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This review is from: ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Other Thoughts: Setting up a dual-boot Linux/Windows box is more complicated with the new motherboards. After trying to get Debian up and running alongside Win 7 with UEFI for a while (I hear it can be done, I just couldn't figure it out) I had to fall back to Legacy BIOS. Now it works like a charm, but you lose some of those nifty UEFI features.
That was more of a UEFI rant, really. It's a pretty great board.
Pros: Good air flow
LED isn't too bright
Cons: A little noisy
Screws are a pain in the ***
Other Thoughts: I have 3 of these. Other people say they're pretty quiet, but mine make a distinct pitch (in fact I can use a fan controller to tune them and play a chord). They have better air flow than my stock fans, but I only kick these in if I really need it. most of the time it isn't worth the noise.
My biggest complaint is that the screws are REALLY tight. I actually had to turn them with vice grips because my screwdriver started stripping the heads. If I ever have to take them out it's going to be a struggle.
Pros: clean, simple look
Cons: space management is tricky
Other Thoughts: Installing components went smoothly. Originally installed DVD drive and fan controller in the 5.25" bays, modular power supply, EVGA dual-slot video card, PCI 2.0 wireless card, 3.5" hard drive, 2 additional case fans.
Cable management was messy. Wired it up, installed Win 7, and ran a benchmark test. The CPU kept maxing out and OCCT would abort.
I spent a couple hours clearing up the rats' nest. I unfortunately had to take out the fan controller to make some room (was able to remove the molex cable from the power supply and cleared out a space to shove some extra cable length out of the way). With some creativity and a few extra zip ties I was able to get things relatively clean. Ran a benchmark test again and the CPU runs at least 20 deg C cooler.
So yeah, it's cramped but workable if you do some careful planning.
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