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This review is from: ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - Bios looks nice, tools section is nice
- HDD saver option is also nice
- Plenty of Memory slots & Sata connections
- can connect to net and upgrade bios firmware / get drivers from bios
Cons: - Trying to install M.2 drive on this board is horrible
- Some memory and 1st PCIE slot covered by CPU cooler ( thank goodness there are more - that's a Pros)
- Again trying to install M.2 sucks.
- USB tricky on boot, to get to bios had to purchase and use wired keyboard, wireless didn't work
- Memory slots tricky - only one side snaps open/close
- Only one USB 3.0 plug
Other Thoughts: I have been a faithful ASUS MB owner, but for new LGA2011 slot its slim choices so went with this board. After assembly, starting up had prob getting into bios just didn't like my wireless keyboard. Spent the next 8 hrs trying to install OS to a M.2 hdd. Combing the net reading forums etc til I found info drivers etc and after I finally got Windows on it, I was unable to get into bios... had to clear it.
For a board that's suppose to be easy setup, it sure been a pain. I haven't tried OC'ng yet too beat up trying to get it running on norm. Bottom line ASRock really needs to offer more support ( manuals info, drivers etc ) giving detail on items offered on the MB like M.2 slot.
Update: having mb for a week I have to change rating. Nothing but huge headache. Returning to newegg for replacement. MB will not set/accept dram frequency. Installed 32gb Gskill DDR4 3200 and any setting in bios to achieve that and mb just keeps rebooting. Set all on auto gives me 2133. As stated have m.2 drive, had to install win10 repeatedly cuz keep getting errors on boot and has to repair. In bios seems i have to choose windows install as a boot drive otherwise it won't detect OS on drive. I have never had a more difficult time ever building a pc which I do every couple years. Asrock tech has been no help also.
Pros: It was easy hook up
Cons: You have to be on same circuit for best results and Constantly dropping connection even when on same breaker circuit. Price too high for product that works part time.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: the size and design
Cons: voltage locked, advertised speeds not sustainable at safe temp. Fans are complete garbage, and they will endanger your computer as they leak oil all over electrical equipment. I am surprised that a Great company like MSI after all the complaints over the many months still keep mass producing these things with no recall or replacement. I think they made a ton of these fans and figures a recall would cost more than all the lawsuits, rma costs so they just keep spitting out the same computer response here "Dear Valued Customer, we are sorry." If you visit their forum you will see a lot of posts about these things and they say oh bad batch or try replacing the thermal paste etc. How about this MSI just stop selling the cards with bad bios and very bad fans. Personally I have been a loyal customer till now 1800$ and my cards have spent more time in the mail than in my possession. I am surprised that I haven't read about fires being started by the oil being sprayed all over from these fans, Oh and another response from MSI moderators in the forum is buy more fans to keep card cool. Now explain to me why I must purchase and run massive amounts of fans to cool a card that is suppose to keep itself cool. If my tower has plenty of airflow as it is and I have to open the box and have more fans blow on it that means something is wrong. I have other cards that run very cool at maxed use OC'd and all.
Other Thoughts: Walk away from MSI til they decide to fix what clearly is broken.READ FULL REVIEW