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Pros: Nice looking board.
New X99 chipset has a lot of potential once all the bugs are worked out.
Have my 5960X OC'd to 4.0 Ghz at 2.0v and getting a 17.30 score in Cinebench.....very impressive!!!
Cons: 1. Does not play nice with add-on sound cards. I have several sound cards that I have tested and non of them have worked 100%. As of right now, any type of Xonar sound card will not work unless you like putting your computer to sleep and waking it up as a workaround. Don't think this is an exclusive ASUS problem though, many other MB manufacturers on the X99 chipset are dealing with this one too.
2. The board doesn't like Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z series either. It plays audio but the audio channels keep shifting around from front to back to center, ect whenever you are multi-tasking.
3. Cannot disable WIFI. You can try to disable it in the BIOS but still shows up on the device manager in Windows. Yeah, I know this is a small one but shouldn't be happening non the less.
Other Thoughts: I'm an ASUS fan at heart. In addition to this board, I have the X79 Sabertooth and X79 Rampage Extreme Black. Both those boards work flawlessly without any sound problems. I am very confident that ASUS will get these issues fixed soon.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Plenty of expansion options, color scheme, OC panel (my favorite). This board would be the jack of all trades if it hadn't been for the issues. (see cons)
Cons: This board is slow to boot. Compared to the original Rampage IV and Sabertooth (which I also own), the boot times on this board are slow (nearly 30 seconds to boot into Windows even with most integrated controllers disabled).I narrowed this down to the integrated Intel SATA controller. If I use a 3rd party add-on card it boots fast. I also noticed that there is no option in the BIOS to switch from RSTe to IRST as it does exist in the other two boards. To be fair this is the first BIOS for this board and I am hoping that ASUS has these issues on the roadmap to be fixed. Also, I noticed that the "1 MHz" bug is still present. If you view the "system' window you will notice that your processor shows as "1 MHz". This is not a show stopper but still annoying nevertheless.
Other Thoughts: Overall, besides the cons this is a great motherboard. Very stylish, sexy, and plenty of expansion options. I am sure this board will be the best after the BIOS matures a little.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a very powerfull piece of hardware. Have two X5680's running @ 4.4ghz with idle temps <40c.
Has USB 3.0
Getting a CPU Cinebench score of 22.08!!!
EVGA just released a new BIOS for this board this last month.
Cons: Took a little bit of playing with before it was stable. This board is not a standard single socket 1366 board so you should expect a little bit of troubleshooting and time before hand.
Very picky with memory. Check in the EVGA forums to find out what everyone else is running.
Takes at least 20 seconds before this board posts.
Not many applications use all 24 cores
Not stable with >200 bclk
Other Thoughts: Even though this board is 3 years old it is still fantastic. It scores over 22 points on Cinebench with 2 of my x5680's OC'd to 4.4ghz. Buying this setup was kind of expensive but worth it.READ FULL REVIEW
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