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Stupid crazy fast after I fixed an insane video card problem 05/26/2013
This review is from: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1) Rugged build
2) Runs cool
3) 5 yr warranty
4) Relatively "easy" build after insane issue with display card (see cons below)
1) Poor BIOS documentation
2) The insane issue with my display card:
This wasn't per se an ASUS MB issue but it cost me 5 days!
I research all my hardware before I do a build and then pay a techy to assemble the unit since I don't build systems every day. I want my systems to last me at least 3-5 yrs without having any break downs for that entire time. So far, I've accomplished that when I purchased 2 of the P5N32-E SLI Plus WiFi back about 7 years ago. Those boards served me well past my expectations but it was time to upgrade. Even a good car will eventually die unless you replace parts and that's not an option with a MB.
My system was working perfectly when I lugged it to my Ford Explorer to make the 30 minute treak home.
Then the problems started after I lugged this 70 pound monster up to the 5th floor of my condo unit. This wasn't an ASUS problem but after getting the unit home I started getting the dreaded Nvidea driver error, "Display driver %1 stopped responding and has successfully recovered."
I tried a couple solutions including different drivers, reseating the card. I must have spent 50 hours on the phone and doing searches to see what the ***** was going on. This included several calls to both EVGA and ASUS.
I finally got tired of losing time and went to a local store and purchase a new video card. The problem stopped immediately. Go figure, the unit worked in the tech's office and a drive home created an insane problem. I'm going to take the old video card to the tech and have him test it in a different unit to see if it is indeed the video card.
I staill have the BOOT_DEVICE_LED light that stays on all of the time. I am worried about that even though the tech guy at ASUS told me it wasn't a problem. I dread removing the CPU cooler and looking for bent pins although it doesn't look like I have a choice. It's either that or something may not be grounded properly.
You commonly read horror stories about ASUS support. All I can say is that it depends on who you speak to. One tech didn't even know how to reset the BIOS to the defaults. I hung up on him. Another guy spent over an hour on the phone helping me. He knew his stuff.
Overall, I've owned 5 different ASUS boards and, although the previous ones have been more than a challenge, this one was the easiest to get set up. If it weren't for the video card issue I would have been up an running 5 days quicker.
MB: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79
POWER SUPPLY - SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W
CPU - Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz
CPU COOLER - CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i
MEMORY - 32 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
CASE - Armor VA8003BWS Full Tower
VIDEO - EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB SuperClocked+ - Model 03G-P4-3663-KR
BLURAY - ASUS Model BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
RAID CONTROLLER - HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA-SAS 6Gb/s
SOUND - HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1
UPS - APC Back-UPS XS 1500 LCD
WIN7 Ultimate SP1
SSD - 256 GB - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW
SATA-600 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB
SATA-600 - 2X Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 IN RAID 1
SATA-600 - 2X TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM IN RAID 1
SATA-300 - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS-01G6U4 150GB 10000 RPM
SATA-300 - Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
SATA-300 - Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM
SATA-300 - SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM
SATA-300 - HITACHI Deskstar H3IK20003272SP (0S02861) 2TB 7200 RPM
SATA-300 - HITACHI Deskstar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330 (0F10311) 2TB 7200 RPM
COFFEE POT: This is always kept inside my case and is heated by the various components. It helps me move as fast as this computer. Couldn't be happier.
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