Date Joined: 04/12/13
Pros: - Can be overclocked well beyond 3200. Mine is currently running at 4200 stable on an Asrock Z170 mobo.
Cons: - No complaints...
Overall Review: Totally worth it.
Pros: Awesome air throughput. Wow... These blow papers off my desk (I'm using these for both radiator and case fans) when at 100% RPM.
Cons: Lots of air moving means air-flow noise. But this is only air noise, no rattles due to noisy bearings or such.
Overall Review: If you want air cooling performance on your radiator, or in your case, this is the way to go. You wont notice the noise if you play games/watch movies on a decent (medium) volume, or on headphones. They sound like a white noise machine...just flowing air, no rattling (no matter if vertical/horizontal orientation.)
Pros: - z170 Chipset
- USB 3.1 A+C Connections
- Easy Overclocking through Bios
- On board wifi and bluetooth
Cons: - Only 3 fan headers (including CPU fan)
- PS2 Mouse/Keyboard port (That could have been a couple more usb ports instead.)
Overall Review: Prepare for an extra hourof build time, due to the compact size of the board itself. It's a given, as with any Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX boards. But still, it is worth mentioning. I am not disappointed in the board itself, as it boasts many great features and is simple to overclock. Great for beginners AND enthusiasts.
The BIOS allows for easy one-click overclocking for those that are inexperienced, or fine tune overclocking if you are adept.
Pros: Sturdy construction, firm control sliders, fully modular fan connection cables, front fascia should fit with any color/style build (very neutral), alignment is perfect as a whole
Cons: Minimum output from each slider selection is 40%, all connectors must be modified (snip one side of fitting) to use 4 pin PWM fans.
Overall Review: Not a bad controller at all. The fittings for the fan connectors are annoying, but a couple of clean snips with a pair of sharp wire cutters will allow you to use 4 pin fans. Will buy again.
Pros: Small dimensions, USB 3.0 ports, whisper quiet fans, feels solid.
Cons: Plastic (not rubber) feet, side chassis fan can only be used in one position and may get in the way of connectors, and some sharp edges.
Overall Review: It's a fairly middle-of the road product, and at its price point it is acceptable. If buying this product, be prepared to make a few slight modifications; adding rubber feet and dremelling (is that a verb?) a few small holes on the opposite side of the case to mount a fan.
Pros: Works flawlessly. Burns DVDs and CDs at exceptional speeds - and plays BluRays. To top it off, its flat black color matches my black case.
Overall Review: Life's good.
Pros: Works well.
Cons: No complaints.
Pros: - Built in WiFi
- Built in Bluetooth
- SATA 3 support
- USB 3.0 Support
- HDMI Output (Issues, see below)
- SPDIF Optical Audio Output
Cons: - This board supports newer FM2 socket APUs, but uses the old A75 chipset (introduced with FM1) instead of the A85 which has normally been paired with FM2 APUs. I knew this before buying, but still...it doesn't make sense.
- The RAM slots are very close to the processor socket. You may have clearance issues with larger CPU coolers. Check your dimensions!
- RAM Slots are not your average double-clasp style. A single clasp design; You have to wedge in one side, and press down on the other side to lock in to place. You literally are pressing down on the RAM notch/bump at an angle, causing some major seating frustration. (Took me over ten minutes to get both sticks seated, and yes...I was using compatible RAM.)
- The stock BIOS kept locking up each time I was trying to "Save and Quit." This issue resolved itself after a day...don't know what caused the issue, or what fixed the issue.
- The board has issues with restarting. Regardless of how a restart is initiated (by BIOS option, by OS option, or by physically hitting the reset button on my case) the board will power cycle but then fail to post. Regular power off / power on works fine.
-On board HDMI audio output cuts out intermittently. I'm truly upset about this issue, as I used this board for an HTPC build. I ended up using the optical SPDIF output. Still, I'd like to use one cord, not two.
Overall Review: I haven't, and will not be overclocking on this board. Neither enough room to install a nice CPU cooler, nor do I have the need (Its just an HTPC, not a gaming rig.)
Pros: - Modular
- Consistent output
- Beautifully quiet
- Standard Size (5.5 Inches in length, leaving just enough room for a optical drive in an HTPC case.)
Cons: - None as of yet.
Overall Review: I would recommend this for any mid-tier build.
Pros: Looks to be a very efficient cooler, however...
Cons: ...this thing is wide (120mm) and the heatsink has extremely low clearance. This cooler on an ITX board is iffy. This cooler overlapped my RAM slots, not leaving enough clearance for even my shortest sticks of RAM.
Overall Review: Match your dimensions! I would not recommend this for any Mini-ITX solutions, which is unfortunate...as this would seem to be perfect for a low-clearance HTPC build using an ITX board. If Cooler Master made this exact model, just using an 80mm fan and heatsink, it would be perfect!