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This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This will be lengthy. I realize this is a PRODUCT review, so I'm giving it 5 eggs. Since getting my RMA back, this board has been flawless, tons of bells and whistles, no post issues, la da da, perfect. On to the issue. Please read.
Cons: When I received the first board, it was shipped with a quite heavy PSU on top on it (newegg's fault). The shipping box however was crushed in on the bottom( likely UPS's fault, motherboard was inbetween crushed part of box and PSU). Upon opening the box, I found the motherboard box was slightly crushed and the top was actually open, with packaging peanuts inside it. Further inspection under the socket protector revealed a few pins (2-3) were slightly out of line( Possibly ASRocks fault, could just as easily be Newegg's, or even UPS's fault as well). Please also read other thoughts for another possible con on Neweggs part.
Other Thoughts: I will say this, Newegg gave absolutely no hassle on the RMA when I spoke with customer support, also, ASRock ensured me they had my back in case Newegg did try to give a run-around, just awesome from both sides. However, I did notice when I received the 2nd board that the heatsinks and chipset had clear plastic protective film on them, whereas the first board did not. I don't know what was trying to be pulled here, but it was definitely frowned upon. Also Newegg, it needs to be said, your warehouse workers need to use a little more common sense when packaging multiple products. You should NEVER place heavy objects on top on such fragile and sensitive products, such as motherboards. To ASRock, thanks again for the backing, though I can't say for sure who's fault it was, just please remember that product inspection is far more important than the development, you can make the greatest things in the world, but if defects are not caught before it reachs the customer, it's all in vain.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's Intel, nuff said. No IGP? No problem. Your probably not buying this K series without the intent of having a dedicated GPU anyways. Word on the street/nerd-forums is it may give better headroom for OCing and possibly run slightly cooler. Can't confirm that but I can confirm that its one less thing that can mess up.
Cons: It does math faster than me
Other Thoughts: I couldn't blame you for moving on to IB, but nonetheless, this is an excellent choice, I'd expect these to drop in price pretty soon.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Price to performance, unbeatable. No issues at all, fit perfect in NZXT Phantom with ASRock Z77 Extreme6 AND G.Skill's Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4x4) set. And completely disregard any comments about the fan being any bit loud, that is absolutely not true. Btw, 28-56C i5 email@example.comGhz.
Cons: Doesn't cool house as well as 4ton heat pump.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, excellent fit with G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4x4) on ASRock Z77 Extreme6. I'd wager most any ATX size motherboard should have no issues with this combo, even if you do, just slide the front fan up the heatsink just a tad for clearance, I didn't have to but an easy fix in case anyone was wonderingREAD FULL REVIEW