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Pros: - Very fast for general purpose usage (word processing, web surfing, watching video, etc.)
- Without a discrete GPU, it can provide a reasonable gaming experience, particularly in older titles.
- Pairs nicely with the ASRock DeskMini to create a very compact, very fast desktop PC.
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: - I would recommend this to others.
- I would buy this again
Pros: It's blazing fast. Running it at 4.1GHz, 1.25V and it's just a screamer. Might push it more, but this kind of performance is already unreal. If you want the world's best desktop processor, this is it.
Cons: Nothing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I must admit that this board was far from my first choice; I purchased it because I wanted a 6700K and Newegg was only selling them as part of combo deals at the time. Since I needed a motherboard and memory, and since I was planning to go with ASUS anyway, I pulled the trigger on the combo and got this board.
There's a lot to like about it. The on-board audio is solid (and I like the ROG Supreme FX software control panel that comes with it), and with enough voltage I'm able to run my 6700K at 4.7GHz, which is about the high end that one should expect to run such a chip at 24/7, so the board itself probably won't limit your overclocking.
The board has an ample number of PCI Express slots to support all of the add-in boards that I'm running dual 980 Ti GPUs, two Intel SSD 750s, and a standalone Wi-Fi adapter. Even with a highly overclocked CPU/memory and a ton of add-in boards, my system is rock-solid.
The BIOS is visually appealing and laid out in an intuitive fashion, which is something I always appreciate.
Overall, a solid board for the price.
Cons: I had just one issue: I could not successfully load the XMP profile for my DDR4-3000 memory; I had to manually overclock the memory, and even then I could only get it to DDR4-2800 speeds stable. I'm not sure if the inability to even POST using the XMP profile is the fault of the memory or the board, so I'm not going to dock any eggs off in the review.
Further, the fact that the DDR4 wouldn't run at DDR4-3000 stable (even with relaxed timings compared to the settings in the XMP profile) might suggest either an issue with the memory or a potentially weak-sauce memory controller on my particular 6700K.
***UPDATE*** After installing the latest BIOS, I am able to run my DDR4-3000 memory in XMP mode at the correct frequency/timings. It was a problem with the board after all and not the memory. I'm tempted to dock an egg in light of this, but it's fixed now, so I'll let bygones be bygones.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product to others; if you have *just* $199 to spend on a Z170 board, this is a great choice. I can understand wanting to spend as little as possible on the board so that you can spend that money on more performance-relevant features (faster GPU, better memory, etc.).
However, if you can spare the extra cash, I'd recommend stepping it up to the Maximus VIII Hero. It's a higher quality board and $35 extra for a system you're probably going to use for 3-5 years just isn't that much more. This is what I would have bought had it been available in a combo deal at the time of purchase.