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L337 Gaming Z97-MACHINE LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Ivan T.
  • 2/16/2015 7:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI NEED HELP ?? Failed Bios ??

Pros: Worked well when i got it
Handled everything fine

Cons: But When I tried to update the bios it failed and I'm stuck on this weird startup menu that wont let me access windows and Also my HDD and 8gb of Ram is not detected. Idk what to do So i have to use my warranty which i dont know how to do (^_^''') Can someone help me ? get in touch with the manufacturers so I can get a new one and send mines in ?? I've had it for about 2 months

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the BIOS troubles you have had.

If you haven't already, please contact us and we will work with you in finding a solution.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD15021710004

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Dennis B.
  • 2/10/2015 12:09:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuy this MOBO, Works GREAT!

Pros: Fabulous mobo for the money and for its features. Does everything I want. Great technical support from ECS.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: Tom's Hardware did a review of this L337 Machine mobo and four competitors back on May 13, 2014. The L337 Machine board was top rated, so I bought it in December 2014 for my new gaming box. I build a new gaming PC every two years from scratch, nothing recycled.

As a gaming board the L337 Machine has ALL the features I want. I only use one video card and one PCIe card (eSATA for my backup HDD). I paired it with a retail i7 4790K processor and a Cooler Master Seidon 120v liquid cooler. I'm running 16 GB of G. Skill Sniper DDR3-1600 RAM and a Radeon HD 6970 GPU, by PowerColor (I only game at 1080p so I don't need top-of-the line GPUs). My boot drive is a 480 GB Crucial SSD.

Here's some stats. At a room temperature ranging between 19 and 21 C my i7 4790K CPU temperature ranges between 21 and 45 C, my L337 Machine board temps range from 25 to 42 C and my Crucial SSD temps pretty much stay at 23C. The HD 5970 video card's temps range between 44 and 48 C. My Rosewill Challenger case has a 12 cm front fan and a 14 cm top fan, which helps.
I've got a stable 4.7 GHz overclock (O/C) at the following settings: multiplier = 46, front side bus(FSB) = 103, vCore = 1.251. I won't run a 22nm lithography CPU at 1.3 vCore plus, because IMHO this voltage and higher, very much shortens lifetime, especially for the i7 4790K. However, I did test this CPU (to see what it would do) using Prime95 (version 27.7) for 8 hours at vCore 1.35, multiplier 47, FSB 103, for an O/C = 4.8GHz with no problems, except a temperature increase on all components.

The UEFI Bios on the mobo is pretty basic, but adequate. The manual is well written. I had some concerns about programs on the install DVD but ECS helped me perfectly and just one day after my inquiry. I've been building gaming PCs since the mid 80s and I'm patient and persistent in getting the best build for the buck.

My conclusion for readers here on Newegg: buy this L337 Machine motherboard!

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  • Dan B.
  • 1/12/2015 11:14:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDifferent experience

Pros: My experience with this board differs from other reviewers, but probably because my usage differs.

I am not overclocking. I am not adding tons of peripherals. I set out to build a very simple, budget gaming box. This board fits that bill very well for the price.

I've added memory, a cpu, and a video card and it works just fine. I may add sound down the line, but right now it's better than what I had before.

I find the performance of my box very snappy.

Cons: Total of three issues encountered.

First is a minor installation note. Take your time matching the case plugs to the motherboard. The labeling from different companies is often just as different as it can be. Probably can't be helped, but a little more documentation would have been nice.

Second, unclear at this time, but I sometimes get a pc that won't boot because of the video card. Reseating the card clears the issue. I have not yet determined if the cause is the card or the mobo. Jury is still out for now. Does not happen often.

Third, also a minor issue. The board is shipped with an "ez charger" app which is supposed to power usb ports during all the PC S* states with a high current flow for quick charging. I have not yet been able to get this to work.

Other Thoughts: If I ever resolve the graphics or mobo issue above, I'll update the review. To be fair though, unless it starts happening more often I'm not likely to spend time on it.

ez charge is not a deal breaker, but it would be nice if it worked "out of the box" and didn't need any fooling about.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/11/2015 10:08:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat boards

Pros: it's not red I hate red. easy install I haven't built a computer since 1999 and this mobo posted flawlessly and came in a great box.

Cons: didn't come with a sticker!

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  • Patrick R.
  • 12/26/2014 6:14:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisregard Previous 4-Egg Review

Pros: The layout is simple. That is correct. And it runs just fine at exactly factory settings. Very stable. Low temps. Lots of fan connections.

Cons: It is billed as an OVERCLOCK board. One that is made specifically to support OC. ECS uses every available surface of the packaging to tout that "fact". Their BIOS has OC settings enough to make anyone happy. But...I could not OC this board. It did not matter what I set the voltage to. It did not matter how I changed the multiplier etc etc etc. I've OC's at least a dozen CPUs and this MOBO is useless. It tells you it is OC'd. But if you check it with CPUZ or another utility - it's not. Moreover, if you use the terrible Windows-based OC software that comes with it, (yes, I know I should know better, but nothing I did in BIOS worked) then it becomes unstable. Even a slight change from factory specs will crash it the moment you put it under load with something a simple as Smite - let alone IntelBurntest.

