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Pros: Price when it's available as a Shell Shocker
Warranty listed on box
No external power connection required
Cons: To get warranty listed on box, a support case will need to be opened with WD
Other Thoughts: This drive provides room for growth for my Xbox One library. As its the Ultra, the faster spindle speed helps cut down on load times. As noted in other reviews, the WD warranty was "off" by a year. Opening a case and providing the necessary proof of purchase allowed customer support to correct this issue on the back end.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Performs in line with expectations for AMD APUs
New quiet cooler isn't as flashy/drool worthy as the Wraith cooler in AMD's higher end offerings, but it is certainly quiet in comparison to prior generation stock coolers
Price to performance ratio
Cons: For the intended market and use - none
Other Thoughts: I'm impressed with the enhancements AMD has offered in the box with respect to the cooler. The case fans in my build are louder than the CPU cooling solution. Performance is solid for this price point, and the integrated R7-series GPU is serviceable for light/casual gaming applications. Certainly worth the price of admission, even when considering the end of the line for the socket used by this processor.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Contains the necessary connectivity options for most use cases
Worked well with the APU I paired it with (A8-7650K)
PS/2 ports for legacy peripherals
Cons: 4 SATA ports
2 DIMM slots
Other Thoughts: Flawless operation upon installation. BIOS update process didn't present any unexpected surprises. Top notch implementation of functionality within the BIOS, and it correctly detected the XMP profile for the G.Skill Sniper DDR3-2100 memory I used with it. Surprisingly, a prior MSI gaming focused motherboard that I had previously owned got the timings correct, but the voltage was incorrect. That issue did not occur with the A68HM-E.
The noted cons aren't really cons, but are the inherent limitations that come with the form factor and achieved price point. Realistically, the max storage and memory capacities that can be implemented will work well for the majority of use cases. Bearing in mind that FM2+ is at the end of the road due to the release of AMD's next-generation offerings that will use an AM4 socket, this motherboard is a true bargain and exceeded my expectations of what can be had for a very reasonable price point. If you're looking to put together a low-cost system for basic productivity or media consumption, this motherboard is an excellent choice.