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Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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5 out of 5 eggs High Quality CPU That's a Good Bang for the Buck 07/20/2016

This review is from: Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530

Pros: This is the third CPU from Intel's i7 series that I have used in my builds. I started with the i7-2600K, then the i7-3770K, and now the i7-6700K. Each has featured improvements in speed, on die GPU, and memory utilization. The don't seem to be any ground breaking difference between them, but each is an improvement over the prior. I've never had any issues with any of my CPUs, so I've continued to keep buying the i7 "K" version every time I put a new build together.

Even though I have bought a few "K" versions. I've only overclocked my i7-2600K. It overclocked by quite a bit on air cooling with no issues. But I did not see any real world difference, so I set it back to stock settings. I very rarely running anything that is processor intensive, and I haven't run any games on my last two systems. Most of what I do is very memory intensive.

Cons: This is not a con for everyone and probably not a con for most people buying this CPU, but after being used to all my prior Intel CPU's coming with a CPU cooler in the box, just be aware that this does not. It is just the CPU only. So you will need to make sure you have or purchase a CPU cooler for your build. This isn't all that big of a deal since the stock Intel coolers were always very poor performing and very noisy.

Other Thoughts: Some parting advice that I can offer from experience: The Intel 100 series of chipset motherboards do not like operating on anything below Windows 10. I first tried to use an i7-6700K with a Z170 motherboard and Windows 7 Ultimate. The 100 series chipset does not have native support for installing Windows 7. You have to use a special software application to inject the required drives into a Windows 7 install drive/disc. My Z170 system never ran with Windows 7 and was missing key features. So I did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro instead, and everything was fine. So if you are looking to do an Intel 100 series chipset you're best bet is to go with Windows 10.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1 Mirror
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1,200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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2 out of 5 eggs Would Have Been a 4 Egg Motheroard If ASUS Had Better Quality Control 07/01/2016

This review is from: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I purchased this MB based on a combination of value and features that I was looking for. In general I like ASUS MBs for their hardware and software features. It also makes it easier to find answers to any technical questions online since ASUS is the most popular brand. But after the issues I ran into with this MB, I may consider a different brand for my next build.

For the most part, I do like this MB. It has USB 3.1 Type C, decent sound, WiFi, Bluetooth, RAID support, a decent amount of fan headers (although the CPU_OPT fan header needs to be controllable, just like the others), and connections for almost every type of device.

I also like the PS/2 combo port. In my experience, keyboards and mice don't work as well together when they are connected via USB and using both at the exact same time. I've had the best experience when they are both on PS/2 or one on PS/2 and one on USB.

I think the RGB LED features and controllable headers are a very cool feature. The RGB LED logo feature even works when the computer is off. It's purely eye candy, but it's a neat feature. So far I'm just using the on board LEDs. In the near future I plan to get a couple of LED strips and use the LED headers.

The MB's color scheme is alright. I find it a little bit muted though. I have a side-panel window, and my case is on top of my desk next to my monitors. So I would prefer it had a bit more color to it.

Cons: My biggest cons with this MB are with the poor quality control at ASUS. Newegg was great in handling the exchanges. I had to deduct two eggs for the multiple MBs that had issues. I deducted 1 egg for not having more internal/external connections and for still not being able to get all the wireless software installed and features set up. I listed out the individual cons below:

First MB had a big dent on the LED ROG logo.

Second MB would automatically power on any time the power was connected. I had the BIOS set to stay off after loss of power. I had a suspicion that the ROG AURA LED feature might be the cause of this, because the LED lights continue to work even when the computer is off. So before doing any RMAing I contacted ASUS tech support. I wasted about two hours speaking to three different techs. They all said the MB was defective. So I RMA'd it through Newegg.

Third MB had a large gouge in the metal near the "Hero" logo that was obvious from a distance.

The fourth MB I received was only the second MB I actually installed. It came installed with an outdated BIOS. I tested the MB to make sure it wouldn't self power on. Then I updated to the latest BIOS and check again. Again it didn't self power on, so everything was good so far. It wasn't until after I install Windows and the ROG AURA software that the MB would self power on. So because of the wrong information from three ASUS techs and/or ROG AURA software bug I had to go through two additional MBs and one additional install for no reason.

ASUS tech support is severely lacking in even basic MB knowledge, let alone advanced. Their tech support is not USA based either.

