Summary: I am not sure how this mobo will fair long term because the first one was functionally DOA. The first would shut off completely if any amount of load was placed on the CPU, this is with the factory specifications on memory and cpu and tested with a Xeon 1230v2 and a i5 2550k, so I had to return it. I had to test every component in the system (I tested CPU, PSU,GPU, RAM) to find it but it turned out being the motherboard.
Summary: I have a full-sized rig in my living room and wanted a smaller one for the bedroom. I needed a mini-PCIE slot on the motherboard for wifi and a Z77 chipset to take full advantage of the i7-3770K I got so cheap at MC. The highly rated Asus Deluxe mITX board was out of my price range so I was left to choose between Gigabyte and ASROCK. I had been at the same decision point for my full-sized rig and I first went with Gigabyte since I hadn't heard of ASROCK at that time.
Summary: I purchased this to replace a EVGA Z77 Stinger and I definitely like the ASROCK Z77E board better (it's what I wanted in the first place, but the local retailer was out of stock, which is why I tried the EVGA board). Compared to the EGVA board, this has mSATA (the EVGA has mPCIe if you want to add on a wifi module) and includes the mPCIe wifi module.
Summary: Installed in a BitFenix Prodigy case. This mobo is fast, fast, fast! Tons of features. I love the XFast USB feature. It speeds up the rate at which you can copy files. XFast LAN works okay. Not super great, but I'm sure it helps some. Plenty of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Even made sure the PCI Express slot was 3.0 revision. Buy this motherboard. I am thrilled with how wonderful it has performed for me. I have owned and used this motherboard for over a month now.
Summary: It's got everything an HTPC or compact gaming rigs needs! I used this in a build as an alternative to the Zotac Z77 mini-ITX board and found it to be a suitable replacement. The EFI BIOS is very useful and it's awesome to be able to update the BIOS at the push of a button automatically, as long as the network is connected.
Summary: I ordered this mobo for use with a compact gaming pc I was building. The computer did not POST however there was power being supplied. I sent it in for refund and bought a very similar ASUS mobo which worked beautifully. ASrock is notorious for having a high defect rate so if you buy this board beware.
Summary: I've used about every H77/Z77 ITX board out there, and quite honestly, I can't figure out why this one is priced higher than the competition (as of this review). The external Wi-Fi antenna may be very functional, but certainly is ghastly ugly. It does use a Realtek Wi-Fi/BT chipset, which isn't as bad as a Broadcom, but isn't as great as an Intel card either.
Summary: I needed a good board for a mini-ITX build, and, while AS Rock never came to mind, this looked like a pretty good, feature-rich board. Turns out, I was right. The board has been rock-solid stable. Setup was as easy as any other, fits well within the confines of a mini-ITX case, etc. Sound quality from the onboard sound is pretty decent, too. Overall, a good purchase. I'm definitely happy I gave AS Rock a chance.
A great performance motherboard for if you want to build a gaming pc in a small for factor.
22 August 2012
Excerpt: This is a great motherboard at a good price if you want to build the best gaming rig in the smallest amount of space. It has plenty of sata connectors (4) for any mini itx computer case out there, and even has a msata connector on the back of the motherboard for use as a hdd cache or boot drive. The motherboard has a mini pcie slot, which is occupied by a wifi card that you would find on a laptop.