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Pros: I purchased three of these motherboards thanks to the "16 core/32 thread Xeon monster." blog post pointing out the current price point of the E5-2670's on the used market. Shortly after buying these motherboards they jumped up in price by over $100.
Cons: One of the motherboards came with three bent pins and one missing in one of the CPU sockets which was surprising, I've purchased more than 10 motherboards in the past new and used and they have never had any pin damage, this is a new motherboard so there should be zero reason to already have damage unless it was a refurb but it didn't appear as such. Since newegg has a non-refundable/non-returnable policy on this motherboard I would be left going through ASRock. Instead I decided to look into which pins exactly are damaged and if I really need them.
- First off I googled for a LGA2011 pinout, only one showed up with some of the top numbering cutoff it seemed like, and at a resolution of around 900x900px, I uploaded it here too in case anyone should need it [ i.imgur . com / Q5xIYws.jpg ]
- Secondly I googled for the pdf datasheet explaining each corresponding pin "Intel Xeon Processor E5-1600/E5-2600/E5-4600 Product Families Datasheet - Volume One May 2012"
I used them in conjuncture to map out the pins damaged, I came up with:
PIN STATE TYPE MORE DESC
[D54] DAMAGED PCIEX3 PE1A_RX_DP PCIe* Port 1 Signals Receive Data Input
[D52] DAMAGED PCIEX3 PE1A_RX_DP PCIe* Port 1 Signals Receive Data Input
[E53] BROKEN RSVD Reserved (Not Used)
[F52] DAMAGED PCIEX3 PE1A_RX_DN PCIe* Port 1 Signals Receive Data Input
I lucked out in regards to the missing pin as it is reserved and not used currently in this processor so I didn't need it, the bent pins all appear to relate to PCIe slot 1, I did my best to bent them into position but not 100% sure if they are all making connection as the bent pins were severely crippled as they were bent over completely backwards kind of like a hairpin; albeit much smaller.
Once all was said and done everything powered up fine and has been running solidly for a month, I will avoid using the corresponding PCIe slot just in case though.
Other Thoughts: Great motherboards, good layout, been excellent for the past month as rendering nodes at 100% CPU usage. Little disappointed in ASRock Q/A for letting one of the boards slip through with missing/bent pins if this was truly a "new" board it should have had no damage, definitely wasn't the shipping that caused it as the box was undamaged and the cpu sockets had the protectors on them still, I happened to luck out in this particular case as the damage to the pins wasn't going to cause many issues. I posted my method of checking if the damage was severe enough for an RMA in case someone in the future is unlucky and falls into my position too and wants to check before sending it back.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Fits my Antec 900 cooler (just barely), I had to modify one the window case fan holders so that the case would close but that wasn't an issue. Idles at around 42c with a 4670k at 4.0ghz.
Cons: For some reason EVEN when the system is under heavy load (prime 95, BF3) the 120mm fan would still need "help" to start spinning when using the low noise adapter, usually just a slight push and it would get it going. My fix for this was to leave the 140mm fan on the adapter and plug the 120mm fan directly into the mobo (MSI Z87 GD65), no noticeable noise change as its only the 140mm fan that makes most of the noise without the adapter. Not sure why this was happening but wasn't a big deal.
Other Thoughts: The assembly was more difficult than I was previously used to with my TK V1 cooler that I ran for 6+ years. I almost required a second set of hands when screwing the back plate on but it is manageable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAZER DeathAdder Black Wired Optical Precision Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
Pros: Feels extremely comfortable in my hand, ability to turn glowing lights off if they bother you. buttons on the side are more conveniently placed than my old mouse.
Other Thoughts: I used to own a Razer Copperhead mouse but eventually the clicking wasn't consistent and caused me much frustration, grabbed another one to replace it, last about a year again and reached the same annoying end. I guess that's why they are discontinued. Wish I picked this up a year ago!READ FULL REVIEW