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Seems stable. Able to overclock to 4.3Ghz, but unable to figure out the steps to hit 5Ghz or even 4.5 without overheating my cores. We'll see if Google is still my friend. :) Lot of nice features, most of which have NO real descriptions other than "enable" or "disable" (many of which I have to Google even when the descriptions attempt to convey some meaning LOL).
As usual their manufacturing quality is sub par. Last motherboard I had (Crosshair IV Extreme) the plastic that is essential for holding the sata connectors in place snapped off EASILY as if the plastic housing had sat in the desert for months. One of the jumpers was labeled completely wrong (in reverse). That's all I'm willing to get into concerning that older model.
Looks like this board also has some flaws, too. The header for the front USB had a RADICALLY misaligned pin, so I had to bend the pin to get it to even come close to going into the pin hole (what a blind luck required). Also, the connector I use from my case (Corsair Carbide 200R) kept slipping out because of the misalignment. Now it's impossible to use it at all because the pin is now busted from struggling to get it on repeatedly (came off repeatedly just sitting idle in my computer!) And to think I've only had this less than 2 months. What a waste because I need my extra USB ports. Bunch of monkeys work on their boards, I swear!
Had to disable 2 cores on my 8350 because this board can't handle the heat generated by a mild 4.4Ghz overclock.
The memOK button is actually the CPR button to reset the Bios settings to default, not reset the memory timings, but you wouldn't know that by reading the manual. Also, they should have placed it in the back of the computer so you don't have to open the case each time you have an OC failure. Seems typical of Asus to give a convenient function but make it a chore to use, not to mention describe it somewhat inaccurately.
Even though I have it enabled in the Bios, the USB 3.0 ports do not charge my phone! Also, if the computer is off or even in sleep mode the USB 2.0 ports don't have any power to charge it either--my other much older computers (Gigabyte and Zotac) can still charge it even while they are shutdown. Glad I didn't spend money on one of Asus's expensive Intel boards.
Asus needs to use noob friendly explanations for every setting in the bios for a change. MSI does it, so does ASRock when it comes to their gaming boards..
Shame you have to buy one of their expensive Crosshair boards to properly utilize the 8350's potential (if I'd known I'd have bought and 8320 instead). This board cannot handle even a med overclock (over 4.3) of an 8 core processor without overheating the cores even with a water cooler running, whereas the Crosshair boards can handle over 5GHZ. As does the Sabertooth I hear.
Submitted my review over a week ago, didn't hear back from Newegg about acceptance or rejection. Did it again, same result. That's a first for me. What the heck, Newegg?
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