Joined on 06/22/03
STABLE AND STAY COOL
Pros: Really like this board. Got this to replace my GA P35-DS3R. Could not tell half the time if the northbridge heatsink was tight or loose. This board has silent pipe cooling on the northbridge. (Go to the GA site and read about this process). I was able to take the fan off of my Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II and clip it right on the nb heatsink for double cooling. First thing I noticed is this board is wider than the P35-DS3R (about 34mm). Even though the specs at NE show that both boards are 12"x9.6", I verified the difference at the GA site. This allowed me to install my Arc 7 Pro and my Dominator memory fan without having to tie-wrap the fan on the Arc 7 and do it all easily. Hooked up my raid 5 drives and installed the Intel Matrix driver on floppy without any additional programming. Didn't have to install mobo drivers but did anyway just in case.
Cons: NONE--NEWEGG IS THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS !!
Overall Review: Am going to wait to OC the E6850 and 4gb of Corsair Dom 1066 until I get about 50 hrs of run time on the board. Glad I spent the extra money on this board. I hope this helps someone.
All stay holes are not threaded right.
Cons: stay holes (brass stays that mobo sits on) not threaded properly, had to use a tool to thread them all the way in, worst case I've seen in 20 years of building computers. Went thru a lot to install dvd drive
Overall Review: I would not recommend this case. For half the price it's too much.
Slightly better than Corsair 980GB
Pros: Bought Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB to dual boot Win 10 with Win 7 on Asrock Z370 mobo. Samsung SSD on Win 10 had Read/Write of 3576/3286 and Corsair 980GB SSD on Win 7 had Read/Write of 3476/3060 using Crystal Disk.
Cons: None, both are fast with Win 10 being a little faster.
Overall Review: I would recommend either of these fast SSD's depending on how much you have to spend. To get the Corsair SSD to work with the 300 series mobo (the processor) I used a driver for the SSD and I used a wufuc download for Win 7 to work on it.
Just as fast as Samsung, same warranty, half the price. Corsair 960GB NVMe SSD.
Pros: Crystal disk: Read - 3478, Write 3240. Intel NVMe 512GB is: Read - 3058, Write - 1542
Cons: Corsair NVMe SSD not as large as 1TB but at 960MB and half the price is a winner!
Overall Review: Cloned the Intel MVMe 512GB to a regular SSD then installed the Corsair NVMe SSD 960GB. Cloned the regular SSD to the Corsair NVMe SSD and it booted up using Win 7 on a 300 series mobo. The NVMe driver already on Win 7 and the "fix" already on Win 7 to make it work with Socket 1151 series 300 mobo.