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Typical Asus Awesomeness!! 06/09/2013
This review is from: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I love Asus boards. They are rock solid performers and chock full of features. This board has everything you can ask for and more. Runs well and with no complaints. UEFI BIOS is nice. You can move favorite items around to a specific screen to get quick access to everything. Being able to use a mouse in the BIOS is nice too.
The nicest thing about this board is it doesn't have any stupid PCI or IDE slots taking up space on the board. What person buying such a high performance board is going to bother hooking up older, slower components to this beast?!
The board is chock full of overclock options. Other than the memory (I have GSkill DDR3 2133 memory), I haven't bothered with overclocking. For those who are heavy into this board, this board is their wet dream.
Aesthetically speaking, this board looks sweet as well. It's easily the best board I've ever seen. I've put several systems together for me and my friends.
My complaints are few, minor, and mostly not worth worrying about:
- I scratch my head about some features on this board. I think Asus was so eager to add features to this board they might have went too far to just have several bullet points on the ol' spec sheet. The USB 3.0+ charger is an example. Only one USB port can do this and it is on the back of the case in an odd spot. No big deal you say, I can hook up an extension cable. Alas, the manual says such a cable or even a hub is not supported for this feature. Considering most people will put their system in or under a desk, most people won't bother with this feature. There are other features like this that make me wonder.
- The memory slots are a bit to close which makes me wonder about cooling the memory sticks. An extra 16th of inch space between each slot would've worked wonders. Additionally, the way the memory goes in it is easy to think the memory is seated properly when it is not.
Upgrading from a Core 2 Quad 3 Ghz 9650 system, I was not all that impressed with the Haswell CPU. However, the features of this board and its chipset make the upgrade worth it.
This board is typical Asus rock solidness, works fast, and is packed full of features. This is a no brainer. Get it. Now.
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