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Pros: Slid in and fired right up in an Asrock FM2A88X Extreme6+ board (which it matches perfectly in black and gold). No goats were sacrificed to have it detect at rated 1600 as the BIOS pegged it automatically and defaulted to dual channel.
Reasonably low profile so it doesn't interfere with liquid cooling tubes from CPU. Heat spreader is very thin metal (also a Con)
Preliminary benchmarking and stress-testing showing good results and no stability issues. 16G in dual channel mode and correct timing boosted WE scores a few tenths over a single 8G stick of Corsair Dominator platinum for a solid little upper mid-level rig.
Cons: No glaring cons to speak of as yet.
Heat spreader is very thin metal (also a pro)
Other Thoughts: The very thin heat spreaders may not be as efficient as some others, especially in a rig without a massive CPU fan blowing right next to them, although it does leave a bit more room for air to circulate between the DIMMS.
If both DIMMS hold up well for a couple months I will likely get another set to round out at 32G on this platform.
Rig I built for my kid -
Asrock FM2A88X Extreme6+
AMD A10-6790K Richland 4.0 GHz (4.3GHz Turbo)
ASUS DirectCU II 2GD5 Radeon R9 270X
Team Elite Plus 2 x 8GB DDR3 1600
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD
WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB
CORSAIR Hydro Series H90
Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X
NZXT Phantom black
Win7 64 Pro
Pros: Strong and durable. Unbeatable price point.
Cons: Heavy & bulky and not very pretty.
Keep oil in the reservoir.
Other Thoughts: These are available through several distributors/importers but this is lowest price I have seen.
I am with a very large Telecom construction company and we were having a lot of work-site injuries aside from too much wasted time & energy trying to drive 8' ground rods.
After searching for a solution and purchasing a name brand hammer drill we found these and decided to give them a try. Absolutely the best purchases we made as they will drive circles around the Bosch that cost several times more. After wasting a lot of time trying to fabricate a bit adapter for the pricey one that would soon fail every time, we took one of the bits off this unit to a machine shop and for about $20 had it modified to fit over a 5/8 ground rod plus some extra slack, with plenty of metal left over and have had zero failure.
Ended up buying three of these units and put them in everyday service with hard-core construction crews that literally can tear up anything you give them. After driving rods by hand for a while, they took better care of these and all of the units are still working to this day.
At prevailing wages, these have paid for themselves in the first couple of days, and all together were a tiny fraction of what just one ER visit & comp claim. We have not had a single ground rod related injury since we put them in the field.
We are all believers.
Disclaimer - Use at your own risk and always always always know what's below. Call before you dig & have the utilities located. Its the Law.
Pros: The fit and finish on the hardware is good, as is the overall layout with few exceptions. No trouble removing the cpu backplate to install water cooling. No problems with POST on first attempt & found everything fine.
Cons: The bottom two usb 3.0 ports on the backplane won't install and are therefore non-functional. (Windows sees as usb hub but can't find any drivers on disk or from internet)
Remains to be seen if the heatsinks for the NB & SB will be adequate under load, but gut says if they are it will be only barely so.
Supplied utilities/drivers software is mediocre and the auto-updater practically useless. Had to update all that directly from Asrock site. OTOH the motherboard did immediately make use of the LAN port and flashed the bios from the internet before Windows was even installed.
The 4-pin Molex connector on the mobo for gfx cards is an odd/bad choice and is in a most unfavorable position for a clean cabling job. Count on buying an extension cable thats at least 15 - 20 + inches long to route around the case to reach the typical daisy-chained psu leads.
The Windows Experience rating on this platform (not the motherboard's fault) will be relatively low if using only the on-chip AMD graphics that are currently available. Scores for every other parameter are hitting 7.6 - 7.9 stock, but the graphics bring the total down to a 4.4 on my initial configuration. (Discreet gfx card should easily bring that up to a very respectable overall.) Consider using bios to dedicate more of the system RAM to the graphics than the default setting.
Other Thoughts: Generally, I am pleased enough with the platform and the hardware, with the notable exception of the two skizzed-out usb 3.0 ports mentioned above. Am hoping there is or will soon be a fix/workaround for that. Other than that issue, it has mostly met expectations.READ FULL REVIEW
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