Joined on 04/07/11
One for the TV room – OR core gamers.
Pros: -Six SATA device capability which supports RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD via the AMD A85X chipset. The 6 ports all face the user. The SATA 6.0Gb/s south bridge allows SSD (Solid State Drive; memory chip based) offers owners the luxuries it was designed for. FAST read times. If you are a HDD (Hard Disk Drive; mechanical based) user, you will NOT see any hard drive performance increase since a mechanical drive cannot physically spin faster than 1-1.5Gb/s anyway. -DVI, VGA, plus an HDMI output reserving this MoBo as an excellent high-mid gamer, but an even more powerful HTPC (Home Theater PC). Yes it supports dual-displays (HDMI+VGA/HDMI+DVI/VGA+DVI) AND get THIS… even triple-displays (HDMI+VGA+DVI)!!! (Side note: Most modern PC games only utilize 2 cores. Very few offer multi-core support) -All Solid Capacitors which is the usual method of practice for a great company such as MSI. Solid capacitors have a longer lifespan than the alternative electrolytic capacitors (liquid filled), which means more stable power under high temps and no leaks from swelling under power/temp loads over time. Combined with the “Cool’n’Quiet” technology it offers, it has VERY high hopes of living MUCH longer than the offered 3 year warranty (more confidence shining through from MSI). The ONLY thing that could SERIOUSLY make this MoBo ANY better would have been to use Military Grade capacitors. -UEFI branded MSI “Click Bios II” with FULL touchscreen support. There is also the feature to adjust the Bios from within Windows. Again, VERY nice feature. -OC Genie II. Auto overclock (OC) the APU without ANY OC knowledge. -The “USB Safeguard” feature means there are Anti-ESD (Anti-Electro-Static Discharge) chips built-into the motherboard. Basically it prevents USB devices AND the MoBo from being damaged by short-circuit. VERY nice feature. -HUGE range of DDR3 type memory will work in this MoBo from 1066MHz speeds all the way up to 2133MHz. -8 channel audio. GREAT for home theater users or gamers that love their sound. -10x USB 2.0 (4 in front) and 4x USB 3.0. (2 in the front). -There is also a nice thick MOSFET heatsink/heatspreader on the Voltage Regulation Modules (VRM) [to the left of the CPU] that will help ensure a long lifespan. (Note: the FM2 socket is powered by a 5-phase VRM.)
Cons: -No standoffs or screws included. Granted most MoBo’s don’t come with standoffs, those usually come with a new case. But still, that would be a cheap and easy plus for MSI. No eggs off. -Should have replaced the PCI slot with at least a 4x speed PCIe socket. Preferably an 8x speed. -Only came with 2 SATA cables. Basic installation needs fulfilled; 1 for hard drive, and 1 for CD/DVD. 4 would have been nicer. BUT they’re the black cables with a 90 degree bend on one end. . . OTHER THOUGHTS: -I used this MoBo as a new build for a friend (yes I gave him the board). The system is running an AMD A10-5800K processor (which is running @ 4.2Ghz) and threw in 2x 8GB sticks of G-Skill Sniper 1866’s. The system is powered by an Antec 500 watt power supply (PSU – Power Supply Unit). This system is SNAPPY! VERY impressive. This motherboard has helped to made an EXCELLENT gamer. The OS drive is a Western Digital 750GB mechanical HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Using the A10’s built in GPU (AMD Radeon HD 7660D graphics) I installed Tomb Raider 2013, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3. All games run fine on medium to high settings (with the exception of Crysis 3 which is running at around 50% max settings. (NOTE: with an SSD installed, textures would load faster allowing some of these settings to be slightly increased). -This turned out to be an amazing little build with this MoBo, I was truly suprised. This is officially my first workings with an MSI MoBo (and an APU) and will NOT be the last! By the way, this was a plug in and go build. I didn’t even update the BIOS since the system ran fine. I will let my friend do that later on if he wishes. -It is hard to NOT talk about GPU’s when in fact this is a MoBo review, yet requires a CPU that has a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit; a.k.a. video card) built into it to operate. Another cool feature you will get when you buy this board and pair it up with the proper APU (Advanced Processing Unit [CPU+GPU]), you get the option to add a secondary discrete GPU to your x16 PCIe slot and “pair” it with the built in GPU of the APU (Hybrid Crossfire). An add-on GPU can enhance any APU’s built in GPU with this motherboard; that is, when used with an AMD GPU (no GeForce cards). For proper GPU pairings with specific APU processors for an extended “Dual Graphics” (CPU/GPU+GPU) experience, Google “AMD Radeon Dual Graphics” . When combined with an add-on (discrete) GPU to work with the built in GPU of the per mentioned APU’s (“AMD Radeon Dual Graphics”) this would make an fantastic budget gamer. -The 1866MHz RAM sticks I installed defaulted to 1600Mhz speed. No big deal. A quick trip into the BIOS solved that problem instantly. Nothing to take an egg off for. -Installation manual was easy to read and understandable. -Smart Phone and Tablet users will find the “Super Charger” feature to their liking allow the ability to charge their devices even when the computer is off.
