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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.

Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just a quick note to say that the processor is working fine, and overclocking fine. Not much I am going to be able to add here, that has not already been mentioned. I am still tweaking it, but I think I got a good one. 4.3 Ghz at 50 Degrees C on Air. (Old Enzotech Extreme Air Cooler).

Cons: No complaints on this processor.

Other Thoughts: BUY IT..!!

LIAN LI PC-7HWX Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Slightly Disappointing 05/08/2015

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-7HWX Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: All aluminum construction, very sleek looking, the fit of the case is outstanding in the way the parts come together. The aluminum is lightweight and the case comes with 8 PCI slot openings, in case you are running a bottom mounted double wide video card. A decent amount of room for a mid-tower case. The Case was delivered with no damage. Oh, it comes with a little speaker too.

Cons: This particular case, while being a Lian Li, and not a Lancool, is simply not made as robust as the earlier Lian Li series cases, like the PC-65, PC-8N, etc. The aluminum corner posts in those old cases do not exist in this case, but are replaced with stamped and riveted aluminum sheet.

Other Thoughts: I decided to use this Case for a new build that I am doing for a friend. I have purchased many Lian Li cases in the past, (and other brands as well), and I was a bit disappointed that this case was simply not nearly as robust as those earlier offerings. This was not the Lian Li quality I was used to, so I felt a little cheated on this. Oh, the workmanship is great on this case: all the holes line up, all the threads were correct, and the exterior finish was top notch. But the earlier reviewers did get it right, in that this case feels a bit flimsy, especially with the panels off of it. It actually does help when you start putting components in the case, and along with the side panels, makes the case feel a bit more rigid then. Do yourself a favor, and use the 4 screws on the top of the Case, (instead of the rubber plugs), and this helps make the case feel more rigid too. So, not all is lost here, as the Case really does look fantastic, but I will not be purchasing another one of these. I am happy to pay a bit more, for better quality with aluminum, and I will. I am just sorry that Lian Li did not make this case anywhere as robust as those earlier cases.


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Date Joined: 03/04/07

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