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ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs I will never buy asrock again. 10/20/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works.

Looks good.

excellent spacing for big card Sli set ups

Good vrm cooling

Ram overclockers well

Cons: My i7 3770k on an vanilla z77 gigabyte motherboard i could boot into windows at 5.3ghz at 1.45v

With this i can only achieve 4.8 at 1.4v

don't advertise and overclocking board if it does not overclock.

it took me 2 days to figure out how to disable the onboard GPU so I could get 4.8 gigahertz, with onboard graphics I was only able to manage 4.6 gigahertz at the same hi crazy voltage.

Other Thoughts: super duper unimpressed. I will now only buy gigabyte boards as they have almost never failed me this bad.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW/RF) Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Not only was this 35 bucks, but the surface finish on the cooling side is fantastic :-) it must be 1500 grit.

dropped my load temps On my gtx970 by 32 degrees Celsius. 72 to 40

Cons: the tubes are a little stiff, but less than you probably think. much easier to bend then Coolermaster Nepton 140 XL cooler.

Other Thoughts: The supplied hardware did not fit the GTX 970 GPU heatsink mounting holes. So I used Zip ties. I had to shave a 64th of an inch all the corners on the cold side for clearance for my ram sinks on my zoTac amp Omega edition.

this allowed me 20 more megahertz.1450 to 1466 mhz I have locked voltage control on an overclockers card :-(

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ZOTAC ZT-90102-10P GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Omega 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 HDCP G-SYNC Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: idles about 30c and with an aggressive fan profile i have NEVER seen it go over 62c during benchmarking with an OC of 1450/4078

Reasonably quiet even at 100%fan speed, it gets audible at 60% , my pc is behind my 42" Dynex tv.

overclocked +185 on the core, reading 1450mhz boost solid stable with no voltage tap 1.200v 106% power target (Afterburner is the BEST) dancing at 60% TDP

memory goes to 8.15Ghz all day long at 8.3Ghz i saw the "stars"

coming from a gtx 560 Ti, then a 290 (died of heat stroke), this card steps up to the plate, well worth the extra cash for a cold running card.

Tripple slot cooler (they all work)

LN2 switch, I am going to play with this :)

Cons: OC+ via USB header (unless you get the Extreme edition, all this does is live readout) I will try flashing the Extreme bios when it becomes available.

Unless i'm doing something wrong i can't even see the live "stuff" from the OC+ USB header with the latest downloaded FireStorm.

FireStorm zotac software.... I am unable to unlock my voltage with this or any other program found. it might be the LN2 switch, but come on!!!

I Have yet been able to unlock the voltage to see the potential of the scalability of this card. (there seems not to be anything helpful on the internet about this)

My card overclocked is at 60% TDP!!! I know i have the headroom, I just want to unlock the voltage and "reap" the power that lays dormant :)

Other Thoughts: i7 3770k @ 5.2 Ghz 39°c idle / 92°c prime 95 max heat / 65°c in most games
Cooler Master Nepton 140XLAIO
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 Motherboard
1600mhz 8-8-8-20 CL1 ripjaws
OCZ Revodrive V1 110gb
6Tb in other drives
6 140mm fans, 2 120mm fans
Rosewill CAPSTONE 750W 80+ Gold

first overclock run with the card in fire strike and i saw an immediate improvement in FPS over my "old" r9 290, end result.... you scored better than 97% of everybody in the world!!! 11,496

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JAMES H.'s Profile

Display Name: JAMES H.

Date Joined: 08/26/03

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 01/26/14
  • Last Review: 10/12/14
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