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Pioneer VSX-530-K 5.1 Channel AV Receiver
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2 out of 5 eggs Fatal Flaw 01/21/2016

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-530-K 5.1 Channel AV Receiver

Pros: Price, features except for from USB.

Cons: USB port does NOT support ipod/iphone.
Forced t use BT, which can be a pain if friends want to use receiver to play their music

Other Thoughts: Would NOT recommend due to this serious flaw

ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Looks promising but issues with low end CPU 01/04/2016

This review is from: ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Beast for overclocking high end CPU.

Cons: Not good for mainstream, general work as BIOS is too specialized for OC work...

Other Thoughts: Hi,
Several bugs
BIOS 1.92 and BIOS 1.9

BIOS 1.92 --> totally unstable, default settings would freeze, or mouse sluggish, or crash and reboot the system, all using default settings. Also would NOT boot from CD Win 10 if RAID enabled.

BIOS 1.9 -->
A. Better but could NOT enable XMP initially, would try and get error 56, finally after several cmos clears finally booted with XMP profile, please see end for all the specs.
B. CPU_FAN2 and CHA_FAN4 switched in manual/diagram/BIOS, please check.
C. Full HD UEFI when set to auto chose 1024 x 768 NOT the higher resolution, monitor Dell UP25160 (DP), can support 2560 x 1440 !
D. Post Status Checker; the red video light is always on, my video card seems to be functioning perfectly, new, why the light.

Please see the attached specs

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 1151 LGA (0x1)
Extended CPUID 6.5E
Core Stepping R0
Technology 14 nm
TDP Limit 65.0 Watts
Tjmax 100.0 °C
Core Speed 800.2 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed8.0 x 100.0 MHz
Stock frequency 3300 MHz

Turbo Mode supported, enabled
Max non-turbo ratio 33x
Max turbo ratio 39x
Max efficiency ratio 8x
O/C bins none
Ratio 1 core 39x
Ratio 2 cores 38x
Ratio 3 cores 37x
Ratio 4 cores 36x
TSC 3312.2 MHz
TSC_24 24.0 MHz
APERF 3900.5 MHz
MPERF 3270.4 MHz
IA Voltage Mode PCU adaptive
IA Voltage Offset 0 mV
GT Voltage Mode PCU adaptive
GT Voltage Offset 0 mV
LLC/Ring Voltage Mode PCU adaptive
LLC/Ring Voltage Offset 0 mV
Agent Voltage Mode PCU adaptive
Agent Voltage Offset 0 mV


DIMM # 2
SMBus address 0x53
Memory type DDR4
Module format UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) G.Skill (7F7F7F7FCD0000000000)
Size 8192 MBytes
Max bandwidth DDR4-2133 (1066 MHz)
Part number F4-3000C15-8GVRB
Nominal Voltage 1.20 Volts
EPP no
XMP yes
XMP revision 2.0
AMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 9.0-9-9-22-31 @ 666 MHz
JEDEC #2 11.0-11-11-27-38 @ 814 MHz
JEDEC #3 12.0-12-12-29-42 @ 888 MHz
JEDEC #4 13.0-13-13-31-45 @ 962 MHz
JEDEC #5 14.0-14-14-34-49 @ 1037 MHz
JEDEC #6 15.0-15-15-35-50 @ 1066 MHz
JEDEC #7 16.0-15-15-35-50 @ 1066 MHz
JEDEC #8 18.0-15-15-35-50 @ 1066 MHz
JEDEC #9 19.0-15-15-35-50 @ 1066 MHz
XMP profile XMP-3002
Specification DDR4-3002
Voltage level 1.350 Volts
Min Cycle time 0.666 ns (1501 MHz)
Max CL 15.0
Min tRP 10.59 ns
Min tRCD 10.59 ns
Min tRAS 23.16 ns
Min tRC 33.78 ns
Min tRRD 3.75 ns
X MP timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC-CR @ frequency (voltage)
XMP #1 15.0-16-16-35-51-n.a @ 1501 MHz (1.350 Volts)


Display adapter 0
Name AMD Radeon (TM) R7 370 Series
Board Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Memory size 4095 MB
PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 0 (0x0), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x1002 (0x1043)
Model ID 0x6811 (0x2015)
Performance Level 0
Core clock 300.0 MHz
Memory clock 150.0 MHz
Performance Level 1
Core clock 1050.0 MHz
Memory clock 1400.0 MHz

Win32_VideoController AdapterRAM = 0xFFF00000 (4293918720)
Win32_VideoController DriverVersion = 15.300.1025.1001
Win32_VideoController DriverDate = 12/04/2015


Monitor 0
Model DELL UP2516D (Dell Computer)
Serial 3JV4059SAPXL
Manufacturing Date Week 40, Year 2015
Size 24.9 inches
Max Resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 59 Hz
Horizontal Freq. Range30-88 kHz
Vertical Freq. Range 50-75 Hz
Max Pixel Clock 250 MHz
Gamma Factor 2.2



Windows Version Microsoft Windows 10 (10.0) Professional 64-bit (Build 10586)
DirectX Version 12.0

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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Pros: Build, speed

Cons: Documentation still needs more explanations...

Other Thoughts: Using a NVMe SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive AND RAID in a Maximus VIII Hero Bios 1202

The suggested sequence at “”How to build Intel RAID and keep M.2 available !” "” did NOT work for me and the system would not see the M.2 drive.

However, this sequence suggested by a senior ASUS engineer did !!!

First; all drives should use the GUID globally unique identifier (GUID) Partition Table (GPT) partitioning scheme that is part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).
1. BIOS->Boot->CSM (Compatibility Support Module)->Disable
2. BIOS->Boot->Secure Boot->OS Type->Other OS
3. Advanced -> PCH Storage Configuration -> SATA Mode Selection -> RAID
4. Advanced -> PCH Storage Configuration -> M.2 PCIE Storage RAID Support -> Disable (Enable if not work)
5. F10 saved, reboot and go into BIOS again
6. Advanced-> IRST -> Create RAID Volume
7. Build RAID 1 and keep M.2 as a non RAID member
8. BIOS -> BOOT -> Secure Boot -> OS Type -> Windows UEFI
9. F10 save, and boot to Windows OS

The manual is confusing in this one point, here is my understanding.

Using a NVMe device in the M.2 socket DOES NOT disable SATA III port 1 or port 2.
Using a SATA III drive in the M.2 socket DOES DISABLE SATA III port 1 and port 2.

Rebooting the UEFI BIOS “mini OS” is required after making select changes in the UEFI BIOS settings before making additional UEFI BIOS setting changes. Unless this is done programming UEFI BIOS is unpredictable.

System did not accept return to UEFI BIOS commands at times with F2 or Del commands initiated on a PS2 keyboard to go into UEFI BIOS, but would go straight to the OS.
Only if first shutdown and power off the system, then power on, did the MB accept F2 or Del commands.

That you provide an additional setting in Exit like: Save Changes, Reboot UEFI BACK into UEFI BIOS settings.
(This saves the trouble of going in the Win10 OS, and shutting down if F2 or Del not accepted, or if your fingers are tired mashing the F2 or Del keys... )


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