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ASUS Maximus II Formula LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still Going Strong 08/26/2015

This review is from: ASUS Maximus II Formula LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This Motherboard is still going strong, after 6 years. I actually purchased 2 of them, and they are both still operating well. One, with an overclocked Core 2 Quad Q9650, and the other with the Core 2 Duo Wolfdale. No issues on either Motherboard after all this time.

Cons: The technology is dated now, with no SATA III, or USB 3.0. You could install an M.2 SSD in a PCI-E X4 slot though, and you can purchase a PCI-E USB 3.0 card, so, with a decent Overclock, you can still have a killer system.

Other Thoughts: I thought this was one of the best P45 chipset boards. Sure, I have had the Z68 and Z97 boards since then, and they are nice, but this one will always have a special place in my own memory. Great, great, Motherboard.

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield Quad-Core 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W BX80569Q9650 Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Now with 6 years under it's belt, this CPU is still chugging away brilliantly. Had 3 years in a all purpose gaming machine overclocked, and 3 years light duty in a HTPC. Now, taking it (still with the Maximus II Formula MB), and putting into a Lian Li case, fresh copy of Windows 7 64 pro, and giving it to a single neighbor lady with kids who does not have a computer. The CPU and Motherboard still ROCK. Long live the Yorkfield.

Cons: There are no Cons. The CPU and Motherboard consistently outperformed newer offerings for a very long time.

Other Thoughts: It took Intel awhile to match the raw performance of this CPU in an overclocked state. Sure, my i7-4790K Devil's Canyon does outperform my Q9650, but the Q9650 is 6 years old, and was phased out in the Fall of 2011. I think the Yorkfield will go down in history as one of the great ones.

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic Incredible Value 05/08/2015

This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 5 year warranty, heavy construction, outstanding BIOS, and ready for Devil's Canyon processors. For some reason, this onboard sound comes across pretty well, and I usually use a mid range sound card.

Cons: While I did the research and knew what this board has, and what it does not have, I do wish there were an on-board start button and a numeric trouble code read out. In this build, I found that I fortunately did not need either one, but they are really nice to have if you need it. I am not using the small 35 mm fans, as the previous reviews allow me to believe that they sound like miniature chain saws, and are not essential. (My case has plenty of fans).

Other Thoughts: It might be the processor, (i5-4690K), but I think this board seems to overclock my processor much better then some of the newer Z97 boards, the "Hero" included. This board arrived with BIOS revision 2004, so no need to flash the BIOS to run Devil's Canyon. The board fired right up with NO issues. For what this board is currently priced at, versus the new Z97 Sabertooth, this board is an outstanding value. I will also add that this is the heaviest motherboard I have ever experienced, with the solid steel backplate and thermal armor. Also running 2 X 4 Gb Crucial Ballistix at 1866 in XMP profile. For what it is worth, I am testing it out with Windows 10, and Windows 10 had all of the drivers for this Motherboard and installed them automatically. AI Suite 3 is also seems to be working fine with Windows 10. If you do not need an M.2 slot, you cannot go wrong with the Motherboard.

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ANTHONY M.'s Profile

Display Name: ANTHONY M.

Date Joined: 03/04/07

  • Reviews: 48
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  • First Review: 09/19/09
  • Last Review: 08/26/15
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