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ASUS ROG RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seems like a fast mobo if all the features would work.

Cons: Updated BIOS to latest version 1502, and now I only get 3 boot drive options and my boot SSD is not among them. So it boots into UEFI and I have to manually select the SSD. Will have to downgrade to the previous version which worked. Also, the mobo driver disc is incompatible with Windows 10 on my new build. I cannot install the WIFI driver, and Asus has just a few Win10 updates on their web site. Despite Win10 builds being available for months, Asus is clearly not ready for it with their flagship mobo.

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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Manual error for orientation 08/01/2015

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: I've owned various Zalman coolers for years now. Bought this one for my new 2011V3 build with Corsair Dominator DDR4 that comes with the clip-on coolers, as it is thin enough to use the clip-ons on both sides of the CPU. My original choice - the Noctua NHD14 - was too large. Zalman looks better and cools almost as well according to the stress tests I've seen.

Cons: The manual is wrong - says to orient the cooler so that the thinner side faces the rear, but the picture next to the text shows the airflow passing from the thinner side to the thicker side. So obviously you want to orient it with the thinner side facing the front of the case, to avoid conflicting airflow patterns. The online manual at Zalman.com shows the same thing. Guess Zalman can't be bothered to correct the error.

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TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: OK, after having 8 of these Toshiba drives in a RAID5 array, using an HPT 2720SGL card, I have had 4 crashes and array rebuilds during the last year. I had thought the drives were bad/going bad, but I finally figured out that the controller does not give them enough time to spin up from sleep when the computer running Win7 64-bit pro wakes up. So the controller usually flags drive 1 or drive 4 as "failed" and then wants to rebuild the array. AFAIK there is no way to program the controller to take more time during spin up. So instead of having Win7 turn off the hard drives, I just let them keep spinning. Cheaper than buying a better controller card!

Cons: None, seriously. I just ran the SMART diagnostic and all drives have the same # of reallocated sectors as when brand-new.

Other Thoughts: If I had some, I'd sell 'em for 1 cent apiece..

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Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 05/03/12

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 05/21/13
  • Last Review: 08/07/15
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