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This review is from: ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Works flawlessly with OS X Mountain Lion, but a "distro" is your best path as a roll-your-own installer, such as tonymacx86's, may not make the optimum choices, and, in fact, it (tonymacx86's installer) may make an unusable installation.
With a "distro", and I used iATKOS ML2, the installer will select a compatible CPU Power Manager Disabler * , and a compatible audio kext, for a "right the first time" installation.
My incarnation of Mieze's USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 Compatibility DSDT mods works well on this mobo.
The "distro" will make a DSDT-less installation, so the custom DSDT will be added after the first boot of OS X.
DO select USB 3.0 compatibility in the BIOS, and DO use a USB 3.0 flash drive for your installer ... it will go at close to light-speed, compared to a slow-as-a-turtle USB 2.0 flash drive or a slow-as-a-sloth DVD.
Updated to 10.8.3 flawlessly.
Installed and ran all utilities and applications flawlessly.
[ * ] The ASUS mobos are totally immune to modified BIOSes and will reject such images. As a PMPatched BIOS is usually needed to get OS X to run on generic hardware, and as the CPU Power Manager Disabler is a second-best solution, I was forced to second-best, but it worked after MANY false starts with non-"distro" installers. Forewarned is forearmed.
Cons: Not enough case fan power plugs, so you will have to buy a "Y" splitter, if your case has more than one fan.
Oh, the iATKOS "distro" DVD kernel paniced shortly after specifying the language, which is why I tried a USB installer in the first place, and I was rewarded by a light-speed installation.
The BIOS incorrectly flags Corsair XMS3 1333 RAM as being "bad", and ASUS' proprietary "Mem OK" push-button does not correct this error, although it should have done so.
OS X also sees what it thinks is bad RAM, but OS X eventually figures out that the RAM was really OK after all.
Other Thoughts: I installed this mobo in a Corsair Carbide 200R fan (currently out-of-stock), but this is a great case.
I also installed a Corsair 500W PSU, alas, not a "modular" one. A "modular" PSU is a good choice as it eliminates a lot of cabling nonsense within the case.
The Corsair Carbide case is a "double wall" design, so any unneeded cables can be stowed underneath the mobo for a "clean" look inside the case.
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: Fixed pin (which seems to fit ANY mobo) allows precise location of mobo before it is tigntened down.
Flexible design: only a few stand-offs are required to be removed in order to support (literally) ANY mobo configuration, including some real odd-balls.
Implements the preferred (at least by me) PSU in the bottom of the case.
Two USB 3.0 connections on the front.
LOTS of spare screws are provided.
Cons: May require and extender for the proc power connector, depending upon the PSU you select.
No USB 2.0/1.1 on front, so this case is mainly useful on 7-series mobos which provide an on-mobo header for front USB 3.0 (B75, H77, Z77, etcetera).
Other Thoughts: I wanted a very sturdy case, and one which accommodated the PSU in the bottom, for a much lower center of gravity, as I tend to stack my Hacks.
I bought two of these cases, with a rebate which was applicable on one.
Provision for MANY additional cooling fans.
This review is from: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: H77 chipset, which is almost in the Z77 class.
MANY USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Two USB 3.0 ports on the rear, header for two USB 3.0 ports on the front.
Full complement of SATAs: two SATA IIIs, four SATA IIs.
ALC892 with all necessary jacks for 7.1 on the rear, also optical on the rear.
One PCI-e 16x (at 16x; Gen 3.0), one PCI-e 16x (at 4x, 2x or 1x; Gen 2.0), two legacy PCIs.
Three case fan connections (one is 4-pin) in addition to the proc cooler fan connection (4-pin).
Runs 10.8.x flawlessly.
Updated for Win 8.
Can be "dual booted" with OS X and Win on the same hard drive, but two hard drives (one for OS X and the other for Win is best). Fortunately, there are two SATA III connections.
Cons: Only 2 DDR3 RAM slots, but what does one expect in a true Micro-ATX format?
No support under the 24-pin power connector, so it helps to either install this connector before mounting the mobo, or to mount the mobo and then place one's fingers under the mobo as the 24 pin connector is installed.
Other Thoughts: Running OS X requires flashing with a BIOS which is modified to allow MSR updating. The board was shipped with a 1.20 BIOS, and a 1.30 BIOS was downloaded, modified for MSR updating using PMPatch 0.5.10 and then flashed.
True USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 compatibility requires a modified DSDT. I uploaded the one I developed for this board to Tony Mac's site.
Installing OS X using a "distro" such as iATKOS ML2, either from a DVD (a DVD9 is required as the image is about 5.2 GB) or from an 8 GB USB thumb drive is easiest.
You can also install OS X using an Apple Store download ($19.99) is also possible using the UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from Tony Mac's site.