- Intel Z87
- 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
- DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
- $159.99 –
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Check the screws 01/25/2014
The board is pretty cool looking and the dragon theme is carried out throughout the board. Even so far as to the heat spreaders that look like dragons from the side profile. Those spreaders were part of the reason I only gave this board 4 eggs though. (See cons for further explanation.)
The Killer Networking feature seems to work well. I've only had it for about a week, but did notice some things getting throttled down a bit in speed while I'm running an online game. Pretty nice feature to have in my opinion.
All in all, good board and I would recommend it.
As I mentioned in the pros section, there was an issue with the heat spreaders on my board. One of them was so loose that it was almost falling off right out of the box. I turned it over and found that the screws were not tightened at all. I simply re-tightened them, but upon inspecting the screws for the other heat spreader, I found them to be slightly loose as well. Moreover, there were other screws that needed tightening. I'd say I had to tighten up at least half of the screws on the underside of the board before I put it into my case.
Putting it in my case was the second problem. After mounting the board and try to connect everything, I found that the 19 pin connector for the front USB ports on the case was mounted parallel with the board. Combine that with the fact that there are going to be drive bays directly in front of that port on any case, makes it nearly impossible to connect the USB cable while the board is mounted in your case. I had to disconnect everything I had connected prior to this, which was nearly everything as I was almost done, unmount the mobo and then connect the case before resetting the board. This was much more of a headache that it needed to be if the port was just perpendicular rather than parallel.
The Killer Networking feature does come at a price as well. You have to run a program with it. Which makes sense so that it can throttle appropriately. However, I cannot get the icon to not appear in the system tray. Additionally, it seems you cannot even install the drivers for the network controller without the bloatware program as well. This just may be me, but i hate having more than what is necessary appear there. So, I could do without this.
While a headache to install and comes with, I still don't regret my purchase
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