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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9Q-16GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low profile.
Operates @ 1600mhz

Cons: I have tried to run this memory at 1866mhz on my new Asus X79-Deluxe for over a month. It will operate at that speed, but IS NOT stable at all. Will give errors in memory test, BSOD every now and then and will restart my computer when I try to shut it down.

Other Thoughts: I have another review for this memory, but that was with a differant motherboard. When I installed this onto my new socket 2011 , X79 motherboard I could not get it to operate at the rated speed of 1866mhz. I contacted G.Skill and tried their forum and was told I should have NO PROBLEM with this memory on the X79 platform. I tried a second set of this memory. Tried a new PSU and even swapped out the CPU, all with the same problems. I finally tried a set of G.Skill Ripjaw Z 1866mhz, 16GB (4 x4) and guess what? I just set XMP for the Ripjaw Z and it operates at 1866mhz perfectly. I wish I knew this from the start. It would have saved me hours and hours of headaches.
The ARES would run at 1600mhz just fine but not 1866mhz as advertised.

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Designed for the new Ivy Bridge-E chipset. Added many features found on 4th gen. 1150 boards. New Wi-Fi is IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n and A/C. Super fast connection speeds(450Mbps). Tons of SATA connections.

Cons: The first one I received had a bad "CPU OPT" fan header. Used for connecting a second CPU Cooler fan. Did not deduct any eggs, that's just my luck.

Other Thoughts: All my WD HDD's (Black, Blue & RE4's) connected just perfectly to this mobo. You MUST have installed Windows from a UEFI device. This will format your system as GPT. Any existing HDD that were already formatted as MBR will NOT be recognized. Your SSD was probably new and unformatted, so Windows formatted it as a GPT drive. That is why it is recognized. You need to do a "secure erase" of your SSD / reinstall Windows from a NON-UEFI device. It will format your system as MBR and then it will recognize your HDD. Don't forget to go into Administrative tools / Computer Management / Storage / Disk Management in order to format your new HDD's and assign drive letters.

If the board is under 30 days old (with problems) you return it to Newegg at NO CHARGE.

People, before you try to build a system, do your homework and know what your doing. Don't just come on here and trash the motherboard, when you are the one that messed up.

Notice how these people never leave a name.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL Dual 120mm PWM CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs One of the BEST coolers for the price. 11/18/2013

This review is from: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL Dual 120mm PWM CPU Cooler

Pros: Great mounting system keeps the cooler secure and won't turn like other mounting systems. Includes two color coordinated PWM fans. Includes "Y" splitter for motherboards with single CPU fan header. Includes high quality thermal paste. Different colors to match your set up.

Cons: Not dead silent but NOT noisy on low either.

Other Thoughts: This cooler is only $15.00 more then a very popular, highly recommended cooler, and it looks, mounts and performs much better.


Douglas W.'s Profile

Display Name: Douglas W.

Date Joined: 12/15/06

  • Reviews: 52
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  • First Review: 09/26/09
  • Last Review: 11/22/13
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