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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC Force LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Watch the newegg unboxing video and read up on it. It has a lot of great features and cool toys for enthusiasts and overclockers.

Cons: 1- Coloring. The orange really clashes with everything, i wish they offered an all black version for people who don't want orange. I'd rather have no color at all then this orange. (I obviously knew this when I bought it, but I still think its something that could be addressed.)

2- The water block is TERRIBLE. You CAN NOT use your own fittings and the manual has ZERO information about it. It has 8mm barbs (I had to write them and ask.) A standard 1/2" fitting most water coolers use in the US will actually fit entirely over the barb. Then there is one last problem... the water-block is made of aluminum instead of copper. It was a really cool idea to put a water-block on this board, but unfortunately they completely failed their execution of it. The lack of ability to use our own fittings makes running lines a little odd and then you also have a bottle neck in your system as well! If you are not going to do it right, I don't think gigabyte should have done it at all. For some reason the lack of thought put into this water block really irks me.. It seems like they did it as an afterthought and didn't really put any real time or effort into it's design or implementation.

3- Cost. The cost of this board is way too high. Its a really nice board, but its not worth $400. I kind of regret purchasing it. For $400 you expect the perfect board, and a few things could have been done better on this board.

4- OC Buttons. This isn't a major con, but I wish the on board OC buttons were on the bottom side of the board instead of up there by the ram. If i was using a bench it would not be an issue, but with water cooling tubes its kind of in a weird spot. I suppose they were meant for bench testers anyways...

5- Documentation. The documentation for this board is very poor. It comes with a bunch of generic instructions every mobo comes with, but fails to elaborate on some of it's more advanced features. Expect to deal with a lot of trial/error figuring out some of these features/settings. Some things are barely mentioned at all..

Other Thoughts: Even though the GA-Z77X-UP7 has the same mounting holes, you cannot use a Z77 waterblock to replace the one the board came with. There are a few things that prevent it from seating properly. This is not really a pro or con, just thought i would throw it out there for anyone who was thinking of trying to replace the "waterblock" the board came with. (If you actually want to give it enough credit to call it that.)

Something else to consider... Haswell is on fire. These chips run VERY hot and do not OC very well without having the heat spreader removed. This exact board would have been gold with a sandy bridge chip. But outside of competitions, this board is really not the best choice for a consumer (even a high end enthusiast.) I think the haswell chips are a little too limited to really get the most out of this board.

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Not enough to outweigh the cons

Cons: -This is my second board.. (First was shipped with bent pins, then newegg refused to RMA it.)
-It has problems saving OC settings in bios to the point they will become stuck and unchangeable.
-Raid arrays are easily lost.
-LOTS of raid problems... now I cant even get into the raid settings. (After I lost it while moving it from 1 room to the other.)

Of all the boards I have ever owned, this is the most overpriced hunk of junk ever. I paid a lot of money for some fancy plastic and a mobo that doesnt work.

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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: USB 3
Not on a vertical stand
Transfer speeds near 90mb/sec when copying from a raid array.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Seems like a good drive, I have several seagate external drives I have used over the years and none of them have ever failed! I hope this one lasts just as long!

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Jared R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jared R.

Date Joined: 01/28/09

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/09/12
  • Last Review: 07/16/13
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