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ADATA XPG Gaming v2.0 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 Desktop Memory Model AX3U2000GC4G9B-DG2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've used this kit on 5 separate p55 mobos w/the same 875K chip now and haven't had any trouble on any of them; they included 2 EVGA, 1 ASUS & 2 MSI. I know - I have a problem with buying new toys. Anyway, I've taken them from 1.55 - 1.73 V and all the way up to their max speed. I highly recommend these sticks. Intel XMP

Cons: I can't really think of any other than the colors on the outside of the heatsinks, but that's getting picky.

Other Thoughts: These sticks feel substantial in the hand. If you're going to take them above 1.65 V, I recommend a dedicated fan of some sorts. Haven't tried a 4 x 4 configuration, but that seems like overkill.

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ADATA XPG Gaming v2.0 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 Desktop Memory Model AX3U2000GC4G9B-DG2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. It will OC to 2000 MHz: I have a 2 X 4 p55 setup and I'm very steady & cool @ 1746.
2. The heatsinks are substantial and effective; they feel like a solid piece of steel when you're holding them.
3. They also work wonderfully; top fins not even hot to the touch after 3 hr. gaming session.
4. XMP profiles.
5.Although the color is green, it looks black inside your case which means no red/blue conflict.

Cons: I can't really think of any right now. I wish they were cheaper but there's nothing for sell on here I wouldn't say that about. I seriously had no problems with install and none since, and these sticks aren't even on the QVL for my main board. I guess height could be a problem for some depending on how they cool their CPU but I had no issues since mine's watercooled.

Other Thoughts: I wish that it were possible for builders to change color of RAM heatsinks or have an easy switch out method so that I don't have to take chances on color schemes. It's very minor, but anyone that has had to stare through their case window @ their RAM in bright red aluminum heatsinks in an otherwise blue color scheme know what I mean.

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MSI P55A Fuzion LGA 1156 Intel P55 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 Top of P55 Placement 01/03/2011

This review is from: MSI P55A Fuzion LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 2 USB 3.0 ports w/one inside for front panel connection, 2 SATA 6GB/s (although this still has limited application) + another 6 SATA 3GB/s ports. Is there anyone really looking to hook up more than 8 internal drives? Good, solid construction & quality components. Should have full 32 lanes of PCI-E 2.0 to split between both x16 slots for graphics traffic thanks to Hydra chip. According to MSI website, the PCI-E x1 slots are 2.0 also meaning 5 GT/s throughput for those two slots as well. OC Genie(?) and DrMOS w/APS. Plenty of play in the BIOS for overclockers including unlocked "K" chip support. Good bang for the buck. Oh yeah, supports Crossfire X.

Cons: Cannot get board to boot w/OC Genie button pressed in. I've tried after fresh CLR CMOS, w "Optimized" BIOS settings and "Default" BIOS settings. Failed to boot under any of these three separate scenarios plus my own attempts. Heatsinks could be a bit beefier around MOSFETS area. Didn't find any MSI utilities/OS programs to be very useful @ all; they seemed like an afterthought. Lucid's Hydra chip can be disappointing (see Other Thoughts). Does not support SLI. The board layout would've been perfect if they switched the bottom PCI w/the top PCI-E x1 slot; I'm getting picky so I'll move on.

Other Thoughts: To the previous reviewer, you will not use either of those accessories unless utilizing Crossfire X. Originally had a 470/275 GTX N-Mode Setup which was GR8. This is really where the Hydra chip shines: allowing you to use your last/best graphics card with your new/best graphics card whether you're using N or A. X-Mode is, in my optinion, more of an advertising selling point than a legitimate possibility. The slave card WILL NOT be happy if the master card is made by the "other guys." I got the latest N card when it dropped hoping for a 580/470 KO punch but both cards, even if made by the same manufacturer, must utilize the same driver. So, I've been using my newest card and patiently waiting for just that. I knew the X-Mode wasn't a plausible solution but tried it anyway with no success - I WAS EXPECTING THAT. But when I couldn't combine two of my newest GeForce cards in N-Mode - THAT WAS DISAPPOINTING. This was my 1st MSI board and one of the best p55 boards available.

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Ryan M.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan M.

Date Joined: 02/19/09

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/27/09
  • Last Review: 05/31/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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