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Pros: awesome nat throughput. able to achieve in the 900mbps range with latest firmware which is great for 1gbps internet connections.
great firmware interface. plethora of options such as dhcp reserve and even a cpu monitor
dual core + 256mb of ram
AC support for devices that can take advantage of AC
can disable 5ghz or 2.4ghz band
you can turn off the led's
it works great
Cons: it does get warm so i ghetto rigged two 90mm fans running off of usb on the bottom blowing cool air into its vent ports.
it doesn't give you to be option to see cpu temperature on the default firmware. with a device that gets hot, it be great if it did.
Other Thoughts: i disabled the 5ghz band and running it on N and below. zero reason for AC support since none of my wireless devices support AC. most of my devices are connected to ethernet anyways, like my roku.
i have a cisco 1gbps switch connected to it with 9 devices connected to the switch.
running on the 2.4ghz band only has been great.
what i like most is its nat throughput. able to reach speeds up into the 900mbps range gives it the ability to be used on 1gbps internet connections and is great with my gigablast. on all of my lan PC's i get the full 1gbps.
Pros: - AMAZING onboard audio
- fantastic BIOS
- amazing overclocking ability
- fantastic pwm fan control
- all four pin fan headers are actually pwm fan headers, not 3 pins with a extra pin to not confuse people with 4 pin fans
- awesome board layout
- excellent vrm + phase cooling
- awesome cosmetic lighting
- gold plated audio jacks with colored shells
- usb 3.1 and usb c
- 2x extra sata 6 ports provided by asmedia
Cons: it has four 4 usb 2 and two usb 3 ports. would of been nice if the extra 2 usb 2 ports where 3 or a second 3.1.
Other Thoughts: the biggest selling point of this motherboard for me was its upgraded AMAZING onboard audio. it might be realtek ALC1150 codec but Asus has done an AWESOME job with their implementation for it. It doesn't compare to other ALC1150 and even dedicated sound cards.
previously i had a gigabyte z97 board with alc1150 on it. i tried using it when i got it but it sounded terrible compared to my titanium hd. i recently upgraded to a crossfire system, and wanting to improve air flow, i decided not to use my titanium hd so i looked for motherboards that offered a higher end onboard audio. after reading a few reviews i settled on this board because they all praised its audio highly and said its a true replacement for dedicated sound cards in the $70 - $100 range. and hands down it is.
this boards audio destroys my z97x's alc1150 in audio quality and compared to my titanium hd, i cannot tell the difference between the two. they sound near identical. sound is clear, crisp, accurate, and no poppings or distortions. asus includes a separate 40mhz oscillator DAC for the outputs, 112db dnr, emi shielding on the codec, emi guard around the sound system, a emi plastic shielding covering the audio equipment, nichicon gold electrolytic capacitors, a nec relay to prevent popping during startup, and a AMP that can power up to 600ohm for headphones.
i have it paired up with my klipsche promedia 2.1 speakers and i love it.
not only is the audio awesome the overclocking side is equally as awesome. there are a plethora of options to make any overclocker happy. you can easily take a 6700k to 4.9ghz with this board. the backside of the board also has a heatsink for the backside vrms along with the vrms and phases on the front.
intel core i7 6700K
asus maximus viii hero
g.skill ripjaws v ddr4 2666mhz
2x sapphire nitro r9 390's in crossfire
Pros: ddr4 2666mhz
great heatsink that keeps the ram cool but doesn't prevent large coolers like nh-d14
set the xmp profile and forget it
Other Thoughts: been using g.skill since the ddr2 days. amazing ram for a competitive price. the ripjaws v continues that amazing g.skill quality.
using it with:
intel core i7 6700K
asus maximus viii hero
2x sapphire r9 390's in crossfire
evga supernova g2 1000