- Intel Q77
- Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
- DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Great board for SFF HTPC 03/25/2014
This review is from: Intel BOXDQ77KB LGA 1155 Intel Q77 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
This board has been running 24x7 in my system with an Intel i5-3475S CPU for several months. No problems. Great little board for a SFF HTPC.
I'm running Windows 7 Pro x64 with Windows Media Center, and I didn't see a need to update the BIOS. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... especially with BIOS. If a new version of BIOS actually fixes a problem that you are experiencing, then this is the ONLY reason to update BIOS. Otherwise, leave it alone. Same goes for drivers... especially for an HTPC.
My system has a 4TB HDD, a 120GB mSATA SSD, a slim slot-load BD/DVD-RW combo drive, and 8GB of RAM, which is plenty for a dedicated HTPC. With all software installed and running, the system idles at 25 watts! Prior to installing the software (antivirus, Media Center plugins, etc), it idled at 18 watts. Without the software, HDD and ODD, it idled at 11 watts.
I have no need for the extra Ethernet port, and have never tried to use it.
This isn't mentioned in the specs nor the manual, but the analog audio output jack doubles as a mini-TOSLINK (optical audio) jack. Very nice.
It's frequently out of stock on NewEgg. I had to buy it at an auction site.
I installed this in a Morex 887 case. It's perfect for my needs, but unfortunately this case isn't carried by NewEgg. I had to buy it from a small online retailer in California. That retailer only lists the case as a barebone (with motherboard, PSU, etc). I contacted them to buy the case by itself, and they were happy to sell it to me.
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