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Pros: Latest Z68 chipset, USB3.0 connectivity, HDMI output, Virtu for configuring Intel GPU setup, lots of overclocking options
Cons: Nitpicking but I wish they'd truly use UEFI instead of clinging on to BIOS. It's time to move forward. Get rid of the BIOS. Other than that, I don't know anything bad about this particular board.
Other Thoughts: So far, so good. The board has tons of options for overclocking. I don't even overclock that much and it's overwhelming for me. It will take me a while to actually tune the board and the rig to get the most out of my 2600k CPU. Virtu will certainly make transcoding video files an interesting option once I have everything set up. The board runs fine and I have no problem yet, sans software issues from games which is due to bad programming and optimization.
I chose this board after seeing the dismal reviews for the ASUS P8P67 PRO. It was my target board when I started planning for this upgrade. However, as time went by, and reviews are posted, the outlook and the ratings (3 of 5 egg/star at last view) for the board just doesn't look good. Current specs below:
Intel i7 2600k
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 w/ ACK-I5361 mounting bracket & Noctua NF-P12
16GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL)
XFX HD-695X-CDDC (Radeon 6950 2GB) XXX Edition (x2)
This review is from: Patriot X-Porter 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF2GUSB
Pros: Small, simple, comes with activity LED
Cons: 2GB size ain't big enough, heh.
Other Thoughts: Used it to put in a couple of USB boot utilities as well as BIOS files for motherboards. Does what it does.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XIGMATEK ACK-I5361 Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 Compatible Bracket Set
Pros: Compatible with LGA1155 mounting holes, enables you to use older generations of Xigmatek heatsinks with newer motherboards, saves you the additional cost of buying a 1155-compatible heatsink.
Cons: Should've been offered for free
Other Thoughts: I use this on my HDT-S1283 heatsink that I bought for my Core2 Q9450 CPU a while back. It was one of the better heatsinks out there. Yet while CPUs change and motherboards change, the mounting holes for heatsinks has been constantly changing. I hate that about the Intel platform, in that you always have to get a heatsink that is compatible with their new mounting spec, or find a mounting bracket/adapter that will let you use it. Intel needs to at least keep a consistent mounting methodology so that we don't have to scramble to get a new heatsink or find a bracket/adapter to reuse our old one.
Heatsink companies, because Intel keeps screwing us over with new heatsink mounting holes, should start giving away mounting brackets for free to those who requests them. The constant changes to the mounting holes is most irritating. But at least Xigmatek provides something like this so that we are able to use our heatsinks with newer motherboards.