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Pros: For the most part, this board works well. The colored RAM slots and SATA connectors are nice additions.
Cons: - My EVGA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card can only be used in the top PCI-E slot. If I put it in any other slot, it either blocks the much needed USB connectors or it blocks the fan for the Z77 chip.
- The Z77 fan is as loud as a hair dryer when running at 100%. It will run at 100% from the second you boot up your machine to the second you turn it off unless you find a way to force its speed down.
Pros: + It supports 32 GB of RAM, which is great if you run a lot of VMs.
+ I haven't had even the slightest problem with using this board when paired up with the (currently) paired CPU (Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge).
+ Plenty of options for where to plug in power connectors.
+ The blow-up map they give with the motherboard is a major plus when trying to figure out what goes where.
Cons: - The fan on the z77 chip set is anything but quiet. The fan, when running at 100%, is about as loud as a hair dryer when.
- The z77 fan is in a poor spot in relation to all of the PCI-E slots. I originally had my GTX 660 half covering the fan which caused the sound to double. It's still loud even after moving my card out of the path of the fan.
Other Thoughts: My biggest gripe is how loud the z77 chip fan is. I'm going to have to play with it to see if I can cut the noise without overheating anything.
I repair computers for a living, so I've seen plenty of good and bad motherboards. This is easily one of the better ones that I've worked with.
My build is as follows:
-Motherboard: EVGA z77 FTW
-CPU: Intel Core 17.3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
-GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 (2GB 192-bit GDDR5)
-RAM: Patriot DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) 2133MHz
-PSU: Ultra OEM 700W Power Supply
-CASE: Rosewill Thor V2
-OS: Windows 7 64x
along with an SSD and a few HDDs.
This review is from: Fierce RUDE-200 Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: The side buttons are nice along with adjustable weights.
Cons: The 'adjustable' dpi barely works, most of the time I can change it from the min to the max dpi setting without any noticeable changes.
The software that comes with it is awful, it doesn't start up when you restart the computer (which is required after you install the drivers).
Other Thoughts: I've had this mouse about 6 months, and I'm hoping this item gets discontinued permanently.READ FULL REVIEW