- Intel Z77
- Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
- DDR3 2600(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066
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Good Value, Amazing overclocker 06/08/2012
Lets start with the obvious, in order to get a board with similar specs from the competition, you have to spend 200+ dollars. This board is a fantastic value.
-Slot Spacing is ideal for SLI/Crossfire.(See other comments).
-Visually appealing board, it seems to be of high build quality.
-Nice accessory pack, front 3.5" usb bay insert is a nice bonus extra.
-Nice power/reset/clear CMOS switches on the board.
-Slot spacing for 3 video cards, yet the 4th slot will only run 4x mode(8x8x4 with 3 gpu's) makes this board physically capable of running 3 card but due to chipset limitations, makes it nonviable.
-Seriously, who thought it would be a good idea to place the usb 3.0 front panel header above the 3rd 16x slot? If you want to use the bottom 16x slot for a sound card to keep your gpu/sound card spaced, you can't route your cable below the board without heavy modification.
-BIOS required an update to the latest version before I was able to manually set the multiplier, version xxx14 has known problems, and the boards are still shipping with it.
- BIOS will be confusing to a novice overclocker, everything is pooled into one huge page and alot of the options do not follow standard naming schemes typically seen from gigabyte/asus/msi. The BIOS could be organized much better, it's very difficult to discern the "structure" of the BIOS because there seems to be none.
Great value, very quirky board, reminds me of the saab vehicle i own. It will take some getting used to but this is known to be one of the best overclocking z77 board on the market. My i7 2700k runs 5.3ghz with only 1.4v vcore.
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