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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
I've assembled PC's since about 1982 and have/had a lot of respect for Intel motherboards - solid and reliable. So I looked at the nice features of this DH87MC and ordered one. I intended to use most of the advertised features, starting with a RAID 10 array of 4 2TB drives, a SATA DVD writer, memory rated 2GHz at 1.65V and the displayport driving an HP 30" monitor at 2560x1600. 64-bit Win7 pro. A fifth hot-swap SATA drive in a front-panel tray.

All the effort I've put into what should have been a straightforward build has convinced me I made a mistake. Intel (I just learned) is leaving the desktop business in the near future; starting several months ago, I'd guess.

So, the facts, ma'am:

Hardly a show-stopper, but the box included a notice on bright yellow "notice me!" paper that I'd better worry about the power supply lest I damage the board or CPU. They nicely included a link to an approved-power-supply list. Mine was lastest-and-greatest, designed for the latest Intel CPUs, but it won't hurt to look at the list. Except it was restricted, and required that I apply for permission, which (I was told) would probably be granted within 48 hours. Wow.

Next alligator-filled-swamp was the "Visual bios", where the pretty interface is supposed to dazzle the customer into not realizing it's disfunctional. And the documentation pretends there's no need to explain its oddities. Like, after selecting my four drives into a RAID array, how shall I tell it I want 10? Um, we'll let you tear your hair out for a while and surprise you with a non-visual setup screen for that, after you've exited the visual setup. Sometimes. I saw a "what to do if you don't get the Ctrl-I prompt" on an Intel site somewhere.

The board has 5 SATA connectors; I had that 6th drive that I expected to connect to a little PCI-E SATA card. No dice - conflicts with the 5th motherboard device. Not sure if that's Intel's problem yet.

Memory: XMS profiles are supposedly supported, but it's not obvious how. The user gets to choose "manual" or "auto". In manual, two frequency multipliers are available (and perhaps 100 timing values). Starting from a base 100MHz I could achieve 1600MHz; if I want the 2000MHz I'll apparently have to raise the 100MHz. Similarly, Intel says in a couple of places that the memory voltage can be adjusted as high as 1.8V, but I have no clue how that's done. The pretty picture allows three voltage offsets to be adjusted without saying what the starting voltage is (probably 1.5V) but none of them are in the "memory" box.

On-line support "chat" turns out to be with a computer, not a human, and less clever than that 1980's "Eliza" toy app.

Oh, there's probably no way in h... to load Win7 SP-none on a RAID, despite all the helpful suggestions online about what drivers to add. But SP-1 installation worked like it should, although I got frightened by the GPT thing and kept the array below 2TB. The prompt said I could configure a second array in the remaining space; we'll see.

Another reviewer loved the board, and I don't doubt his description. If you want an Intel bullet-proof board, this is probably yet another such; just keep your configuration really, really simple.

[edit: I learned that memory voltage becomes adjustable when the "enable extreme voltages" button is clicked. I didn't see a mention in any of the docs and 1.65V didn't seem "extreme" so it took me a while to try it.

Also, when I configured the RAID I kept it under 2TB because I couldn't figure out how to make the array format GPT. BIOS promised I'd be able to use the remainder of the array and indeed that's true - after installing the OS, load the Rapid Storage Technology app from the driver CD and it'll give you that choice.]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
Fantastic value for this motherboard! Only wish it had more built-on USB ports, but I didn't buy if for the usb ports and there are several headers onboard for additional USB ports to be added later. I bought it for a low cost, rock solid, core i3,5,7 4th generation motherboard with capacity over 24 gig of ram - and it fits my requirements exactly. I started using intel motherboards on all my builds about 2+ years ago and I have never been unhappy once - thanks Intel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
I love the Visual BIOS. And if I only wanted to use this board with a regular SSD and/or HDD's, it would probably be a decent purchase. But I bought it because I had hoped I would be able to take advantage of the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA (SSDMCEAC180B301). Unfortunately, I don't think Intel properly tested this.

What's wrong? Whenever you attempt to install Windows 8 or 8.1, the installation will hang at "Copying files 0%". It'll hang there for a long while and eventually give you an error that says "Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code:0x80070057"

I have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt it's not the mSATA SSD. There are several reports of this on Intel's "Desktop Boards" and "Solid State Drives" communities.

I hope Intel can fix this problem with an updated BIOS release. I'm running Win 8.1 now with a Seagate Constellation ES, but I really wish it would run the mSATA SSD. Come on, Intel - please fix this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
Bought this board to build a computer for my daughter, received sealed in a box, put it together and worked great. Item was shipped within one day and received in less than a week.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
Great, solid, fully functional board. I am deducting one star because the board only has two case fan headers (rear and front).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Needed to build a new desktop system and chose this board over the DZ87KLT, since it is almost on par with regard to features, but at a significantly lower price.

As part of a grouped shipment, this board arrived at its destination after 7 days. I got it in perfect condition.

I would really rate this 4½, but I can't take off ½ a star. My only minor issue is that all the drivers on the provided CD did not work with my Windows 8.1 setup out of the box. I had to get the Audio drivers from Intel's website. Very minor, but enough not to give the full 5.
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on July 16, 2014
In my company we have severe USB problems with this board (lots of it, not just a single one).
As soon as any USB drive is attached, the BIOS freezes before it even comes to the picture screen.

We have this for almost every USB thumbdrive we tried, only a single 32GB Verbatim worked. All others (Kingston, SanDisk, several nonames) made the BIOS crash. A USB3.0 cardreader aswell. USB optical drives however worked.
This problem seems to be known to Intel (there is a forum thread for this issue), yet they do not really seem to work towards a solution.
Latest BIOS, all USB ports affected, no matter what settings. The drives do not even need to be bootable, they can even be empty.

It may be a good board besides this, but be warned and prepared.
I have to give it the "hate it"- 1 star, because it drove me mad for days before we resigned and switched to other means for booting our software.
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on June 8, 2014
I have built more than 200 PC's from scratch, and the great majority of them were based on the Intel motherboard and CPU... And this motherboard did not disappoint my faith in the INTEL brandname
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on April 4, 2014
RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX
CPU: i7 4770K
PSU: Corsair CX600
Main drive: Samsung SSD Evo 250GB

Plus a bunch of stuff, but the system works great. The built in HD card also has good capabilities. (Need a processor capable of HD graphics).
Installed Win 7 Ultimate (Since I won't use 8 or 8.1) 64 bit version. It runs sweet and without delays.
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on July 26, 2014
Had a few instances where it did not boot even into bios. Going to call intel on that. Has been active for over a month without interruption. Running SCADA software.
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