great, works great, runs great

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X470 GAMING PLUS AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X470 GAMING PLUS AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This is my first MSI board and I'm really happy with it. As is typical with full sized boards, you have enough fan headers and connectors to meet whatever you want to throw at this board. Not every board I looked at had built in optical, but this one does and it allowed me to ditch the sound card from my previous build. The mobo software can be controlled from one spot - app manager. It makes tweaking everything very easy and it's intuitive. I really wasn't in the market for RGB controls, but this board has it and the built in lights do look really good. The Gaming App allows for easy mode switching for Overclocking/Gaming/Silent modes. All the apps have that black/red color scheme that looks really good. I have used this in both Win 10 and Ubuntu(19.04). I've had issues with Linux getting optical working out of the box on other boards, but this board worked without issue . See cons for Win10. I chose this board mainly for MSI's reputation for stable overclocking. I'm still getting my feet wet, but so far I've had a really positive experience. The board has a reset CMOS button if I go too far and make a mess of things (ok, I should probably have said 'when I go too far', but let's think positive!) XMP and overclocking RAM is a breeze and the UEFI bios is intuitive. All things said, MSI really knows what gamers wanted and this board has met all of my expectations for ability to tweak and play with settings. The board looks really sexy too.

Cons: Installing RAM and video card took additional force that I wasn't expecting and made audible squeaking sounds while inserting. This could be good or bad in the long run. At least I know the pads are really in contact with the pins! I had an issue with Win10 which was related to Ryzen 2000 series. Windows would crash every 10 minutes or so, sometimes displaying a 'watchdog' error. Getting all the updates installed fixed the issue. I've seen others suggest an RMA because of this issue but it is not an MSI problem. Ubuntu did not experience this issue at all.

Overall Review: I've used all the usual major board manufacturers in builds before, This board has a much more premium feel to it than others that I've used. With price and quality in consideration, I'd have no problem buying MSI again. One minor criticism is that the live-update tool didn't know that I had already installed all the tools manually and wanted to re-download everything. I'm also not a fan of Norton products, which it wanted to download and install.

Most Critical Review

Awaiting second RMA in less than a year

HP EX900 M.2 250GB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 2YY43AA#ABC
HP EX900 M.2 250GB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 2YY43AA#ABC

Pros: It has a warranty (you'll need it)

Cons: First drive failed in a month. Replacement drive failed after 9 months. It has a 3 year limited warranty so I guess we'll see if I go through 4 more drives before the warranty runs out.

Overall Review: RMA was fairly painless, but you do not deal with HP. You would be working with Multipointe. I had to pay for shipping to them and wait about a month the first time I did the RMA. I just submitted my second RMA so I should be able to have it back in sometime next month. This drive was part of a package deal, I wouldn't have chosen this drive myself. Now I'm just morbidly curious how many times I'll end up replacing it under warranty. It's sort of a fun little game I'll be playing with the ticking time bomb that these drives are.

As described, 50Ft

50FT RJ45 CAT6 HIGH SPEED ETHERNET LAN NETWORK White PATCH CABLE
50FT RJ45 CAT6 HIGH SPEED ETHERNET LAN NETWORK White PATCH CABLE

Pros: It's cable, ends are pre-made.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Nothing tricky. Arrived fast. Product as described.

12/26/2017

3 of 5 immediately failed

SODIAL E12 3W Warm White LED Candelabra Chandelier Candle Light Bulb Base type ; Wattage:E12 Silver 3W Light Color:Warm White Pack of:5 Pcs Bulb
SODIAL E12 3W Warm White LED Candelabra Chandelier Candle Light Bulb Base type ; Wattage:E12 Silver 3W Light Color:Warm White Pack of:5 Pcs Bulb

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Installed for a total of 3 days. After the first day, one of the bulbs flickered and died. On the third day two more bulbs died. Not worth fighting over.

Overall Review: I've used a wide selection of LED and CFL and these have been the worst. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes I guess.

12/23/2017

I'll still buy WD

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Worked well, until.....

Cons: Failed after ~1.5 years. I used to buy a mix of WD and Seagate, but I've come to the conclusion that Seagate has more reliability issues than WD. This drive died a slow death. If I had a bit more time in the 2 weeks leading up to the crash I might have been able to save a lot of time recovering data.

Overall Review: I'm about to do a warranty RMA. WD warranties are good. I was using it primarily as a backup drive but I did have a bit of data that I hadn't backed up in a while due to building/transferring files from a new build. I had roughly 300GB that I wanted to recover. I was able to recover it all but copying took around 5 days (but it did copy!) I'll still buy WD, but this particular drive didn't last. I have a pair of 200GB WD's that have been going strong for over 7 years. Bigger drives, bigger problems. Better do a good job of keeping backups.

very nice

GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's a motherboard with the features I was looking for. 4 ram slots, plentiful overclocking capabilities, PCIe3.0

Cons: I used a GTX 670 with this motherboard. I should have taken the double width size into account as it makes the PCI slots useless. The PCIe 2.0 slot is, far enough away to still be useful. I actually had a PCI card I was going to use with this...ah well. It's my fault, not the boards!

Overall Review: It has tools for easy overclocking. I've only had it running for a few days with a 4670k. I'll eventually go water cooled but for now I'm on a stock cooler. I can't even get a 20% overclock on the stock cooler. I don't think it's a motherboard problem. The UEFI bios screens are nice with options to create your own categories. This was my 2nd Gigabyte build after many ASUS builds. It's safe to say I'm a fan of Gigabyte now. Quality stuff.

11/18/2013