Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Incredibly easy set up
Ultra fast wifi (i have the ookla test to prove it...)
seriously small form factor, great for custom cases, small cases and water cooling
i use corsairs h80i and its works seamlessly. controls pwm fans and communicates with corsair hx 650 in a way that keeps this rig literally silent.
onboard audio is fantastic. however, i cant get full 5.1 out of the digital toslink . the best audio i was able to set up was using the 5.1 theater setting via the 3.5 jacks (yes, you have to run 6 3.5 wires to your receiver), which is pushing me to buy the creative htx sound card. but it did saound amazing. i would prefer it to be off my toslink, but i reserved that for my headset. so everything works, its just all preference.
Cons: none. i deliberately chose a board with the options i needed, and not with anything extra to save money.
i never plan to go sli so this board really was an obvious choice for me.
i like the newer z board, but im happy with the 1155 socket for now.
plenty of usb interanl and out... in my opinion EXTRA fan ports on the mobo.... i run my two scythe fans for my radiator off of a splitter to the one header closest to the cpu... leaving one available.
Other Thoughts: TO ANYONE WHO HAS ISSUES WITH THE WFI: please make sure your using the correct antenna port, and don't use the antenna included. although they are nice magnetic antenna, they don't have the capability of seriously high end wifi... take any antenna of an old router and your golden. TODAY I hit 163mbs download and 30mbs upload using this board @ookla speedtest.
it's really upsetting to see people bash this board when its very clear they are not setting it up correctly.
if the board is laying down flat, the left most antenna port is for Bluetooth. and the right is for WiFi. the included antenna is perfect for the bluetooth channel.
also you should optimize your router by setting up dns settings in your router to optimize your signal.
if you dont know how to do this, please do not bash the board saying the wifi sucks, its likely YOU.
This board hasn't let me down and ive been seriously abusing it for 6 months. oc'd cpu, oc'd ram. extremely easy interface and bios. gpu tweak works great with bios.
this color scheme is awesome. its really really easy to match it and find parts (if you care) that go along with the scheme. bitspower has released high density wire sleeving that matches, and corsairs hx psu;s match and btw, so does the corsair blue dominator ram. and they didn't use random sky blues, its literally all the same color blue so its very aesthetically pleasing if you plan to install in a windowed case. def cannot say the same about the newer 1150 "z" board.
seriously, ENJOY THIS BOARD!
manufacturers rebate is a joke...... just a heads up // wait for it to be on sale, not mail in rebate.
i got it for $130.
Pros: Silent, even at nearly full fan capacity
Digital Interface is Very easy to use and understand
I have had this card running all day every day for two months now. I LOVE IT
I was unaware but a friend came over and said that this card is significantly smaller than his gtx 660 so the size (even for a full size card) really impressed him because his gpu touches his hdd cage in his antec case. I do not even come close to hitting the cage, but because this card does have some serious weight to it, it is sagging (I currently have a Terminator toy holding the weight =p) which is making me want to switch from my full atx Lexa Blackline to a newer mini-itx like the Prodigy or Phenom.
Cons: There is no way anyone could possibly find a problem with this Video Card.... or at least I haven't yet.
OK but this is more of a thought than a con. I know the 770 offers a choice between colored faceplates.... it would have been EXTREMELY awesome to have the option to switch the cooler details to a blue and white scheme vs the red and black, and being as stressed about details as I am, I would have GLADLY paid an extra ten bucks to have that option. As it is I will eventually take the cooler off my 760 and either primer it white and just hand paint the highlights blue, or I'll get a water block for it. Again, just feedback for ASUS.... Hardly a detraction.
Other Thoughts: I have REALLY tried to push this video card and for the life of me I cant even get it hot. I had the the fans set to auto in the GPU tweak function and i set it to max frame rates. It never went over 35 degrees! I was playing GW2 and LOL each on full graphics and easily getting over 60fps each. I then set the fan Manually to MAX (I don't think it ever went past 50% in auto.) I never saw higher than 32 degrees in game. and even at full power the fan is barely audible. I have a water cooler so its really noticeable if there are any loud fans or intermittent noises, but this card does not upset me in any way.
It does have a very bright green led on the top where you plug in the power wire, but its hardly annoying. wish it was white though, as that would blend with ANY color scheme.
ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE
Intel Core i7-3770
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
Corsair Nova Series 2 30GB
WD Black 500GB
NZXT LEXA BlackLine (soon to be BitFenix Phenom)
Pros: really clean, professional looking case.
so many airflow options. depending on whats in it, or more importantly if you have pets, you can place intake /outtake strategically
incredibly easy assembly. took minutes to assemble guts into case. needed a Phillips for two side panel screws.
this is odd i know but idc: the rear I/O panel is really inset.... only a few centimeters more than im used to, but i REALLY like it. so much less likely to damage the mobo bending a plugged in usb wire or something careless with this design.
Cons: the hard drive rack "lock system" can be a pain in the rear, but not if you open your eyes. first up the latch has to be full inserted in the hole or it cant catch... just telling ppl so they don't struggle/ this is not a con.
next the two prongs may not go right in because physics dictates force on the center of a structure will bow out its extremities. in english, dont push hard and if its not lining up put one end in first then squeeze it end to end so the other prong snaps in.
so yes, it was a pain in the rear, but for five minutes, UNTIL i figured out how to use it properly and now everything is just GREAT. now i actually LIKE the hdd rack system.
the front can be a bit of a magnet for fingerprints, but i dont even think about that when it comes to this. that's why they have microfiber rags. hardly significant enough to really even be a con...
Other Thoughts: WHERE DO I START????
I was satisfied with what i had seen on the site, and what i had heard in reviews here and on other sites. im a big fan and returning customer to nzxt.
unlisted goodies! including
mobo stand-off's, additional screws, zip ties and thumbscrews.
it doesnt sound like much but to get it all seperately is a huge headache, there are multiple size offsets you have to know what and where to buy... nzxt solves the problem with it all in the box.
BONUS, its ALL painted black. and done nicely. i mean every single screw and bolt and everything is black. really really nice.
the front panel comes off easily, by pressing a few tabs. not to say it's flimsy or will pop off unwanted, its just easy to manuever once the case is fully open.
the back side panel, when removed, shows the windowed rear of the mobo . i was sort of shopping for removable hard drive tray cases, but im REALLY satisfied with this layout. its simple and very inclusive. def corsair obsidian /lian-li compe