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This review is from: Kaspersky Multi-Device - 5 Devices
Pros: Very light
Doesn't interfere with online gaming
GUI scales appropriately on high DPI displays
Cons: Auto update seems to fail for no reason sometimes, requiring me to tell it to try again
Other Thoughts: Windows seems to not recognize when the Kaspersky firewall is up, causing it to give me a notification in the action center. Also, the safe pay prompt sometimes interrupts the online ordering process. It almost prevented an order from going through because it thought that the Verified by Visa page needed to be opened in safe pay, and blocked the outgoing information. I had to manually tell it to resend and reload the page.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fanless mode works well, and stays fanless for quite a while.
Fan has a very quiet noise floor even when on.
Completely black cables (with cable bag).
Included PSU jumper, screws, and Velcro straps.
Very well packaged.
EVGA customer service is fantastic.
This PSU is a steal at its common <$80 after MIR price.
Cons: First unit had coil whine, but an RMA addressed that.
Fanless mode is surprisingly warm.
The SATA connectors are too close together.
Other Thoughts: I don't have the qualifications to talk about the electrical performance, but since this PSU is built on the Super Flower Leadex platform, and is very well reviewed by independent sources, I don't need to.
My first unit whined, so I contacted EVGA, and because my PSU was new, they offered to cross-ship me a replacement unit. The full modularity of the PSU made it really easy to remove the faulty unit and replace it with a new one, and my computer was only down for an hour because of the cross-ship. I was also able to compare the two units side by side, which confirmed that the first unit was abnormally loud.
When the unit runs fanless, the internals temperature rises 10-15C over ambient (depending on load). Not uncomfortably warm, but when I turn off eco mode after an hour of use, the fan spins up to an audible level to exhaust all of the built up heat before slowing back down to an inaudible level once the temperature cools back down (<5C over ambient). Because of how quiet the fan stays when eco mode is off, I will let the PSU fan stay on unless I'm doing something where every other fan in my PC is off.
It's a fantastic unit offered at a fantastic price. Just buy it.
This review is from: ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Very good BIOS layout.
Very good BIOS experience.
Easy mode provides access to features/information that a non-overclocker would actually want to use.
Advanced mode is laid out in a logical and intuitive menu system.
The black and white aesthetic.
BIOS fan control (it's leaps and bounds ahead of the competition)
Auto overclock was pretty decent.
The layout of connectors are almost perfect.
Good on-board audio.
Fan Xpert 3.
USB Bios Flashback.
Foam padded I/O shield.
Cons: The LED lights in the separation between the audio circuitry and main circuitry is yellow.
The 2 chassis fan connectors to the upper left of the top PCIe slot can be a tad difficult to access with a GPU installed.
Only 4 SATA cables. 6 would be nice.
If only Wi-Fi was also included...
Other Thoughts: Even with my gripe about the LEDs, SATA cables, and the 2 fan connectors, I can still comfortably give this product 5 eggs because of how strong the rest of the package is. For the price, this motherboard is the complete package of essentials for the X99 platform.
The BIOS is where most of this happens. In Easy mode, it walks the user through all of the typical set up that most users will want (RAID, Boot sequence, fan curves, XMP), and hides away everything extraneous that wouldn't be needed. The automatic overclock also does a decent enough job, which makes this a fantastic motherboard for those that don't want to tweak their X99 platform for hours on end.
On the advanced side, the logical and intuitive layout and sorting to the menus makes the user experience simple and frustration free while providing all the options for tweaking an enthusiast needs. It's even smart enough to boot with the last stable memory configuration when an overclock fails.
The layout of connectors and interface points is very good, offering all the buttons and jumpers an enthusiast would need on the off chance something goes wrong during an overclock.
From the features side, ASUS really understands what most users actually use, and takes the time to implement and perfect those features. They were the first with the capability to flash the BIOS with only power connected (they're not the only one anymore), and Fan Xpert 3 is still the best included fan control software.
The only other bummer is that my 5820K needs 1.372 to hit 4.4 GHz, but the X99-A manages to deliver it perfectly.
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