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Samsung UN55JS8500 55
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs No useable Picture-in-Picture (PIP) 07/14/2015

This review is from: Samsung UN55JS8500 55" Class 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV

Pros: Great picture

Cons: No useable PIP. This is truly bizarre. If you want to use this TV as a monitor, as I do, you will be disappointed. It has a PIP function, but the PIP can show only the COAX input. This TV has 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs, but you cannot use any of them as an input for the PIP! There is a Multi-Link function that allows you to display two inputs side by side, but it reduces your screen area by up to 50%. You are better off with two monitors! This is just dumb or lazy or both. There is just no technology reason for this in a product with an MSRP of almost $3000. Samsung should be ashamed!

ASRock X99 Extreme6/ac LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice layout. M.2 X4 socket allows for very fast boots. Lots of SATA 6G connectors. Two Ethernet connections. Wifi/BT adapter. Everything you need for a quality gaming system.

Cons: Just can't get the OC'g to work. No way, no how. After much frustration, I tried the Asrock utility A-tuning (under Windows). I got the board stable at 4.4GHz, but I can't set up BIOS to do the same. A-tuning allows you to save configs and auto load them at startup. That would be a nice bypass to my problem, but the saved configs crash. The only way to get the 4.4 GHz is to use the utility and put in fresh settings each time I boot. boo hiss.
Note: my target OC value is 4.5 GHz based on air cooling. At 4.4 my temps stay below 75C even under Aida64 stress test.
I would return the board, but I can't have my computer down that long. Maybe Asrock will come out with a Bios that works some day. Until then, I really recommend you use a different board!

Other Thoughts: i7-5930k
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Samsung XP941 256GB PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD
GeIL 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000)

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4001FAEX
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Big, fast

Cons: very slow to wake up

Other Thoughts: At end of Jan I originally bought a WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive. It was DOA. WD quickly sent me a replacement. I just noticed today (ok, sometimes I'm slow) that instead ot the WD4003FZEX, they sent me the much more expensive WD4001FAEX. Hard to beat that for customer service....


David S.'s Profile

Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 12/03/03

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 04/17/09
  • Last Review: 07/14/15
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