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Pros: -Supports a wide variety of new and upcoming features like *Ultra* M.2. (32Gb/s) and USB 3.1 with 10 GB/s speeds as well as DDR4!
-Is one of the only Z170 boards that is primarily black with copper accenting. I find the board to be one of if not the best looking.
-The Debug LED and Power/Reset button red leds turn off after the system finishes loading the BIOS settings. It's not a big deal but when trying to color match a computer it can be an issue if it's on all the time like previous ASUS boards I've had. Love that it automatically turns off.
-BIOS navigation is a dream! Very quick response times for changing settings as well as rebooting.
-DUAL BIOS is a great feature especially if you ever get a corrupt BIOS. You can easily change the jumper over to activate the 2nd BIOS and fix the BIOS and get back up and running.
-XMP 2.0 profile works with the click of a button. My 3000MHZ ram was running at 3000MHZ after I choose the profile.
-8x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports and 2x SATA express ports. More than enough for 90% of users.
-Has a thunderbolt header.
-ASRocks servers are fast to download latest drivers and took only about 30 minutes to get everything up to date.
-The price! I can't praise the price of this board enough... For $180 you're getting so many features that some $200+ dollar boards don't have! I actually got mine on sale for $145 from Newegg so I'm beyond thrilled to say the least!
-Out of the box I selected the 4.8GHZ overclock preset and booted right into windows and was able to stress test it and it was stable! Very impressed with this board right now.
Cons: -Placement of the Debug LED isn't ideal. I wish they would have put it below the Power and reset button. If you have a GPU in the 2nd PCI-e slot it will most likely block the Debug LED. Not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: Well first off people reviewing this motherboard have no clue what they're talking about. All of the 1 out of 5 egg reviews state the motherboard was DOA which means it was not working right out of the box. How can you give a product a review when you didn't even get to use it??? These people are nuts!
EVGA 980 Ti FTW
Corsair Vengence LPX 16GB 3000MHZ
ASRock Extreme 6 Z170
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: *Large but not as big as my HAF X and can support almost everything the HAF X can if not more
*Very VERY clean looking and looks great with almost any components.
*Can support up to 10 SSD's (counting the 2 on the back of the Motherboard tray) or 8 HDD's and 2 SSD's! That's FANTASTIC!
*Can support up to 6 fans with Windowed version and 7 without the windowed version.
*Can support up to 2 240 Radiators and you can move the bottom HDD cage to make room for a bigger radiator in the front.
*Supports Graphics Cards up to 11.6" (If you have a bigger card than that then you shouldn't be buying a desktop case!)
*Integrated fan controller makes for easily silencing up to 3 fans and effectively does so without jumping through loops.
*Building in this case has been by far the easiest installation of components I've ever done. Also is very friendly to first time builders.
*Cable Management is a no-brainer and you really just have to route the cables and they already appear very clean without spending hours zip tying cables.
*Comes ready for future upgrades and has a lot of room for expandability.
*Supports Fully Modular PSU's no problem!
*Comes with a fully loaded front I/O of 4 USBS (2 2.0 and 2 3.0) with a nice power button and a reset button.
*Side panels are very sturdy and do not feel cheaply made at all.
*Powdercoat is a very pretty white and the window compliments it nicely.
Cons: *Red power activity light is an ugly red/pink/orange but I soldered a White LED to it and it looks much better! (Something to keep in mind Fractal)
*Price is a little steep, I think $100 is right on the money versus $120 but still reasonable as compared to Corsair and other companies that have cheaper products but are more money.
*The factory powdercoating is a little overdone which makes for a bit of a problem as you have to hit the back of the panel to make it go all the way up for the screws to come on but at this point I'm just nit picking.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm EXTREMELY satisfied with this case and do not regret anything! I would buy this case again and will recommend it to others looking to build a computer!
ASUS Maximus V Formula Z77
Intel i7 3770K @4.5GHZ
EVGA 770 Classified 4GB
16GB Gskill RipjawsX 1600MHZ
2x Plextor M5P Extreme 256GB
1x Samsung 840 Evo 250GB
1x Western Digital Green 2TB
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W *Fully Modular*
Fractal Design Define R4
All purchased from Newegg!
This review is from: Supermicro CBL-0044L 2 ft. SATA Cable
Pros: This cable is just so premium Idk what to do with it. First I tried hooking it up to my monitor, that didn't work, I then tried plugging it into my water cooling loop and I think it got a little water on it. No worries, I eventually figured out that I use it as a power cable to power my computer. I now can draw up to 550MB of power from the wall!
Cons: Instructions were not clear enough, I accidentally the whole thing.
Other Thoughts: Doesn't say "Oh boy 3AM" when the time hits 3AMREAD FULL REVIEW