Date Joined: 01/06/09
Overall Review: I've had zero problems with this drive since I bought it. My only complaint would be heat, but I bought an aftermarket heat spreader that sufficiently dropped temps down about 5c-7c.
Pros: -Attractive Design;
-Plenty of SATA ports for my needs;
-BIOS options have semi-descent descriptions;
-BIOS user interface is not generic (It's not good, but I'll give points for trying something different);
Cons: -BIOS user interface is confusing and can be difficult to use;
-Stability issues since I've bought it;
-Included software is buggy and resource heavy;
-Eventually became unusable for me (see other thoughts);
-EZ Debug Lights (see other thoughts);
-I spent over $180 for a paperweight;
Overall Review: I was initially very excited when I got the motherboard. I'm not a huge fan of the "LED ON ALL THE THINGS", but I do find the way it's used on this motherboard appealing. Plenty of expansion for the future, and I've needed it in past builds. The BIOS interface is confusing to use, but I did like how it was at least an attempt at doing something different. I think it's supposed to be mouse friendly, but I like navigating by keyboard, which this UI is not keyboard-nav friendly. Some of the options in the BIOS had descriptions as to what they do, which some motherboards do, but many don't. I liked that this one had some on some of the less popular options (Spread Spectrum for example).
I've had stability issues since I've had it, but chalked it up to this being a new and developing platform. Boot ups were slow, the system (despite being new) crawled and hiccuped when opening programs. BIOS updates seemed to bring more stability to the system, but I still couldn't touch the RAM or SMT without issues. Boot times finally got to be reasonable, but then I started having black screen issues. The final straw broke when the system refused to boot past the boot logo after a restart.
The EZ debug LED on the motherboard for VGA was lit, which made me think it was the video card. Three perfectly working cards later, in different PCI-e slots and it still gave me the the red LED (mind you the graphics cards are perfectly fine in other systems). It wouldn't even post, just the LED. Cold boots seemed more successful, but only after clearing the CMOS and even then it would restart after it successfully POSTed.
I submitted the motherboard for RMA and after $30 for shipping, plus three weeks of waiting, and I got a motherboard. Actually, it's the EXACT same motherboard, serial number and all! They even included the SAME ISSUE I WAS HAVING! Wow, just wow. It's like they didn't do anything at all. This was my first time dipping into the MSI product pool: I've a graphics card, and motherboard.
Right now, I'm livid. I really want my money back, but the best I'm going to get is a daft bot-reply to this review, "Oh, we're sorry, blah blah-blah blah blaah."
TL;DR: Save yourself the frustration: Buy something else. As for me, I'm stuck with a paperweight. I'm not spending anymore money boomeranging this defective board.
Pros: -Supports Freesync, which makes a huge difference when on older systems that can't push higher frames
-8GB VRAM helps to future proof my system
-Smokes my old R9 270 in older games
-Runs newer games over 60fps on a 2560x1080 Ultrawide screen
-Cooler, quieter, and more power efficient than my last GPU
-Driver Updates have only added performance and features
Cons: -The LEDs are only adjustable through MSI's Gamming App, which I'm not a fan of
-I paid more than I would've liked (bought this as soon as it came out, which was priced nearly $300)
Overall Review: This is a great card. I got this when I was running an older Phenom II X4 system, and freesync finally made gaming on lower specs bearable. Occasional dips into the 30s or less would be noticable, but most of the time the avg FPS was within my monitors freesync range. I finally was able to become immersed in my games and not having the illusion broken by screen tearing or terrible averages. I purposely waited to review this card until recently when I upgraded to a Ryzen 5 1600X; Wow, I can see this card's true potential.
Games that I could barely run are now running on high at awesome frame rates. I can run The Witcher 3 at 75fps on high where as I was only getting 37fps on low-medium settings with my rig before. The same goes for GTAV; 40fps on low settings to 80 fps on high settings.
It's truely night and day; I didn't want to write a review until I could use this card at it's fullest. I'm so happy with the performance, I can forget that I overpaid a little since I purchased this. Plus, driver updates have only done this card justice. Apparently, the longer I have this card, the better it performs; I can't be mad about that.
