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Pros: Great price - $130 w/ promo code
Stays cool and quiet
Mid range performance in games for a bottom end price point
Good size for a mATX build
Sweet looking shroud
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: We were very leery about buying a refurb but it has not had any issues yet. This is the second refurb card I have purchased from Newegg and both have performed flawlessly.
Even a not so graphically intense game like WOW played at 200 FPS on max settings where the 5770 it replaced would not even run at max settings. I know it's a big jump but I was surprised at how much better this card was. Great puchase.
This review is from: Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop
Cons: Keyboard seems to want to wake up from a nap sometimes. I will press keys and nothing will happen for 5 to 10 seconds and then no problem. I am ruffly 10 ft from the PC so distance should not be an issue but I am taking an egg off for that.
Other Thoughts: Great for mu HTCP. It's nice to have no wires and now it can sit by the TV instead couch with a long HDMI cable to the TV. This is how a HTPC should be hooked up.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z97 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This motherboard is very nice for the price. I am a bit late on this review but I was waiting for the new Pentium k g3258 chip to release so I could have some fun testing the combo.
Very solid board with high quality components built in.
My 2400 Mhz RAM had no issues, plug and set XMP profile and booted right up.
The A-Tuning software is very easy to use, this is my first Intel board and even then it was simple to use and understand. The fan control in the software could be a bit more extensive but that's it.
Intel NIC is at least as good as the one on my Crosshair V Formula Z. Fast and zero issues there. You can set profiles for better performance depending on the task.
The sound card is OK, not great but still good for a board at this price point.
Nice color scheme, I hate the lighter blue on so many boards these days.
Unlike others I had a great X-Fire experience with it - I immediately ran Unigen Valley in X-Fire when I got this up and running and my scores were near equal to my AMD set-up (FX 8350/CHFVZ) at PCI-E 2.0 16x by 16x. In 3Dmark11 of course the Physics and CPU score were lower but I actually had a better graphics score by 100 points or so than my best on the AMD and that was at stock 3.2 Ghz with a dual core Pentium.
It has Thunderbolt and various other connectors the most will never used but if you need them they are there.
I had the G3258 overclocked to 4.2 Ghz and the Northbridge and VRM's seems to handle it very well, staying nice and just as cool as the socket temps. Max about 45C.
Cons: For this price I could only find a couple of things I would change.
1) The board is narrow which causes some issues for me like plugging in the 24 pin and I can see right through to the back of my Corsair 750D case. I am not keeping this in that case so it wont matter later but looks funky now.
2) Not enough fan headers, especially 4-pin. If I was going to use this with the set-up it's currently in I would need a fan controller and I hate them.
I feel a bit guilty but because of this I can't give it 5 Eggs but it's close.
Other Thoughts: I don't really know what PCI-E lanes run at in X-Fire, (16x X 8x or 8x X 8x) I tried to look it up but can't seem to find the real answer. I am just not sure but I can say this, "the PCI link speed on the top slot was 8 Gbps max and on the bottom card it was 5 Gbps Max. On my CHVFZ @ 16x X 16x 2.0 they both ran at 5Gbps max. Not sure if PCI-E 3.0 makes that much difference but it seemed to do well. Some are saying that this won't be very good for X-Fire and with more powerfull cards it may be the case but I haven't experienced that at all.
System as tested -
Asrosk z97 Pro4
Intel Pentium k g3258
G-skill Trdent-X 2400 C10 2x4 Gb
Full watercooling for the CPU with a 3 x 120mm X 45mm thick rad, XSPC photon 270 pump/res combo and XSP Raystorm waterblock.
Powercolor HD7870 Devil
Powercolor R9 270x Devil
Seasonic SS 660 platinum PSU.