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Pros: Good Overclocking abilities
4 x SATAIII ports
Lots of USB3
Lots of PCIe slots
No old keyboard/mouse port (they're unnecessary now)
Worked good for about 8-9 months
Cons: The bluetooth isn't compatible with Windows 8!!! What the...
Once I filled the mobo with PCIe devices, things started going wrong. USB 3 slots would randomly drop out, leaving me thinking one of my USB devices had broken.. until I realized nothing in that slot would work.
Then, PCIe devices would also stop working, as though they were not installed. I hooked up an ASUS Radeon HD 7870, Radeon HD 5450, Firewire card, USB 3 card, and a UAD Quad card. With all of these loaded... one of the above would not work. Which one didn't work seemed to be random, but sort of based on the order that I filled the slots... some how.
This happened for about a month, and then one evening I went to turn on my motherboard and it wouldn't post. I opened the computer case and the red light was showing at the VGA LED indicator. Clearly... there's an issue with the PCI slots.
I spoke to customer service, and they confirmed this board has a faulty PCIe controller!
I tried to RMA... that was a bit of a nightmare. I did it via the online chat... and it took 4-5 separate tries to actually get anything accomplished. The first rep said they'd set up an RMA for me.. it didn't happen. I try again, the 2nd rep finally does setup the RMA for me, they said the RMA system was down when the 1st rep tried. I get the email, and notice ASUS requires a credit card hold for the MSRP of the mobo before they send a replacement. I don't have space on my card... so I reached back out to a 3rd rep to ask if this can be waived.. and they couldn't discuss it with me because their RMA system was down.. again. I finally spoke to a 4th rep a week later and they told me the replacement board is no longer even an option.. and they'd have to do a repair RMA instead, and they have no other choices... but they won't require a credit card from me. I've heard horror stories about their RMA repairs.. so I'm very nervous and worried they'll return it broken. But we'll have to see.
So.. instead of waiting for the RMA process, I purchased another mobo in the meantime. I grabbed an MSI x79a GD45 Plus. it's better than this mobo in every way. SATA III feels faster. My programs & Win 8 run more stable. Data gets transferred faster. Clean overclock.. literally no stability issues. All of my PCIe devices work as intended. Couldn't be happrier with the switch.
This review is from: MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It's still early, since I've only had the board for 3 days now. However, this board has been a breeze getting setup. Things just... work.
All 5 of my PCI slots are loaded up and recognized. 2 video cards (Radeon 7870 & 5450), a UAD Quad card, firewire card, and USB 3,0 card. My ASUS P9X79 Pro would drop out one of the above when I tried to load them all.
No BIOS issues straight from manufacturer. It looks like the BIOS has internet connectivity... if so, that seems like a great feature.
My Raid 0 array was immediately picked up.
My Win8 OS drive is snappier on this mobo than my P9X79 Pro. And transferring large amounts of data felt quicker. I transferred approx 400GB of data between Sata 3 and Sata 6 in about 1hr 15 mins, give or take. The drives are 7200rpm.
This board doesn't have all of the "features" of the Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 or the ASUS P9X79 stuff... but, what it lacks in feature set it seems to make up in quality/stability. There's very few third party controllers on the board (if any). I think the tremendous feature sets of the P9X79 board ran it to the ground after 9 months of use. I expect this to do much better over a longer period of time. I don't need built-in Bluetooth/Wifi/eSata/tons of USB3... I can add that stuff via PCI or USB.
I haven't overclocked yet... so I'd like to point that out. I'm only going for a 4.2ghz clock on my 3930K. I've read reviews that this board can do up to 4.5ghz without much in depth tweaking. We'll see though... I expect it to continue to perform well.
My P9X79 board yielded some weird issues (firefox would not install the Adobe Flash plugin.. I had to do it manually... and, in my audio program Studio One... the right click menu would open up only in the center of my screen after i updated my 7870 drivers.) This mobo seems to have fixed these issues. Not even a Win8 reinstall fixed those issues!
RAM works without issues... recognized all sticks on first POST. Kingston HyperX Red - 32GB.
It looks nicer than I thought it would too. Sexy board lol.. especially with the blue LEDs lit up.
Cons: The fan controller was a little strange. I felt like the fans spin faster when set to Auto than when I set to 100%. I'm fairly novice though, so user error is possible here. But that's the only thing I found to be a little weird. Not sure if a BIOS update fixes it or anything.. I have not updated my BIOS as of yet.
You only get 6 SATA ports.... 2 of which are Sata 6. Many will see this as a con, especially for you guys who need more than 6 drives. However... I kind of see this as a benefit to be honest, b/c there's less things that can go wrong.. they didn't add SATA slots via third party Marvel controller. I like that philosophy on this board. Keep it simple. I decided to just get bigger hard drives and consolidate my data.However... when it's all said and done, it has less SATA ports, and most people will see that as a con, so i'm mentioning it.
Other Thoughts: I'm not a power PC builder. I've built maybe 4-5 PCs so far that I've used for myself and friends. I have good general knowledge of building, but am far less experienced than many others.
I say that to say... this board was a BREEZE to get up and running, and everything just works as expected. Great board to buy.. seems to be stable and reliable. Only time will tell of course. I definitely recommend this over P9X79 (from my personal experience) and it got much better reviews than GA-X79-UP4.
When it comes to X79 chipset mobo's... if you need to spend less than $300 on a quality setup... get this mobo. If you can afford more.. grab one of the ASUS ROG boards (at a much higher price tag).
I reserved the 5th star and kept it at 4 b/c I have not overclocked it yet. If I gave it 5 stars before I even attempted to overclock then I would be a super fanboy and this review would have no credibility. This
Pros: Sound good.
Feel durable,.. very un-flimsy
Cons: There are none.. it's a very well made, good sounding product.
Other Thoughts: I'm impressed.READ FULL REVIEW