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Opinion on the ASRock Z77 Professional-M?

#1gungunn101Posted 8/2/2013 3:41:24 AM
I'm currently building a new gaming rig, and have already ordered an i5 3570K (I got a pretty amazing deal with the Ivy, which is why I chose it over the 4670K) and am looking for good ATX or mATX motherboards that won't break the bank. I found the ASRock Z77 Professional-M on Amazon for about $110, and after comparing its features to other mATX and even ATX boards in its price range, it seems too good to be true for the price. I've been doing my research on brands for a while now, and I realize that ASRock mobos aren't rated as highly as MSI, Asus, and Gigabyte due to it's cheaper quality. However, the more I look at this particular board, the more appealing it gets. Amazon and Newegg's ratings are great, but there aren't many other ratings online.

What would your guys' opinion on this product be? It looks like it was made to compete with the Maximus V Gene, which is $80 more.

On another topic. How worried should I be about the bad reviews on Newegg and Amazon? I'd imagine the 1 star ratings only reflect a small fraction of the customers as it seems like the people with faulty products are more likely to write a review than customers with a working product.
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#2betatechPosted 8/2/2013 4:12:58 AM
I would avoid Asrock due to their RMA policy (1 year, return to place of purchase IIRC).
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#3gungunn101(Topic Creator)Posted 8/2/2013 7:44:46 AM
Any other opinions? I'm looking at some Gigabyte and Asus boards, but I don't want to drop more money if I don't have to.
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#4ThePCElitistPosted 8/2/2013 7:47:57 AM
betatech posted...
I would avoid Asrock due to their RMA policy (1 year, return to place of purchase IIRC).


I've built 6 PC's using ASRock motherboards and not a single one has failed.
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#5romsnbombsPosted 8/2/2013 7:58:31 AM(edited)
Why not going for ASRock Z87M EXTREME4 with haswell? I've got a bit of a hard on for that board, since matx 4 life.

Oh, I see you already got your CPU. Well maybe look at ASRock Z77 Extreme4 M
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#6PhilOnDezPosted 8/2/2013 8:10:43 AM
I have the Pro-4 M, not sure what the difference is (does yours only have two ram slots? That's what the 4 is in mine's name) but I've been really happy with it.

As for their quality, from my understanding they used to make cheap, crappy boards but in the last few years they've been working hard to provide higher quality while staying affordable.
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#7gungunn101(Topic Creator)Posted 8/2/2013 12:32:07 PM
This thing is pretty much fully featured as far as mATX boards go.

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4240pin

Memory Standard
DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066

Maximum Memory Supported
32GB

Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
2 (x16/0 or x8x8)

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 @x4

PCI Express x1
1

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4

SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 6Gb/s

SATA RAID
4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s and 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s by Intel Z77, support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC898

Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Broadcom BCM57781

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI

HDMI
1 x HDMI

DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort

USB 1.1/2.0
1 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Port
1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0)

USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0

eSATA
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s

S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical

Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0

Other Connectors
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x Power LED header
CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
24 pin ATX power connector
8 pin 12V power connector
SLI/XFire power connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Dr. Debug with LED
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