Design and layout
The smaller cooler means that the MSI E350IA-E45 is a little more spacious and looks less crowded, none of which is advantageous since you won’t be plugging lots of RAM or addon cards such as graphics cards and sound cards in. The SATA ports are placed above the PCIe slot, just like on the Gigabyte E350N-USB3.
CMOS battery stuck to the back of the rear panel
One somewhat awkward detail we noticed was that the CMOS battery that’s typically mounted horizontally or vertically on the board itself, was stuck to the back of the back panel ports using a two-sided adhesive pad and connected to the board using a small cable. Awkward, it may be but it's functional.
The smaller cooling solution wasn’t a hurdle either as temperatures like on the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 were very much under control with minimal heating.
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