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MSI MSI Gaming 990FXA-GAMING AM3+/ AM3 AMD 990FX & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Pros: Decent looking bios and has some nice connections. Certainly less trouble than any Asus board I've ever had (all had mislabeled switches or other serious physical flaws LOL).

Cons: They went cheap on the front USB header making it only 3.0 vs the rear connectors which are 3.1. WHY? Onboard sound (which sounded great) didn't last long at all. The plastic clip that locks the GPU down broke IMMEDIATELY with very little pressure. BIOS lacks many options I'm used to seeing on other gaming boards. Other issues well documented by other reviewers. The manufacturer responses show they don't actually pay attention to what many people ever write. MSI doesn't handle RMA's nearly as well as EVGA who always cover shipping for me plus they wait for my replacement to arrive BEFORE I have to ship back the original parts. Not sure why every company can't be like that.

Other Thoughts: Despite following many OC guides mine just can't handle more than a very, very mild OC, so obviously I lost on the production lottery of this board. Don't know why it took me so long to write a review of this board.

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Samsung Electronics 24X DVDRW SATA Optical Drives Model SH-224FB/RSBS
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2 out of 5 eggs Just Stopped Working for No Reason 08/08/2016

This review is from: Samsung Electronics 24X DVDRW SATA Optical Drives Model SH-224FB/RSBS

Pros: When it worked everything was normal. Thought it was superior to the LITE-ON drives (their doors always failed to open so I always had to stick a pin in the tiny hole to open them).

Cons: There is NO lock for the sata cable therefore the cable comes loose with the slightest vibration on your system. What kind of company makes a sata connection that won't hold the cable in place?

After a few months it just doesn't detect any dvds I insert. Complete waste of money. Wish I could just get my money back or at least a replacement. No chance far as I can see.

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XFX Radeon R9 270X DirectX 11.2 R9-270X-CDBC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent FPS and smooth gameplay. Came with 3 games via the AMD promotion, only one of which I ended up playing (Alien Isolation).

Cons: Hate and I mean HATE Catalyst software and especially AMD Evolve bloatware. Don't get me started on unreliable drivers. Never had issue with Nvidia in my life.

Had an issue where no matter what monitor I plugged in to wither DVI output the primary would randomly SCRAMBLE when I moused over to my secondary monitor. I had to reboot to get the darn screen back to normal. HDMI simply would not work at all! (Found that out after the 30 days were up). Epic failure and had no luck finding a solution via support.

Other Thoughts: I sent VERY detailed info and the responses I got indicated that support had ignored much of what I told them. They only replied 3 times then stopped responding. Should have just returned the card but decided to keep trying to troubleshoot on my own and ended up past 30 days. So I boxed it up and will try and sell it. Such a waste of time and money.

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Display Name: David G.

Date Joined: 02/09/06

  • Reviews: 40
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  • First Review: 11/12/08
  • Last Review: 10/23/16
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