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EVGA Z87 Stinger Review

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Sim0n 7th January 2014, 14:24 Quote
Is this the mITX motherboard thats designed to fit "perfectly" into the hadron air ? As in the heatsink holes line up to the inbound backplate of the chassis. Allowing easier fitting on aftermarket aircoolers.
Cei 7th January 2014, 20:06 Quote
Yep, this is "the" board designed for the Hadron...but the Impact fits fine.

I was torn between this board and the Impact when I was putting my rig together, and went for the Impact. Simply put, the daughter soundcard, better VRMs and bundled WiFi/Bluetooth are actual value features with practical use, which EVGA didn't match. It's a shame, as I would have liked an entirely EVGA made box ;)
SchizoFrog 7th January 2014, 21:05 Quote
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...went for the Impact. Simply put, the daughter soundcard...

How have you found the sound of the Impact, anything noticeable over standard sound ? What speakers are you using if you don't mind me asking?
B NEGATIVE 7th January 2014, 21:15 Quote
If the BIOS is still up to recent EVGA standards then i will pass.

Shame,I have a soft spot for EVGA as a company,all went a bit bobbins after Shamino left.

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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
How have you found the sound of the Impact, anything noticeable over standard sound ? What speakers are you using if you don't mind me asking?

I cant say i noticed any improvement with my impact...my ears are battered from years of Drum and Bass raves tho.....
Cei 7th January 2014, 21:16 Quote
I'm using Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers most of the time, which being USB don't use the soundcard. However, my headphones are constantly plugged in to the Impact (Razer Carcharias), and there is noticeably less 'hiss' over the output (coming from a Realtek HD), and a generally fuller sound.

I've run the MM-1s over a standard 3.5mm jack as well, and they sound good. I've also had it hooked to my home cinema (a Sony STR-DA1030 receiver, two Sony SS B4ED speakers for fronts and Mordaunt Short rears/centres) with a noticeable difference.
SchizoFrog 8th January 2014, 00:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
I'm using Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers most of the time, which being USB don't use the soundcard. However, my headphones are constantly plugged in to the Impact (Razer Carcharias), and there is noticeably less 'hiss' over the output (coming from a Realtek HD), and a generally fuller sound.

I've run the MM-1s over a standard 3.5mm jack as well, and they sound good. I've also had it hooked to my home cinema (a Sony STR-DA1030 receiver, two Sony SS B4ED speakers for fronts and Mordaunt Short rears/centres) with a noticeable difference.

Damn... I seem set to continue my dilemma regarding a m-ITX or Micro-ATX build next time around.
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