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Pros: Great price. This laptop was expensive new. Like $1200 in 2011 Great shape, 6000 hours on the harddrive, all the hardware tested good, Everything worked. Windows Pro 64 bit all set up correctly. Activated okay. They installed a great package of software. Open office, win7, drivers all correct. BIOS is old but I'm not upgrading because it works. Second generation Sandy Bridge i5
Cons: Just some wear on the keyboard and palm rest. Power cord a little lose but works fine. Had to activate and do a few tweaks. Set IE start page, register the laptop with USMicro.
Other Thoughts: I took the chance and rolled the dice on this. Needed a new laptop quick. Glade I didREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Stunning good looks, smooth action, solid build quality
Other Thoughts: If you are a serous gamer you need this board. No other can compare as far as I'm concerned. Its spot onREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
Pros: For a budget board its extremely good looking. The ASRock H97 Performance is a entry level gaming board that has some basic over clocking features. It's perfect for someone just getting into over clocking and building. At sub $100 ASRock delivers the goods. First the BIOS is the basic UEFI and simple to use. No confusing graphics or nomenclature. It will run any of the 1150 CPU line including the new Pentium G3258 that is unlocked. And it will over clock it! Also all 1150 i3, i5, i7 CPUs are supported. It has everything you need and nothing extra. Well thought out package. First its well packed with a closed foam support. SATA cables and manual. Basic I/O plate and that's it. It has nice features: Quality heat sinks, Caps, Chokes, power connectors, PCI-e 16 3.0, 8 Phase, Intel gigabyte lan, 6 SATA 3, Purity sound 2, and supports Crossfire. It also has plenty of connectors. DVI, HDMI, D Sub many USB 3.0 and 2.0 and plenty of fan headers. ASRock puts its money where a PC enthusiasts wants it. In the power phase and the Intel lan. Not in a fancy box or I/O plate. If your having difficulty over clocking a CPU with this board then check out Techpowerup.com for Haswell's over clocking guides.
Cons: But a board at this price has to have its liabilities. It does not support SLI, ram will top out at 1600, (which is not bad), over clocking is limited but ASRock has some tricks up their sleeves and there budget boards have always done this well and this board is no exception. It over clocks the CPU! The front header is in a odd place but the SATA connectors are at the bottom out of the way of the GPU. But they are vertical which will get mixed reviews. Crossfire is limited as the second PCI-E port will run at 4x. There is no M.2 or SATA express found on most of the Z97 boards
Other Thoughts: ASRock is knocking on the big boys doors with this Non Z over clocking gaming Motherboard. With stunning good looks and all the correct features a new PC builder wants without the huge price tag. I'm really impressed with what they deliver in this price range. Sure others have deducted points for no fancy new connectors or Killer nic. But at this price this board deserves 5 stars all day. Did I mention its under $100! I haven't paid less than $100 for a over clocking board in 5 years. Thank you ASRock. This is what you do well.READ FULL REVIEW