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ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming K4 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: UPDATED 9-15-2016- have had this board for 11 months now. Zero problems.

Bought this a couple months ago to do my upgrade build. Has what I need in a motherboard. Onboard audio is very good, was able to ditch the Soundblaster Z from my old build.

Cons: Seemed a bit unstable until I flashed the BIOS to a newer version, since then no issues at all.

Other Thoughts: My build
ASRock Z170 Fatal1ty Gaming K4
32Gb GSKill DDR4-2400
Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512Gb SSD
Samsung 850 EVO 1Tb SSD
Hitachi 3Tb HDD
Zotac GTX980Ti
EVGA 750w Gold PSU
Vizio D40u-D1 4K 40" TV
Win 10 Pro x64


Pros: very good gaming performance

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Bought 2 of these a year ago when I was building 2 systems for my 11 & 12 yr old grandsons. Paired with Haswell i3's they are still running strong a year later.

Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF Low-Profile Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling for high-performance Mini-ITX PCs CW-9060023-WW
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Size, price

Cons: Main Complaint- It is NOT super quiet. If it is sitting near you , it could be bothersome. Our is in a entertainment center about 7 feet away from where we sit and I can hear it. Now for us if the HTPC is on we're watching movies or playing games so the audio through our 5.1 sound setup will block the fan noise easily.

Other Thoughts: Got this to keep the A10-5700 APU in my updated HTPC cool. Converted our giant , stereo receiver sized HTPC case by getting an mini-ITX board for the A10 and putting it into a Thermaltake Core VI case.

Fits the case fine, the A10 is 34c at idle

My only 2 sort of complaints-
1. it really should come with a fan power connector splitter (most ITX motherboards only have 2 fan power connectors). With the case fan, the H5 SF's fan and the pump motor power connector I was fortunate to have 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapter on hand to hook to the computer power supply to power the cooling pump.
2. Really should have a few different lengths of the standoffs that the fan unit can sit on. This Thermaltake case had a good 3-4 inches of space above where the stock standoffs hold the fan unit. I ended up getting some 1 inch nylon spacers and using 6-32x1-1/4" screws was able to raise the fan unit up another inch making more room for the cooling tubing so it wasn't as tightly curved as the stock height had it.

Overall it does what I need it to do and doing the little mod to raise the fan unit up was no chore for me.


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Display Name: Samuel A.

Date Joined: 08/30/08

  • Reviews: 57
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  • First Review: 01/28/09
  • Last Review: 09/15/16
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