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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Nice complete motherboard 01/20/2016

This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard

Pros: Nice white mobo; features; sata ports.

Cons: Having had this mobo for a year, I did come across one huge issue - the Asmedia SATA ports. Pure junk. Also, no onboard power and reset buttons??? This is a BMW, not a Toyota.

Other Thoughts: I originally reviewed this motherboard a year ago and hammered it because it was missing a ton of the hardware. I did find them by looking under the main cardboard carrier. Asus has kept up with BIOS updates and overclocking has been rock solid stable.

I just ran into an issue with my system not booting up. After trying all kinds of things even resetting the BIOS, it was the EVGA 850 PSU. That sucks since it's less than a year old and it's a Gold. Going to have to RMA. Good thing I had already RMAed my Corsair 850:-) Any way, I bought 4 SSDs because they were on sale over the last 6 months. I also have a WD 1TB HDD I wanted to replace with 2 480GB SSDs. The thing is, I'm already using up 3 of the 4 Intel SATA plugs with the other 2 e-SATA plugs and the 2 beige Asmedia ports. So I plugged in both in the Asmedia plugs and I also updated the drivers for that port with the 11/2015 versions. Pure junk. I benchmarked them using AS SSD and the 1st drive couldn't get through the Seq Read test before the system froze up. The 2nd drive made it through. So I'm thinking the 1st drive is bad. Before I boxed it up and RMA it, I decided to plug both in the e-SATA ports that use the Intel controller. Geeze, night and day results. First the "bad" drive finished the benchmark. Secondly, both drives AS SSD scores annihilated the Asmedia controller. Almost 2x the speed. I was hoping this motherboard did a better job of using a non-Intel SATA controller but nope, another motherboard that couldn't. That's why I docked it an egg. If you have a need for more than 6 SATA ports, get the Mark 1 or 2. I don't know why manufacturers can't just punt these non-Intel controllers and either add 2 more Intel SATA or leave them off entirely. The other issue is for this price range, this motherboard should have both onboard power and reset buttons.

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Good overall case. Nice for cable management and tooless.

Cons: You can not use a Corsair H100 water cooling with this case unless you can premeasure your motherboard before hand. The issue is the radiator is 240mm length which requires it to be mounted at the top of the case. This works, but depending on your motherboard, the RAM slots will be blocked by the radiator fans. I tried using the H100 with an MSI Z97 PC Mate mobo and the memory slots are blocked. Maybe with a full ATX motherboard it might fit, but not the smaller full size ATX motherboards like the MSI Z97 PC Mate.

Other Thoughts: If you intend on water cooling with this case, make sure everything fits. Chances are it won't work unless it's the 120mm radiator versions, not the 240mm. I am building my son a pc and I'm trying to use as many spare parts that I have and this water cooler would have been perfect for him.

Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good look, lightweight but not flimsy, modular feel, cpu cutout spaced perfectly. Lots of room for hard drives and maybe even an H100.

Cons: BUT, and this is deal breaker.....the case sucks. The issue is even with all those nice cutouts for wire management, you can't use them. The basic idea for these cutouts is too hide the majority of the wiring on the other side. Problem is, there is no room for anything other than fan wiring. I didn't have room for the 20 pin power connector since it is too fat. So I had to leave in the main compartment. What about peripherals? Nope, not those either. The molex plugs are too think for the case cover to go back on. Really, the other side has maybe 5mm of room.

Other Thoughts: To me, the case wiring management is what this case a 1 star case. Why have all the grommet cutouts if you can't route wires on the other side of the motherboard? I'm looking at the case now and have all of the wires back in the case. About the only room you will have to hiding the serial ata power cable. What about re-routing the 8 pin power connector out the bottom and then run behind the motherboard and connect back via the top? If you have a long enough cable you still won't be able to do it since there is no hole at the top of the case to slip the cable through.

Really, I wished I could post a pic to show my point. It's taken me 4 times as long to work on the wire management than it took to put together the build, install and update windows.


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Display Name: Patrick D.

Date Joined: 10/05/01

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