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ASRock Z97M-ITX/AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great Motherboard for a Great Price 08/29/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97M-ITX/AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Price
Useful features
Great UEFI BIOS
Supports high speed memory at high voltages
Good overclocks

Cons: Color scheme, but once you have your stuff installed it's not very visible
PCB is not black like it appears in the picture, it is in fact dark brown
Only 2 fan headers, one CPU and one case fan, though both are 4-Pin, and was enough for my situation.

Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard as part of a budget computer build made for light gaming and some audio production work. The case of choice was EVGA's Hadron Air. Paired with an i3-4150 and a GTX 750ti, along with Corsair Vengeance Pro memory and a Samsung 840 Evo SSD, the build came together nicely. ASRock has one of my favorite UEFI BIOS layouts; Everything is simple and organized, and it gives you the options you want and ones you didn't even know you needed, such as a dehumidifier option which allows the fans to spin up periodically to keep moisture out even when the computer is off.

So far I have found the board to be very stable. Setting the XMP profile for the Corsair memory was extremely easy and is now running at 2400MHz with a Cas9. I understand that the i3-4150 is not overclockable but with this board in particular, I am able to set a custom turbo frequency of 4.5GHz and the CPU runs at that frequency the entire time.

Overall if it wasn't for the dark brown PCB and the early 2000's looking blue color scheme, this would be the perfect motherboard. I have not tested out the onboard audio or the AC wifi capability but I'm positive I won't be disappointed.

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Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-DX 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Slower than acclaimed speed

Other Thoughts: I was excited to buy this for my brand new notebook to replace the existing hard drive. Installing was as easy as can be, very similar to installing RAM in notebooks, and then removing the hard drive. After installing a fresh version of Windows 8.1 and installing all updates and drivers, I did a speed test with AS SSD Benchmark and here were my results...
Read: 460MB/S
Write: 160MB/S

So what is going on? It's advertised to have read and write speeds in the lower 500s. This is just very disappointing, and future buyers beware that this SSD does not run at the speeds that it is advertised, it is very noticeable over using a Samsung Evo SSD...

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EVGA 100-FS-C901-KR 92mm Sleeve mITX ACX CPU Cooler, Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All black
Fan cable is sleeved
Mounting couldn't be easier
It's exactly the same as the stock Intel cooler with its mounting mechanism, just push down on the clip in opposite corners of each other and it clips right in
Keeps an i3-4340 3.5GHz at 65C on full load using Prime95

Cons: Fan color doesn't match heatsink color, it's more of a faded black where the heatsink is glossy black
Can be very loud at full speed

Other Thoughts: Not sure how Pedro managed to mess up so badly, but the mounting mechanism on this heatsink was absolutely a breeze to mount

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Date Joined: 06/14/13

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  • Last Review: 08/29/14
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