Pros: -Native Quadcore
-Can still play new games on reduced settings
-Can Multitask with today's software
-Stable OC at 3.8Ghz
-Stable underclock of 2.5ghz @ 1.1625V
Cons: -Lack of SSE4.2 instruction set makes some games incompatible
-Lack of AVX instruction set makes some software incompatible
-Outperformed by low end CPUs offered today
Overall Review: This was a fantastic value and competitive chip for its time. Even with age, this CPU can still do quite a lot, but its blown away by even bottom tier CPUs offered today. This was my daily driver until I recently when I upgraded to Ryzen. After six years this was still able to handle gaming; albeit, those games were running 60fps only after reducing settings to low and usually included some frame drops down into the 20s. Obviously, I can't recommend it anymore, but it was worth recommending years ago when it was still on sale.
Pros: -AM4 Compatible; Mounts on my MSI Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard
-Keeps my R5 1600X cool
-Has a nice finish and looks good in my rig
-Pre-applied thermal paste
Cons: -Mounting the fan needs to be easier. The thin metal retainers kept falling off as I tried to install the fan on the heat sink. A plastic retainer on the fan would be much better. Knocked an egg off for being cheap.
Overall Review: I was a bit disappointed when I installed this and learned that the fan would be taking in air from either the top of the case, or sucking it off the back of my video card. The result from either configuration means that hot air gets sucked into the cooler, and keeps temperatures up.
While this is my fault for not double checking how the mounting brackets were set on the motherboard, it would be nice if the cooler was designed with a bracket that allowed omni-directional placement of either then fan or the heat sink itself.
Pros: -Still running;
-Still receiving driver updates;
-Performance improving year over year;
-Handles modern games on medium to high settings (depending on the game of course);
-Quieter than the 6850 I owned before it;
Cons: -Runs warmer than I'd prefer;
-The screen flickers on occassion;. I thought it was a driver issue, but different configurations and roll backs didn't fix it. Fiddling the HDMI or DVI cord near the card's port would affect it. Different cords didn't fix the issue.
Pros: -Great for browsing the web;
-Windows 8 preinstalled;
-Screen Quality (Yeah, its a cheap laptop, but still....);
-Small battery life;
Overall Review: It's a cheap computer that's useful for browsing the web with a couple of tabs open. I wouldn't expect it to do much more than that.
Pros: -Is a great paperweight
Cons: -Not useful as a USB hub.
Overall Review: I got this a few years ago after having bought a usb3 AIC for the rig. It worked the one time I tested it. Then, when I had my first use case about a month later, it didn't work. I fiddled with it for months with no success and eventually gave up on it.
Pros: -Is a keyboard.
Cons: -Blue light was annoying.
Overall Review: Originally bought as a keyboard for a raspberry pi, but it didn't seem to work half the time. I thought maybe it was a driver issue, but it did the same thing with different distros. I thought maybe it was the starved for power, so I tried it on a couple of regular PCs. It worked great on one, but not the other. Even then, it didn't seem to recognized some of my keystrokes. Both systems ran windows 7. Eventually gave it away to someone who needed it.
Pros: -Faster than a hard disk
-So far, has lasted almost 4 years.
-Was had for a decent price when bought. Same storage capacity can be had for roughly half that price.
-MLC: While not SLC, which has faster read/writes, is what contributed to its affordability.
Cons: -Didn't grant my wish for immortality, nor did it become twice the storage capacity at the snap of my fingers.
Overall Review: So far, so good, but only time will tell how long this will last. I've never been able to unleash this at full throttle (MOBO only supports SATA II), but I've been happy with the constant 3.0gb/s speeds. When I first booted up my rig with this installed, it was night and day compared to the old HDD. There's a firmware update that was released, and it may improve performance, but I'll not worry about it for a couple months. Upgrading the firmware, afaik, means the whole drive is wiped, which I don't want to worry about until I build a new rig. When that time comes, I'll be using this drive as a dedicated gaming SSD, assuming that it holds out until then.
Pros: -5 years later its still running.
-Can still handle some modern games on low to mid settings. Older games run from mid to high settings.
Cons: -Can be loud.
-Can be hot.
-Legacy; no longer supported by current drivers (Unsurprising)
Overall Review: Bought this back in 2012 for assassins creed. It ran great, but more VRAM would've been better; however, I'm not sure it was in the realm of possibility given the time this was released. This did get loud and hot under certain games, especially tessellation heavy ones like crysis. Currently using this for a piece together linux box, which is running great. I can play Long Dark on Fedora with low settings and get roughly 25 fps, depending on the scene. It ran ESO at about the same and surprisingly, was able to run Fallout 4 in some areas as high as 26fps.
