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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VII HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plugged in my 4770K and went to town with easy Multiplier overclocking using an H105 water cooler. After getting Win7 Ultimate installed, I checked for an updated BIOS using the included EZ Update software and the BIOS was immediately updated to the newest version. Absolutely the easiest BIOS update I've ever done! What a difference from the days of a floppy disk and DOS!

The UEFI Bios is intuitive and more complete than any I've ever used before. I've been running EVGA boards for the last six years in almost all the builds I've done and exclusively in my own PC's. Their BIOS has been difficult to update and not intuitive for most people. This one though, even if you've never looked at a BIOS before, is thoroughly explained in BIOS instead of having to read some manual. For those of us with years of experience, this BIOS is a tweakers DREAM!

Easily overclocked my 4770k to 4.2GHz with a multiplier change and a VERY slight voltage bump. Rock solid and 48hr Prime Stable.

I find the board to be very well made from the high quality Caps and MOSFET's to the bracing used on the back of the board. This motherboard is more rigid than others I've used which is awesome for those who want to hang a heavy aircooler on the CPU.

With six 4-pin fan connectors, two dedicated for CPU fans which is awesome for those of us running a 240mm radiator, you are able to seriously control the air flow via BIOS or the Windows environment AI3 suite software.

I read a couple of reviews where people said the SupremeFX Audio wasn't as loud as their prior Realtek chipped mobo's. I would tell them, please read the mobo manual. Once you install the software and set up the Audio properly, I have found it to be louder, clearer and cleaner than the Realtek chip on my prior EVGA 1366 Classified mobo.

Setting this board up for using the 256GB SSD I also purchased was a snap. I run the SSD as my boot drive and then, two WD Black 2TB drives and a Seagate 1TB drive. Also have two optical drives. Typically, when setting up a new mobo, you want a bare minimum connected during the OS install. With this board, I just installed everything and the UEFI BIOS had everything set correctly right off the bat.

Cons: Only one con. If using all four DDR3 Ram slots, overclocking my ram wasn't very successful. Just using two slots, I got a 10% bump when overclocking the ram independently of the CPU. However, with all four slots populated, I couldn't even get a 2% bump without getting a BSOD during the OS load. This is using G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 with 9-9-9-24 timings. The Ram will run at T1 even when all four slots are populated, so the inability to overclock is greatly mitigated by this and not worthy of dropping an egg over IMHO.

Other Thoughts: One of the easiest builds I've ever done. From first start up to booting into the installed OS was a scant 30 minutes.

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I74770K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plug in and go. Change the multiplier for easy overclocking with small voltage tweaks. i7 architecture may not overclock as high as other Intel chips, like the i5, but with 16gb of DDR3-1600 ram and this CPU, I can convert movies in half the time as my old i7-920. Less power draw, superior instruction sets and an unlocked multiplier makes this CPU a winner. I run three to four VPM's at a time in Win7 Ultimate. This could easily make my i7-920 @ 3.2GHz bog down even though I had 24GB of Ram in triple channel. With less ram, I'm sitting at 4.2GHz with a simple multiplier and voltage tweak and not having any issues. Loving this CPU. I don't need higher GHz, what I need is STABLE and reliable higher GHz with information integrity.

Cons: If you're looking for the highest overclocks, look to the i5 series. However, I prefer data integrity over GHz while still pushing the CPU.

Other Thoughts: A no brainer for a user of my type.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I ordered this as a second set to my first one for a total of 24GB of RAM. Even though I've populated all six slots for RAM on my mobo, this ram still overclocks easily to DDR3-1800 with its original timings intact. Running this on an EVGA Classified X58 3-way SLI Socket 1366 with an Intel i7-920 clocked at 3.4GHz.

Cons: None at all.

Other Thoughts: Having this level of stability from two sets of RAM manufactured more than 18 months apart is simply outstanding. It means the original series was just as good as this newer series of DDR3-1600. Hard to find a situation where that occurs.


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Display Name: Thomas B.

Date Joined: 11/23/04

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  • Last Review: 08/19/14
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