Joined on 11/29/19
Pros: Upgraded from the Asus TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboard with the i7 4770k to this motherboard and the i7 10700k. Huge performance increase.
Cons: Fan Headers are hard to access if you have large fingers......but that is with just about any system board these days
Overall Review: Asus has always been a top quality product. The only reason I upgraded now was because of the required hardware specs. I have re-purposed my old system board into an older case as its now a server. The ASUS Sabertooth Z87 is still alive and going strong after nearly 8 years. I don't anticipate any issues from this one either. The ASUS TUF Z490 Gaming is a great board thus far. 1. Extremely easy to install. 2. Cable management is a BREEZE as the the board layout is intuitive. 3. BIOS settings are easy to navigate and change.
Works better than expected
Pros: This CPU cooler keeps the i7 10700k between 30-35 degrees Celsius depending on the set fan speeds. RGB is really nice as well. This cooler does work with the new Intel 1200 socket and was super easy to install.
Cons: Requires a ton of cable management
Overall Review: This cooler is a great investment if you want to customize your case lighting. The iCue software is easy enough to manipulate the light schemes. iCue isnt the most intuitive software but you can figure it out if you toy with it long enough.
Pros: Extremely fast. Great processor. Runs 35 degrees Celsius with liquid cooler
Cons: None found at this time.
Overall Review: I upgraded my PC that was 7 years old. The i7 4770k was great for the time, and still worked fine, but it was time to upgrade. My son loves this processor as he plays Fortnite competitively. I love the processor as I work in the IT industry and create/use virtual machines. This processor cant be beat when it comes to enthusiast builds.