Date Joined: 08/25/05
Pros: - As mentioned in title, no problems setting up the mobo and getting things running. If you've built a computer before then you'll probably have a smooth experience building this.
- Ready for m.2, u.2, optane
- Haven't tried overclocking so I don't have much more to say than what the specs can tell you
Cons: - after 2 weeks, can't think of any.
Overall Review: I used an SSD that already had Windows 10 on it (from my last computer). This was my first time not reformatting/reinstalling the OS from scratch. Couldn't boot from the SSD initially, I had to use the Windows 10 installer CD to get things started but that's probably not out of the ordinary. Setting the bios back to boot from the SSD worked after that. Updating the chipset drivers was a breeze.
Pros: I love the 4 fans that it comes with.
I also like the 2 extra places that you can put fans on this.
There's a lot of good stuff for cable management (zip ties plastic bands that lock)
I would give this 5 eggs but...
Cons: The head/microphone inputs at the top/front panel are really bad. Really bad. It's hard to fit my headset's mic/audio jacks in them and the sound is all weird when i use them too. I'm pretty sure the connections are all find. The sound from the rear mic/audio inputs is fine. It's like they gave me unfinished mic/audio inputs
Overall Review: with 6 fans this thing is super loud.
but when i turn it on it gets cold in my room.
Pros: It's so fast. Everything loads so quickly! I didn't have to update the firmware. It's weird the firmware on the website at the time wasn't even as up-to-date as the firmware within the actual SSDs.
Cons: I didn't know where to put these in my PC so i bought a Startek 3.5" to dual 2.5" bay adapters.
Overall Review: Supports trim. At least according to the website it does.
Pros: Works fine.
Cons: Not a con for me because my computer works fine, but I tried manually adjusting the RAM timings at first to match the advertised 9-9-9-24 but on auto it's working at 7-7-7-20... but i don't think i'ts working at 1600 since my i7920 isn't being overclocked. I've heard RAM spd has to be half CPU spd so that's probably part of it.
Overall Review: Using a Core i7 920 and i'm sure if i OCed i could get the RAM up to it's potential but my computer is plenty fast.
Pros: I like this board a lot. Can't tell you much more than what everyone else has said. It is very pretty. After RMAing a dud it works very well now. The Manual is pretty clear about everything. When using the stock intel CPU fan, the mobo may flex a bit ...but to me that just means it's in tight.
Cons: RMAed the first one because i had issues getting any output from my VGA and one of the pins under the CPU was bent, but newegg handled that for me.
Overall Review: the external reset CMOS button on the back is pretty cool
... i'm a little scared i might accidentally press it when i'm fidgeting around back there but i think you have to hold it for a prolonged period of time anyway so not too worried
Pros: USB is nice
No drivers needed
Who doesn't love a no hassle optical mouse?
Cons: The right and left click are stiffer than I would want.
I wouldn't buy this if you're gaming with it unless you need something that's a little harder to click to cancel out your amazingly fast reaction time ...
nah it's not that bad but I would only go with this mouse for normal computer use.
Overall Review: the cord isn't very long so if you're PC is off your desk then you might need a USB extension or something with a longer chord..
Pros: Great RAM. It's pretty. It's fast. It's everything they say it is.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: REBATE: you can only get one rebate per item per household. So if you buy multiple .. of these.. you can only get a rebate for one of them. SIGH...
Pros: This MB is nice. With a new BIOS update I will be able to load this baby up in 4 seconds. Youtube has videos comparing the instant boot vs non instant boot.
Cons: Installing the stock Intel fan was a little scary. I don't know what I would do to change that... reinforce the area around the CPU? But it holds and everything is fine so I guess this is just me being really particular... (my processor was the most expensive component in my build so I guess I'm just wary of any signs of weakness haha)
Overall Review: If you are installing Windows on SATAII HDDs with NCQ functions (just wiki native commany queuing it if you don't know), this board requires that you make a SATAII driver diskette (with the included Support CD) but it's kind of annoying that you have to do that. I would much rather just do it from a USB flash drive but now I have to install a floppy drive so that a diskette can be formatted and the driver can be put on it...
but if you don't care about NCQ functions, then you can install windows with the normal IDE way. It's all there in the manual.
Pros: There are a lot of power connection. More than I need. More than most typical users will need. The 24-pin power cable is already bent in a way that keeps it out of the way of my memory and other board components. All the wires are individually bundled in this mesh-like protective covering so I don't have to worry as much about the wires getting cut into by my case.
Cons: The size of all the extra power cables is large... if my tower were any smaller, I would have really messy looking case in terms of cable management, but 18.25" x 7.25" x 16.5" with HDD slots and optical drive slots is big enough.
Pros: This case is really nice. Two fans allow for nice air flow throughout the case. Also, I have a PC Power and Cooling 750W PSU with A LOT of cables and this case has a nice little pocket on the side where all the extra cables can be "hidden" for better cable management.
Cons: Fans are a little noisy but one can always replace them... I think.
Overall Review: The PCI uhh... "exposures" have this plastic thing that snaps in place to hold the metal "covers" down. This thing makes it a little weird to screw and graphics cards, wireless network cards or whatever else in. You can always just take it off but I don't plan on putting my new computer through any kind of harsh movement and it fits pretty tight so I'm going to leave it. Also it's kind of nice because I can use it to hold the power for the rear case fan along the side of the case (more good cable management)...
Pros: 1TB is more than I will ever need for what I do... and I have 2... so I will have to change what I do:)