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ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs errata for my 'warm up' review below 02/04/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: see my original review

Cons: see my original review

Other Thoughts: I noticed the OC voltages in my 'warm up' review are not correct (dang, I hate those tiny text entry boxes and lack of a preview mode). The corrected values are: OC at 4.5/4.3 using 1.19v/1.16v not hyperthreaded and 1.21v/1.19v (hyperthreaded). Sorry about my oops. I definitely don't want anyone to try the voltages I originally gave; they'd literally burn out the processor instantly.

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ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Needs a 'warm up' to boot into Windows 01/13/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Build booted up perfectly on the first power on. UEFI is really nice; has comprehensive setting for OCing and 'favorites' is a great feature for how I save and boot into different OCs. The on board WiFi works well for me; can use either 2.4 or 5Mhz both which can max my router's bandwidth of 300mb. I run at 4.5/4.3 (cpu/cache) with my 4770k @ 1.9/1.6v and Samsung miracle RAM at 2133 9-10-10-24 T1 @ 1.53. Native sata III and pcie 3.0 support; booting cold takes 30 seconds (gotta love SSDs) when it doesn't fail (see below).

Cons: Since the weather has turned colder, this mobo stalls booting up at qcode 15 when it's first turned on. After letting it sit stalled for a few minutes, repowering boots it just fine into Windows. This happens EVERY TIME, i.e. 100% repeatable. Once warmed up, literally, it'll reboot/boot perfectly.

Other Thoughts: I bought a 4770k combo deal with this mobo last June and did notice it'd stall booting occasionally but I didn't bother to track it since it was very infrequent and a quick repowering brought it up. I won't bother with an RMA at this time since it's only mildly irritating vs. an RMA which is totally irritating. I've tried these: reseating EVERYTHING, different RAM sticks and a different PSU, all to no avail. But beyond this funkiness, I love this mobo and would have scored it 5 eggs.

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MSI N650TI-1GD5/V1 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plays latest games at 1680x1050 with reasonably high settings and acceptable performance. Very good band/buck ratio if you got the card on sale with the rebate.

Cons: Fan shroud is at best 100% cosmetic and basically useless otherwise; seems to be something they had lying about from a different card. Would have much preferred the nvidia stock shroud which at least attempts to direct most of the heat exhaust out of your case.

Other Thoughts: Got this card to breath gaming life into my backup system which had a 8800 gts 512. Mission accomplished, though by cheaping out, due to the excellent sale price, I'm stuck with more hot air in the case than before the upgrade.

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Display Name: Rod O.

Date Joined: 03/01/04

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  • First Review: 06/21/07
  • Last Review: 02/04/14
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