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Pros: this is the second Z97 board I own. my first board is a gaming version, this board is somewhere between a gaming version and a performance version. So it can basically do both or in essence anything you want it for. it has some really great features its compatable with gen 4 intel chips and the newly released 5 gen intel chips...which is a first for intel that I know of. also it has sata express and on board m.2 sata connector(10 gb's) dual bios, 2 way sli/crossfire support. the board's size it kinda small it not quite full atx sized . but I put in my test and hooked it up with no problem what so ever. I used an h100i to cool and it cools around 28c . the board overclocks real good and the bios is simple I only had to refer to the manual twice..i don't currently have an m2 ssd or sata express to test out but needless to say the board is future proof for awhile . it looks sweet in my build and runs like a dream...I totally recommend this board for a budget intel build
Cons: the only cons I can think of are it could have a couple more sata ports simply because sata express hasn't taken hold just yet or m..2 as well. the board is a couple inches shorter width wise which congests the board a little. also if you look at the other boards in the Z97 line up it looks a lot different looking not as cool looking as the others...but some people won't care about that
Other Thoughts: here's my test rig
intel haswell I5 4690k (o.c to 4.6 stable)
16 gigs corsair dominator platinum 1866 (o.c to 2133)
Samsung 840 evo 250 gb
wd 1 tb
windows 7 pro
XFX R9 280X
coolermaster comos se
This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Slider 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSL3-32GB/RF
Pros: this drive has solid construction and is pretty fast plenty of space and in general an awesome flash drive
Cons: the only cons I can think of really are its has a pretty big body or frame its not a small flash drive and although its fast its not a fast as their voyager drives and when sliding it out you have to your thumb and fore finger right on the top and bottom you can't just slide it out from any where or slide it back in from anywhere
Other Thoughts: the benefits hughly out way any thing negative about it for the price it can't be beat reallyREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: A lot of USB ports and headers. Can run all kinds of peripherals off this board.
Crossfire/SLI capable – It is a gaming board after all.
Onboard video ports – HDMI/VGA/DVI
Has a mouse port! These kind of went by the wayside on other boards, If your keyboard quits or you need a driver for it, the PS2 keyboard in closet will work in the meantime.
3 PCI 1 slots. ( a plus for me because of card placement for certain cases.)
Cons: If you don’t have a dedicated graphics card, you have to have a CPU that has graphics capabilities, which means you will have to get a pricier CPU.
Not able to be water-cooled (It is supposed to be an enthusiast board.)
Other Thoughts: I got this board because I wanted to build a new gaming system, so I could shift my other system to recording full time. My original system was a 3770k on an Asus Maximus Formula 5. Overclocked to 4.7. My new system is this board sporting the 4770k. I had to have something comparable to what I had before. I am rocking a Power Color AMD 7970 on this board as well.
The differences are the frills between the two builds. The Asus board had a huge amount of stuff that I never used, nor wanted to. Go buttons, test points for current, water cooling capable ( I know I listed it as a con, but not a con for me.) The aircooled southbridge and sound have no issues.
This board has all the necessary tools to create a great gaming experience. I manually overclock my CPU’s most of the time. I ran this board up to 4.2 with no problem, but dropped it back to stock for now. I want it to get seated real well before working it hard. The Bios is a normal UEFI bios, was easy to tweak. One of the features I never used on the Maximus was the Ethernet controlling software. It was needed to help your gaming performance. The Atheros Killer doesn’t need the you to actually set that up. It does it automatically. Headache saver right there.
The purity sound is nice and clear. I typically don’t mess with EQ settings, but at a high volume the bullets in Ghost will make you eyes blink!
All in all This board was a pleasure to setup. It isn’t stacked with frills and stuff to slow down getting you t what you want to do, which is game. On top of that I saved about 150$ compared to the last board I bought, and I’m getting the results that I need.