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Pros: Well packaged and looks beautiful. Had everything on the board I needed for a small gaming PC.
Bios is easy to navigate, and actually a joy to look around. Looks like it has some great settings and adjustments.
Flashing the bios is super easy to do with a usb stick. By far the fastest way I've ever updated a bios. Smoothly operated.
Wireless driver was installed first and picked up first try.
Cons: Will not overclock a Sandy bridge 2500k (also bought here at the egg). Every time you try to manually change the multiplier it resets back to 33 stock. treats my 2500k like its a locked chip, even though it "see's" it as a 2500k (which it is).
I've flashed to the new bios, flashed back to the original bios, and yet it still the highest manual setting you can go is 37. (stock turbo-boost speed).
If I use the auto over clock to 4.0 feature it save the settings, but upon boot into windows its at normal settings.
I've updated the bios, changed the battery, reflashed old bios, reinstalled windows, reset again and again and unplugged for hours....no joy.
Emailed Asrock for help and got the standard (look on our forums for help ) response. Did that...but nobody has this issue. I'm starting to believe its a borked board.
Other Thoughts: Antenna was REALLY cheap looking. I bought my own router antennas and they worked perfect.
This was my first time buying from ASRock. First impressions matter and this one is 40/60. Good looking board with great features...but the features don't work. I'd give them an even lower rating, but at least I can run at stock for now.
If I can't get this fixed or corrected I will just give it to a friend that runs a stock i5 2400, and won't buy from them again.
ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 (stock...won't oc) Faulty.
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
SILVERSTONE NT06-E with 120 mm Coolermaster fan.
18gb Corsair 1600
Corsair Force Series GT 120gb (SSD)
2x Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10TPVT 1TB 5200 RPM
SPARKLE Calibre Series X560
SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SST-SG08B
Windows Home Premium 64.
All bought at Newegg.
Pros: None now
Cons: Had to RMA the first card because a screw fell off the card when taking out the package.
I received my supposedly new card from Newegg today and a screw didn't fall out, it was just missing! While looking the card over in disbelief i also noticed a screw was missing on the actual fan! (3 screws holding it down to heat-sink. Also noticed on said fan, the two remaining screws didn't match at all..different colors! The first fans screws all match..Hmmmmm.
Other Thoughts: I will not..I mean NOT buy this brand again. I don't even care if the card works wonderful or not. I spent 26 dollars to return a defective product and they sent me a different (Refuse to believe new) card with even more physical problems!
Newegg let me down on this one....I swear they sent me their own refurbished. Waste of time and money. I will be looking elsewhere from now on. Trust is gone.
Pros: Looks great out the box. Safely packaged It's Pretty.
Cons: Missing a screw! the nice black shield covering that the fans attach to was loose. Then a small silver screw fell off the card! The whole bottom side is unattached.
I then of course looked over the card and noticed where the screw came from and that another was missing. I cannot find the other screw in the box or the static bag the cad came in, so I am afraid to test it.
I tried to see if I could possibly put the screw back and I would have to void the warranty to fix it myself.
I took a chance because It looked great. I'm not happy now.
Having to to ANY RMA will upset you, and especially when it's do to the company's assembly fault.
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