Overall Review: -This MoBo ships with Winki 3, which is a Linux-based OS (Operating System) that is completely free of charge and has ALL the main functions to get you up and running, surfing the net and checking your email even if you don’t have an OS like Windows. It comes with all the basics and then some, and all the software available for it (which you can download) is 100% free! So you really don’t even need to buy an OS to use this MoBo. Thanks MSI for supporting Open Source products! -The board uses 6 standoffs making this board SOLID to the case. No flimsiness or weak bendable areas on this board. Great design. -Remember to always go online for the latest drivers and updates for your MoBo to get the peak performance and compatibility out of your new motherboard. -My final comments/conclusion; The built system has ran flawlessly and has been on 24 hours a day for nearly 3 weeks now playing games 16 hours a day and has not shown any signs of stress or weaknesses of any kind. My friend is VERY happy with his new “gaming rig”. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this MoBo to ANY mid to high-mid end gamer, or any one wishing to make a powerful HTPC. No questions about it. And with the speed and crunching power of the latest APU’s there is not a problem with also running it as an office computer either. Just that in this case you will get great graphics to boot from your APU. -Thank you again Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.
Pros: .Worked straight away out of the box with basic stand-alone drivers. . .Kind of futuristic/techie looking. . .In a USB 3.0 port it downloads at 3 Mega Bytes per second all day long (30Mb/s). . .No packet loss or disconnecting or restarting/unplugging EVER. Nice. . .
Cons: .Needs a hard adapter to space away from motherboard when plugged into the back of computer because the shape is impossible to use when many things are plugged into the computer like mine is (INWIN Dragon Rider full tower). And when plugging into the front of the computer my plugs are on top in the front and eats up the space of 2 USB ports, both of which are my 3.0 USB ports. It works well on my Cooler Master N400 series when plugged into the front however. . The included software is nothing more than a waste of time (installation) and hard drive space. It's useless. Just install the stand-alone driver and use windows wireless manager and you'll be fine. . . .
Overall Review: .Works better than my TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI-e card within 20 feet of the router. However after 25 feet wireless bars drop off quickly. But never had any packet loss whatsoever. . .I think it would be cool (but useless) if the black part slid out from the grey part. . .Would be great if it had the current 90 degree bed PLUS a swivel to make it easier to use on the back of computers. . .Tried and tested true for nearly 2 months and I can honestly say this is well made and very reliable. I waited so long to review because I REALLY like to hammer on my review products before I just throw up some half baked review that isn't quite true later on if it fails or whatever. But this adapter really holds up well. I noticed there is a newer version out now, and has probably outdone this version. . .I noticed there is new software drivers out for it. "Improved wireless coverage and throughput in XP/Vista/Win7/Win8. (Add Beamforming)" which I just found because I a putting the adapter into another machine. So I will probably really kick it up now. Cool. the original price-point is WAY too much. However the new $25 price is about what it should be.
Lightning in a DIMM module
Pros: . With the new AMD Expo it was a plug and play event. Popping off with cool 6k speeds . Diffusers work well in a softer lighting environment . There is NO need to overclock these; I mean it's already been done for you!
Cons: IF you call it a con, which you cannot, because of the RGB lighting, these are NOT low-profile but should work with 90% of the enthusiast cases and coolers out there in my opinion. . I don't care for the price point of these modules considering Corsair can do MUCH better on the price. RGB has made the enthusiast market bonkers in my opinion and therefore price point get lost on the swirling haze of colorful lights. BUT the 6k speeds help to redeem the price of these modules weighing in at a quarter of a grand.
