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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice clean board, well laid out. There was plenty of room for my after market cpu cooler (Cooler Master 212+). I could of easily had heat spreaders on my ram. Recognized my new SSD (Corsair Force 3 128gb) drive with no trouble. New system is stable and runs great.

I have my i5-2500k overclocked at 4.5 and haven't had any issues. I just raised the multipliers and left all the other settings to auto. You can do this from Windows with the included software.

Cons: Only two 3.0 USB ports, located on the back. No front headers for USB 3.0.

Heat sinks on the chipsets held with spring tension. You can literally pull them back off of the chipset by accident when handling the board. Doesn't appear to be a problem though, as the reseat on their own.

Other Thoughts: There is no need to utilize the SRT technology if you want to install your OS directly on the the SSD drive.

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Installed and recognized on my ASROCK Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard right away with no problems.

No heat spreaders to get in the way. There was plenty of room for my Cooler Master 212+ after market cooler.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: I run a gaming rig and this memory works great. I wasn't trying to chase another 1 to 3 percent increase in performance with more expensive memory.

Great for non-gaming rigs as well.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It came in a nice sealed retail box. The included cooler didn't appear to be of poor quality, but I opted for a after market instead after reading mediocre performance reviews.

Overclocked very easily with my 650w power supply. I just raised the multiplier and left the rest of the settings on auto. Ran stable at 4.5 ghz. Under load, the temp ran about 56-58c (Battlefield 3).

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Apparently the difference between this 2500 and the one without the K is a improved video chipset. Yes, it is integrated and located on the CPU now.

Also, more importantly, it has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, which will help you out down the road. The nature of the turbo boost feature of this drive allows for some relatively safe overclocks, as the chip is designed to handle higher clock speeds than it's default core clock speed.


Randall B.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall B.

Date Joined: 06/06/04

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 03/14/07
  • Last Review: 01/17/12
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