Joined on 02/12/04
This board was perfect in my new Skylake build.
Pros: I usually don't submit reviews until I've had a chance to work with things for a while and allow time for any issues to crop up, if they do. I'm kind of jumping the gun a little in this. To me, the most important aspect of your rig is the foundation which I consider is the Mother board. Going with this board, I mated it to a 6700K, and I chose a White 540 Air Corsair case, a 980 ti HOF Galax card and 64 Gb of Corsair Dominator Platinum, all powered by a be quiet Pro 1200W. My Cooler is an EK Predator 360. I've mounted the cooler in the front of the Air 540 and then oriented it in the horizontal position. Let's say, that if looks could kill, I expect to die at any moment. I still need to fit things and modify the case a bit more; but, It's up an running great. No complaints per se'!
Cons: My only con, (and it's a very slight one) was that I don't much care for Win X, and when I went to install Win 7, I ran into a small snag. I lost my mouse/keyboard function and couldn't initiate the install. I knew it wasn't a faulty MB, as they both worked in the bios. Getting on the MSI website and forums, I discovered that almost all 100 series boards seem to have this issue. Fortunately, MSI had a fix via a "Win 7 Smart Tool". If you have this issue, follow their instructions and just don't return the board as being faulty or you could lose out on an awesome board.
Overall Review: I wouldn't recommend this board if you plan on a "budget" build, as it literally screams "quality". Sticking a low end PS on this along with a low end processor and graphic's card, and expecting it to function is just asking for it. That's like sticking a plow to a race horse.
Excellent Replacement Ram for a Laptop
Pros: You can see the improvement right away. Faster response and this ram were easily a better than decent upgrade to a laptop that was nearing its end of use. The ram was accepted without issue and the upgrade between it and a faster SSD easily gave several years to this aging PC.
Cons: I have no cons. The ram was installed and accepted without issues, even though it was at a higher spd than the original ram they were replacing.
Overall Review: I would recommend this approach to anyone wanting to get more life out of their laptop vs having to junk it in a landfill and/or purchase a new unit at more cost.
Impressive for the Quality.
Pros: I was very impressed with the quality and acceptability of this memory by my MB and the less were quite spectacular. Right up there with the big-name brands.
Cons: No Cons.
Overall Review: I wouldn't worry about purchasing these as they've worked flawlessly in several builds.
Very Impressive Value!
Pros: I was quite impressed with this product. It was pretty easy to build in & not only was the price reasonable for a case, but it also came equipped with LED fans. When many cases or fans cost the same without the case or fans, this is a real bargain. I was also surprised that it had a swing-out-door, something that even some much more expensive cases lack.
Cons: Not really a con, but, when you shop for a case, some offer utilities & functions that others seem to lack. Care needs to be taken so you don't get surprised after purchase.
Overall Review: For what you get for your $, this was a real godsend. I do several builds a year, and having many G-Kids this quickly becomes quite expensive, especially around Christmas time.
Easy To Clone Data
Pros: I was running out of space on my secondary drive and this was a decent upgrade at a decent price. Samsung Data Migration software worked like a charm.
Cons: No issues with the drive; although, I didn't really expect any from a Samsung product. Keep in mind that any brand may have a few pass QC.
Overall Review: If you need to upgrade or install a new drive this is a good choice.
Works as advertised.
Pros: I've never had an issue with Samsung drives. I even have one of their earlier 60Gb drives that is still working. It's in a USB enclosure using to transfer files, etc.
Cons: No cons, unless it's because it's not available in a 2T version yet.
Overall Review: Definitely recommended
This PC case has many options that aren't available even on higher-priced cases. It's truly lovely once it's finished and decked with your components. There's room and more, and it comes with a plethora of LED fans as well as the controller to run them. I can only find one (minor) fault with it and that was the awkward mounting design for the graphics card. Other than that this case is perfect.
I was quite pleased with the product and even though it came in a plastic bag it was undamaged. It worked flawlessly and it was even more beautiful than I expected. For one of my Grand-Kids new build it was an extremely attractive addition.