Other Thoughts: If you want to pay too much for a board. Buy this one - even with the rebate, even if you are not going to OC this, you can find one as stable as this for much less at factory speeds, If - Heaven forbid - you want to OC - Stay as far away from this and any ECS board. After trying for two days solo, I worked with an expert on OCing over on (rhymes with "Mom's Cardware") and he was unable to OC two different ECS boards. Not saying none of them are doable, just the three that I know about. BEWARE.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you have had with your motherboard.

If you haven't already, please contact us so we can find out more specifics to your configuration and help find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Patrick R.
  • 12/13/2014 5:08:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLooks Great

Pros: The layout is drop-dead simple. I supports every function I need for a mid-range gamer. I plan on OCing an inexpensive CPU (G3258) and RAM and from what I can see this board should work just fine. Later I'll upgrade the CPU and it should handle that fine too. Love the 1150 socketing as it's about as plug and play as it gets. For a Z97 board, you can't beat the price. Never liked angled plugs. They are useful when the board is cluttered and you need access to areas that are all but cover-up by cards, cables, fans or even RAM heat-spreaders (they're like B-Ball kicks in the 80's...they seem to be getting bigger for no apparent reason..lol). This board has zero clutter. no extra stuff that I do not want or need. Extra stuff I do not need has the potential to do two things. 1.) Get in my way. Life is short I have three dogs under my feet when I build and 1 cat on my workbench to oversee my work...I do not need more stress. 2.) Generate heat. Heat is the death of all electronics. Extra capacitors etc draw power and gen heat. I hates heat! (Stoopid Heat).

Cons: I'm greedy and wish it had two more SATA connections. But it said 4 and that's enough to do what I want with nothing left over. Never liked

Other Thoughts: My opinion is just that. I've worked on $200+ boards, I've worked on $50 boards. This one seems to be well thought-out to fit right into the niche my current build will occupy.

I hope to write a bit more after I do the build. Still waiting for a few key components to go on sale (Hurry up Newegg!).

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  • Stefan R.
  • 10/1/2014 9:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's sort of improved?

Pros: - Budget Friendly
- Z97 Chipset
- M.2 Sata Express
- It's primarily black
- Intel Ethernet port
- Overclocked ram from 1600 to 2400 with 1.64v. (Although this is more likely to depend on the Integrated Memory Controller on your processor, as well as the ram itself)
- Error code readout on board as well as power button.

Cons: - The audio chip is in a questionable position. The problem with it being at the bottom of the board is an analog audio signal is more prone to interference with other components which can result in background noise. With it having to travel further, it more likely to be a problem. There is a reason they're placed on the far left side of a motherboard near the IO on most other motherboards. Luckily I haven't noticed too much excess noise.
- The straight sata connectors may conflict with a 2nd GPU. It seems to be spaced enough that it would probably only conflict with 2.5 or 3 slot cards.

Other Thoughts: My last review may have been done without enough use of the product. It has gained some points as I have used it more. According to the ECS website, the motherboard apparently now supports SLI. In contrary to the email I received that said SLI support wasn't a thing they were looking at adding. I still question this because there hasn't been a bios update since the board was released, or any other driver updates for that matter.

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  • f f.
  • 9/3/2014 5:20:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBang for the buck

Pros: Great price especially for a mid range gamer such as myself. Other boards have too much extras packed in that are not needed for a mid range gamer.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The other poster I guess is an expert, so will tell you what I know. Does your motherboard need to be as fat as others? Sata connections not angled? Thank YOU, not as huge of a pain to plug in. No mid range gamer is going to need more then 4, period. As a mid range gamer, why in the world would you need SLI? Most games that mid range gamer is going to play, would not need SLI anyway. It has your PCI slot not jammed right into your CPU, can easily do without another PCI E slot. Audio chip placement is a concern? LOL. DDR3 slots spaced oddly, if this bothers you definitely do not buy it.
If you are wanting a solid mid range gaming board with a great price tag, this is for you. Have had zero issues.

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  • Stefan R.
  • 8/1/2014 10:45:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSo many corners cut, no SLI

Pros: - Low Price
- Good Z97 chipset features, including M.2.

Cons: The motherboard is cheap. It is easy to tell that it was designed on a budget. It's slimmer than most ATX motherboards, it's got a 4+2 power phase, (which is mind boggling for Z97) It's SATA connectors aren't angled and there are only 4, 2 less than what Z97 chipset offers, IT DOESN"T SUPPORT SLI and they said they don't plan to either. It lacks a bottom PCI-E slot, even a x1 or PCI would be nice. The mosfets look and feel incredibly cheap, it's got a mix of PWM fan headers and 3 pin. The Audio chip location is questionable. The first two DDR3 slots are closer than the other two for some reason. And it's front panel headers are longer than normal.

Other Thoughts: What the heck is with no SLI support? Obviously to save money and not have to pay royalties to Nvidia. But still absolutely mind boggling since Nvida dominates the dedicated GPU market.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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