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Pros: -master controlled outlet
Cons: -Poor labeling on the cable ports. Everything else is labeled with words, but the cable ports are labeled with triangles. I couldn't tell if up mean in or out. The manual doesn't mention anything either.
-Cable port interfered with cable internet. I tried both up as in and down as out, as well as up as out and down as in. If the signal went through the surge protector, it caused a signal drop.
Other Thoughts: Would have liked fewer master controlled ports. Maybe an option to have like 3 instead of 6 controlled ports. I bought more than one of these, so I might test to see if the cable issue happens to the other ones. This was with cable internet from time warner cable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Works with Windows 10, no driver issue like others are reporting.
Cons: -The connector wires for the wifi card are hard to snap on.
Other Thoughts: I was just looking for a simple board to use with a i3-4170 and to run Windows 10. The upgrade ran fine, and Windows 10 automatically picked most drivers. I was worried about the WIFI from the reviews, but it is picking up both 2.4GHz and 5GHz in Windows 10. I am able to get 200Mbps down and 60Mbps up. I am using the Windows 7 driver for the Qualcomm Ethernet port, since the one Windows 10 picks up gives me a warning sign in device manager.
I'm not mounting this board in a mini itx case, so I would like the option to mount the wifi antenna farther away in a PCI slot. Not really sure why it only has 5 instead of 6 SATA ports, but I won't use all of them. Maybe they could have added a M.2 or mSata port.
This review is from: MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Supports Windows 10
Cons: Bad Software on the CD and Live Update Utility
Other Thoughts: I reinstalled everything 2-3 times trying to pin point what was causing BSOD with Windows 7. I was almost convinced the Corsair LS ssd was the issue. Gave it one last try, and avoided any software from the CD and msi live update software. Downloaded drivers from the vendor if possible, and then from MSI. I only took any software that was needed. Installed all of them manually and not with the live update software. Now the BSOD seem to have gone away.
The upgrade to Windows 10 seems to have gone smoothly. No missing drivers after the update.