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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 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent motherboard for a UNIX / Linux workstation build 04/04/2013

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

Pros: .
- Supports UNIX and GNU/Linux operating systems right out of the box.
- Packs a nice feature set, given the MicroATX form-factor.
- Due to the business-class Q77 chipset, the lone PCI slot is natively supported.
- Robust build quality which is designed to last for years.
- Intel's excellent warranty coverage.

Cons: .
- Intel is exiting the motherboard business after Haswell.
- The mSATA port is wired to a SATA II (3 Gbps) bus.

Other Thoughts: .
Just as a pro-tip for anyone considering this board for Linux, I highly recommend you update to the latest BIOS available for this board from Intel's Download Center, as various issues with Power Management and MTRR are resolved.

The inclusion of native PCI is a big deal to me since, unlike PCI slots that utilize PCI-to-PCIe bridge chips (such as those found on Z77-based motherboards), you are able to attain high performance and lower latencies along with superior compatibility. This is especially important for professional PCI audio cards and the like.

Considering how solid this product is, it will be very sad to see Intel exit the motherboard business after they launch their Haswell offerings. G_d speed Intel. You will be missed in this market segment.

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SeaSonic SSR-450RM 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: .
- PSU sips power.
- Is very quiet during operation.
- Modular design

Cons: .
- None

Other Thoughts: .
SeaSonic makes great hardware, and there's no denying that the build quality is superior to any other power supply on the market.

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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: .
- 77W TDP at stock clocks.
- The CPU design hits the perfect sweet-spot for performance.

Cons: .
- None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: .
This CPU is an excellent investment and should last me for years to come. Personally, I find the Core i7 series with the hyperthreading gimmick to be unnecessary, thus making the Core i5 a solid bet. Although you might get the weaker Intel HD 2500 graphics core, the inclusion of VT-d support for this particular SKU more than makes up for the integrated GPU downgrade. I ended up pairing my CPU with an NVidia Quadro K4000, so the issue of weaker built-in graphics doesn't bother me.

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Display Name: Matthew N.

Date Joined: 11/15/12

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 03/26/13
  • Last Review: 04/04/13
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