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ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs defaults didn't work, had to OC 09/10/2015

This review is from: ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 6 SATA slots, simple OC options.

Cons: Would not load Windows or Windows Setup out of the box if All Cores was activated in BIOS. C3/C6 had to be disabled to enable Dual-core.

Other Thoughts: Used with: Intel G3258, TeamDark 4x2GB ram, Crucial BX100 SSD

Ok, I had Newegg delete my original 1 star rating so I could write this update.

In summary, I paired this mobo with an Intel G3258 Haswell processor (dual core). Sticking with just the manufacturer's defaults (dual core enabled), I'd BSOD as soon as Windows setup started. Every viable alternative was explored (CMOS flashing, updating BIOS, using different RAM/HDD/video card, SATA cables, etc.) Same result, BSODs galore.

To ensure the G3258 wasn't bad, I ran Prime95 off the universal boot cd at bootup (so no Windows necessary) for 12 hrs. MemTest was run for a combined 20 hours on both sticks.

Everything passed, but allowing it to boot normally still resulted in BSODs (bad_pool_header or irq_not_less_than etc.) at the Windows loading point.

However, I learned if I forced single core mode in BIOS, everything would work fine. Installed Windows 7, ran Prime95 fine, etc. But reenabling dual-core would again BSOD upon Windows boot.

Now convinced I had to return this, I wrote that earlier 1 star review even as I continued to test different BIOS settings before giving up. And lo and behold, disabling C-states C3 and C6 allowed dual core to boot!!

I normally don't OC something until I know it works in its default state, but since C-states are sometimes disabled anyway for OCing, I guess no harm's done. However, I've read reviews by people with this exact hardware setup that had things work with the default settings... so there is still definitely something wrong underneath.

So... TLDR, default BIOS settings refused to boot a dual-core processor unless single-core was forced. Disabling C3/C6 states allowed it to run in its intended dual-core mode.

Note this was a Win 7 install, not Win 10 (I'm aware of that Win 10 dual core thing with G3258s).

DEEPCOOL ICE BLADE 200M CPU Cooler Dual F8mm Heatpipes and Dual 92mm Fans Support Socket LGA 2011
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Pros: Installed easily into a LGA 1150 form factor. Kept the Intel G3258 at around 40C during MemTest. Even OC'ed to 4Ghz the temps are pretty good.

There's even enough room for heatsinks on the nearest RAM stick.

Cons: I didn't use the included thermal paste packet. It was in a small grey packet that resembles the flavor packs in ramen noodles... yeah, nope.

Stuck with some regular Arctic Silver instead.

Other Thoughts: It's almost identical to a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, but blue.

About the same price as well.

CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Once plugged in fully, it works without issue and is relatively quiet.

Cons: That 24pin motherboard connector didn't quite fit?!

Other Thoughts: Not sure if I got unlucky or what, but I had a hell of a hard time inserting the 24pin main connector into the motherboard. It just wouldn't go that final millimeter and snap in!! There were no obtrusions or anything in the way. I've assembled tons of PSUs and this is the one that gave me the most trouble.

Ironically, I was replacing a Corsair CX430 with this CX500. You'd think the connectors would match...

Eventually squeezed it in with some alligator pliers... I just hope this was a one time issue and not an indicator of defect within the brand.


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