5-Way Optimization software in Ai Suite changed settings for far too many things (i.e. auto hibernate, always run at OC speed, and other settings that it doesn't inform you that it's going to change). The fans ran better before optimization, and there is no control for CPU_OPT fan. Unfortunately, there is no undo option after you run the the 5-Way Optimization. It was a tedious task to get things running back to normal.

No e-SATA port.

Needs more than just two USB 2.0 headers. My PSU has a USB 2.0 cable and so does the front ports of my case.

Audio software is a bit lacking.

I have not been able to get all of the wireless software to install. Some of the main features, like WiFi-Go!, won't install.

Manual was lacking a lot of key information about UEFI BIOS options and information about the software.

The UEFI BIOS wizard for setting up RAID is not good. It does not set up the RAID correctly. Use the separate RAID BIOS menu instead.

Only a single M.2 port, so you can't RAID M.2, unlike some other manufacturers.

There aren't enough SATA ports for my build. There are 4 x Intel SATA ports. Two are used for my RAID 1 Mirror. Two are used for my two optical drives. That leaves just the 2 x ASMedia SATA ports. My case has a front e-SATA port and two front removable SATA hard drive bays. So that leaves me one SATA port short to connect everything.

The 2 x ASMedia SATA ports only support hard drives.

Be aware that some of the ports are shared. In order to use the U.2 ports you have to disable the corresponding SATA port. The M.2 port is shared with the PCIEX4_3.

RGB header feature is neat, and I do plan to use it in the near future. The manual says to keep the RGB strip under 2 meters, but it doesn't say if that is for each of the two headers or both combined.

I ran into too many issues trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, and the system never ran right after. Key features, like Microsoft Aero were missing. I had to switch to a clean install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, which did the trick. This was either an issue of the the ASUS Windows 7 install tool or an issue between Windows 7 and the Z170 chipset.

Other Thoughts: The big takeaways that I have for this MB is don't run anything other than Windows 10 with Z170, plan on a high probability of getting a board with some sort of a physical or operational defect, make sure that it has all the ports you need (and that you understand that some ports are shared), and that some of the software/features are finicky.

I'm only marginally satisfied with this MB. If I had known I would have had to go through four MBs, I never would have bothered with this MB. I am having a bit of buyer's remorse and wondering if I should have purchased a different MB or a different brand. This is also the first MB that I have owned that has me maxing out the number of ports. I've maxed out the USB 2.0 headers and the SATA ports. If I wanted to run a RAID 10, 5, or JBOD along with my internal optical drives, this would not be possible. I'm not even sure if I could run SSD caching with my setup. The only way SSD caching might work is if I can utilize the M.2 port for it. On my prior two builds I used SSD caching. I didn't bother on this build only because SSDs have come down a lot in price, and I plan to switch over to an SSD RAID 1 Mirror.

If I didn't have issues with multiple motherboards, and if I could get all the software installed and features setup then this would be a 4 egg motherboard.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1 Mirror
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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5 out of 5 eggs Seagate Constellation ES Drives Are Great and Keep Getting Better 07/01/2016

This review is from: Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST2000NM0033 2TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I've been using Seagate Constellation drives for many years. I've had the original Constellation ES, Constellation ES.2, and Constellation ES.3. I've always used a pair of each in a RAID 1 Mirror. I have been extremely happy with these HDDs, and each Constellation series has been better than the previous. I have never had any issue with these HDDs or with them in my RAID array.

Constellation ES.3 was the highest series of HDDs in the Seagate line-up when I purchased them. It is an enterprise class (EC) HDD, sometimes referred to as RAID spec'd or server class. EC HDDs have a faster system response time that is often needed for RAID arrays, are typically higher quality, usually have faster transfer speeds, and are designed to withstand being on 24/7.

The Constellation ES.3 features:
-128MB cache
-1,400,000 hours MTBF
-175 MB/s sustained data transfer rate

This HDD is also on the quieter side, as far as HDDs go.

Cons: There is a significant price premium for enterprise class HDDs like these over comparable non-enterprise class HDDs, because they are higher quality, longer lasting, and have faster system response times. The faster system response times are often needed for RAID arrays so that no HDD falls out of the array.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use a RAID array, it is a huge time and headache saver to use EC HDDs. Non-EC HDDs will often fall out of the array due to system response times that are not quick enough.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1 Mirror
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1,200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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