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ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Other then a RAM failure because I didn't have the RAM fully inserted I had zero issues getting this MB to post. I was able to do a fresh install of Win7 by building a Win 7 ISO with all the updates until mid 2016 (my OEM Win 7 disc is from 2010). I used the ISO to make a bootable USB then used method 1 in the manual to install Windows 7. To my surprise I easily reactivated my Win7 on the new build using the key from the 2010 disk. (I expected to at least have to call microsoft). The supplied I/O shield is complete garbage and just screams cost cutting. But I got it installed and the MB posted so I'm not gonna complain too much. The board seems well made but not as well as the ASUS Sabertooth MB it replaced. I also took off ugly looking white I/O cover. This was easily accomplished by removing 3 screws.I haven't tried to OC yet but the BIOS menu is well laid out IMO. My G-Skill RAM will not clear the cooler if I ever upgrade and use the A1 slot. I'll either have to slightly raise the fan or put it on the other side of the heatsink.

Cons: Cheap I/O shield.

Other Thoughts: -ASUS Z170-A
-I5-6600K
-G. SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) F4-2400C15D-8GVR
-Hyper Plus 212 cooler reused from my last build.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-8GVR
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Recognized instantly by ASUS Z170-A MB.

Cons: *Cannot use the RAM in A1 slot on a ASUS Z170-A MB with a Hyper 212 plus cooler. RAM sits to high. You can either raise the fan a bit or move it to the other side of the heatsink.

Other Thoughts: Haven't tried OC it yet.

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HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs No problems here... 11/11/2013

This review is from: HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 0S03503 Black

Pros: Lots of storage, USB 3.0, plug n play..almost (see below)

Cons: No on/off switch. Cords a little short.

Other Thoughts: After reading about the CRYPTOLOCKER virus I decided an external HD back up was in order. I've had this drive for about 2 weeks now and I have burned about 3 TB to it already without incident. I initially had a problem when writing to the drive where there would be about 5 sec pauses, resume for 10 sec, pause for 5 sec, etc...In this case the fix was to enable write caching for the external drive. I accessed thois option by going to device manager and clicking on the policies tab for this driv.

My OS in Win 7 64bit. I have this drive plugged into a Startech PCIe USB 3.0 adapter card as my MB doesn't support USB 3.0.

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Kenneth N.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth N.

Date Joined: 02/27/04

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/17/09
  • Last Review: 11/29/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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