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ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Decent Board - But I think mine is just stubborn 01/11/2015

This review is from: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Got alot of the stuff you want this day and age. Usb 3 no problem, high speed Sata and even sata express with m.2. Good spaces between the cpu and ram slots, fills a case well, convenient switches and LEDs on the board.

Cons: Nit picking here, but I really dislike the I/O shield on this one. All my gigabyte boards had the nice insulated IO shield with foam and stuff, this one on the Asus board has so many dang metal fins poking in all different directions, I had to snip a few off because I couldn't get the motherboard seated comfortably with fins poking everwhere and sliding into the ports.

Mine does this weird thing where it won't POST at all unless you double boot it. So after turning it off for more than a minute, or turning off the powersupply, it won't POST it just hangs indefinitely with the fans going 100%. The LED indicating "CPU" stays on though. But it I hit the reset button on my case it immediately POSTs just fine like nothing happened.


Also, the BIOS / UEFI is pretty well laid out, but JUST a little annoying with unconventional response to mouse clicks and the scrolling through menus is un intuitive

ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great card and chip

Cons: after about 7 months of owning this card, seems like its crapping out. I upgraded my mobo and CPU recently to try and help relieve the bottleneck so my 770 can shine, but now it just randomly resets my whole computer during gaming. Its weird too, but I can run furmark, and unigine heaven benchmarks no problem, the video card just chews through that, but the second i get into a video game that I want to play and enjoy, it just blackscreens and posts. currently talking to ASUS and they've helped me troubleshoot things, but so far it looks like there is something wrong with the card, or the firmware on it, or the drivers. I just boot up TERA for a few minutes on the 770 and it dies, everytime. I uninstalled all my nvidia drivers and popped in my old hd 5850 amd card, and go into TERA and its fine. In fact, my 5 year old video card kinda makes TERA looks better.

The frustration is incredible

Other Thoughts: hopefully asus honors their supposed 3 year warranty, I bought mine from newegg brand new, not used or open box or anything

Kingston SSDNow V Series 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Right now it is at a low price, I got this unit a few months back at $160, so you should consider buying this thing soon!
It is very fast on read speeds, and mediocre writes. Read speeds and seek time are the most important aspects because your computer reads about 95% of the time, and you only write when you install programs or other volatile data. Unless you're a user that writes a lot of data, then you should invest in a SSD that focuses on writes. For the vast majority of us left, reads are the most important, especially for gamers! There are no weird complicated drivers or BIOS flashes to do, open it up, mount it, plug it in and read my other thoughts. The super fast read times means that your OS on the SSD runs smoothly and you can put small applications and things on it to respond quicker. You can even squeeze a few games on it for faster load times. You should put all your games on a seperate hard drive though.

Cons: High cost per gig. You could buy a Disk hard drive and get terabytes of space for the same price, but you give up super fast read and write times.
The mounting bracket thing is kind of a hassle.

Other Thoughts: Boot drive: First download all the drivers you will need for your system to load on a fresh install of whatever you are using. Then UNPLUG your other hard drives and only have your kingston SSD plugged in. SET YOUR BIOS TO IDE MODE!!
Then install your OS, the drivers, (specifically the raid/ahci driver for your motherboard) then restart. Restart after you make sure everything is running smoothly and set your BIOS to AHCI and enjoy the SSD!

TL;DR : : Get this thing and install your OS and small applications on it. Put larger files like games and media on a large capacity hard drive and enjoy a much faster computer.


Michael L.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 09/06/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 12/03/09
  • Last Review: 01/11/15
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