Joined on 01/29/16
Good bang for buck
Pros: Got it on sale for 120. Great price even with next gen around the corner. Installed on Linux with drive encryption for my laptop and it's insanely fast. The only thing faster is optane, but it's a lot more expensive. Everything loads like never before. If you think SSD are fast wait until you try this. Data transfer is great at this price point. No downside to this in terms of the engineering. It's gives the Samsung 970 series a run for the money.
Cons: Expensive at msrp.
Overall Review: With the tariffs between US and China don't wait for better prices, might be a while until you see these go so low.
Poor quality for price range
Pros: has a lot of nice features to it. 6.3mm headphone jack. M.2 /w NVMe support. Plenty of SATA III connections. looks great in a windowed case. Love the red/black theme, goes well with MSI GPU theme. solid overclocking functions. Plenty of features for the user to play around with plenty of room for expansion with 4 way SLI support. love the msi BIOs for overclocking. The OC genie feature is great if you want a small boost with no effort. Built in LED lights look nice, but would have liked to see more of them on the board.
Cons: Had to give it one egg because at this price range $545 I expect much higher quality. The board promises a lot, but under delivers. My first board came with DOA wifi, usb ports working, sata connections working, unable to test M.2 connection or 6.3mm headphone jack (I hope those work). Had to RMA the first board. New board came with working wifi, but some of the built in usb ports are DOA. Tired of doing RMA. Haven't been able to use the pc for a month because of RMA/delivery and troubleshooting with MSI support. Going to keep this board with it's broken usb ports. Have not tried the M.2 connection yet or 6.3mm headphone jack. Controling the LED lights on the board doesn't work. Lights are in the default red which I don't mind because I'm going for a red/black theme anyway. The mystic light app doesn't work properly. Most of the MSI apps are poor quality and do not function as intended. For this price range, the user experience should not be summarized by "I hope it's not broken." At this point it's too late to rebate for me, if I had to choose again I would not buy this board. Buy at your own risk.
Overall Review: At $545 this board set me back a lot. For that price I could have purchased 2 boards without all the problems that this one board gave me. I'm probably going to stay away from MSI boards until they improve the quality control issues.
Great cooler - on par with Hyper 212 EVO
Pros: Installs like traditional Intel coolers with plastic push pins instead of screws.
Cons: fan is held on the cooler by a makeshift paperclip. I didn't like that, but you might like it because it's basically a universal way to hold any 120mm fan to the cooler if you have something else you want to use.
Overall Review: Got this on sale for 20 without tax. Great cooling for that price. Used it on an i7-8700k. CPU never hits above 66c without overclocking during gaming.
The most Modular case ever!
Pros: -Everything moves. -Everything comes off. -Everything is adjustable. -Surprisingly easy to work with. I recommend first taking the case apart entirely and planning out your system configuration than putting it all together. -comes with 2x led strips. -qi charger is very convenient. Not sure if it works with phones that have a thick cover, but mine is pretty thin and always charges the phone. -tempered glass looks great. -no power shroud! that's a huge plus, makes it a lot easier to manage the cables. Plus if you want to get custom braided cables it will look even better in this case. -storage trays are able to fit 2x SSDs for a total of 14 drives if you have that many. -Lots of room for E-ATX boards. I had a Phanteks Evolve (2015) case which claims to support E-ATX... it doesn't. My Rampage v e 10 barely fit in the case, but the board would bend and that caused my gpu to bend as well... as you may imagine bent hardware is not good in the long run so I found this case instead. It's freaking amazing and gorgeous with plenty of room inside. -very solid build quality to it considering the entire thing is modular. - it is elevated off the ground on very sturdy plastic legs about 1 inch or so. great if you have carpeting, but I keep my case on the desk to show off it's interior through the tempered glass.
Cons: -90 degree angle SATA cables will not work for the drive trays that store HDD/SSD because the thumb screws get in the way... that was a bad idea for this case, I hope they revise it in future editions. Also, thumb screws for the drive trays are a bit annoying would rather see something without screws at all. -Very few screws. For all the storage capability this case offers, there's only enough screws to use on 2 HDD/SSD. I contacted customer service thinking there was a mistake, but they actually provide you with very few screws for those storage trays. Their reasoning was that HDD/SSD already come with screws from the manufacturer. That's not always the case, I had a few SSDs from Samsung that didn't come with any screws and I had a few Plextor SSDs that came with screws, but they were too big and when I tried to put the storage tray back into it's spot I had to force it in. There's plenty of other screws for a lot other things I didn't use like water cooling. Anyway their customer service was nice enough to ship me extra screws, but I really think they should have provided screws for all the storage trays to begin with. -would like to see a plastic tool box for all the screws instead of ziploc bags. -I have a corsiar AX760 psu and had to remove the modular power cord from the case in order to make room for 2 bottom fans. not a big deal, but if you have a med-large psu it will block one of the bottom fans. I would like for them to get rid of the modular power cord completely and just replace it with a whole/rubber garment in the honey comb so that I could use my own cables and this would allow for more room without having to ditch the cord that came with the case... at least in my situation. -would like to see LEDs compatible with ASUS Aura. The LEDs are RGB, but they are limited to the default static colors red, green, blue, white, orange, and off. -front door is very week. the magnets barely keep it closed. a slight gust of wind would open it up. It's not such a big deal for me because I have a DAC unit in the front bay with a 6.3mm headphone sticking out so the door is always open, but it would still be nice to know that the door works well. -price... bought this at $250 because I didn't have time to wait for a sale. I would suggest waiting for a sale to buy this case. It's an excellent case, but has it's problems and not worth the $250 price tag on it anyway.
Overall Review: -one of the plastic clips that holds the top piece of the case was broken during shipping, not a big deal since there are plenty of other clips and there's no noticeable difference from the broken piece. the top piece stays on solid anyway. -really don't like the way the modular psu parts are arranged. I think they should have made it simple and made it so it can slide the psu inside like in most cases instead of having 3 pieces that need to be moved around if you want to make changes there. -Would like to see more screws for HDD/SSD trays.