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This review is from: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
On Board Sound Quality
Other Thoughts: This board is outstanding. Completely stable while overclocking - 5 way optimization is a very cool feature also. This board has everything you need, and nothing you don't. The software included is definitely an upgrade from Z87-A. Also, it differs from the Z87 - A because it actually has all 9 screw mounts for an Mid ATX board (up from 5). The UEFI has been completely re-designed, and really looks nice, (all black). The new UEFI is extremely dumbed down, however. Hardcore enthusiasts might not like how Barney style it is. Other than that, the board is flawless. As always, Asus delivers a motherboard at an attractive price point, and has features that you would expect at a lot higher price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very high level of performance (60 fps @ 1080p all triple A titles) *vsync 60hz monitor.
Overclock ability is second to none
Asus's GPU Tweak software is amazing
Outstanding thermal performance
Very, very quiet.
Other Thoughts: I'm extremely impressed with this GPU. I have ran synthetic benchmarks, as well as ran through multiple gaming titles (BF4, Bioshock, WoW, Skyrim), and this gpu is a beast. Scoring a 7.3k score on Firestrike 3D Mark at stock speeds is really unheard of. *paired with 4670k @ stock*. This GPU outperformed my 7870's in crossfire in 3D Mark - Firestrike! At first, I thought that it was an error; then I ran tests again. A single GTX770 outperformed x2 7870's at stock speeds? Just wow. This is the best single gpu as far as price/performance is concerned. As far as comparing them with other vendors/reference models, I find Linus's comparison a good one. In addition, this card overclocked to nearly 1.3ghz...and was stable in open gl applications and 3D Mark. I've never overclocked any card that far before. This card is definitely a good investment; you will not be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: High level of performance in open GL applications (games).
Runs all of the latest gaming titles (and all blizzard games) at a solid 60 fps*. with Vsync enabled 60hz 1080p monitor.
*paired with my Asus GTX770 Direct CUII
Comparing this chip to my FX8320 build, there is a relatively large leap in performance in games.
Cons: Unacceptable cpu temperatures.
Unacceptable overclocking crashes/stability.
Unacceptable voltage limitations
There is absolutely no reason why I shouldn't be able to overclock any cpu to 4.5ghz using a Corsair H60 in push/pull with two Corsair sp120 silent fans. *see other thoughts
Other Thoughts: I have never had this hard of a time overclocking a cpu. I manually overclocked my amd chip just fine (all the way to 4.6, up from 3.5 stock) and it never reached over 88 degrees Celsius during a 2 hour prime 95 test. Having purchased the Asus z87-a motherboard, I utilized the AI Suite III software and auto overclocked the chip. It maxed out at 4.2ghz...are you kidding me? It also crashed at that speed as soon as I opened any gaming application. I then tried to manually overclock it, and absolutely would not overclock passed 4.3ghz. The cpu throttled after anything above 1.30 voltage. Again, are you kidding me? So, unless you have a custom water loop, or a H100i or greater, you essentially can't even overclock this chip. Overall, it's a descent gaming chip, but I regret buying it. I should have waited for broadwell. The thermal issues of haswell are too large to overlook. Normally, I could care less if something runs "hot", as long as it runs stable. This chip runs neither. Again, wait for Maxwell.READ FULL REVIEW