Date Joined: 08/02/03
Pros: Sleek military-style design
Attractive yet subtle Mystic Lighting that doesn't overwhelm the board
Easy to navigate BIOS
Cons: Attempted to use only a Corsair MP500 480GB M.2 SSD with this system, absolutely nothing else setup on the SATA ports, no additional hard drives or optical drives are attached.
Unfortunately no matter which of the two M.2 slots I used, the system rarely recognized that it was plugged in, including in the BIOS. There were a few rare times I was able to get it to recognize the drive, but usually it just didn't see it.
I tried the M.2 drive in multiple other motherboards with no issue in being detected. I flashed the MSI Tomahawk Z370 BIOS to the most recent version but the issue still persisted. The thing that stands out most is that neither of the M.2 slots are as deep as other motherboards I'm using, so it doesn't produce that satisfying 'click' when you slide it in.
I was disappointed with this issue, which was exacerbated when I attempted to create a support ticket on MSI's website. Whenever I selected my motherboard from the drop-down the whole page would hang up for minutes, only to return a database error and not permit me to continue.
In addition, the form requires you to input serial #'s, etc, but I had already cut that off the box to mail in for a refund, so I'd also need to find that on the board IF I could even get their support site to work.
At the end of the day I opted to just purchase a SATA SSD for the build instead.
Overall Review: Given the issues with both M.2 slots on the motherboard and the problems in trying to get support via MSI's website, I cannot recommend this product at this time.
Pros: Great card for 1080p or 1440p gaming in current gen titles with excellent frame rates and quality graphics
The logo lights up white which goes well with any theme
Easy to step-up within 90 days of purchase via EVGA's program to a higher tier card by just paying the price difference & shipping
Cons: No RGB control over the lighting
Because of cryptocurrency miners the prices were jacked way above MSRP (which prompted me to do the EVGA Step-Up Program and just get a 1080 model which at the time was only $509!)
Overall Review: I would recommend this model if the pricing comes down (at time of review it's around $470, I believe the original MSRP for the 1070 line was supposed to be $350)
Cons: We barely use our printer, and this ran out of ink in about a months time. Now my printer goes to 99% when printing a document and tells me I need to order another cartridge. Waste of my time and money.
Overall Review: Don't waste your money, there are no savings here.
Pros: Installs quickly and easily, works like a champ. Replaced my aging adapter and saw wireless speeds jump through the roof, I can now game online without lag, pwning n00bs in BF3 and loving it!
Cons: Because of the design it is better suited to being placed in a USB slot where it is horizontal rather than vertical.
Pros: Small size, neat design and very simple to operate
Cons: Sound quality is only average. The connection on the device itself (where you plugin headphones or speakers) requires you to apply a decent amount of force for the plug to click all the way in.
It's something I wasn't aware of initially, so I thought I couldn't get the plugs all the way in, which was resulting in the sound cutting in and out, until I figured you need to apply more force than you'd expect.
Overall Review: Affordable, easy to use and slick design, highly recommended!
Pros: Reasonable Price
Cool Looking Design
Front USB Ports & Sliding Door
Cons: Didn't Arrive with 420w PSU
Window tri-color fan VERY noisy
Drive rail clips don't always work
Rear clamps for expansion cards don't work well
Overall Review: This is an average case with a decent design. But I had trouble with the top drive rail clip for my DVD burner and had to drop it down to the second slot in order for it to be held into place.
Window fan is horribly noisey/whiney and the PSU wasn't in the box.
Comments: I bought this based on great reviews here and elsewhere online. It worked great out of the box for a few days, and then one day I'm surfing online and my screen goes blank. When I reboot I get a siren/klaxon type beeping noise and my screen won't show anything. I installed the d-bracket and saw all four LEDS were lit red. This meant a problem with my cpu. Tried reseating it, then tried a different cpu, still no help. Found in the MSI forums other people having the exact same problem. It's going back to newegg and I'm getting an Intel board, better stability.
Comments: Installed two of these on my Gigabyte GA81G 1000 Pro motherboard with a 2.4C Ghz/800mhz FSB processor and they work fine. I had two generic 333mhz DDR chips before and tried running them in dual-channel mode and had problems, and I also had problems with these Geil sticks running dual-channel, so I believe it's an issue with my motherboard and NOT the memory.