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ASRock ASRock Gaming Fatal1ty Z87 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The BIOS/EFI/Firmware whatever the kids are calling it these days is easy to understand

Updates can be done from within the BIOS without having to boot to disc or putting the firmware update on a flash drive

PLENTY of fan headers if you want to allow the BIOS to control your fans

Clear labeling on the board.

Nice price for a Z87 board

Killer NIC is decent, though over-rated.

Cons: Novice users will be stuck with Killer NIC software installed, which is not particularly helpful for novice users.

The 4 pin molex power connector for PCIe is located facing down at the bottom of the board. How one is supposed to use this, I have no idea.

BIOS, while VERY functional, has some odd names and some options are under headers that don't make much sense

SATA headers sit directly under the top PCIe slot making it challenging to connect cables without removing an additional video card

HDMI passthrough only works with onboard video option

Windows software is not particularly intuitive, but it is functional

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a VERY good board, and aside from the relatively minor cons I listed above this thing would be five stars. The price for the features you get is pretty unbeatable.

Killer NIC is largely just another NIC unless you want to use the software that is included. If you don't want to use the software, they don't provide a separate driver package that I could find. I had to extract them manually from the software installer.

ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Chill out! The i30 will get your temps down! 04/17/2014

This review is from: ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power, Direct-Touch

Pros: Significant reduction in temperature from stock cooler
Noise levels are low
Build quality is impressive
Price for performance is fantastic
Installation is pretty easy

Cons: Heavy. This could stress the board
Tall enough that it may not fit in every case
Blocks RAM slot on most motherboards
No push/pull configuration option
Fan can't be easily installed on either side

Other Thoughts: Temp at idle on a 4670k is 30-31 degrees. Doesn't get very hot under load. I was able to get my i5 up to 4.3ghz on air with EASE.


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Display Name: Gregory A.

Date Joined: 07/01/11

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  • First Review: 04/17/14
  • Last Review: 04/17/14
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