Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
At $79.99 you can only expect so much from a motherboard. Thinking about it we've probably got a board that's better than we thought. Really you're getting a fair bit of board for just $79.99. The elephant in the room, though, is of course the lack of overclocking ability.
The main thing to remember here is that it's not due to a lack of anything from ASRock, instead it's the lack of ability to adjust these settings due to the chipset and decision to do so by Intel. If you throw in the ability to overclock like Z77-based boards, the only difference separating the two boards would be the PCIe x16 setup. Instead of the x16 / x4 setup that you see with this motherboard, you instead have the ability to have an x8 / x8 configuration. If you're only using one video card, then there are no issues.
Of course with the ability to overclock on the Z77, there's reason to buy boards based on that chipset over this one, even if you're only using one video card. Many people don't overclock, though, because they simply don't need the extra power or find themselves scared of shortening the lifespan of their expensive CPU.
At this price point the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is really a strong motherboard for people who are looking for something basic. Move away from the overclocking side of things and for a lot of people this is a motherboard that offers many of the features they want at a great price.
You've got a single PCIe x16 slot for a single video card setup. You've also get a second slot for a PCIe x4 card alongside a spot for a PCIe x1 card. We've got decent audio options and Gigabit networking is on offer. ASRock have thrown in a second SATA III controller to give us a total of eight SATA ports and four of them are SATA III.
The board isn't exactly what we'd call good looking, but it's hardly the ugliest thing we've seen before. Again we have to place a large amount of consideration into the price point. You're only going to get so much motherboard for $79.99 and having a look at everything that's on offer here, we get a good deal. Overclocking would of course be nice, but that's a limitation from Intel and not ASRock. If you're looking for something cheap and you don't want to overclock, this is an attractive looking option that offers a fair amount for the price.
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