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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: I'd snag up one before it's too late.
Easy to use, real easy!
W7 Pro-64 is the only OS i ever use. I have 4 rigs running this particular version of Windows mainly because it can address more than 16gb of RAM.
You can enable automatic backup with this OS. I do it the old fassion way. I back up an image on to a separate HDD and create the repair disk for recovery. I don't need any 3rd party cloning or backup software.
I've never had any trouble with installing AMD/ATI Radeon drivers on a W7 machine. The only trouble I've had is the AMD/ATI drivers conflicting with other hardware. In these cases I've just done some research and found a driver that works with my rigs chipset.
Cons: I've bought the OEM, Full, and Upgrade Versions of this software. MS will treat you like a King if you have the Full version. If you upgrade the motherboard whenever a new platform arrives then it may be worth the extra money for the Full version.
Other Thoughts: I preordered a bunch of copies of W7 Pro upgrade in'09 and upgraded my rigs with that... No regrets.
I wonder if Eight is going to be the new Vista for us desktop users. The only advantage I see with Eight is it's better at task scheduling.
I wish MS nothing but the best of luck with the Eight on tablets and other handheld devices.
Pros: I bought this board 'Open Box' on this site. It came in a white box and everything that would normally come with the Retail board was included in the box. The board I bought open box was faulty and it was having a Southbridge issue. Newegg issued an RMA without any fuss. I bought a retail Sabertooth Z77 to replace the faulty one.
The retail board worked without any issues. Once that part was swapped I only had to update drivers and reverify the Windows product key.
I like the idea of the TUF shield and the two little fans that are included. When it comes to overclocking the TUF design should help keep the VRMs a bit cooler. This board has the auto overclocking feature that found on pretty much every higher end Asus 1155 board.
Obviously this is an awesome little board. You could probably overclock to moon if you wanted to. The Sabertooth line is known to be very hearty. I like the iGPU feature as a fallback in case the dedicated graphics card fails.
Cons: The thing is I bought the Sabertooth to use in a PC I built for my brother who lives out of town. I ended up buying another retail Sabertooth board from a Big Box electronics store. The Retail board worked with out any issues.
The problem I was having is the sound would not work out of the green audio jack and the USB ports would randomly cut out. I did all of the normal stuff such as update and reset the BIOS, reinstall the drivers, reformat. I tried different speakers and that didn't work either.
Other Thoughts: I've built seven computers over the last 4 years. Out of those seven, I've built three computers that have had a faulty or DOA part. This is the 4th Asus board I've bought. The first one died after the warranty expired, the other 2 are running fine, and this Open Box Sabertooth is the first to have problems out of the box.
If you're going to write a review then wait until you've tested the product. If you get a DOA product then write a review on it to grind your ax. I'm paying attention to the amount of DOA and 1 egg reviews a product gets. If there's too many DOA and 1 egg reviews then I'll look for a constant between all of those reviews. If it's bad then I'll get another product. This obviously saves me time and money.
This is the real world, not a magical fairtale place where your favorite products always get a good review.
Pros: An 8gig stick is nice for futureproofing. I don't cheap out and buy stuff that I'll have to replace in 2 years.
This memory is optimized for the Z77 chipset so it should work with your Z77 system. In the past I've had good luck when I bought memory that is optimized for a particular chipset. Going off the memory QVL list is limited and there's a lot of memory these companies don't test.
This Vengeance memory would not work with any of my DDR3 based systems. The systems would not POST with this memory installed, so there's was no way I could even get to memtest. I tried this with my Sabertooth Z77, P8P67 WS Revolution, and Rampage IV systems. I tried resetting the BIOS, using the MEMok button. I could not get this stuff to work.
(The Rampage IV is capable of running in Dual-Channel if you put 2 sticks into the correct slots. If you're looking to purchase memory for a Socket 2011 system then get 4 sticks for optimal memory performance.)
I'm sure I got a couple bad sticks. If you're an experienced builder then you know this stuff happens.
Other Thoughts: On the other hand Corsair has a lot of really nice products. Personally I've had quite a bit of trouble with some of the Corsair products I've purchased. At the same time their Power Supplies are generally top notch.
This is why I read these reveiws before I buy anything. If people have a DOA part, this is the first place they come to grind their ax. If I see a high percentage of 1egg reviews then I'll generally avoid that product. For that reason I appreciate it when someone writes a review on a DOA part,. I think it's blind Fanboyism when someone complains about a DOA, 1egg review.
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