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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Board. Recommended. 06/03/2013

This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've never seen a board packed to the brim with so many features. This is my first experience with UFEI firmware, which is a GUI that replaces the old school BIOS interface. The ASRock UFEI firmware made overclocking my 3570k to 4.4GHz a no-brainer. The CD is loaded with the usual driver suite and some "bloatware" that I can actually use like an OC tool and Instant Boot. Instant Boot is an awesome feature; it's like putting your computer to sleep, except junk isn't loaded into RAM. The result is a 3-4 second boot time for the moment you wake up the PC.

Cons: ASRock included a SLI bridge, but not a CrossFireX bridge.

Other Thoughts: Didn't want to put this in the cons because it's more of a standard issue than one related to this board: the old school jumpers used to interface the case's panel with the board just have to go. With the strides we've made everywhere else, I'm surprised that there's been zero innovation in this area.

Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs My favorite case so far 05/26/2013

This review is from: Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The P280 is the most spacious and feature-packed case I've ever had. My favorite feature has to be the cable management ports, which allow you to essentially route your cables through the back, then pop them back out at just the right spot. This keeps air flowing smoothly and keeps things tidy as well. The harddrive bays consist of slide-in/out trays, which makes adding/removing/re-arranging harddrives a no-brainer. The PSU sits on the bottom of this case, and is complete with a removable filter. I also dig the power buttons and USB/audio ports on top, since my PC sits on the floor under the desk.

Cons: With all thought that's gone into this case, I can't help but wonder why they overlooked the optical drive bays. Instead of being pre-punched, you'll have to work the steel panel back and forth until it snaps off to get your optical drives through; this just seems circa 1990s and also leaves your knuckles open to getting cut by the steel. Lastly, a bit of a nit-pick, but the silicone/rubber covers over the cable management port holes comes off too easily. They should've used some sort of glue to keep it in place.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommend this case.

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic Cooler - Terrible Instructions 05/26/2013

This review is from: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

Pros: I'm about 20 minutes into a Prime95 blended test with my i5 3570k at 4.2GHz, and it's purring at 45C. Idle temps are typically around 30C. Just can't beat this performance for the price.

Cons: Terribly unclear instructions. For socket 1155/1156, the backboard will likely have to sit at a skewed angle. It's not really a problem, but you'd expect it sit in alignment. Be mindful of the clearance you'll need for the side of the radiator! I'm using an Antec P280 and followed the instructions to the letter; the radiator stuck out of my case blocking the door and will likely do the same to other cases. Simply rotate the radiator. Lastly, the mounting brackets for 1155/1156 requires some assembly, which wont align properly if you attach the clips with the holes farthest out. Make sure the holes are closer to the center of the mounting bracket and it should align perfectly. Don't place thumb screws in the brackets until you've ensure that your bracket is in alignment, because they're annoying to release from the bracket if you've fudged up...

Other Thoughts: Awful instructions aside, this cooler is performing wonderfully.


Jonathan G.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan G.

Date Joined: 03/15/05

  • Reviews: 49
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 03/28/05
  • Last Review: 06/03/13
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