Overall Review: My test board was a ASRock X670E PG Lightning AM5 with a Ryzen 7 7700X. I tested on AMD for folks looking for a quality RGB kit. The kit runs at a default 4800Mhz. With the new AMD Expo it was a plug and play event. Popping off with cool 6k speeds - you may need to enable it in your BIOS. With AMD systems you should find it listed as DOCP/EOCP, and from Ryzen 7000 series onwards, it should be listed in the BIOS as EXPO. . At these speeds games look like a live video recording versus a 25FPS video. There is PLENTY of room to swim with these super fast modules. . The iCue software for the RGB lighting was standard stuff and easy to install as well as use. It also supports temp readings as well as voltage readings. Cool feature! . AMD folks if you have the latest equipment, don't hesitate to use XMP stuff. it will change your day!! . At this price point I would probably wait till they went on sale if I were to buy them and be stoked happy, but for the beauty of the RGB 'softness' and illumination and lightning fast speeds, I would say don't wait too long, you COULD miss out and on that note I would highly recommend these Modules all day long. I mean at the guts core they ARE Corsair afterall. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET 'EM! . . OTHER THOUGHTS: . i didn't upload any pics because the couple of reviews WITH pics do an EXCELLENT job of displaying the brightness and dimness. Great job guys! Since i ALWAYS run my RGB as a white scheme it really did a lot for lighting up the case just a lil more even tho i like my lighting subtle and not like an electric daisy carnival; the diffusers look and work well for my needs and expectations. . ALSO I would LOVE to thank Newegg for ALL the trouble we had getting these modules to me. It was quite an adventure!!! THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH for sticking with it AND me. CHEERS!
SUPERB Quality at BUDGET Prices
Pros: There are SO many PRO's to this case it is unbelieveable!!! Before I get into this case review I would like to say that MUCH MUCH thought went into this case as if an end user designed this case themselves. This quality level and thought input ONLY comes from companies that are driven by 100% success by making products that people actually WANT. Montech [like Rosewill did] are an up and coming company that will be setting the bar HIGH for other companies; or they will be making boat loads of cash from ACTUAL FANS of this new company [I never heard of them till now]. No expense was spared in the creation of this case in my opinion. . Ok, let's get to it shall we?!!! . PROS: . + First thing I noticed was the case is about 1.5" wider than the usual case size thus allowing a HUGE air cooler of an EASY 6" to be installed. You can actually mount the top fans/radiator and STILL have enough room to install the motherboard with ZERO clearance issues. . + you can fit 10 feet of GPU's in this baby also. . + Yes it has REAL tempered smokey GLASS with a fantastic mounting system. . + The I/O ports in the rear come with a thumbscrew locking plate as WELL as quality phillips screws pre installed. . + DEFINITELY worth mentioning is the cable management slots to the right of the motherboard mount actually have rubber grommets with an x/+ slots in them. One of the internal pictures of the case does NOT reflect this. Don't know why! But when you look at the backside of the case in the pics it does in fact show the x/+ grommets. . + I have to say this case REALLY sucks... AIR that IS!!! It has 3 magneticly removable screens for VERY quick and efficient cleanning! The ONLY case I ever had that had this good of airflow was my INWIN Dragonrider; and I would say this case is even better!!! Just a note, remove magnetic filters while transporting the case. Depending on how you hold it the screens might slide off on you and you dont wanna drop this baby, even tho tempered glass needs a 44 slug to damage it! . + 8 [count 'em EIGHT) I/O slots versus 7 on standard cases (there are10 on full towers usually) . + 2 pre-installed Montech white fans and ALL mounting hardware enclosed. SUCH a treat regarding the added hardware! Once again proves quality in thoughmanship (is that even a word?) . + Nice FAT feet with rubber insers to set on versus some small pegs made of hard slipery plastic. . + The front panel is simple, clean and ballanced. . + Quick release slots for HDD's in rear (TOTALLY unexpected on my part) What a delight. . + Coming in at over 12.5 lbs should inform you of the quality this case totes. Couldn't find exact specs, but I would say this is 2mm steel for the chassis. The glass may weigh 3.5 lbs or so. It is NOT off ballance by any means thanks also to the wider chassis keepin this case firmly planted on the ground. . + The front panel pops off with ease allowing the filter behind to be removed effortlessly. VERY clean build design with this case both internally and externally! . .
Cons: CONS: . + Unless you're putting in a 3 foot long 1200W power supply into this case there is plenty enough room to cram even the messiest of PSU's into this case. Airflow on HDD's may be hindered, but I would reccommend trying to get at least an entry level enthusiast PSU to control the ammount of PSU cableing you need to install to keep airflow good over your HDD's. . .
Overall Review: OTHER THOUGHTS: . Black is back. And this is one sleek, cool B.A. case! This IS the case your mother warned you about!!! . THIS is the case ALL budget builders WISH they could get in features when shopping for a USEFUL case but couldn't afford them in the top tier brands offering the features this case seemlessly has applied with zero efforts. . Upon doing my review today, I see these cases are ALREADY sold out!!! Ye, i KNOW why also!!! . This case even though is a review item and I usually give away my review items to folks, THIS oine I WILL be keeping for my personal gaming rig. I am an AIR fan (vs water cooled), so this case fits right down my alley. . Thank you Montech and Newegg for allowing me to do this review. I haven't been so excited for a company like Montech in a LOOONG time. It has been an honor and pleasure reviewing this case. Thank you!