Pros: -Still running.
-Sufficient space for it's use.
Overall Review: Bought this in early 2012 and it's still running great in my PS3. Sorta surprised its lasted this long.
Pros: -Still Running.
-Can play older AAA games on mid to high settings; Less demanding indie gaming is still viable.
-Relatively low power consumption.
-Low profile card ( cant find a new AMD GFX card that's low profile).
Cons: It doesn't magically upgrade itself into a brand spankin new card.
Overall Review: Great card thats lasted several builds. I used it in my rig for a few years before upgrading. Popped it into my folk's computer until they started gaming. It's currently running in a friend's computer who needed a cheap, inexpensive rig. We threw this in with some older parts. They're happy with it and I'm happy it's lasted so long so reliably.
Pros: -Great battery life with replaceable battery;
-able to add wireless charging;
-Near perfect form factor;
Cons: -Screen burnin;
-Phone kept thinking it was in NJ;
-No OS Updates thanks to Verizon bloatware.
-Signal would drop out occasionally;
Overall Review: Great phone, other than a couple of issues. The screen came with some light burn-in that only got worse with use. I don't care for the touchwiz overlay that samsung uses. The phone itself was in good condition, but you could tell it had some use, if only a little. Even after a reset, the phone kept thinking it was in NJ and kept recommending things in NJ. More likely a bug in the OS. Verizon Bloat was locked onto the phone, so I couldn't get rid of it for extra space or to get rid of the annoying messages about not being on a verizon network. This also prevents the phone from receiving Android updates. No marshmallow support even when Samsung has released the update for other variants of the phone (Tmobile, and unlocked versions got the update).
Pros: -Is a mouse when it works;
-comfortable in the hand;
-Makes a great paperweight.
Cons: -Spotty connection;
-Doesn't track on glass;
-Eats through batteries like crazy;
-Scroll wheel stopped working;
-Left mouse button sometimes clicks right button too;
Overall Review: The mouse was okay until a couple months of use. It started sucking through batteries, then the mouse on the screen would intermittently work. Sometimes it would work fine then for 30 minutes act like it was out of range when I'm not even 1ft from the receiver. I got sick of it and started using a a wired HP mouse someone gave me.
Pros: -Can Crossfire with R9 270;
-60FPS in older games on high settings or new games on medium;
-Ran cooler and better than the 6850 it replaced.
Pros: -Great color accuracy;
-Ultrawide supporting games are more immersing;
-Loads of extra screen space vs 16:9 or 16:10 (obviously);
-75hz (with or without freesync);
Cons: -I wish the DVI port was another DP instead;
-Freesync over HDMI not supported;
-A better Freesync range would be nice (30hz-90hz);
-Backlight bleeding. Almost all IPS displays have some bleed, but the first one I received was unacceptable. RMA'd and it's replacement was fine.
Overall Review: This was my first Ultrawide monitor, and I'm loving it. It's like having two 4:3 monitors side by side when two windows are snapped together. Multitasking is great and makes browsing while watching netflix a reality (rather than listening to it). The color accuracy is miles ahead of the Hanspree TV this replaced. Web design work is easier since I'm not struggling to discern if the colors are right.
This was my first time using freesync and it's a subtle, but noticeable difference when gaming. The experience is better, but I did upgrade to an RX 480 to utilize the feature, which in itself was a big upgrade (R9 270). Still, Freesync on vs off, having it on really improves the experience. Less screen tearing and stuttering is less obvious or non-existent.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with and Ultrawide or a 4K monitor. IMO, and recently having bought a laptop with a 4k screen I've come to a conclusion: Ultrawide is great for productivity, video editing, photoshop, music production, and multitasking. When turned vertical, Ultrawide is amazing for writing (stories or code). 4K is great for content consumption and gaming, but the latter will sway to Ultrawide if more games support it. If you more into creating, than Ultrawide is the way to go, but if you're consuming content (watching shows/movies, gaming, etc) then a regular 4k monitor is the better option. You can't go wrong doing any combination with either, but if you've only got <$300 for one good monitor, then I'd recommend this.
