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Pros: Looks good, The card is well built and sturdy. The cooler is much quieter than reference design. The card averages 68c in crysis 3. Plays most games at max settings with frame rates at or above 60fps. Card is long, but it is not thick and can easily be cross fired. Pc mark 7333 in firestrike bench.
Cons: The card is long and will not fit in many cases thanks to the extra long cooler. FPS hang in the 20's very often when playing crysis 3 with all settings maxed out. This seems to be average for most high end cards, crysis is a beast, and can easily compensated for by turning off AA.
Other Thoughts: I was able to overclock my card to 1175 core and 1500 memory on air. The core voltage is 1184 and the memory voltage is 1600. I have not been able to hit 1200 but I am sure that I could if I increased my voltage to 1250. I will see if I can get a Waterblock that can fit this card, then I will be more aggressive with my overclocks.
Asus Crosshair V formula-z
Corsair Dominator gt ram
Corsair ax-1200 power supply
Creative x-fi titanium hd soundcard
samsung 840 pro 256gb ssd
3tb Seagate hard drive
custom watercooled loop that inclueds waterblocks for the Motherboard, CPU and RAM.
Pros: Plenty of features including the fan expert II, which is the best fan controller I have worked with. A program that restarts the computer and takes it directly to bios. They have replaced the old pci slot for a pci expres x1 slot. More sata 3 connections. A built in sound card. There are full cover water blocks available for this board also. In additon to this the board looks good, as all ROG boards do.
Cons: I already owned an asus crosshair v formula board. I bought this board for my brother's build. I decided that I would keep this board for myself and give my old board to my brother. That was a mistake. This board does not allow me to overclock as well. My ram cannot hit 2133 as it did on my previous board, and I cannot overclock above 4.6. I have not put more than 1.5 volts into my overclock, but I don't see the need if I am struggling for a 4.7 overclock. My asus crosshair v board could hit 4.7 with a little under 1.5 volts. I did not take off an egg because overclocking results are never guaranteed. Everything runs hotter on this board also. I have remounted my cpu just to be sure. My temps are not as good as they were on the original crosshair V. Downloading drivers from asus site sucks. It should not be that difficult.
Other Thoughts: Its a nice board. I wish I stuck to my old board, but Its still nice. So often when you are dealing with Motherboards, and there is a problem it is difficult to isolate what the real issue is. Is it the board, programs, or some device attached to the board or Operator error. Sometimes its a combination of things. In the end the things that are most important to me when it comes to Motherboards are features and overclockability. Although my previous board seemed more overclockable, a 4.6 stable overclock is exceptable. More importantly all of the new features and the extra pci express slot will also help. I would recommend this board.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The two things I do with my pc is play games and surf the web. I also download and stream different types of media. I have had no issues whatsoever with this cpu. I have a 1080p monitor and most games play at or above 60fps. The lowest Battle field 3 has ever droped was 45fps. My computer is fast and responsive. I don't see the need to spend extra money on intel processors. My brother has an intel based cpu and a simular build. I simply can not see the difference in the two. I am not saying this processor is better than intel, but it is just as good as intel when it comes to video games. Save your money and buy a better video card. you will see much better results.
Cons: I was unable to get my cpu to overclock half as well as others. My processor is at 4.5 and I am pushing 1.45 volts. I don't know if its the motherboard or just a below average chip. Not taking an egg off because overclocking results are not gauranteed, and cpu performs well anyway.
Other Thoughts: this chip
asus crosshair v MB
8gb corsair dominator gt at 2133mhz
reference hd 6970
corsair 1200 watt power supply
samsung 820 256gb ssd
liquid cooled MB ram and cpu
Will get two 7970's two finish to replace the 6970