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ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Z87-Pro without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, neither of which I wanted on my PC. Got it from The Egg for $140! UEFI has insane amount of overclocking options with Haswell i5 and i7 in mind. Using CPU-Z and AIDA64 CPUID I saw that my investment in an EVGA Supernova 1000 P2 was well worth it as voltages are dead on at all times -even while overclocking the snot out of CPU and RAM. LED "Q-Code" readout is great for troubleshooting problems and simply being aware of where your MB is at before the OS boots. Came in handy during my overclocking crashes. Heat sinks and other gold bits look classy without being garish. ASUS Q-Connector made front panel wiring the easiest I've ever seen. Every manufacturer should do that! 8 SATA III ports for great storage options. Fan controls would be nice to use if I wasn't already invested in a Sentry Mix 2 for all of my case fans. Temp monitoring is very good. XMP profile of compatible G-Skill Sniper RAM dialed right in. Overclocked my i5 4670K up to 4.4GHz and RAM to 1866, both stable. Onboard Power, Reset, Direct Key, TPU, EPU, and Mem OK all make tuning the PC in an open case VERY convenient.

Cons: UEFI Profiles are a bit sketchy to set up and reload. If you are careless (like me!) it's too easy to accidentally overwrite a profile that had a lot of time in it, and the interface of that tab is not as intuitive as the rest of the UEFI for some reason.

Other Thoughts: Teamed this MB up with 1866 Sniper from G-Skill, a Core i5 4670K, H110 mounted topside in a C70 case, EVGA Supernova 1000 P2 PSU, with Win 8.1 on a Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD. Happy Days!
System:
Corsair C70
ASUS Z87-Pro (V)
i5 4670K
G-Skill Sniper 1866
Sandisk Extreme 2 240GB SSD
MSI R9 270X 2GB OC Gaming
EVGA Supernova 1000 P2
5 other HDD/SSHDs
Win 8.1 x64

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs UN Necessary 07/06/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download

Pros: Boots very fast (that may have something to do with the killer machine I just built for it though...;)
seems responsive. Has a traditional Windows desktop as the default upon boot.

Cons: Everything Windows has ever had is still there, just rearranged and hidden in a bizarre new maze of tricky windows gimmicks.

Other Thoughts: The search bar is your best friend in Windows 8.1, but you need to either go to the tiles start page to see it or know to move your mouse to a super-secret location on the desktop to make it miraculously pop up along with a few other buttons including the very odd version of the start button that does not have right click functionality of the 'actual' start button. The control panel can be accessed several different ways and it's the same old control panel, but even the easiest way to get to it (the super-secret auto-hide button bar on the right side of the desktop) is tedious when you're used to everything being right at the Start button, which now does something completely different. The "settings" are accessed with an icon that looks like a gear but depending on where you find that gear the links within the settings will be scrambled around. i.e. from the super-secret button bar on the desktop, the settings window shows Control Panel at the very top, but if you open settings from the start tiles page, control panel is at the very bottom. The whole redesign seems totally unnecessary and appears to be little more than a failed attempt to mimic an iPad. Sound familiar? It's 1994 all over again, only this time the GUI is a chaotic mess. The only reason to get Windows 8.1 is to take advantage of modern hardware and software that is not supported (deliberately) in Windows 7.

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G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as advertised. Got it on sale for $70.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: In 2007 I built my first computer and paid $300 for 2 1GB sticks of Corsair Dominator 1066 RAM. Everything was WAY more expensive then. I now have this installed in an ASUS Z87-Pro (V Edition) motherboard with an i5 4670K and it is able to run at 1866 with the processor overclocked to 4.4GHz. I bumped the voltage on this RAM from 1.5 to 1.52 to keep it stable but it handles that without breaking a sweat. I've bought dozens of G-Skill kits between building machines for work and upgrading home PCs and not a single one has ever been bad in any way. The oldest ones are 5 years+ and still chugging away like new!

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Display Name: Jeffrey G.

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