Pros: *Bottom PSU mount
*USB3 variant available (different SKU).
*External 3.5" expansion slot
*Fans use 3-pin connection vs Molex.
Cons: *Front panels plastic easy to break
*USB ports pop out easily when plugging something in.
*Front audio ports don't always work.
*PCI covers and expansion slots covered by perforated metal (expect bloody fingers).
*PCI screw holes misaligned
*Screw holes will not thread
Overall Review: My last case's front panel was falling off after some heavy abuse and 8 years of use, so I decided to buy a new one. 30 minutes after, I managed to fix the old case and decided I didn't want this. Contacted Newegg Customer Support ASAP to cancel the order, and my account said it was packing, but it had already left the warehouse. They said I could just reject the package or send it back. When it arrived, I decided to keep it instead. I regret my decision.
In the 10 years I've been building computers, I've NEVER had such difficulty putting a system into a case! Neither the provided motherboard standoffs, nor the ones from the other case seemed to thread properly into the standoff holes. Actually, none of the provided screw could thread into ANY of the holes. The PCI and 5.25"/3.5" expansions are covered up with perforated metal that require punching out, which will tear your fingers and hands up. Have bandaids ready. The PCI slots have no shields included. If you pop out a perforate that you didn't intend to use, then you're stuck with it. It seems like the biggest problem is that many of the screw holes aren't properly aligned or drilled to fit the screw.
I spent almost 3 hours struggling to put my system into this case with most of my time spent struggling to screw standoffs into place, fitting the MOBO I/O shield, and having to refit the CPU fan, since my motherboard manufacture thought it was a cool idea to put the CPU socket too close to the top-center fastening screw.
I'd return the thing, if it wasn't for the fact that I know it's going to be a pain to take this system out.
Ultimately, it's a case: it provides airflow; protects components; and looks better than a pile of plastic, wire, and metal sitting beneath a desk. I give it an egg for being technically functional.
Pros: Gives USB 3.0 speeds to an aging Phenom II system. Usb 3.0 headers give me front panel ports too, which rocks.
Cons: Knocked a star off for the ports intermittently not working. 97% of the time it works like a charm, but every so often, I'll plug into a port and it doesn't work.
Overall Review: I'm not sure how it operates with multiple usb3 devices plugged in. At most, only one port is being used, which is usually my flash drive to back stuff up on an HDD that's hooked up via eSATA.
Pros: -Bright, vivid screen
-Better camera than my nexus 4
-SD slot to offload apps
-Decent performance for price
-NFC is great when you're in a pinch and forgot your wallet at home.
Cons: -Minimal RAM
-Call quality so-so
-Internal storage runs out too quick
Overall Review: I used this as a temporary replacement for my broken Nexus 4 and quickly finding myself enjoying it more than I did my n4. I was really enamored with the picture quality, which trumped my last phone by miles. I was surprised with a N5 at christmas, but I still carry this with me as an MP3 player/camera and will use it as a backup if my phones breaks.
Pros: *Modular - Removing the ton of unused cords means less case clutter, and makes tinkering under the hood easier.
*80 Plus Gold - Knowing that with this Powersupply it still runs at least 80% efficient @ 20% its maximum draw, which is no more than what my setup is going to pull. So it...
*Stays cool - and...
Cons: None really. The rebate felt like it took forever to get to me. Not that it's any more or less time than I expected; I'm just impatient.
Overall Review: I've had this for a couple of months now. It's currently powering my Am1 PC. I could've gone with a lower wattage unit, but a modular, 80 gold plus corsair powersupply for $30 was a steal. I went with this over any other power supply because for the same price I would've had a lower quality, less efficient, and non modular power supply. It's maybe overkill, but it gives me piece of mind knowing I have a quality PSU.
Pros: What can this little guy do? A lot within a 25 watt design. I bought this with the intention of putting it in an energy efficient, everyday computer. My room, a converted sun room with three French doors with glass panels and bad blinds, soaks up a lot of sun and heat. Thus, in the summer, my room is always at least 4°f degrees hotter than the rest of the house without my main rig running. My main rig raises room temps 8-15°f degrees just to watch Netflix or Prime.
