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ASRock Z97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice motherboard for upgrading an HP Pavilion 10/11/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Brilliant color scheme; matches the lighting on my case fan as well as my RAM sticks
-Has the digital optical out port needed to connect the PC to my Blu-ray home theater system
-Plenty of SATA ports
-Sufficient quantity of USB 3.0 ports which charge devices even when the PC is off
-User-friendly UEFI BIOS layout with lots of features

Cons: -No SLI support, but not that it really matters anyway since I do not intend to SLI my GTX 970

Other Thoughts: I upgraded a previously OEM desktop from an X58 motherboard and i7-950 CPU because the USB 2.0, SATA Gen 2, and PCI-E 2.0 ports were becoming outdated. I have an SSD which supports SATA Gen 3 and a WD My Book which supports USB 3.0. I paired this motherboard with an i7-4790k CPU and the overall performance of my devices, including the hard drives, rose significantly. Windows 8.1 now boots twice as fast and I get a flawless connection and fast transmission speeds with my external drive. With the new motherboard and UEFI BIOS, I can now safely upgrade to any modern hardware, including my recently-installed GTX 970, without CPU bottlenecking. The motherboard fit nicely and is able to support the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 heatsink designed for MicroATX mid-tower cases. This is the upgrade my PC needed the most.

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XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quality unit made by SeaSonic (leading PSU manufacturer)
Sufficient wattage for my PC components

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Works pretty good on my 3-year-old HP Pavilion desktop which I converted into a gaming rig. This replaces an old 460w PSU which has gone out. I was using a Corsair CX600M for a while and after learning about consumer complaints on the poor capacitor quality, I wanted to get a better quality PSU to use as a permanent unit while using the Corsair PSU as a backup just in case. That Corsair PSU recently had issues with persistent reboots due to a weak AC socket connection on that unit. But it looks like I may never use that PSU again for a long time since this new one meets my needs and has a great reputation backed by a 5-year warranty. I'm currently using an i7 processor (a 130-watt model) and an Nvidia GTX 660 graphics card and am planning to upgrade to a GTX 860 or 870, depending on pricing. Now I can run high-end games for a few hours at a time without having to worry about heating and power issues.

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Joseph D.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph D.

Date Joined: 06/24/14

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 07/23/14
  • Last Review: 10/11/14
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