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Pros: Add one Hyper212 cooler and I can overclock to 4.4Ghz AND under volt the CPU to achieve stability and temps in the mid 60's. If I push for 4.5 I end up having to add a fair amount of voltage and the temps go through the stratosphere. Not sure why 100 extra MHz demands so much more, but impressed that 4.4GHz is apparently a walk in the park. The total system uses about half the power of it's predecessor (an AMD 1055T hex core).

Cons: 6700k thermals are pitiful. Saw similar results with a 4790k, understand Intel stopped soldering their chips and use a paste now, and it shows. Consider this 91 watt CPU with a somewhat large HSF replaced a 125 watt CPU that used a much much smaller (stock no less!) HSF and yet ran about 10 degrees cooler! Unlike the 6700K which seems to use a fraction of it's rated TDP even overclocked, the AMD gulped most of it's TDP. There is little doubt substantially more speed is possible from this chip if better heat conduction out of the package were realized.

Other Thoughts: I7-6700k + EVGA Z170 FTW + 16GB Team Vulcan DDR4 = One heckofa Handbrake workstation!

EVGA Z170 FTW 140-SS-E177-KR LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Legendary EVGA quality...this board oozes it. Nothing particularly tangible, but more like the same perception as when you've been driving a Chevy or Toyota and move to a Cadillac or Lexus. The all black on black design and low on bling is certainly unique and looks like it means business. The heat sinks are SUBSTANTIAL. The hex display is extremely useful as it displays CPU temperature post POST (It would be even more useful if it could be located the the case). Overclocking was ridiculously easy by following by short guide on EVGA's webpage. I found I could overclock AND undervolt and still be Prime95 stable. Maybe this says more about my I7-6700k, but the board has to do it's part too. Built in fan control is very well done negating any need for software to control fans in the OS. As a bonus, both 3 and 4 pin fans can be controlled, a rarity these days. Board has proven absolutely and extremely stable, although I had a rash of issues installing Win 7 (nothing turned out to be the fault of the board, per say).

Cons: This is my first ever EVGA board, not 100% certain I'd buy another. The BIOS is missing features that are normally commonplace. Nothing glaring, just annoying. For example you cannot boot legacy and UEFI devices, it's either-or. If you have a UEFI HDD and need to boot a thumb drive or DVD, it's off to the BIOS to change modes, and change back again to boot your HDD. The manual is overly simplistic (for example, no interpretation for the onboard LEDs or explanation of key BIOS settings are given). I still have not changed my mind on sideways SATA connectors. I hate them on every board I've encountered as they are next to impossible to plug into and demand at least an extra inch of space in front of the motherboard. Unfortunately, EVERYONE uses them these days, yet they never used to be necessary. If something blocks them then the connectors need to be in another spot. Speaking of sideways connections, the PCIe power connection is just plain silly...I guess if you needed it you will figure out how to plug something into it. Glad I don't need to. An internal USB 2 header would be nice, but an adapter will take care of that.

Other Thoughts: I7-6700k + EVGA Z170 FTW + Team Vulcan 16GB DDR4 = One heckofa Handbrake rig!

Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G2400HC14DC01
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Pros: Team has been my budget "go to" RAM for a while. It has always performed at rated speeds and I have never experienced an issue in any system I have installed it in. You could call this no-fuss RAM. But...I have never been really able to overclock it...previous experience being it fails any attempt to do so. Not this stuff! This RAM proved very very easy to OC to 2800MHz and with a very modest voltage boost it maintained the stock timings across the board (no Memtest errors in 24hrs). It very probably could be pushed more if I wanted to take the time to do so.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Intel I7-6700k + EVGA Z170 FTW + Team Vulcan 16GB = Bliss!


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Display Name: Mike N.

Date Joined: 03/02/02


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  • First Review: 03/13/02
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