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Pros: If you want a motherboard that will accept 128gb Ram IF YOU DO THE BIOS UPDATE IT WILL WORK!!! Initially when I purchased it the bios version that it came with did not support it and I almost paid a 25% restock fee on my ram because I was so upset it would not turn on (READ MORE) Also if you plan on installing the operating system on the M.2 Drive then make sure you do the BIOS update!!!!
When I first hooked up my board it absolutely would not boot because I had 128gig installed, so I had to purchase a cheap 4gig stick of DDR 4 just to get the bios updated. I am sure at some point these boards will ship with a current bios that will Accept 128gb but for now, If you are ordering one of these and that much ram, spend the extra $30 for some cheap ddr4 ram it could save you a bunch of frustration and time.
If you are spending the money for this board then buy an M.2 Drive, they are low priced and super fast!!!!
I built this system specifically to do video processing and rendering and with the combination of the M.2 drive and the processor it's a video rendering hotrod!!! what used to take 30 40 minutes now literally takes only a few minutes!!!
So far I have only had mine for a month or so now and I love it!!! I run Photoshop with multiple 300dpi files open, Adobe Premier with about 400 to 500GIG of video viles loaded in the project, Adobe Audition with all the audio in the project timeline open, Adobe Aftereffects with a 3d Logo I am working on for the Video and I have a Movie playing on my one of my monitors a few web pages open and other stuff running and a short video rendering in the background and it still feels fast!!!! I am amazed at how many tasks this can handle at once and not slow down - If you want a solid machine see my specs below they WORK!!!
Cons: Just Make sure that you have a way to install the Bios Update!!!! If you want to install windows on your M.2 you will need to do the update, if you don't do the update it will get all the way to the point where you select the drive to install windows on it, it will even show the M.2 as an option to install but it will display "Windows can not install on this drive" ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS UPDATE THE BIOS!!! And it will work.. If you tried formatting the drive before the update make sure that you delete the partition when you get to that point of windows installation because if you don't delete the partition that message will continue to display!!! Do the update and you will be a happy camper.
Other Thoughts: Here are the specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series 128GB (8 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400)
M.2 Solid State Drive: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0
Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i GTX Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
ASUS X99-E WS/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 CEB Intel Motherboard
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - OEM
QTY 2 OCZ RevoDrive 350 Series PCI-E 480GB PCI-Express 2.0 x8 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) RVD350-FHPX28-480G
Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (I have had this powersupply for years and it worked perfectly with this board!!!)
QTY 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card Black 02G-P4-2968-KR (Wanted to get 4gb cards but spent all my money on the board, ram and processor but I am mostly doing video processing so I didn't really need 2 of these to do that but these are good video cards I like their performance.
Matrox C680 (C680-E2GBF) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Full Height/Half Length Full height bracket (ATX) ... _Additional video card just for the additional monitor support.. Currently with this setup I can have 6 monitors on this video card running as a display setup and 8 Monitors running on the Nvidia cards. So in total 14 monitors
This is a huge investment, basically it took me 3 years to save the money for this all in all well worth the wait!!!
Pros: Fast!!! - I built my computer specifically to do HD 1080P Video Rendering. The Revodrive 3 X2 Max is the best money I ever spent on a single computer part... I am rendering a 38 min 1080P Video in Adobe Premier CS4 - NTSC 29.97 drop frame, Quality 5, widescreen 16x9, Single Pass, Min Bit rate 25.1 Max 30.... Completed video rendering in 19 minutes 20 seconds... Video File size Almost 6 gig completed.. With conventional hard drives it could take several hours or more to complete the same task... I had the Revodrive2x as my primary drive before and I was still rendering same video and settings 38 min video took 40 min to complete so I was happy with that but the extra 21 minutes I am saving with the 3x is amazing
Cons: If you don't do your research then it can be a real task to install as primary drive. Make Sure the motherboard can boot to PCI if you plan on running this as your C Drive... Tech Note!!! If you use the Driver CD that comes with this drive make sure you take the cd out imediatly after the driver has loaded or you will see an error that windows cant be installed.. If the CD is still in the CD Rom then you will see that error. It Such a simple thing you would think that Microsoft would put a message like REMOVE CD. but no I felt like a complete idiot when I figured out what the problem was... I hope this helps someone save an hour or 2 of problem solving...
Other Thoughts: I am Running an i7 990x - 24 gig Ram - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 Mobo - Primary Drive OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 Max - Secondary Drive OCZ RevoDrive X2 and a bunch of SATA drivesREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: With my old computer I had 4 300 gig WD raptors Raid 0 and had 8 gigs ram Corsair Ram and it would take about 2 hours possibly 3 hours to render "18" minute clip in full HD 1920 - THIS ONE RENDERS JUST OVER 40 HD FRAMES IN ONE SECOND I CAN RENDER A "60" MINUTE VIDEO IN "55" MINUTES WITH THIS REVO X2
Cons: MORE SPACE FOR LOWER PROCE WOULD BE NICE IM KINDA BUMMING I PAID $675 AND NOT ITS $554 OH WELL MAYBE I GET ANOTHER ONE AT $554 TEMPTING
Other Thoughts: I spent months researching what to purchase for rendering video in Adobe Premier CS5 I broke out and built a new computer. with THE revo x2 240 AND the I7-990x and 24gig Kingston Hyperx and GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 mother board I AM Loving how fast it is...LOVEIT!!!READ FULL REVIEW