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Seth B.

Seth B.

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome Motherboard

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: - Got on sale for $125. Can't beat that price for this caliber board. After owning it, it's truly worth its high price tag. - I always equate motherboards to cars. This is like a high end sports car with amazing performance but a really annoying interior (BIOS) - aka Corvette. - This motherboard is amazing. It gets me from 0 to my Windows 7 Desktop in 12 just seconds. System specs in Other Thoughts. - Keeps a stable overclock of 4.0GHz for my i5-3570K. AUTO CPU voltage control seems to work really well - not too high and not too low. - It seems really well built and a quality product. - BIOS is annoying to navigate, but once it is set up the way you want and don't have to touch it, it performs exactly like you want it to. - You may be wondering why I gave this 5 eggs with so many cons. I can truly look past all of these cons for the sheer amazing performance and stability of this board.

Cons: - I hate all UEFI BIOSs and this is no exception. But, there's no reason to take off one egg for my hatred of UEFI. However, I'll go through the issues anyway. - If you are having issues with overclocking and can't figure out how to change the multiplier or adjust anything when you click enter, try the number pad +/- keys. - Hard to find some things such as PWM fan control for the processor fan. My fan was at 100% making a ton of noise and sure enough after looked hard, there's an AUTO setting where you can adjust the minimum percent and ideal temperature. - The motherboard sends the wrong PSU voltages and memory clock settings to the OS. My +12V rail isn't at 8.36V and my memory isn't at 1333MHz...They are listed correct in the BIOS. - Hard Drive Boot device priority is a pain. - All of this is superficial though. As I said in the pros, once you get through this, the board is AMAZING. - Lots of non-essential software on the MSI DVD. The software on the DVD is also outdated and requires you to download updates. I would recommend downloading just the LAN then downloading each item from the MSI site, because you will anyway.

Overall Review: - Not really a con (and it may be my problem), but I can only select latched frequencies for the memory. Therefore, I have to adjust my BCLK in order to raise my memory frequency. My BCLK is currently at 100.8 MHz to obtain a memory frequency of 1882MHz vs stock 1866MHz. - You may be wondering why I gave this 5 eggs with so many cons. I can truly look past all of these cons for the sheer amazing performance and stability of this board. -Sorry for the long review. And I hope this is helpful to people looking into this board. System Specs: Intel i5-3570K @ 4.0GHz MSI Z77A-GD65 G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB(2x8GB) @ 1882MHz 10-11-10-30 Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 @ 925MHz Intel 330 180GB Corsair TX650 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Case

12/20/2012
Most Critical Review

no fan

Antec Silent Passive Cooling Notebook Cooler Basic
Antec Silent Passive Cooling Notebook Cooler Basic

Pros: lifts the laptop off of a surface

Cons: no fan

Good Case

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - This Mid-ATX Case is Really Nice and BIG - $50 After Rebate - Quick Mounts for Everything - Lots of Space for Cable Management Behind the Motherboard - Top Case Hard Drive Slot is a lifesaver. I use this almost every day formatting drives and general purpose usage for accessing data from old drives that I don't want inside my system

Cons: - The front LED case fan doesn't spin up, but glows blue when the button on top of the case is pressed. Therefore, it's getting power. Newegg was great and send me a $20 Customer Care Card and I purchased another 140m fan. - I like the quick mount system for everything, but it is sometimes hard to get certain hard drives into their bays with the rubber mounts catching as you slide the drive in. - The blue LEDs for power and HDD usage are really bright. The constant blinking of the HDD indicator is really annoying so I'm going to disconnect it.

Overall Review: - Should have gotten the newer version with USB 3.0 - Funny how we pay more for something with more holes, thus less metal...

12/20/2012

Stable at 4.0GHz

Intel Core i5-3570K - Core i5 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I53570K
Intel Core i5-3570K - Core i5 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I53570K

Pros: - Yet another great Intel chip. - Got it for $200 - Stable Overclock at 4.0GHz on all cores (I haven't tried going higher yet, but I'm sure it can). Vcore ~ 1.2V - Using with Hyper 212 EVO Cooler Idle 37C - Fan 30% 700RPM Load 58C - Fan 50% 1150RPM - ~55 GFlops/sec OC'd @ 4.0GHz using Linpack/Intel Burn Test - Temps with stock cooler in Other Thoughts

Cons: None

Overall Review: There's really no need to get an i7, especially when you can overclock this bad boy. This is more than enough processing power for almost any application, plus I think hyper-threading is a joke (for everyday computing). You will only see a difference between this and an i7 if you are professional using Photoshop or some other program that feeds on 8 threads. Oddly enough, my old OC'd Q6600 had a Windows Experience Index (WEI) of 7.9 and this chip OC'd is 7.6. This is weird because this chip is way more efficient and much faster with everyday applications and is able to process ~15 more GFlops/sec. My friend has a stock i5-3570 (not overclocked) and stock cooler and hits 65C under burn test with the fan at 100%. I'd recommend an aftermarket cooler if you plan on overclocking!

12/20/2012

Works and Fast

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Got it for $90. Threw this into my old build for my brother. It run's really fast for and HDD. I'd recommend this for anyone who needs space and good performance.

Cons: You know that crunching sound of writing data to a physical hard drive? Yea that one. I haven't heard it in a while since I've been primarily been using SSDs, but this thing makes a lot of that crunching noise. For those of you wondering, there's nothing physically wrong with the drive, it's normal, just worth noting.

Overall Review: Not as fast as an SSD, but faster than 7200RPM drives I've owned in the past including WD Black drives. I bought this for the speed, not the acoustics, so no reason to take off an egg. Perfect for people who won't do file management for an SSD and HDD combo.

12/20/2012