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This review is from: ASUS H97-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Excellent! I can't really rate it 5 eggs and say it isn't excellent, can I? Hah. It's a worthy upgrade from my ASRock A790GXH/128M because now I'm not limited to DDR2 ram, PCI-E 2.0, cpu socket AM2+/AM3, USB 2.0 and SATA 3 Gb/s. The H97's BIOS is pretty cool. From it, I can manually change the cpu fan speed based on temperature. I used to use Speed Fan for this, but this is more convenient. Flashing the BIOS was easy (first time doing it). Didn't know a BIOS could look this nice and have mouse support.
Cons: I did have an issue after some days of gaming where the PCI-E x16 started running at x1; making my GTX 660 Ti perform like a GTS 250. It happened out of the blue. I fixed it by resetting the CMOS battery. Issue hasn't happened again.
Other Thoughts: I wish it could OC. Due to my budget, I couldn't get a Z-series. I see it has some OCing potential for K-series Haswell and Haswell Refresh cpus, but I decided not to worry about it and got the i5-4460.
After I powered on my PC directly after connecting all the components, the ASUS logo stayed up for a long time. I began to freak a little (lol), but to find out I had a troublesome USB flash drive connected that I was going to update the BIOS with. I removed it and inserted another drive with the update file and all was fine after.
My next Newegg purchase will most likely be a gpu. Gotta have my PC ready for all the upcoming beasts (Arkham Knight, Just Cause 3) and whatever is already out now, but going to wait till then.
Pros: Pretty good upgrade from my Phenom II X4 940 BE. Better architecture, per-core performance, power consumption, heat output, etc. It doesn't bottleneck in most of my games. Only game I have that it bottlenecks in is BF4, but that's understandable. It's freaking BF4! This cpu has brought up significant performance in pretty much all of my games, including Hitman: Absolution, Serious Sam HD, Alan Wake, Borderlands 2, Shadow of Mordor and many emulated GameCube titles. All are performing great. GTA IV still sucks though. I'm not using the stock cooler, instead a CM Hyper 212+. Temps are fine, but I think I applied the thermal paste a little sloppy.
Other Thoughts: I wish I had extra money to spend on a K-series i5 and Z-series ASUS mobo instead of this cpu and H-series mobo. It's mid-range stuff, but not bad. I count down the days till I can get some serious gear!
When I say this cpu bottlenecks BF4, I don't mean it's terrible. Just sometimes in full 64p matches, fps in the low 50s can show up, usually when the chaos is all up in your face. So it's alright :)
Pros: Still a beast after 4.5 years. Hard to believe it's been that long. Definitely got my money's worth.
Other Thoughts: It powers a modern mid-range gaming rig, including 3 HDDs and 1 SSD.READ FULL REVIEW