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EVGA Z77 FTW 151-IB-E699-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After having a very bumpy experience with ASrock Extreme 6 Z77 and i7 3770k combo and I decided to purchase an EVGA Z77 product based on prior experience with their motherboards (all of which still work going back to the 680i and 790i). I have never had an EVGA motherboard failure to date. This board was not an exception - it booted up on first try and has operated w/o problems for going on a year. I did update the BIOS right first thing, but have had no issues with its features or stability. The CPU is overclocked to a stable 4.5 GHZ with closed loop water cooling (I have had it up to 5 GHz). I have a case with excellent cable management so I appreciate this board’s side-access ATX power and SATA connectors. This board manufactures very well and utilizes higher quality components. I also have an ASrock Z77 i7 3770k as a second system. It works fine as well now, but I prefer the EVGA product because I had some difficulty getting the ASrock to acknowledge Corsair 2133 RAM; the EVGA Z77 FTW had no issue with the same modules. Would I condemn all ASrock products because of that difficulty? By no means, they make a good product too – all motherboards have their incompatibilities and quirks – you just need to be patient and find a work around or move on to another component.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: In my opinion EVGA is a great company and I recommend this motherboard product. In fact, my experience with EVGA motherboards has been so good that I plan to buy a EVGA Z87 Classified for a new i7 4770k system.

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CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9DHX
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Relatively inexpensive DDR3. Initially I bought this RAM to get my new EVGA 790i mobo running and stablized. So far the combo has worked like a charm. The only glitches (aka BSOD, freeze ups, etc) that have occurred was a BSOD when trying to use NVidia system monitor software (this may have occured becuase I am using Vista 64-bit). At present I have my FSB jacked to 1566 and this RAM set to 2T. My system is stable and that is all I will ask for. I may eventually replace this XMS3 with higher speed EPP/SLI DDR3; but for now I am very please with this Corsair product.

Cons: DDR 3 prices - what can you say?

Other Thoughts: System: EVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI mobo. 4 gigs Corsair DDR3- TW3X4G1333C9DHX RAM, e8400 overclocked to 3.5 gHz. 2 EVGA 8800 GT in SLI. 900 Antec case. SILVERSTONE DA750 750W power supply, ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED cooler/fan, 300 gb Western Digital VelociRaptor main OS Drive, and 3 Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB in RAID 0. Not the fastest system, but good enough for gov'ment work.

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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 05/21/07

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 07/08/08
  • Last Review: 06/06/13
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