Date Joined: 04/26/04
Pros: -The overall design is excellent. 5 of 5
-USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 headers.
-USB 3.1 type A and C
-On board audio is high quality.
-Feature rich UEFI
-Everything is relatively strait forward and easy to use.
-M.2 PCIE x4 slot with backwards compatibility is nice.
Cons: -Fan control is buggy and lacking features. The CPU Fan is locked to CPU temp and AUX is locked to AUX temp. Only two fan headers. It seems to me good thermal control on a small form factor board would be a priority.
-I had temperature probes showing 256°C or a huge negative number for a split second from time to time. Which is basically impossible. A bios update fixed that though.
-Motherboard software is dependent on Gigabyte's "APP Center" to install and run. (You may be able to work around that. I haven't tried.)
Overall Review: The only reason I only gave it 4 eggs is for the buggy fan control and only two headers on a board meant for cases with very little extra room where adding a fan controller may not be ideal or possible at all.
Overall this is a excellent board but not perfect. What ever is though?
I think the only question i need to answer is: If I were buying a new z170 mini-ITX board would I still buy this one? Yes, without a doubt.
Pros: It does work, most of the time. You can play Direct-X games. It's not Windows 8
Cons: 3,000 characters is not enough for me to list the Cons of any Windows OS. Keeping it short. Microsoft does not make any good OS. Unfortunately most of us are forced to use it by software developers. I'll stop there before I get on a rant.
Overall Review: If you are not gaming or using any software only available for windows use Linux Mint. It's free! and it's awesome. You can Facebook just fine. Trust me on this one. Save that money for something else.
Pros: This RAM seems to perform well. It is very stable thus far. Looks nice.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: System: i-5 3570K, ASRock Z77 Extreme4, EVGA 590 Classified and SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W.
Pros: So far everything works as advertised. A good price for a good product. That is all you can ask for in a motherboard.
G.U.I. B.I.O.S. is nice.
Fast boot times.
Cons: No extra hardware. Screws etc. Not a big deal though.
Overall Review: This board looks good and performs well. I used G.SKILL Ripjaws Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM, i-5 3570K processor, EVGA 590 Classified and SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W.
Pros: Very effective cooling. I have this on a i-5 3570K with the supplied thermal paste. (Prolimatech PK-2) I have seen core temperatures as low as 69°F (78°F Average Core Temperature) at idle with all clocks and voltages at "stock" values. Max temperature 129°F (127°F Average Core Temperature) with all hardware at "stock" settings. (Environmental 68°F, 91% Humidity, 527ft., 29.92 in)
Mid ranged pricing. This cooling solution is well worth it.
Fan mounting hardware is supplied.
Installation hardware is robust and easy to install. Retention hardware must be installed on the motherboard before you install it into the case. I would recommend fully installing the Cooler before installing the motherboard if possible. ( I consider this a pro)
Note: Some motherboards may have mounting holes that are very difficult to reach after installing the cooler. I recommend planing your motherboard installation carefully. Check clearances and mounting procedures on your specific board before trying to install anything.
Cons: No fans are supplied with the cooler.
Overall Review: Since testing the thermal paste on my "Sager NP6370" and "EVGA 590" I have officially switched to Prolimatech thermal pastes.