The colour scheme, albeit not as enticing as blue, black and aluminium heatsinks, looks pleasant enough with a red PCB and blue and black connection and memory DIMM slots.
A couple of stickers are attached to the board too which simply highlight the Easy OC switch and Active Phase Switching features; as if you could have missed them from the external packaging.
The overall layout seems functional and well thought-out. Some might argue with the SATA ports not being set at 90 degrees but with only a single PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slot utilised in the design which is much further up the board, it doesn’t really cause any problems that are often the case with large graphics cards overhanging the SATA ports.
This also leads us onto one area that will put some enthusiasts off straight away; with only the one PCI-e x 16 slot, dual graphics card configurations are simply a no-go area. As I said before this board isn’t going to wow you with an array of audacious and brilliant features instead it aims to get the basics absolutely spot on.
The IDE port, however, is set at 90 degrees preventing any interference with extra long video cards from occurring. A floppy port too is included with some enthusiasts may view as wasted space but then real futurists will be looking for something with a lot more gizmos and gadgets than the MSI 770-C45.
The heatsinks are pretty minimal with a small aluminium design seated over the 770 chipset. Attached with spring loaded plastic pins, it’s not the most secure but should do the job. The only other heatsink, over the SB710, is secured in the same way but is much smaller in its architecture.
With the apparent lack of any substantial heatsinks, some extra cooling will probably be required in order to keep temperatures in the safe zones.