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Intel BOXDZ77GAL-70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seemingly Great specs.
Z77 chipset
Compatable with my i7-3770k
UEFI bios with overclocking assistant
8 sata ports (4 & 4)
2 front panel ports for USB 3.0
2400 ram speeds
dual PCI-E 3.0 for SLI/XF (even though its 8X 8X)

Cons: Bugs bugs bugs.
They release new bios versions without testing it seems. Intel told me to go to an older version because it was most stable and have no marking on their pages which is a stable version and which is a work in progress.

I have continually had problems with my ethernet ports dying out on any bios version. Driver just fails, the device disappears from windows (it's still in device manager) and requires a restart to get it running again.

My first board shipped and the secondary Sata controller would continually disconnect and needed a restart. After a replacement at least THAT issue got resolved.

First board died after a month of use. No Post Code on the LED and no post beeps at all (missing ram, incompatible CPU) all dead.

Second board has issues that intel still refuses to assist with and denies the responsibility.

Overclocking Assistant has NEVER worked.
The slightest changes to the CPU (which is cooled with an H100i) and the Memory (G.skill Trident-X 2400) which is only capable of running 1333 without crashing pre-POST. Even when running with the XMB of the RAM.
Should have payed the extra money and went with a more reliable Mobo Vendor.

Other Thoughts: Constant issues
Should have Payed for a more reliable MOBO brand. Overclocking would work properly, Ram would be recognized. Very disappointed intel.

I suppose this is why they are not making motherboards anymore.

First intel rig and completely disappointed with the amount of errors.

Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Good price
-Good speeds for Physical drive

Cons: -Not Sata III (6.0Gb/s)

Other Thoughts: Sata II is my motherboard max, so this was the perfect buy

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Amazing Heat transfer rate

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: AS-5 is always the way to go, it never disappoints.
Make sure you read up on proper application.


Sean C.'s Profile

Display Name: Sean C.

Date Joined: 01/04/11

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/31/11
  • Last Review: 03/30/13
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