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ASRock Z97 Extreme3 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great inexpensive multipurpose motherboard 08/16/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Affordable motherboard that has everything that intermediate home or office user needs, and even suitable for entry-level gaming builds. Supports latest 5th generation Intel processors (in my build I used Core i7-4790K processor). Plenty of USB 3.0 ports (four of them are on rear Input/Output panel and two additional USB 3.0 ports can be added to front or rear panel though MB header) and also two USB 2.0 (with ability to add four additional ports through two MB headers) are provided. Up to three monitors can be connected to this MB simultaneously, and if you use processor with built in graphics (such as Core i7-4790K that i used in my system) then no additional graphics card is required. However to get maximum performance I do recommend adding discrete video adapter (you also can get two of them and connect them with SLI bridge card or CrossFire bridge in case of use AMD GPUs). Additional headers that will be of value for system builders are infrared header (this lets you add infrared receiver and transmitter that can be used to control media software with your TV Remote Control), COM header and Chassis Speaker header. All of USB 2.0 and 3.0 rear panel and onboard headers, built in audio chip, LAN port have protection from Electrostatic Damage. Onboard LAN port equipped with multifunction indicator LEDs (provides visual information about connection status and also about link speed). Six 6.0 Gb/s connectors support RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID10. CPU fan connectors are 3-pin and 4-pin connectors, so that builder can use pretty much any standard fan. All fan connectors come with tachometers and information about fan speeds can be read through software.

Cons: Not really a con, rather a features that I personally find of no value nor practical use: ASRock Cloud, ASRock APP Charger and ASRock APP Shop.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is best place to purchase this board in terms of price and speedy delivery with quality packaging. When upgrading a system using this motherboard make sure that you have 4th of 5th generation of Intel CPU (socket 1150).

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10000 mAh Charger Black
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs High capacity battery pack 07/26/2014

This review is from: 10000 mAh Charger Black

Pros: This battery pack is equipped with 2 USB ports - first can supply current of 1000 milliamperes and second can supply 2100 milliamperes. Equipped with battery gauge and lets you check charge status when charging this unit and estimate remaining battery when discharging this unit. Attractive all-black design. When fully charged, I can recharge my Nexus 5 phone about 7 times. 2.1 Amperes USB outlet can be used to charge tablets quickly.

Cons: It takes forever to completely charge it with a standard cell phone charger, close to 24 hours. Pretty large and heavy unit.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this from local retailer through my friend-employee, paying retailer's cost only plus tax.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Timely shipped by Newegg as always. Came in well protected box undamaged (besides antistatic bag, board is protected by foam box) and ready for installation. It is based on latest as of today chipset from Intel - Z97. Main and most advertised feature of this board is of course Killer E2200 intelligent networking platform with low latency best suitable for gamers and smooth media streaming, capable of automatic traffic prioritization. Board runs cool because of oversized alloy heat sinks. Board is equipped with builtin Intel graphics (DVI-D, HDMI and VGA outputs) and can be utilized without additional graphics adapter. Another interesting feature found on this board is HDD Saver - if activated in BIOS it will stop hard disk drives that aren’t in use to extend their lifespan and to reduce unnecessary heat. Board is equipped with 8 3.0 and 6 2.0 USB ports.

Cons: Arrived with outdated BIOS, version 1.0. Luckily BIOS on this motherboard was very easy to update to latest version (version 1.5 at time of this writing). Motherboard will check compatibility of BIOS file and therefore it is nearly impossible to damage BIOS by flashing it with wrong file. Board uses 10 mounting posts, so if you’re upgrading from microATX to ATX board then be prepared to find additional mounting posts.

Other Thoughts: Compatible with newer generation of Intel processors. In my case I’ve attempted to reuse my older Core i7 processor (designed for 1155 sockets) and later found out that it is not compatible with this motherboard. I ended up purchasing 5th generation Core i7 processor for 1150 socket in order to complete this review and upgrade. 4th generation of Intel processors also can be used with this board. Features that are offered but aren’t deemed necessary by me: Cloud storage by Orbweb, M.2 Socket, XSpilt Broadcaster (live streams your gameplay) software license, ASRock APP Shop, Fatal1ty Mouse Port (this is a USB 2.0 USB port with polling rate that can be changed from 125 Hz to 1000Hz).

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Volodymyr Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Volodymyr Y.

Date Joined: 02/05/07

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  • First Review: 04/10/07
  • Last Review: 08/16/14
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