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Asrock Z87 Extreme3 Review

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do_it_anyway 2nd August 2013, 11:30 Quote
77% and a damning conclusion saying there is little to recommend it.

Then a nice big Bit-Tech APPROVED!! badge.
Somer_Himpson 2nd August 2013, 17:17 Quote
Why not recommend it with the review wording and the score and then say it is approved?
Total contradiction.
murraynt 2nd August 2013, 20:13 Quote
These are much better value in the states. I got my extreme 4 for something like $120
Elton 2nd August 2013, 20:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Somer_Himpson
Why not recommend it with the review wording and the score and then say it is approved?
Total contradiction.

I think because the board isn't necessarily bad as it is just average. You can't really go wrong nowadays on Z87.

I somewhat miss the days of finicky NF4 and absurdly bad NF5 boards. And of course good old SiS and Via boards.
S1W1 4th August 2013, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
77% and a damning conclusion saying there is little to recommend it.

Then a nice big Bit-Tech APPROVED!! badge.

I presume the approved badge is a mistake?
LightningPete 8th August 2013, 08:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
77% and a damning conclusion saying there is little to recommend it.

Then a nice big Bit-Tech APPROVED!! badge.

I think if you read a little slower and carefully this is perhaps why

"it’s important to remember that the margins between boards are incredibly slim. Even at stock the biggest difference between it and a board more than twice its price is just seven per cent, and when overclocked this dropped to no more than two per cent, even with the 100MHz peak-overclock handicap. "

The fact that it costs HALF as much and gets almost the same performance is a pretty good thing in most peoples books, given we want spanking new systems but MOST of us dont have the wallet to expand on this. The price and performance of ASROCKs have suddenly become something that we would ***** our ears upto where it used to be for really cheap end computing.
LightningPete 8th August 2013, 08:30 Quote
prik our ears upto*
bawjaws 8th August 2013, 12:26 Quote
Perhaps someone from Bit would like to comment on the apparent disconnect between a score of 77% and the "Approved" award?

I get that most Z87 boards appear to be pretty much of a muchness when it comes to performance, so differentiation on performance isn't really an issue. However, this board doesn't score so well for features or value, so why is it "Approved"? Given that the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming outscores this board on performance, features and value (with an overall score of 85%), and is about 10% cheaper to boot, why does the Asrock get the same Approved award when it's an inferior product according to all of Bit-Tech's metrics?
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