ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard

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Although I had a pretty good motherboard already (ASUS M4N82 Deluxe) my experiences in building my own PC have turned me into something of a computer nerd so, when I read a glowing review of the M4EZ I set to looking. I was lucky enough to get it used on ebay substantially cheaper than the £250+ market price and teamed it up with an Intel i7 2600K CPU, an OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and an XFX Radeon 6950 2GB GPU.

What can I say? The SSD has an AVERAGE read speed of 472 Mb/s thanks to the SSATA 6GB/s connectors. I run the graphics intensive Trainz 2009 simulator  on it and all trace of lag and stutter has disappeared! There are more features than time permits to describe but one of my favourites is the onboard Bluetooth card which means no more dongles. It looks way cool too if you have a see through case as there are a number of indicator LED's and an illuminated ROG logo.

Two notes - it is described as E-ATX but I don't know why; it is the same size as my M4N82. Also the fan headers are 4 pin.

All in all this is possibly the best thing I have bought on ebay. Thumbs up!

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