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Pros: I must admit that this board was far from my first choice; I purchased it because I wanted a 6700K and Newegg was only selling them as part of combo deals at the time. Since I needed a motherboard and memory, and since I was planning to go with ASUS anyway, I pulled the trigger on the combo and got this board.
There's a lot to like about it. The on-board audio is solid (and I like the ROG Supreme FX software control panel that comes with it), and with enough voltage I'm able to run my 6700K at 4.7GHz, which is about the high end that one should expect to run such a chip at 24/7, so the board itself probably won't limit your overclocking.
The board has an ample number of PCI Express slots to support all of the add-in boards that I'm running dual 980 Ti GPUs, two Intel SSD 750s, and a standalone Wi-Fi adapter. Even with a highly overclocked CPU/memory and a ton of add-in boards, my system is rock-solid.
The BIOS is visually appealing and laid out in an intuitive fashion, which is something I always appreciate.
Overall, a solid board for the price.
Cons: I had just one issue: I could not successfully load the XMP profile for my DDR4-3000 memory; I had to manually overclock the memory, and even then I could only get it to DDR4-2800 speeds stable. I'm not sure if the inability to even POST using the XMP profile is the fault of the memory or the board, so I'm not going to dock any eggs off in the review.
Further, the fact that the DDR4 wouldn't run at DDR4-3000 stable (even with relaxed timings compared to the settings in the XMP profile) might suggest either an issue with the memory or a potentially weak-sauce memory controller on my particular 6700K.
***UPDATE*** After installing the latest BIOS, I am able to run my DDR4-3000 memory in XMP mode at the correct frequency/timings. It was a problem with the board after all and not the memory. I'm tempted to dock an egg in light of this, but it's fixed now, so I'll let bygones be bygones.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product to others; if you have *just* $199 to spend on a Z170 board, this is a great choice. I can understand wanting to spend as little as possible on the board so that you can spend that money on more performance-relevant features (faster GPU, better memory, etc.).
However, if you can spare the extra cash, I'd recommend stepping it up to the Maximus VIII Hero. It's a higher quality board and $35 extra for a system you're probably going to use for 3-5 years just isn't that much more. This is what I would have bought had it been available in a combo deal at the time of purchase.
Pros: Easily the best that money can buy for a general purpose system (6700K is probably your best bet for a 100% gaming optimized rig). Mine is able to hit 4.5GHz, but the chip requires a lot of voltage to do so (1.32v for my chip) which can lead to a very loud and power hungry system.
I am running mine at 4.1GHz (1.1v) -- a nice boost from stock, giving me excellent single-threaded performance as well as superb multi-threaded performance. I recommend pairing this CPU with a nice high-end cooler. I use the H110i, which is a very nice pre-packaged closed loop water cooler, and at 4.1GHz the chip's temps only go to about 60 celsius when I run an intensive CPU stress test like Intel Burn Test; it's much cooler running ASUS RealBench and of course in real-world applications as well.
This is a really awesome chip.
Cons: It's very expensive!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI 6GD5T OC
Pros: I managed to pick up a couple of these puppies when they were on sale for $599 (before rebate) and I couldn't be happier.
The cards were factory overclocked already, but after overclocking them, I see GPU core clocks exceed 1400MHz in boost mode. I was able to push memory speeds by 250MHz as well.
I'm a happy camper.
Cons: At full price ($659), there might be other cards that clock higher out of the box.READ FULL REVIEW