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Pros: it managed to limp along and overclock my Skylake i7 to 4.6ghz, ram to 2900, 3dmark Fire Strike 23,360 with two 1070s in SLI

Cons: this thing feels cheap, like its made out of plastic, and weighs nothing. The bios has a ridiculous level of animation and pseudo-sophisticated silliness, and seems overly connected to the OS and the new Asus 5-way Optimization 'nightmare.' Its like this thing is part SmartPhone. What happened to the good old solid Asus boards of old like the P8Z77-V? That had TPU and EPU, too, -not that anyone ever used it!

Other Thoughts: this was an open box sample I tried, and it kept repeatedly crashing at random, even within bios and even with stock settings. Some random bursts of noise coming from somewhere within that mess. I suppose I could be convinced otherwise with a pristine sample,-but the bios and related concepts definitely left me feeling sick and glad I didn't pay $200 for the experience

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4 out of 5 eggs Solid and cool wolf in sheep's clothing 12/22/2016

This review is from: Supermicro C7Z170-SQ

Pros: This board is SO solid and stable. Effortlessly gets every ounce out of performance possible out of your Skylake processor. This is not a toy like so many others these days. Beautiful component quality and finish. Very handy target multiplier feature that auto adjusts Adaptive Mode voltage, etc. This board doesn't mess around and sets 1.4 volts on a 6700K in a hurry...although with a more subtle LLC formula than most...which is probably for the good. I LOVED this board, except...

Cons: It doesn't SLI...which was most disappointing, plus the two X8 slots (you CAN Crossfire) are only 2 slot spaced. Additionally if this is your first Skylake board, the bios could be a bit daunting. (If its your second or third, you will appreciate every last little thing about it.) I wish I understood their bios recovery scheme better, and the support on their website left MUCH to be desired for a stupid average Windows guy like me!

Other Thoughts: This one does have a bit of a learning curve, especially when it comes to ram setup. XMP profiles setting seemed more a suggestion than an actual setting, and trying to set some 3000-3200 ram speed was a near disaster! However, paired with low latency 2666 or slower, there most likely will be nary an issue..

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Pros: Paired with an FX 8320 and 16GB of Crucial DDR3 CL11 1600 ECC 1.5v ram, the resulting machine has been a cornerstone on my bench, doing all the critical day-to day stuff, including copying hard drives, running Office, a bit of gaming, and checking the news. Sure, you can overclock, but I find that an 8320 running stock like this,...(actually second Turbo Mode slightly underclocked to 3.9, plus a few other minor voltage tweaks, -stiffening the NB and HT)...Its just been the ideal machine for set and forget, swapping components in and out day in day out, with more than enough performance to come to the forefront when needed, yet a Wraith air cooler is all that is needed to keep things cool and relatively quiet..

Cons: My particular board was an Open Box purchase that has a defective LAN, -which forced me to do the right thing anyway and buy a $40 Intel Gigabit x1 PCIEx LAN adapter. At motherboard prices this cheap, would highly recommend doing the same so you can disable the onboard LAN. Pretty much common knowledge that the Intel LAN adapters afford far more frugal CPU usage.

Other Thoughts: As with pretty much all AMD boards, sure and use a case where you can have a side fan blow down directly on the Northbridge heat sink. Of note as well is that 970 chipsets seem much easier to get stable with their 2400 HT bus speed. The 990 chipsets stabilizing the 2600 bus seems sort of an overclock in itself for many boards...and most times overclocking you end up running them slower, anyway!

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