This thing brought my room temps down to “No computer is on” levels. When my room is usually 87°f, its now 79°f. Also, my main rig pulls between 130-160 watts to stream videos. This APU system pulls 20 watts. Coupled with an SSD, this APU system is quieter than anything else in my room. Its Dead Silent. The external drive with the fan off makes more noise than this baby. Its always cold to the touch and rarely do the fans ever spin up to audible levels.
Multitasking takes a small hit, but that is most likely due to memory (I’m only running this with a single 4GB DDR3-1333 stick and 128MB is reserved for the integrated GPU). Web page rendering is slower compared to my main rig; however, not by much. It's really only noticeable when trying to load multiple tabs at once, especially script and image heavy pages.
Cons: Dual Channel memory support is lacking, which would increase memory bandwidth. The APU only supports DDR3-1600. I feel support for faster memory and more bandwidth would improve the responsiveness. Also, it’s unknown (AKAIK) if the AM1 socket will see more CPUs, meaning this could be the fastest CPU for this socket. I bought it knowing it would, as of now, max out the socket, but with hope that this niche socket is continued to be supported.
Overall Review: This thing is fantastic. It may not be lightning fast, but it’s not supposed to be. It accomplishes what it sets out to do: To be a low-powered, budget-friendly APU and it does that efficiently.
I added my old Radeon HD 5570 1GB, so I could plug in my other monitor, since the mobo I got only had HDMI and VGA. It’s idle power pulls an extra 10 watts and its max design is at 40 watts. With that, I can play minecraft (low-mid settings, I haven’t frapped it but there is noticeable frame drops but otherwise consistent) and stream netflix with two monitors hooked up, and still only pull 50 Watts max. Browsing with FFX in one screen with several tabs (usually between 5 and 15 tabs open) and chrome on the other with Netflix streaming, the system as a whole pulls about 30-40 watts max. By adding the Card, I freed up the last few hundred MB of RAM, and increased system responsiveness.
This is such a fascinating little chip, I love tinkering with this system to see what it’s limits are, and every time I am surprised at just how much it can handle. I’ll add more after I’ve spent more time with it. I’m curious how 8GB of DDR3-1600 will compare to what I’m seeing now.
Pros: Supports 32GB of memory, Small, and detailed BIOS.
Cons: A couple more DIMMs, SATA ports and USB3 ports would be much appreciated, but that might be the fault of the integrated chipset on the APUs that the board supports.
Overall Review: I think sideport memory would be a great compliment to a board like this. The last system I built (circa 2009) had a 790x NB that had some integrated graphics capability, and a few vendors included 128MB DDR3 sideport memory. Given that Kabini APUs grab a chunk of RAM to give the GPU memory, and that the chips only support single channel memory, I think it would've been a great way to mitigate one of the deficits of the chipset. That would've raised the board's price a little bit, but I think it could've justified the increased price.
Pros: A nice and quiet copper/aluminum heatsink that does it's job. I bought this for someone elses computer because her Stock AMD Phenom II X3 720 fan was loud and annoying. I have an unrevised Arctic Freezer 7 in my computer cooling my X4 955.
Cons: Mounting system is different. It's not bad; just different. See Other Thoughts. No eggs off because I'm an idiot.
Overall Review: This fan mounted into position with two philips screws, one for each mount. It caught me off guard, since every fan mount that I've worked with were using something similar to the AMD stock fan mounts (tension lever..thingy). I failed to tighten the mount on the topside, which pulled on the CPU when in the upright position. This gave me weird behaviors, glitches, and BSODs. Just remember to check that everything is mounted properly after installing one of these. I thought the graphics card or PSU was bad because it always crashed during GPU intense apps and games.
Pros: Shows the power my electronics pull. Gives measure of amps, voltage amps, watts, kw, and hertz. Really helps to make a comparison of new and old electronics bought and their impact before you get the power bill.
Cons: Hard to see in without a light shining directly on it. It's bulky, which makes it hard to fit in tight spaces and covers other recepticals, which can be a annoying since you have to keep pulling and plugging.
Overall Review: I would never have guessed the entertainment system I just put in would pull a minimum of over 300 watts of power to run. I thought it was interesting when I was pulling the same amount of power, but with my gaming rig. I also compared my new LED LCD TV to the old plasma that I've had for years. 55 watts max on the LED and 290 watts for the plasma. Huh...wow.