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ASRock Z170 Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Running this with an i7-6700k and 16GB of DDR4-3200. Everything is stable with my RAM running at 2400. I assume speeds will be improved later with updates. POST fail with a loaded XMP profile will just unload the profile rather than having to clear the CMOS manually, which is helpful.

Cons: Changing RAM speeds is somewhat inconvenient. If you set a speed that causes a POST fail, then you have to open the thing up and use the CMOS clear jumper. I really don't recommend attempting DDR4 speeds above 2400, as anything above this is extremely unstable at the moment.

Other Thoughts: The Z170 chipset does not support USB 3.1. The ONLY way to get USB 3.1 on a Z170 is to have an external USB 3.1 controller (which will typically only provide 2 or 4 ports). This is not a motherboard limitation, this is a limitation of the Intel Z170.

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GVK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This RAM is very stable. I have not yet been able to get it up to 3200 (XMP profile just results in POST fail), but this is not due to the RAM but rather my motherboard (Asrock Z170 Pro4). Asrock has already done a couple UEFI updates to improve memory compatibility but they have a ways to go. Right now I'm running this RAM at 2400. I'm increasing it one notch at a time to see what is stable. Have not been able to reach 3000 or 3200 yet but I hope to reach 2800 and I'll keep trying 3200 when there are BIOS updates.

Cons: Not all motherboards can support 3200. DDR4 is still very new, and the motherboards are still very new. Support will get there. If you aren't willing to spend more for memory that is more future proof, it might be better to get 2133 or 2400 speed.

Other Thoughts: This RAM is definitely future proof. Eventually it will get to where most (if not all) motherboards work at 3200 (or higher). So this RAM is definitely future proof.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Second most powerful single-GPU video card in existence at the time of this review. Runs very cool, will run anything you can throw at it without breaking a sweat. 1440p is no problem. 2160p you will probably still want a second GPU at this point. The only single-GPU card that is better is the Titan X, and it's only JUST BARELY better at a much higher price.

Cons: No cons except the price. But enthusiast level video cards always come at a high price. This is actually cheaper than the card that was in its place last gen (the 780ti).

Other Thoughts: The 980ti is basically the same GPU as the Titan X, with one render core blocked off, and half the VRAM (Titan X has 12GB). In real world performance in games, the 980ti is VERY close to the Titan X, it's very rare for the Titan X to be more than 5fps ahead. The extra VRAM makes no difference for current games, and the extra render core makes very little difference.


Marc M.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc M.

Date Joined: 08/14/04

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/16/11
  • Last Review: 11/11/15
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