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Great Budget Board... but....
on April 4, 2013
I bought this board for a brand new budget gaming rig. Having 4 RAM slots, a Sata 6Gb/s port and USB 3.0 were key in my decision to buy this. Having the Sata 6GB/s port will be great for an SSD upgrade in the future. The board itself is great and it makes cable management easy with the layout of the connectors on it.
However, I have ran into one minor/major complaint.
There are 6 mounting holes on the board to attach it to your case. These 6 holes are all located middle to left side of the board. Meaning there are absolutely ZERO mounting holes on the right side of the board. I checked the manual that came with the board, and this is in fact true. I'm not missing anything, I double and triple checked. Here's why it is a problem. You need to insert the RAM into the mobo before putting it into the case. If you try and do this after the fact, the force from inserting the RAM will bend the board on the far right RAM slot. It doesn't bend much, but it still causes the board to bend.
The bigger problem, is trying to hook up the 24 pin ATX power supply plug. Like a previous reviewer, I could not get mine to 'click' into place and had to push quite hard on the board to get it to go fully into the slot. This caused a great bend in the board, and put a ton of stress on the board as a whole. Eventually I used the paper manual that came with the board, and folded it up to place under the board to provide some stability while I inserted the plug. This allowed me to actually get the plug to go into the connector fully. It still didn't snap into place, but it did get a secure connection and was not able to be removed without releasing the clip. While this may seem like a minor complaint, it was stressful on myself to see how much force and bend was being applied to the board itself. I know this is a one time thing, unless I upgrade the power supply, but it was worrisome.
I would recommend this board and I stated it does have the features of a lot of higher end boards for 1/3 of the cost. However, maybe insert the 24 pin ATX power connector before putting the board into the case. It will be cumbersome, but will make it easier on the board and yourself.