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Tripp Lite 2 ft. Heavy-Duty 12AWG Power Cable, IEC-320-C19 to IEC-320-C20 Model P036-002
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's a cable. Conducts electricity quite well.

Cons: Does not make me sandwiches.

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very, very nice board. You don't really do any better than this. Tri-SLI plus an extra x8 slot for a SAS controller (or quad-SLI), LGA 2011, Xeon friendly, runs ECC memory without complaint. The onboard POST readout is a nice touch.

I suppose a second NIC would have been nice, but I can see how they may not have had any PCIe lanes to spare... still, the absolute best LGA2011 board that there is.

Cons: Docking an egg for it's lack of granular controls - the last board I had was an Intel Siler, I miss being able to define fan behaviour with total flexibility per port, and the Intel tuning utility was a lot cleaner and easier to deal with.

Also, I wish that the board was geared a bit more towards stability than O-M-G UBERCLOCKING. It's running $2000 worth of chippery, Intel knows what they are doing and if it was possible to make this stuff *reliably* faster they would already be doing it.

Other Thoughts: My board shipped with the "Liquid Nitrogen" jumper enabled, and it would hang on POST quite often before I caught it. I mean, really. LN2? Sounds like a totally insane way to torture very expensive kit to death to me.

The POST readout is in a bit of an awkward spot, most top-mount PSU installs will have cables running over it; would have been nice to see some kind of remote mount for this.

Mushkin Enhanced PROLINE 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model 992087
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: None

Cons: Would not function. CPU is Xeon E5-2687W, there is no reason that this memory would be incompatible that I am aware of - this CPU is validated with many different modules of the same density, voltage, speed, and layout. This is the third Mushkin product in a row that has failed or not lived up to expectations for me.

First was Redline DDR3-2166 memory (4x4GB, P/N 993997), which would not run stable at anything above 1333 at recommended timings and voltages. Second was a pair of DDR3-1600 4GB SODIMMS, BOTH had errors in Memtest86+. Third was this memory, which fails POST with a memory compatability error.

Even though they are a local business, I have to wash my hands of them.

Other Thoughts: Mushkin used to be SO GOOD - I've only bought Mushkin for about 8 years now. Even better was the fact that if I ever had a bad stick (really rare), I could drive down to their HQ and they would swap it right out for me. It's really too bad, they seem to me to be slipping...


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Display Name: Matt S.

Date Joined: 06/28/11

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 08/14/11
  • Last Review: 05/31/13
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