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This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Running the latest 1004 BIOS as of this review.
Excellent feature set, easy to navigate BIOS, support for 3-way SLI/Crossfire configurations.
Overclocking was fairly straightforward, and my memory's XMP was recognized and easily applied. Have had no problems directly related to the motherboard with expected daily use.
Cons: This is also due to a fault in my case (Silverstone FT02) where there is not enough space for all the PCIE slots on the motherboard. But you can only run x16/x16/x8 if you have 3 video cards if you use the 1st, 3rd, and 5th PCIE x16 slots. Unfortunately, my case only allow 3 way with double-wide video cards in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th x16 slots (there is a x4 slot between the 1st and 2nd x16 slots). This only allows me to run x8/x8/x8 in this configuration, although currently there is no real world effect from this limitation at PCIE 3.0 spec.
I also run 2 HDDs in RAID-0 as my storage drive alongside my OS on my SSD, and after a BIOS update or after a BSOD from overclocking failure, I will lose my RAID configuration and have to recreate the RAID and run partition recovery software. I don't lose my data, but it is a hassle to have to do this.
This review is from: ABS SL series SL1050 1050W Continuous @50°C ,80 PLUS SILVER Certified,Modular Cable Design,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Pros: Got it as part of a deal with a $50 printer, and a promo code that took 15% off the list price. Modular design, sleeved cables, 1050W, single 12-V with 87 Amps.
Actually a semi-modular design, as the ATX 12V, motherboard power, and 6-pin and 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors are built into the power supply. Additional PCI-E connectors, SATA power, and Molex power cables are all modular.
Has 2 additional 6-pin and 2 additional 6+2-pin PCI-E power cables for Tri-SLI or Crossfire with high-end cards.
Plenty of SATA and power cables for any number of peripherals and hardware you would possibly want to add to a single machine.
Bright blue LED when machine is on, matching my fan and case lights.
Cons: Cables are a bit stiff.
On a case that opens to the right and has a bottom-mounted power supply form factor (my Antec 900 for example), the modular power ports are towards the inside of the machine, so it is more difficult to add new cables without removing the power supply first.
Strange orange light when my computer is turned off. LED lights that turn on to indicate a machine is OFF are a personal pet peeve of mine, but its not very bright or annoying.
Other Thoughts: Powering these specs:
Core i7 965
3x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR3-1600 RAM
2x BFG Geforce GTX 280 SLI
MSI 9600 GT Green Edition (secondary card/PhysX)
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner
2x500GB Seagate HDs in RAID 0
Antec 900 with 4 case fans
Display Name: Richard Y.
Date Joined: 02/02/07
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