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Pros: temps are cool about 65c playing metro 2033, BF3, crysis 2 Nvidia surround. I am using 3 of these in SLI using an ASRock Extreme 9.
Do not make the mistake I did, I did not wait for the 4GB versions to come out when I purchased my first 2 GTX 680's and then purchased a 3rd one to finish up my build a week ago.
at 6018x1080 the VRAM pegs instantly to over 2000 MB's on ultra in these games. I made the mistake of getting excited and wanting a 680. I had the auto notify setup and when I got the email i just could not wait. Now I am regretting not waiting for the 4GB version to come out.
I can solve my VRAM problem by lowering the AA to 2 or 4x .. but if you are a true enthusiast like me and believe that FULL ULTRA also means MAX AA. The I advise you to spend the money on the 4GB version of these cards for your Surround Setup.
Cons: does not overclock at all. I have 3 of these cards and I have tried overclocking them all either individually or together. I can not even increase core or memory by 30 without it crashing. Do not buy these cards if you are wanting to OC them more than they are. I suggest a reference card that is not factory OC'd to do that. I am disapointed in a way because these cards are so powerful and I know they have allot of headroom for OCing. They just wont do it. I do not know if it is something in the cards bios or what.
Other than that 3 of these in SLI on a single 1920x1080 LED monitor scores 128 - 130 FPS maxed out settings in the Heaven benchmark.
to give you a basis of comparison 2 EVGA 570's in SLI would only score a 50 on the heaven benchmark same monitor, processor, ram, motherboard etc. These cards are smoking fast the way they are.
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is my 3rd ASRock Board. A friend turned me on to ASRock about a year ago and I have to say that I have had great luck from every single product I have ever purchased with ASRock. The Bios on this board is great and easy to use, the BIOS Lan update worked great. It updated the bios without having to change any settings whatsoever. The board rebooted, and I changed my Gskill 2133 XMP profile on, change the board to 45x multiplier and searched for an average core voltage online for 4.5 Ghz for a 3770K.. using LLC level 1. 85 deg C prime 95 for 1 hour using Noctua NH-DH14 Air cooler. I am more than happy with that, as 100% load on all 8 cores under normal use will never happen for me. 33 deg with no load on the desktop.
Cons: Non whatsoever. This board is top notch. ASRock nocked this one out of the park. The quality of this board exceeded my expeectations. I am running 3 GTX 680's in SLI and all three are at PCIE 3.0 speeds. Infact I hooked up my 2 OCZ SSD's to this board set the bios to Raid and it booted up right away straight into windows. It recognized my old OS from my old build and all I did was install the proper drivers for the Extreme 9.
Other Thoughts: If you are using more than one HDD or SSD be sure to NOT use the ASmedia ports on this board. Marvell and ASmedia SATA III sucks. I am using the 2 Z77 intel ports with my SSD's in Raid 0, and I put my CD rom and 2 back up HDD on the intel SATA II black ports. and turned the ASMedia off in the bios.. the boot times this way are blazing fast around 15 seconds. As the bios no longer has to scan the Asmedia SATA controller for devices because it is off.
I gave this board 5 eggs. I have built many systems, and actually built a ASRock Z68 2700K for a guy in washington state last week. the extreme 9's quality IMO is amazing, the bios is easy to use and I have had zero issues. My 3770K has been running at 4.5 Ghz stable and my rig maxed out settings at 1920x1080 heaven benchmark 128 FPS 8x AA, tesselation extreme, 16x filtering, maxed settings. I highly recommend this board to anyone wanting to build a new ivy bridge system. even if you are only going with a Single Video card right now.
Pros: I have been a fan of ASRock ever since I took a chance and purchased their Fatality Z68 board which worked flawlessly. This board has given me nothing but grief. Would blue screen using XMP profile for my Gskill Ram which i selected from ASRock's approved Ram list. finally solved the issue by contacting Gskill and adding voltage to VCCSA. I dont like messing with voltages unless I have to. would not recognize my keyboard at all upon initial boot. Luckily I had an extra older keyboard laying around or i would have had to go to the store and buy one. Cant get into the bios without a keyboard. sound constantly crackles even with latest realtek driver from Asrock website.
Cons: Everything seems to be working ok now. took a week to get everything ironed out. The sound crackling issue seems to have been solved by moving my USB Bluetooth adapter for my wireless headset to a blue usb 3.0 port instead of the red fatality port. the mouse is in the other red port.
running at 4.4 Ghz rock solid 2 hours of prime 95.. using Noctua air cooler... 79c not to bad for air...
Other Thoughts: If your ok with a little bit of work getting your system ironed out then i recommend this board.. but be sure you have an extra keyboard laying around.. or make sure you download the latest bios and have it ready on a USB stick to flash it.. the bios 1.2v solved the keyboard issue.READ FULL REVIEW