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Pros: 8 Phase power
cheap for a gaming motherboard
EASY bios update
Ready for the 4690k and 4790k even without updating bios.
ASRock website shows what M2 drives can be used.
Can use any length of M2 drive.
Sata Express ready
I like the black and red layout.
Cons: My only gripe with this isn't the board but the paper manual they send with it. Is generic as heck a whole 32 pages dedicated to English. No bios settings in it at all.
Other Thoughts: I built this with a 4670k i5 and 8 gigs of AMD performance ram 2400 mghtz. I used a coarsair 240 gig SSD and a 6950 video card.
I started out with onboard graphics and was impressed at how well they did but in all my systems I use a dedicated graphics card to free up CPU power.
It came with bios 1.10 and I used a 2 gig usb formatted in fat 32 to update it to 1.30. I put in the usb and restarted then hit delete and in bios it has a fast bios option which took all of 4 minutes to flash bios and restart.
I am also a fan of the e2200 killer internet and it to my normal speed from 28Mbps to 56Mbps which is double. I have no lag in any game so that is a nice touch.
While in the bios I noticed it was very smooth working with the mouse and on my other Z97 boards that are not ASRock it seems like the mouse jumps around and is laggy so ASRock is a good improvement. Now this isn't a 400.00 motherboard so you get what you pay for one 16x pcie slot at 3.0 16x and the other works at x4.
The usb 3.0 works well after drivers are installed and it still has the PS2 port on back for keyboard. I haven't ever had much luck getting into bios on a usb keyboard. I also have problems getting into bios using the HDMI connector. So right off the bat I tried a USB keyboard and it went right into bios and then for the true test I hooked up my monitor with HDMI and I still got into bios so hats off to ASRock for doing it right.
The Z97 chipset is nice for me because you can overclock without having to worry about voltages. Just raise the multiplier and it sets the voltage at what you need to boot. You can use a program to see what they are and change them manually in bios if you so prefer but to me it is a wasted step when it takes care of itself.
To me the Sata Express isn't that important as my main rig uses 2 SSD drives in raid 0 and dows well over 1000MB read and writes. I plan on redoing this motherboard to see how it handles raid 0.
One of the chasis fan headers is 4 pin so you can control your fan in bios without software that is a plus also.
Overall for the price you pay and the features you get with this board you cant go wrong. I saw where people were having problems with ram slots so tested all 4 on this board and all work. If you are building a budget computer and want to overclock or future proof it this is the board for you.
This review is from: Creative Inspire T3300 (51MF0415AA002) 27W 2.1 Speaker System
Don't look like refurbished they look brand new
Cons: bass is a little weak
Other Thoughts: got these to use as a tester for computers I work on. I have them hooked up to a creative SB gold onboard sound on a Z97 SOC FORCE and they are loud. Bass is a bit weak and over 50% is very distorted.
But for the price you cant beat them I do not plan to ever have them turned up that loud so the distortion wont bother me.
As for these being refurbished I cant tell. They look brand new to me, no scratches at all and everything was in the box. Quick and easy to hook up and I like the little remote that is wired in, The cable is plenty long enough to reach top of computer desk. Has a knob on back of sub to turn up bass. I keep it at about 25% and that works for me.
Would I buy them again? yes as long as I didn't want perfect sound at loudness. But for 50% or less sound they are perfect.
Pros: 50 foot so it reached where I needed it to go off of a dns server.
Flat so routed well
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: I have a router then another hooked to it as a dns server. It extends my wireless signal it also gives me 4 more ports for my work room. This fit the bill perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW