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This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Currently None, See Cons
Cons: Tried running it, no boot, no beeps or anything. The DRAM_LED light stayed on, tried using the MEMOK! button, nothing happened with the boot, just about 5 restarts during its process to make it fix.
A pin looked bent on the mobo where the processor goes.
Other Thoughts: Currently trying to get it replaced, though I am a bit annoyed that it arrived defective, though hopefully the next one does work.
The RAM I am using is G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 2GBx2
Which is listed as approved for this motherboard, so I have no idea why it isn't working, the RAM was used in my last computer and it worked fine.
Pros: Nvidia GT 555M
Great for gaming
Thermal management "button"
The "AccuType" keyboard was something I was not expecting. Somewhat noisy depending on the location you are at and how much you need to type.
Fan gets somewhat noisy when playing games, but not noticeable when playing in areas with constant noise.
Randomly stopped responding on me when I first got it while installing, probably due to the slow hdd speed.
The 0 on the keypad is too small, I always press the right arrow key instead of the 0 key as I think it is a regular keyboard.
The trackpad, oh man the trackpad.... its just like the other reviews said. Sometimes it works properly, other times it just assumes you're holding down 2 fingers on the trackpad so it zooms in on everything, which is annoying. Probably due to the textured trackpad.
The Graphical Interface when you push the volume, screen brightness, one-touch theatre, and thermal management buttons sometimes minimizes some applications if it is running in full-screen.
Other Thoughts: Could be more efficient with the fan in the laptop while playing games or anything that would need to increase the temperature of the laptop to make the fan run quieter.
This was significantly better than what I had originally bought as it can do everything else that I wanted that the other could not.
Mostly bought this for gaming and for Battlefield 3 when it gets released as it seems like it would run it pretty fine on average settings.
Works good most recent games, but not high end games like battlefield 3 beta, but works well on games similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, just not on high settings.
Boots up at a fairly avg time.
Most programs boot up and run smoothly
Cons: Could have picked a better one for gaming, which is primarily why I got this.
The unnecessary programs that I saw after I set it up was annoying, but easily removable.
Doesn't run current high-end games well, for example Battlefield 3 Beta, had to run it on 1024x748 resolution with everything down to barely get around 15~20fps, and also Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 where I had to turn all the graphics low to get a decent steady fps, which was unbearable. though there is probably something i'm missing to enhance the speed of the GPU, if not then that's as far as you're going to get.
Other Thoughts: Could have gone for another laptop that I say that had a i7 & GT 555M under $800, though didn't really look at the time, was just trying to get something under $600.
Will probably sell this within half a year or less for a better one, presumably the one I was mentioning earlier.
Though this is a good laptop for casual gaming like world of warcraft (if you want to call playing this casual) and school work.