( 4.2 Average / 25 Ratings )
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Spiffy board with plenty of options and settings in the BIOS. Good placement of all the plugs (minus the 8pin power, I'd prefer it back in the corner). Probably would have been better off with the mATX board, as I'm not using any of the slots aside from the x1 and x16 PCIE.
The Asrock Z97 Anniversary, it features everything I need, I'm not an enthusiast so I don't need a ton of bells and whistles but it allows me to upgrade to an i5 or an i7 which was a huge determining factor in picking the Intel platform over AMD counterparts, and features the easiest overclocking setup ever! you press P when you start your computer, and use the arrows keys to pick what clock speed you want, press enter, computer restarts and BAM, your overclocked
Died on me after working flawlessly for 24hrs. Probably something with BIOS, still waiting for the replacement
Pretty pretty board.
Can't grumble for the price, it seems to be doing the job for now.
MOBO: Asrock Anniversary Z97. Saw some reviews online that this thing has auto OC. Couldn't ask for an easier setup. Yes, it is ~$20 more than an HXX series board for similar performance, but I'm comfortable with the price.
Only issue is that I am unable to change the 3-pin fan speed via the BIOS page. I can change the CPU fan sped (just not with SpeedFan). If anyone can help out, please that would be appreciated. I have updated the BIOS, etc. I thought that a 3-pin fan could still be changed with voltage control. Not 100% sure what that means.
Is a little smaller than I expected it to be.
Works well, only issue is that it is halfway between ATX and MATX, so you need a weird standoff configuration.
I bought this motherboard as a backup, since I apparently waited too long to make my purchase, the original motherboard I had chosen for my build became sold out. It works well, it does what I need it to do. I had a terrible time simply trying to enable UEFI only mode. There is no option. Building a Hackintosh off this board made it unnecessarily difficult because of this lack of UEFI mode only. I eventually found a "fix" or work around so that it would recognize and boot Clover from my SSD. Once I did that everything has worked perfectly and I have no real complaints. Changing options in the UEFI is super annoying because it won't save the changes you make sometimes! I'll have to exit and save, then reenter to make sure the settings have actually been changed. More than a few times I've booted all the way into my OS to realize I'm still having the same issue, just to reboot back into the UEFI and realize the settings I changed and SAVED didn't actually save. Sometimes the ASRock splash screen/logo is displayed in some wonky resolution. The other day actually this "fixed" itself and now, for seemingly no reason at all, the ASRock splash screen and logo are now displayed in 1080 (or 720, can't really tell, at the very least it doesn't look nonHD like it did).This is a minor nuisance if anything, but I feel it's worth mentioning. For those who are looking at this board for Hackintosh purposes, I suggest looking into other boards if you have other options. If you're like me and this was your only option, then definitely Google "ASRock UEFI boot fix" - you'll find a guide by WonkeyDonkey that will fix not being able to boot OS X from your SSD/HDD. Pros of this board would be the built in HDMI (if you plan on not using a dedicated GPU, which is not recommended for a Hack build), many USB 3 ports (only two USB2). Otherwise, it's a board. It functions. If I could go back I'd probably get a Gigabyte board just to save myself a few headaches.
Solid mobo, haven't had any problems with it at the moment. I couldn't flash the BIOS though, but it's not really necessary.
Very good component, does its job. Plenty of USB and Sata ports for expansion and I/O. The UEFI is amazing for fan control and overclocking.
Only complaint is the audio is a slightly lacking.