Joined on 08/02/21
Missing driver in Windows 11
Pros: - Great build quality - Easy to install - Good bios and software support
Cons: The necessary ethernet driver is not included in Windows 11, and Windows 11 demands to connect to the internet in order to finish installing. The driver must be downloaded from the MSI website, loaded onto a USB stick, and loaded during installation. There's a "load drivers" button on the screen where you choose which drive/partition to install to. Do this in advance, because if you make it as far as the network connection screen (as shown in the instructional video on the MSI website), you will not be able to install the driver (the command line method on the Microsoft website doesn't seem to work), and you will need to boot from the disc again and start over.
Overall Review: The driver issue is not a deal-breaker, it is just not very well documented. I spent far too long troubleshooting this issue.
Wifi good, bluetooth bad
Pros: Easy to install, and wifi works perfectly.
Cons: Bluetooth connection is unreliable.
Overall Review: This is actually two devices in one: a high quality pcie wifi adapter, with a basic USB bluetooth adapter stuck on. The bluetooth chip even requires you to run a separate cable to an internal USB header - it does not communicate through the pcie interface, and I don't think it makes use of the antennas. I purchased this to use with a bluetooth Xbox controller, but the connection is so unreliable that it fully cuts out every minute or so and has to reconnect. I've had to keep the controller connected by a USB cable instead. I'm keeping the product for its wifi function, but I'm going to have to buy another bluetooth adapter.
Pros: - Good sound dampening - Good ventilation options - Easy to open and set up
Cons: - The cable storage area behind the motherboard is a bit too shallow, making it difficult to close the back panel once it's full of cables - The panels stick on gently with magnets and cannot be securely latched, making it difficult to keep that back panel closed with too many cables stuffed underneath - USB 3.0 plugs on the front of the case do not supply USB 3.0 levels of power for fast-charging devices (although it's possible this could be a motherboard issue) - Front LED is obnoxiously bright while blinking in sleep mode
Overall Review: If you can get all your cables to lie flat, this is a fantastic case. I might recommend getting a power supply with flat ribbon cables as opposed to bundled round cables. Even with bulky cables, though, it will do the trick - it will just take some fiddling to get everything in its place. Highly recommended if your priority is reducing noise without compromising ventilation.