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Pros: - Bristling with features
- Rock-solid with overclocking & high-end diagnostics built into the board
- Easy to use and a joy for a system builder to tinker with
- Back-panel arrangement - finally, something solid and easy to fit!

Cons: - super-idiot-proof processor installation unnecessarily overcomplicates things (and got in the way of a cooler retention ring)
- some software extremely unreliable & unfinished
- front audio bay never worked

Other Thoughts: Love the way this motherboard works, installing it, and especially the sturdy and easy-to-fit back-panel design. Didn't really need the color effects, kinda weird that they continue to pulse even when the machine is turned off. Thumb drive included with ASUS utilities was missing several of them...but ultimately I found almost everything but the lighting control and audio control to be unreliable and destabilize Win 10 Pro 64-bit (example: ASUS overrides OS memory management fairly recklessly in IOMap64.sys); there are other ways to handle overclocking, starting with the lovely easy-to-use BIOS and then using Intel's XTU or something like it. Gave up trying to get the front-panel bay audio bit to work--it simply doesn't output any sound at all despite detecting the device and detecting jack connections.

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G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3333 (PC4 26600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3333C16Q-64GTZ
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Pros: - Overclocks nicely with Intel X processor and XMP enabled
- Dual-color body makes it easy to tell at-a-glace whether it's oriented properly when installing
- Doesn't get hot under stress or need a memory fan

Cons: - Pricey

Other Thoughts: My second time using Trident series RAM, and overclocking with XMP on an X series Intel processor, this system RAM does a great job of staying stable and not running hot. I paid just a bit extra than other brands might have been simply because my last set of triple-channel Trident (@3x4GB) gave me great performance and zero problems for over 6 years. I've used G.Skill in desktops and laptops and never been disappointed; they're on my short list of good-value brands.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectX 11 GTX680-DC2-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Pros: Easy install, big cards yes, but still the same size as my 480GTXes that they're replacing, 4GB RAM seems to make a difference. 600 series delivers little bonuses in how gaming renders, dynamic on-demand performance works well (fans don't constantly crank up). Planetside 2: noticeable differences in detail, particle effects, prismatic light effects and lots of sparks flying on explosions. Skyrim: rock-solid framerates on Ultra, clear render in 3D. Bioshock 2: breathtaking lighting and combat effects (sparks, fire, etc.).

Cons: Still pricey. Check PSU requirements, especially if looking for SLI. Check the size if you don't have a full-size case! Or if your drive bays face the back...you might not have the clearance. nVidia don't let us control the GPUBoost technology (yet!), but still I'm not sure if ASUS' overclocking software is necessary, either. GPUBoost seems to run the show well without running the fans too loud under load. I don't bother adjusting ASUS' settings because I'm not seeing much difference with/without them.

Other Thoughts: This is a wonderful card and I'm running 2 in SLI. I was surprised at how many details started showing up in my games. I saved money buying one of the two as an open-box, but even then this is still a pretty hefty investment. Lots of bang...but also lots of buck.

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Trenton B.'s Profile

Display Name: Trenton B.

Date Joined: 04/19/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/11/12
  • Last Review: 12/27/16
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