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ASRock Z87M Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -C2 chipset
-Vrm Heatsinks
-SLI / Crossfire
-Intel Gbe
-My Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB were compatible
-PS/2 which I like for my Cherry MX blacks keyboard
-First Asrock build and it went well

Cons: Reason for 4 eggs:

After building and rebuilding my own rigs since 2007 I can tell you the only injury I ever received was from a Zalman CPU cooler. Until This little beauty here arrived. I go open the box and find the board in an anti static bag as it should be, then I notice that inside this is a donut of foam attached with zipties through the standoff holes of the board. cool, I can understand overengineering things.. but packaging? I grab my box knife, go to cut the first ziptie, applied a little too much pressue.. lets just say my poor little left thumb is never going to forget this board or this build.

Asrock, why in the world would you attach the foam with zipties? where is it going to go, flying off out of static bag then out of the box magically Harry Potter style? I could understand if the foam donut was a different shape than the board.. but it fits like a glove. Obviously this is not an issue with the board itself, but come on, if you shed a fair amount of blood for a particular component you can't give it 5 eggs.

Asus, Gigabyte, ECS, they don't package like this last time I built rigs around their boards..

Other Thoughts: -Asinine ziptie secured packaging trolling me

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i5 4670k
Noctua NH-C14
Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB
Asrock z87m
Seasonic Platinum 660w
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU Mini

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Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Got in on sale for $199
-60% utilization on full BF4 server
-Only Crysis franchise brings this beast anywhere near 100% utilization
-45c highest temp seen with Noctua NH-C14 and a 6 140mm case fan Fractal R4 (5 intake and 1 exhaust on the door by the GPU)

Cons: -is not the computer core of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (but it is close)

Other Thoughts: Upgrade path
AMD Phenom II x3 720BE @3.6Ghz > AMD Phenom II x4 945 @3.6Ghz (for 3+ years) > AMD FX4300 @4.4Ghz > i5 4670k

As you can see, this is my first Intel chip. While I think that AMD is headed in the right direction, they are only now catching up to Nehalem level performance. I went ahead and jumped right to Haswell besides people's complaints about it being a small upgrade from Sandy and Ivy, for me the jump in IPC is just phenominal..

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i5 4670k
Noctua NH-C14
Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB
Asrock z87m Extreme3
Seasonic Platinum 660w
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU Mini

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ASUS GTX670-DCMOC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Mini Small Form Factor Game Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Averages 1100Mhz depending on temperature and load
-Plays Crysis 3 on high, FXAA enabled 1080p ~50hz ~72c
-Plays Crysis on very high 1080p 60hz ~65c
-Plays BF4 on high 1080p 60hz ~60c
-Plays BF4 on Ultra with MSAA off 1080p 50hz ~70c
-Plays BF4 on full Ultra 1080p ~40hz ~72c
-Produces an unobtrusive amount of noise in my Fractal R4 with 6 case fans on low
-Got it on sale for $249, which is significantly less than launch price for both this version and the reference design

Cons: -Is not Ron Burgandy

Other Thoughts: I am impressed. Think about it like this, I got 7/8 of a GTX680 for under 1/2 the price... let that sink in for a moment. Couldn't be happier with it.

Upgrade path:
Radeon 4870 > Radeon 4890 > Radeon 5770 > GTX 550Ti > GTX 670 Mini

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i5 4670K @ stock
Noctua NH-C14
Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB
Asrock z87m Extreme3
Seasonic Platinum 660w
Asus GTX 670 Direct CU Mini

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harley t.'s Profile

Display Name: harley t.

Date Joined: 12/28/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 03/13/09
  • Last Review: 12/26/13
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