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Intel BOXDZ77GAL-70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid board, but not without minor issues 03/26/2013

This review is from: Intel BOXDZ77GAL-70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Advanced BIOS configuration options, UEFI support, 4 SATA 6GB RAID ports, 4 SATA 3GB RAID ports, lots of USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: BIOS is constantly changing (the board I received came with 0039, 0064 is the current one as of this writing).

One of the two front panel USB 3.0 ports does not work correctly on my Antec 300 case. There are multiple USB 3.0 connectors on the motherboard, but the Antec 300 has both front ports combined on one connector. I honestly don't know if this is an Intel problem or an Antec problem.

The Primary Temperature Input selections for the Memory and PCH are wrong by default in the BIOS. This is easy to fix, but I'm not sure why it hasn't been corrected by Intel, even in the current BIOS revision.

Other Thoughts: I'm running with a Core i7-3770 processor and an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2. The default setting for the Minimum Duty Cycle for the CPU Fan is 20%. This is too low for the Freezer 7, and will result in no value being reported for the CPU fan speed. Increase the value to 30% and it will then report a value correctly.

The memory configuration control in the BIOS is extensive. These are the only tweaks I have experimented with so far, and they are working well. I'm assuming CPU tweaking will be as good.

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ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Very quiet, has been very reliable so far.

Cons: Not the easiest to install. Rather bulky and heavy (may not work for a smaller case).

Other Thoughts: This is my second Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, the first one to cool a Core i5-750 which has been running strong for 3+ years now. The new one is for a Core i7-3770.

If you are using this with an Intel DZ77GAL-70K, the default "Minimum Duty Cycle" for the CPU Fan is 20%. This is too low for the Freezer 7, and nothing will be reported back on the fan speed information (the fan still spins, just at a super low speed). Change the duty cycle setting to 30% and the speed should then be correctly reports (850 RPM or so during initial use on my system).

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Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great fan! 03/19/2011

This review is from: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Virtually quiet. Fits perfect for the rear 120 mm opening on an Antec 300 case.

Cons: Absolutely none so far after 1 month of full-time use.

Other Thoughts: I was looking to replace the default Antec 120 mm fan that came with my 300 case. This unit can be controlled by the motherboard and will let you track fan speed. Excellent!

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Display Name: Timothy W.

Date Joined: 10/14/04

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 09/06/07
  • Last Review: 03/26/13
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