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Pros: It's chock-full of features to keep any wirehead or gamer busy tweaking for that extra 10 fps or 1GHZ.
Well-thought out layout makes for easy connections and installation. Lots of cables and sensors included in kit.
The manual is over 1/4" thick, making for good bedtime reading or studying before installation day.
Powerful BIOS menu, full of features and options to apply to your build.
Cons: It's heavy and BIG. Be prepared with a case sized to handle this beast.
A large work area, about the size of a pool table, is highly suggested, you are going to be moving around this kit a lot.
Manual needs to clarify on more than a few chipset control features, same goes for BIOS help menus.
BIOS tries to OC on first boot, so make sure your RAM and CPU are seated and ready!
A few errors need to be clarified in manual or a error database needs to be established online to be kept up to date. The error code system is a solid idea, but support needs to be maintained, and continuation of this into other and future boards.
RAM sockets only have one latch on one end, making for unseated sticks. Latch engages on RAM even with one end unseated!
System software useless when diagnosing RAM. One stick in a set of 4 was bad causing random reboots with no error. Company wanted to RMA the board without attempting to assist me in diagnosing the issue. Replacement RAM resolved problems.
Bottom 2 USB sockets inoperable even though they are acknowledged by device manager.
Modification of OC socket needed to restore USB port availability to user.
Improved access to release latches on PCI-X sockets needed. Large video cards make it a major challenge to access said latches when the need arises. Large CPU sinks and large video cards obstruct access to the latch.
Other Thoughts: This board is packed with more features and made improvements to some, but nerfed others, in comparison to the workhorse Rampage II. As outlined in the cons, I ran into issues, both related and unrelated to both hardware and firmware. These were overcome, thanks to the ASUS forums, but no thanks to ASUS's support, who wanted to RMA the board outright without even attempting to diagnose the problems I was experiencing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Decent weight, good fan and strong brackets. Fan's silent.
Cons: Challenging installation instructions for the average or unskilled user. Sharp edges on brackets and fins made for skinned and sliced fingers. Needs 2nd fan if any OC is done outside 10% of CPU rated.
Other Thoughts: An average cooler, the fan leads to wanting a 2nd one put in.
From evaluating my testing benchmarks and temp logs, I'm tempted to put my old Noctua's back in, but they are not PWM.
I might have to go shopping for another PWM controlled fan to go in
Pros: Scary fast, great looks, packaging is good, installation was OK. Lifetime warranty was needed immediately due to bad stick.
Corsair shipped from Taiwan to Texas immediately on receipt of RMA request.
Cons: Pricey as sin ($200 for 16GB). Need better yields in production since one stick had faults straight out of the box.
NewEgg's warranty does not allow for delayed installation times, so I was forced to contact Corsair for assistance.
Some mainboard companies are putting in RAM sockets that only have one latch at one end of the socket. The caveat there is make sure your RAM is seated fully, for it may not be even with the latch engaged.
Other Thoughts: We need updated memory testing software to handle DDR4 RAM. Two popular testing programs, including Microsoft's that is prepackaged with Windows, did NOT detect faults in the memory, even after several hours of stress testing.
Once the new sticks were in, it was smooth (and fast) sailing.
You invest in performance RAM for the long haul, this is the way to go. But they do need to get that price driven down quite a bit more before I add any more to my kit.
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