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Pros: Lots of connectors of decent length.
Comes with a nice bag to hold the excess connectors.
The fan rarely turns on and it never gets overheated.
Constant clean power.
7 year warranty by a company with first-rate support.
Other Thoughts: It made building my new computer a breeze and keeps my computer nearly silent.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast and smooth performance. When needed it will ramp up to a bit over 4Ghz, but for non-games it hovers around 800 - 1400 Mhz and runs everything just fine.
Runs very cool on the stock heat-sink.
When it ramps up to 4Ghz, the chip never goes above 125 F.
When it is idling(800 Mhz) it hovers around 90-93 F.
Yes, with the stock heat-sink.
The fan on the heat-sink is small and quiet.
Cons: It doesn't make me sandwiches.
Other Thoughts: I don't know how the embedded graphics are since I use a real video card but this processor is screaming fast and runs cool.
What more do you need?
Pros: Fairly cheap and can run 2600 RAM
They finally started putting the LED and on board boot/reboot and BIODS reset buttons in logical places, this is the only positive that has to do with board layout.
Cons: No DVI connector built in so you will likely need to buy an adapter if you aren't going to run dedicated graphics. HDMI is worthless unless you have a monitor with sound and actually use the speakers.
The built in sound is terrible. Cheaper boards have much better sound built in.
There are so many capacitors built in tight against slots that you better be very careful. This is a brittle board, one slip and you destroyed it.
The RAM slots are so close to the CPU that the stock heatsink of my i5 4690 nearly covers the first RAM slot and would actually touch and put some amount of force on the RAM stick. Luckily I only have two sticks which work in slots 2 & 4. Consider this a 3 slot board.
On the opposite side of the CPU the capacitors and ugly CPU VRM heat sink get close to banging up against the stock CPU heatsink.
Do not buy a large aftermarket CPU heatsink it won't fit and will likely damage the board.
Unless you buy a water cooling system forget about overclocking with this board.
Do not buy this board along with case with bottom mounting PSU if you intend to run SLI. The supplemental PCI-E 6 pin connector actually faces down! Who thought that was a good idea? Internal connectors face out from the mobo, why is this so hard to figure out?
The SATA slots face to the right and are inconvenient but unless you are using a very small case this shouldn't be too big of a deal.
Again, Connectors need to face out from the mobo, why is this so hard to figure out?
It is almost amazing that the external connectors face out, that is how poorly thought out this board is.
The manual sucks and is completely worthless, but this is a failing of every mobo I have ever bought.
EVGA engineers must have been drunk when they laid out this board. There really is no other explanation for the poor layout.
EVGA used to mean quality. I bought this board, an EVGA PSU and video card for my latest build and I will never buy EVGA again. All three items were of low quality.
Other Thoughts: Should be renamed Z97 FTL.
Other than the massive number of cons it does run everything fairly well and doesn't seem to get too hot since it has no onboard fans.
It hangs on boot emitting a totally worthless code but it is very rare. B4 memory training, gee that is helpful. My memory is fine, running memtest on them all night on this board and another produced zero errors.
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