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This review is from: Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: 64GB RAM, USB3, SATA3, SLI, Back to BIOS, load/save BIOS profiles... This things got it all and, *despite several reviewers' feedback, has proven very stable and been a pleasure to work with.
*Preemptively download the newest BIOS from Intel (saving it to an SD USB thumb drive (MBR/FAT32), momentarily remove the BIOS config jumper, then the BIOS will auto-update and several show stopping issues will have been resolved (not booting with an i7-3820, for instance) .
Cons: SLI: The two 16x slots are right next to each other. (16x, 16x, 8x) rather than (16x, 8x, 16x).
XMP: Tried two different 2400MHz kits (Kingston HyperX 10'th anniversary 4x4GB/G.Skill TridentX 4x8GB) and neither will boot with their 2400MHz profiles under any circumstances I could readily provide. I'm currently using the G.Skill Kit @ 2281MHz (CL9) which is fast enough. Not sure if it's the MoBo or i7-3820 not working with said 2400MHz kits...?
USB3/Boot without boot optimizations: Unless USB boot is disabled, booting will halt/hang indefinitely in the event a USB3 external drive is plugged in. While turning off USB boot resolves this, it also disables other USB (see bluetooth) and there's no PS/2 or anything to get to BIOS normally. Of course, there is the back to BIOS button and the ability to hold the power button for three seconds, forcing a boot to BIOS which will also hang if the USB3 device is still plugged in. I'm hoping a BIOS update will fix this, though it's a nuance on can work around.
Bluetooth: Other USB bluetooth dongles will work with my bluetooth mouse and keyboard pre-OS while the included WiFi/Bluetooth device will not, even if USB is optimization disabled.
Other Thoughts: Future BIOS updates may very well account for the missing egg which, to give the board the benefit of the doubt, excludes the XMP knit-pick as that might be the CPU/RAM rather than the board. I'd be really curious to know if any have gotten their RAM to run at 2400MHz with this board or one of its siblings and, if so, which CPU they were using/etc.READ FULL REVIEW
Other Thoughts: Odds are, for a different Z77/X79 motherboard/CPU combo, these will run at 2400MHz. I've upgraded to a known working 2400MHz, 32GB, G.Skill kit which also seems to max out at *2281MHz on my setup, thus the fifth egg.
Pros: Low profile, unlike nigh every other 2400MHz kit with their stupid, bulky heat sinks. This was the only quad channel kit that I can fit in my system without moving everything around/removing heat spreaders. I really wish the ostentatious heat sink fad would end.
This kit looks fantastic. Albeit aesthetics are not a primary concern, I've to say this kit looks sharp.
Cons: High CL: There are comparable kits with lower latency (9 or 10). Not that big of a deal in most cases, but worth mentioning.
XMP Profile 1 (2400MHz): This will not work on my setup under any circumstances. Profile 2 (2133MHz) works and IS fast, but I splurged and was really hoping for 2400MHz. Not sure if it's my hardware or the RAM, so if it turns out to be the hardware, *these deserve the fifth egg.
Other Thoughts: *Admittedly, I'm new to LGA2011/quad channel kits/overclocking sandy/RAM, so it could be I'm missing something? None of the four stick will run @ 2400MHz independently, even with no overclock). If anyone has any ideas, I'll keep an eye out here.
MoBo: DX79SR (SI and TO, I'd imagine, would perform similarly)
CPU: i7-3820 @ 4.70GHz
RAM: This kit @ 2243MHz <-- Profile 2
SSD/OS: 256GB M4 w/ Win7/8(x64)
Thanks, if anyone can help.
Display Name: Isaak M.
Date Joined: 09/06/11
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