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Pros: - Fast fast fast
- Lots of great reliability features like power-off protection
Cons: - I honestly can't think of anything
Other Thoughts: I have 2 of these set up in RAID1 on my haswell-e build. Posting takes a while, but once it's finished I go from first seeing the windows logo forming to login screen in just a few seconds.
I don't have much in terms of detailed specs yet (I'll post a follow up review with that stuff), but the WEI for this configuration is 7.9 (the max).
Pros: - Easy overclocking
- Easy RAID setup
- GUI uefi interface
- The features are mostly pros
- Lots of useful status LEDs
- The monitor's debug hex codes are in the manual (booklet 2), and the manuals are all posted online
- There is an additional online guide to all of the overclocking settings and what they do
Cons: - Kind of a slow POSTer (10-15s)
- RAID defaults to off, so every time you bork your overclock you have to turn it on again BEFORE trying to boot
- Doesn't seem to honor speed stepping overclocks, I've so far only observed clock speeds at whichever core setting is set lowest
Other Thoughts: I paired this with a 5930k and 32GB of gskill 2400mhz. I've got a stable overclock of 4.5GHz on it (though I might dial it back a bit for power consumption and cooler noise reasons).
I use a pair of intel 730 SSDs in raid 1 as a boot device. I accidentally let it boot once after resetting the CMOS and it booted successfully and damaged the integrity of the RAID. I had to drop the second disk from it (thus degrading the RAID) and re-add it (which re-imaged it from the first disk). It's a bit of a time waster, and without a bit of knowledge of raid safety, I'd have lost the install and needed to reformat. It would be nice if the SATA controller defaulted to RAID mode so that didn't happen.
I know there's a firmware update out for it, maybe that fixes some of the weirdness with the speedstep settings... at this point I'm unable to set a higher overclock for a 1-core load, because such loads still top out at the lowest of the n-core-load settings.
I'll post another review if more information is available.
Pros: - Works at higher-than-advertised speeds (you may have to adjust the timings)
- No bad sticks
Cons: - Costs a lot
Other Thoughts: DDR4 RAM is at about a 30% premium over DDR3, just like DDR3 was over DDR2 at launch. I expected this. I knew it would be like this months before I bought it. But it still hurts... :(
I have run this at speeds up to 2666MHz and currently have it running at 2500MHz. I could probably keep it at 2666 if I felt like mucking with it for hours, but I have other things to do.