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Perfect base for an ITX All-rounder/Gaming system
on 27 May 2014
I paired this with a Cooler Master Elite 120, i3 4130 and a HD 7950. Fitting all this in the case was quite involved but made easier by the sensible layout of the board with easily accessible and decent header/power placement.
I took a few drivers off the support CD, particularly for the Wifi card to get me attached to the net but newer ones seem to be available. On that note, the included wifi antenna is a flexible wire leading to a small square collector. It seems to do the job well, particularly on 2.4GHz band but 5GHz can be a little flaky. It's connected to a Asus RT-N66U which is a very decent bit of kit and other devices do seem to fair better on the 5GHz band so be aware of that.
The BIOS on this board is the first I've encountered with sound effects. They don't really add anything to the experience but it's stuffed full of all the options you would want for almost every eventuality. Obviously with a Haswell i3 I haven't overclocked (not least because it's locked but also the heat output) so I can't speak to the overclocking abilities of the board unfortunately.
In about 3 weeks of use with Windows 7 everything has been nice and stable, certainly nothing attributable to the board at least. I'll be undertaking a switch to Linux/Windows 8 shortly - not sure which I'll end up on (perhaps Win8 if drivers don't work out) but I'll update with any relevant info once I'm done.
In all I'd say his is a great bit of kit that offers huge flexibility in a tiny package and won't have you tearing your hair out with random failures and overheats.