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ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Don't blame the board if you aren't able to configure it 02/23/2015

This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Where do I start? well, it's an ASUS. Unbeatable performance and stability. Tons of possible configurations, handles overclocking like no other brands, looks phenomenal, built tough and looks wicked in any side windows case. I've owned it since September 2014 and it's been nothing short of outstanding.

Cons: I'd like to use the "Cons" section to warn the potential customers of this board about the insanity of some of the reviews below mine. People with little or no knowledge of high-end hardware SHOULD NOT buy high-end equipment such as this one, and more importantly SHOULD NOT write reviews based on their incompetence. If this board doesn't work for you, it's because you don't know how to configure it. PERIOD! If you think the SATA connectors are in the wrong spot, it's because LIKE MANY WANNABES you don't know how to custom-build a system without having to wrestle wires everywhere. I upgraded the new BIOS to version 1401 2 weeks ago and it's rock solid. My system is overclocked to 4725 MHz and it doesn't even break a sweat. Once again: if you aren't a pro STOP WASTING EVERYONE'S TIME by writing non-sense aimed solely to alleviate your frustration. Unless you received a DOA you really have nothing to complain about.

Other Thoughts: I am a Sr. Systems and network analyst and have been a system builder for over 20 years. I have well over 3,000 machines under my belt and that's why I can't stand it when ignorance dares to speak up. Not only do I use this board on my main system, but I've custom-built and sold 16 machines since September 2014 with this very board. I've received nothing but stellar feedback from my customers. Do you think it's a coincidence? I highly doubt it.

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: When it works, it's fast.

Cons: Unreliable!!!!! I ordered 2 of these units 1 month apart for 2 high-end custom-built systems. The first one started failing 6 days after the system was delivered (I should specify that I keep my custom-builds in test for 48 hours before I deliver them). No sign of instability at all during the test. 6 days later the system started freezing up randomly (not restarting itself) and showed pink horizontal stripes on the screens. The system became totally unresponsive forcing the user to manually shut down. The fact that I could never see it happen didn’t help of course, so I had to rely on the user’s description of the issue and try to troubleshoot “in the dark”. The symptoms were quite similar to those of a failing VGA card. Replaced VGA card first.... didn't make any difference. I turned my attention to the SSD; first I changed SATA3 port and cable; no dice. Then I put it on a SATA2 port with a new SATA2 cable; no difference. Then considering the oddity of the situation I cloned the SSD (which was a challenge since the drive kept freezing up during the cloning procedure), dumped the clone onto a Corsair SSD drive, fired up the system and the problem magically disappeared. The second system I built with this unit 1 month later failed after 48 hours but with a completely different error: the motherboard (ASUS P8Z77-M) would not even detect the drive anymore. I jiggled data and power cable repeatedly with the same result. Then all of a sudden after 8-10 restarts the SSD would get detected and the system would start. If I restarted Windows I would go back to square 1 with a "No bootable device found". After changing ports and cables I tried to get my own server to detect the SSD; it detected it only 1time out of 5 restarts. Newegg sent me a new identical SSD for this one and thank goodness it's been working since; however as a professional, 2 bad units out of 3 is something I don't want to deal with ever again. If you're willing to gamble this unit is fairly inexpensive and works fast, but is it really worth all of this time, frustration and 2 unhappy customers?

Other Thoughts: I've been custom building servers, laptops and high-end computers for 29 years now; I have well over 5,000 builds under my belt and this kind of issue is not something I am willing to put up with. The hours of troubleshooting and repair involved in addition to the customer's unhappiness really ticked me off. Fortunately my customers have been with me for so many years that they know this type of issue is beyond my control; the problem is that I expect the products that I recommend to live up to their name and reputation. This one OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T. Mushkin people: get it together. I don’t know what kind of nerve you have to put such and under-developed product on the market and expect customers to be your guinea-pig! As far as I’m concerned you’ve lost not only my company as a customer, but most people who will read this review.

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RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Who said this case is loud?? 01/30/2013

This review is from: RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good cable management; nice tool-free installation mechanism for 5.25" drives; good air flow and predisposition for quite a few extra fans (if needed);
aggressvie/futuristic look. Overall it's a nice case for the price.

Cons: If I really have to be picky, maybe a little flimsy, but it didn't bother me in the least.

Other Thoughts: I was a little leery about this case when I read Generalkillmoe’s review (just a couple of reviews below mine), because I was ordering parts for a customer, and I wanted to make sure I would deliver not only a fast and reliable machine, but also a very quiet one. Generalkillmoe complained about the loudness of this chassis, but looking at the specs I couldn’t quite figure out how a chassis with only one 120mm fan could be loud. So I trusted my thinking and purchased it anyway. Maybe I should mention that I have been a system builder for 24 years and I have well over 3,000 custom-builts under my belt (it includes high dollar custom-built servers for the U.S. government). Outcome: there is absolutely nothing loud about this chassis; nothing whatsoever. The 120mm intake fan spins at roughly 1,600rpm and is extremely quiet (just as I thought). Generalkillmoe is obviously inexperienced and doesn’t understand that the loudness he claims to experience is coming from his CPU fan or from some other auxiliary fan that he MAY have added, but definitely NOT from this chassis. Generalkillmoe, you may want to check the settings in your BIOS, and enable Q-Fan control (if you have an ASUS board), or whatever feature your MoBo has for fan speed control. One more piece of advice: restrain yourself from writing reviews based on your limited experience. Most Newegg customers base their purchases on fellow customer’s reviews rather than the manufacturer’s specs, and reviews like yours can easily steer an IT pro in the wrong direction.

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Display Name: Alex G.

Date Joined: 01/27/06

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  • First Review: 02/11/09
  • Last Review: 06/27/15
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