I elected to use the same HSF that I have been using with the Intel 3.4E processor, the XP-90C from Thermalright. An extra heavy steel support mount is required on the backside of the motherboard to provide added rigidity and strengthen this area of the motherboard in order to allow it to support the heavy all-copper heatsink.
For SATA connections I went with some SATA cables that were already on-hand as they have a retaining
clip. The SATA cables that ship with the motherboard are fine. However, the reason for the switch is that I kept inadvertently pulling out one or more of the connectors. This shoudn't be a problem throughout normal usage, but the stock cables kept getting disconnected as I was swapping video cards throughout the review while using I was using 4 HDDs. Thus, the change was made just for the expediency during test setup requiring the cards to be changed out and avoid any likelihood of the cables losing connection.
CPU-Z CPU Info
CPU-Z Memory Info
For this review default CPU and System Memory timings were used, as identified in CPU-Z. The LGA775 processor I will be using is locked so I am limited to the x17.0 multiplier. If you have an unlocked processor the multiplier selections will be available in the Bios. The RAM timings used is 4-4-4-12 1T as specified on the memory module.