Pros: Did EVERYTHING it was supposed to do (...until... see other thoughts) . fast as ALL lightning and stayed cool as a cucumber. . cool silver metal casing . USB 3.0 .
Cons: Not bullet proof XD
Overall Review: It took a dive out of my backpack (fell 1 story when i leaned up against the concrete stairs & bounced down stairs 'n stuff for another 1 story). THAT didn't kill it believe it or not, it was my cat swiping it off the counter into the kitchen sink and set over night. I guess water seeped in the banged up case, WHO KNOWS why it died.
Slop Garbage @ Best
Pros: Not a single "pro" thing about it; well maybe the fans. This is amateur hour at it's worst. .
Cons: What to say about The Cooler Master cooler. Well actually a whole lot a whole lot of bad. . . Straight out of the box, the surface that touches the CPU was visualy noticeably uneven and not level or smooth by any means of the words. The heat pipes where it touches the CPU were not only bulged, but actually had different heights and several spaces and separations between them enough to the point where not only where the CPU block meets the heat pipes heat pipes were not soldered or finished in any way shape or form, but when I started twisting the base and spreading the towers, (after I had decided I would not install this on my worst enemies computer) the heat pipes all just kind of buckled and started popping out of the aluminum base block itself. The aluminum base is not soldered or bonded to any heat pipes at all. The block is just machined with several figure 3 loops and then the heat pipes are just pressed into the block. Very very cheap and completely impossible to have a smooth finished surface touching the CPU with this model design. . I decided to tear this one apart instead of using and testing it, and man am I glad that I did. . At this point after removing the aluminum heat block from the bottom after spreading The Two Towers with a couple of folding movements the heat pipes cracked and I could see what was inside. Of course I did this outside because I expected gas to be released. No gas just some chalky something-er-a-ruther in the heat pipe itself. I used a cigarette lighter to get it hot which is about what, 600 degrees?? The material in the heat pipe didn't budge it didn't start to melt it didn't Sizzle it didn't smoke it didn't melt I don't know what it was inside those pipes, but I would never put that on my rig or any rig for that matter. . The aluminum fins attached to the heat pipes that stick up which make the towers are nothing more than just pressed on they're not even soldered either. It's probably enough contact with the plates and the heat pipes to be efficient enough but I would expect at this price point and from a company such as Cooler Master to really up their game especially with an RGB setup. Seems like they're just playing on the RGB kick people will buy them because they're colorful and it's true. But in this case I'm going to say true enthusiast customers are going to be a lot more technical than that these are not just average users that don't know much about computers. This being a TR4 socket, means mostly enthusiast customers to begin with. .
Overall Review: If I could give a -5 egg, I would. . This is embarrassing Cooler Master I expect much better and I would imagine many of your customers would also.
Sent from Hoover Directly (refurbished)
had a nice size gouge scratch (i don't care), was cleaned to original factory ship specs with all fresh filters and gaskets, motor has an out of balance noise, very subtle to the uninitiated, but dead obvious to me; assumably the reason this one was refurb'ed. guess for my $44 (and free $10 newegg giftcard) my $34 will have to sit and spin till it dies. But i suspect this one is a beater, it'll prolly outlive me... XD
10 Ages Later... ... ... .
5-18 days shipping... NOT. it took 25 days and 2 emails to newegg. obviously shipping is horrible, but the product is the same stuff you would find at wally-world for $25. so it worked out... even though i didn't shower for 25 days LOL (NOT!!!).
Garbage in a trash bag (literally)
Stuck w/ another piece o' garbage keyboard. you have to press keys WAY down to make contact, and the resistance is quite strong on the keyboard. the goofy spacebar slot causes me to constantly miss spaces when typing.you almost have to look directly down to see the key illumination. itmay "look cool" but for a couch patato it is a hard keyboard to fumble with when trying to grab it when leaning up against the couch without hitting SOME kind of key. i did NOT realize this was a vendor till it was too late. i don't shop newegg vendors for a GOOD reason. the package took over 10 days to recieve (i am used to newegg shipping 1-3 days). when the package arrived it looked like Ace Ventura got a hold of it (the begining of pet detective when he was posing as a UPS delivery guy) Packaging was a white generic box inside of two cut boxes slid together and tapped (box was crushed and riped where the two met. short thin usb cable. overall it is just a cheap flimsy keyboard with no thought in it