How to test a motherboards functionality before installing

Trough trial and error, it has become habbit to test a new motherboard fully before actually taking the time and installing it. Reasons for this are simply because you never know if the board is good at all before benching it. So here is how you test before giving your new motherboard its permanent home.

In this example, I am using an EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard, and i7 3770k cpu and the stock Intel heatsink and fan.


First I unbox the EVGA Z77 FTW.


Brand New EVGA Z77 FTW


Next, remove the motherboard and set on either the anti-static foam packaged in the box, or some cardboard. This is important, because you don’t want static to kill the board.

EVGA Z77 FTW Unboxing


Next install I install my i7 3770k and apply thermal past to the cpu. This will prepare the processor to have the heatsink and fan installed.

EVGA Z77 FTW with Intel i7 3770k cpu and thermal paste


Next, I install the stock heatsink and fan. You can use any cooler you like, but for testing purposes, I tend to use what ever came with the processor.  I have also plugged in the 8 pin and 24 pin power connectors.

Installing stock heatsink and fan that came with Intel Core i7 3770K


At this point, I install only 1 stick of memory in the 1st channel memory slot. This will allow me to test each slot to ensure all memory slots are working correct. Then I turn the motherboard on from the power button located on the board.


Once I verify the board is working, I start with all my tests. Turn the board off. Next plug in a fan in one of the fan headers. Then push the power button again.

Testing Fan Headers


Repeat this with all the fan headers. Also, add one stick of memory at a time in slot 2 3 and 4 to ensure all memory slots are working fine. At this point, we want to add the video card in. Turn off the motherboard, and unplug it. Put the video card in pci-e slot 1

GTX 680 Testing


Plug in your video cable, (HDMI, DVI or what ever) and ensure all slots are working by alternating the card around from slot to slot turning the motherboard off each time. Thats it. If it is working without issues, your board is ready for its new home.

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