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Pros: Cheap, reliable
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I bought this card for a gaming system, most games I like to play are 2 or more years old. I mainly run flight sims and racing sims, Rise of Flight, FSX, IL2, RBR, Grand Prix Legends, GTR2, iRacing, RFactor and still play Half Life 2, GTA 4,and some older titles once in awhile.
Im running this with a Pentium G860 and 8gb of RAM on XP Pro.
With this card I can run any of the above titles at 1920x1080 but I do have to lower the eye candy to varying degrees depending on the game. Typical FPS killers like clouds, trees, shadows, trackside objects/crowds. ROF in particular I read is very demanding on hardware, with some lowered detail and draw distance I get very smooth frame rates at 1920X1080. I get well over 120 FPS on iRacing and it still runs choppy...I dont think its the cards fault. FSX drags to around 35 to 45 FPS at med level detail, I do believe FSX is very CPU limited however so i'm curious how it would run with this card and a better CPU.
Overall I think its quite capable keeping in mind the cost. As always its a price/performance question. I put together an entire gaming rig with this card for less than $350. With that in mind it's a winner in my book.
Pros: Fast, reliable, price
Cons: Not overclockable ... from what i've read online
Other Thoughts: Im mainly a gamer. I buy games and pc parts based on the "wait a year" theory, yesterdays games and today's budget gear makes for a great gaming approach and is easy on the wallet. I bought this setup with that in mind:
Radeon HD 6670 1gb
G.Skill 8GB Ram (2X4)
I bought this based on a Toms Hardware article. Doing google searches on forums etc I couldnt find a lot of people recommending it, every conversation I found about it people were recommending what they said was a better alternative. I bought it anyway and could not be more pleased for the price.
I play a lot of flight sims (Rise Of Flight, Falcon BMS, FSX) and have also ran Far Cry 3, GTA IV and Fallout 3, Silent Hunter Wolves of the Pacific. This setup plays them far better than the forum talk would have you believe. With this setup I can't max the graphics on some of the latest titles but it hangs in there. With some time tweaking graphic settings this CPU is quite capable. Kept in perspective (price vs performance) I don't think you can go wrong.
Based on my experience most of the negative talk online is from people who read charts and have no real experience with this chip.
If you follow such things. On 3DMark06, with the GPU overclocked via CCC, I get a score of 9255.
This review is from: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Was easy to setup, seems very full featured for tweaking if that is your thing. The XFast USB seems to actually make a difference. The XFast Lan im not so sure. Had a little reservation about going with a micro board... concerns unwarranted... its my first micro board and so far I see no cons as compared to a full size ATX board.
Cons: XFast Ram utility nowhere to be found. The whole reason I bought this board was for the XFast Ram utility. I used it for an XP build with 8gb of Ram, but XP only sees 4gb. The XFast Ram is supposed to allow windows to use all 8gb. I cant comment on whether it works or not. ASRock claims that its in the eXtreme Tuning Utility but it's not in my case. I'm using the latest version which is 0.1.185, i've uninstalled/reinstalled, been through the FAQs on the website, googled it etc....i've tried to come up with an answer before posting anything negative...but cant even find anyone talking about the issue. I've emailed ASRock support... they wont answer.... if I had to do it again...and I will... it wont be an ASrock board, not what it claims to be and poor customer service.
Other Thoughts: If ASrock would bother to help me out I would be happy, but as the XFast Ram is the major reason I bought this board Im dissappointed. I know there are other utilities to do the same thing...but that is beside the point.READ FULL REVIEW