Joined on 03/01/03
I like it.
Pros: Solid, no crashes. Intel RST accelerate option works GREAT with a 64GB Samsung 830 SSD (RST 11.7 enhanced mode) - much faster response after a few boots and some use.
Cons: If I had to be picky, I'd complain about the fan controllers - full speed and LOUD for a few seconds during power on, then mellows during Windows load, if adjusted properly. Wow that's picky, 5 stars...
Overall Review: I have two of the H77MU3 boards (from uCenter with nice discount+CPU). One with a 2500K, another with a 3570K, both work fine with all 4 RAM slots populated using a mix of the cheapest Crucial and Kingston RAM I could find (DDR-1333). One with 32GB (8+8+8+8), other with 12GB (4+2+4+2). Using BIOS revision H77AR425.
Pros: It didn't fry my motherboard?
Cons: Didn't work in AHCI mode with my P35 motherboard (where a Seagate 7200.11 500GB works fine!). Seemed to work in an AMD 780 motherboard in IDE mode, but random read and write times were poor (35% slower than my 3 year old ATA drive). Sea-tech said drive was defective and should be returned for a replacement. I returned for refund instead.
Pros: Great value, runs as fast as a 5770 in another computer.
Cons: LOUD! I have it mounted in my basement with cables routed up through the floor (HTPC). I can hear it as soon as I open the basement door - sounds like a leaf blower.
Overall Review: The one I received doesn't look like the picture. The mounting bracket is single slot (no vents, heat sink is double wide).
Does The Job
Pros: Cools a Q8400 a little better than the stock heatsink. Full load temps dropped from ~60C to ~52C. Full load fan speed ~1100-RPM (a little headroom?).
Overall Review: The auto-fan speed control on my motherboard is terrible. The CPU fan would sometimes spin at full speed for a minute or so for no reason (CPU ~25C), then, would spin slow when the temperature increased(?). With the CF800, I don't have to depend on the MB BIOS to adjust fan speed.
Pros: Great price. Stable performance with Win7-64, 8GB G.Skilll DDR2-800, and e6300 (2.8GHz).
Cons: BIOS fan control is almost useless for the NB and SYS fan headers - fine for CPU header - didn't try foxone software.
Overall Review: When I received my board (about a month ago), foxconnsupport.corn had a newer BIOS than foxconnchannel.corn. Why did Fox include an IDE cable? Haven't tried to overclock, can't comment there.
Pros: Great price/performance ratio.
Cons: At this price, none.
Overall Review: More than enough power for intended purpose at stock clock. But... even with the e3400 clocked at 3.2GHz, VM client performance is better with my stock-clock e6300 (2.8GHz, same MBoard), guess that extra 1MB of cache is worth something.