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Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 Intel Q77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid board with good features 03/05/2013

This review is from: Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 Intel Q77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good feature set.
Has a mini PCIe port.
Lots of I/O options.
Great BIOS interface.

Cons: No vga connector, must use the included adapter. Not a big problem, admittedly.

Other Thoughts: As is typical with Intel motherboards, this design is a solid, no-nonsense design. However, that doesn't mean it skimps on features. (Check the specs for details.) One thing I'm impressed with is how clean the BIOS configuration interface is. Despite it providing you control over almost every aspect of the board, including overclocking, the interface doesn't feel messy or unnecessarily flashy. I'm also impressed at some of the small details, such as the fact that upon reboot the POST routine gives you plenty of time to press F2 to get into the BIOS settings. You don't have to sit there and repeatedly mash the button, hoping you'll get in. It's a small detail, but it's those kinds of things that Intel gets right.

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ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast card, very stable, slightly overclockable with stock cooling.

Cons: Slightly loud fan.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box, the fan on this card is a bit loud, as the ATI driver runs it at 50%-60% speed. Pretty typical for most stock cooling solutions. Small, fast, loud fans. You can slow the fan down (using the ATI driver) to about 30% minimum, which makes it much quieter but a bit hotter. Even at 30%, though, the temperatures on the card remain acceptable, even with a small bit of overclock. Make sure your case has enough airflow to compensate.

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OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast timings, even with a slight overclock.

Cons: Not massively overclockable without slowing the timings down.

Other Thoughts: This is great ram from OCZ, as usual. I do overclock my machine a little bit (nothing too extreme), and this ram gave me decent results. Using the fastest supported timings for this ram (2-3-2) I was able to get about 412 MHz out of it using an Asus A8N-SLI motherboard. Nothing extreme, but not terrible. At that speed, Memtest86+ was able to run all night with zero errors. At 420 MHz using the same 2-3-2 timings, however, MemTest86+ would only run about 30 minutes before encountering errors. I was able to get higher bandwidths with no errors if I slowed down the timings, of course, but my goal for this particular machine is fast ram timings, not max ram bandwidth.

Overall, typical good quality from OCZ.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 05/14/02

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  • First Review: 12/11/03
  • Last Review: 03/05/13
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