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MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) – One of the First Mainboards with PCI Express 3.0 Support

Started by: Papoulka | Date 10/18/11 03:19:08 PM
Comments: 2 | Last Comment:  10/21/11 10:25:01 PM

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MSI = "Missing Something Important"
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In the past few years I have spent much more time than I ever expected learning about case ventilation and fan controls. Overclocking on air pretty much demands this, unless you can tolerate a great deal of noise 24/7.
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Fortunately, I have an Asus motherboard with a serious complement of headers, several of which can control off thermal probes, and almost all of which can at least be set within a range of speeds.
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While I have found many shortcomings in the BIOS settings for these, at least they are present and functional. I can't imagine buying a mobo - especially a "flagship" model - without similar equipment.
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Does MSI somehow think airflow doesn't matter? Or that noise doesn't matter? Or that size, convenience, predictability, and reliability of the air management all don't matter? How can they produce a board with nothing but a handful of brain-dead full-speed headers, functionally no different than a molex power extender?
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==> I hadn't looked much at MSI, and won't the next time either.
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Thanks for mentioning this point in your review. Too many mobo reviewers never get into fan control because they are testing on an open bench. Of course, 99.9% of their readers will be building in a case, where airflow matters a LOT.
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1 0 [Posted by: Papoulka  | Date: 10/18/11 03:19:08 PM]
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Another dud from MSI, I really dont know why they even bother anymore, crap bios releases that only ever partially work and usually near useless when overclocking
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 10/21/11 10:25:01 PM]
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