Joined on 08/11/04
Awesome little board
Pros: The bang-for-buck and bang-for-size you get with this little mobo is amazing. It has everything you need for a modern build in a small case. WiFi and Bluetooth built-in - check, high-end graphics card slot - check, m.2 for screaming SSDs - check, 8 USB (one USB-C) on the backplane - check. I will buy this little guy again for other customer builds.
Cons: Pull the WiFi m.2 board before mounting the microscopic wire-clips as another user suggested, takes WAY less time to do it that way. After you get it out, lay it flat on a desk, then pop the wire-clips on with a little flathead screwdriver (or plastic thingy you get in those toolkits if you're shy about scraping the board). I didn't really like navigating the BIOS setup, too used to ASUS I guess. Some might find the 32GByte RAM limit restrictive, but geez, really - these are the folks who like to have 40 Chrome tabs open, all the Adobe CC apps and play CS:GO at the same time.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this board, however this is the first EVGA mobo I have purchased. I've owned many of their nVidia cards over the years and they have performed VERY well ... in fact I don't recall any of them failing before I replaced with a faster card. That's the reason I gave this a shot and my initial impression is WOW!
Decent board, but issues with LAN
Pros: - Easy to setup. - Decent speed with Xeon E3-1230 Sandy-Bridge CPU. - Stable memory ... using this Kingston memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139268 I am running Windows 2008 Server Standard on it, hosting some minecraft servers for my son and it's been just OK.
Cons: I have had intermittent problems with the system on the network (it just simply stops communicating, and the Windows Network dialog box hangs when I try to disable and re-enable the network device). I just recently went to the SuperMicro website and downloaded the Intel LAN software direct from there, but I'm pretty sure I tried this before ... it doesn't look like the driver version numbers are any different. I am assuming it's a driver issue because I ran CentOS linux on it for about a month, and had NO issues with the network. With Windows Server, I have network issues at least once a week! I need to get Windows 2008 Server running though because I like RDP for administration and plus it SHOULD work.
Overall Review: Will update my review later if the latest network driver download package works. I'd give it 5 stars if I didn't have this issue with the LAN.
I've also built 3 machines recently with this board and have had no issues.
Pros: I, like William B the previous reviewer, am an old dude PC builder. I built my first one in the early 90's. Pretty easy setup although getting BIOS setup to boot from m2 NVME drive (ultra-fast SSD) took me awhile to figure out. You have to enable Intel Optane somewhere in the settings to get it to work ... can't remember ... I think I actually had to read the manual =). I usually buy ASUS mobos and built a couple of machines back in 2012 with their TUF series that are still running today (being on 24x7), so I really trust the name but was worried about the bad reviews here for this board. Those 2 machines I spoke of were $250-ish for the motherboard, these are priced at $150, so hopefully they perform as well over the long-haul, but so far no issues and the first build was back in August 2018. Two machines were built for stock traders (6-monitor setup) with m2 NVME drives, i7-8700, and 32GB RAM. The last one I built for Christmas for my son to help get his framerate up in Fortnite, same setup as trading builds but with single GTX 1070.
Overall Review: At this point I would certainly recommend this board for other builders. Great price point, good features and works with the latest generation Intel CPUs. Good number of USB ports, would also recommend this paired with the Fractal Design Define C Case, it's a relatively small profile ATX case with great cable management.
Good Solution for HD or SSD to SSD cloning
Pros: Works well in my 5.25" tray that I bought for 3.5" HDDs. Like a previous reviewer stated, they are very proud of their packaging ... maybe put more money into the product by changing the plastic tray for holding the notebook drive to metal? I will be repeatedly popping in and out drives from this plastic piece and it's only a matter of time before it fails. This is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because the rest of it is built very well.
Cons: Plastic piece to hold SSD or notebook HDD.
Overall Review: I used to use a USB device to clone HDDs and SDDs, but have since put drive trays in my tower since I got tired of plugging that thing in, having unsightly cables and putting unnecessary forces on the SATA data and power connectors on the drives ... not to mention the SLOW USB speed. For this to work properly you must setup SATA in BIOS for hot-swapping ... otherwise it can have undesired effects on Windows =).
Good mobo but no Vista Drivers
Pros: This board looks snazzy, is real easy to configure with UEFI (although it was a bit confusing at first as I'm an old-school BIOS'er), and is packed with features. I put some Mushkin Redline 7-8-7-24 (1600MHz, 1.65V), did UEFI "Balanced" configuration and set XMP, got 2734 overall memory benchmark with PerformanceTest. Then reconfigured UEFI to "Performance" and got slightly higher 2925 with memory @ 1373MHz. The CPU is bursting to ~4.3GHz rather than 3.9GHz (i7-3770) with this configuration though. I am mostly happy but for the fact I had to install Win7. I'm also not sure about the little fans that cool the mobo, even though I thought it was cool at first. What happens when these go out, will I be able to find a replacement?
Cons: No Vista Drivers!!! Thus the 3 star rating. I was all setup to install Windows Server 2008 on this puppy, but there are no drivers to support it. What a shame, and shame on me a little for not checking first. ASRock has similar Z77 chipset mobos with Vista drivers tho... maybe I'll buy one of 'em and use this in a system for my son...
Overall Review: Intel i7-3770 Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU HS&F Sabertooth Z77 Mobo Mushkin Redline 8GB 7-8-7-24 1600MHz 1.65V (same CAS mem now avail at 1.5V)- buy Amer'can when u can! OCZ Agility 3 240GB SATA III SSD - only 90GB left now tho ... Building a system is way easier today than it was 10 years ago, which is about the last time I did a homebrew system. Oh, and newegg rocks! Loyal customer since 2004...
Not what it seems?
Pros: Bright display (big selling point for me), fairly light weight (<5lbs), price (I paid $550), but these pros don't even come close to outweighing the cons. I use newegg for many of my purchases and rely on the user community for reviews here, and I felt so strongly about this machine that I needed to review here.
Cons: Bought 6 of these at a local computer store yesterday (sorry newegg), opened one and have been configuring it for our users. This machine is FLAKY, I wouldn't recommend it, in fact you should RUN from it. First thing is at one point when I was uninstalling bloatware, after the machine tried to reboot, it locked up on blank screen and I had to pull the battery. It looked like the machine was off, but when I held down the power for a little or a long time - didn't work, pulled power - didn't work, had to pull battery right out of the box for it to boot - WOW! Also, ran PC benchmark on this thing and it is SLOW. Compared to other i5-2410M laptops, they are 200% faster on CPU and memory operations ... 200% !!!! It's almost like they didn't put an i5-2410M in this machine or some sort of power management software is running amok. It took 10 minutes to install Microsoft Office from a CD. I guess it could be just this machine, but don't have time to test, if I do, will update.
Overall Review: Also, no Windows partition for restore to default setup and no included installation disks. It also forces you to have C: and D: partitions ... why I don't know. Can only minimize one partition down to 30Gig.