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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2A2666C16
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Hums away happily as advertised in my GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3. Successfully completed 10 passes of memtest86, including the hammer test. Good price and customer support from Corsair too.

Cons: None.

Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This cooler fit my case perfectly. My case was not wide enough for the 140mm fan heatsinks, so I wisely chose this 120mm fan version. the heatsink itself is excellent quality with multiple thick heatpipes and a thick copper base. The included fan is top notch and the included accessories are numerous and convenient. With this cooler I am running an i7-6700K at 4.4 Ghz on all four cores at 1.3v (I could probably get that lower as I do additional testing) and I am unable to push temperatures higher than 60 degrees C at maximum load with prime95 torture test running in-place FFT calculations. This torture test is one of the hottest (if not THE hottest) test you can run. And the entire time the heatsink remains whisper quiet. I am thoroughly impressed and I love the Noctua mounting system, it is the best mounting system I have ever used. Their coolers are pretty much perfect. I also had to contact their customer support recently and the response came the next day and they offered to ship me a part I needed at no cost. Nothing but positive experiences across the board.

Cons: The only con is price. But this is a clear case of "what you pay is what you get" as the quality is uncompromising. I'd probably have liked to see a second fan included at this price.

ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The layout of the board is excellent. The website was easy to use to find drivers and downloads. The box was well packaged and had a good spread of accessories. The bios is pretty good too. I particularly like the PWM fan control for all fan connectors. Asus definitely does a good job on their bios.

Cons: Unfortunately the cons were deal-breakers. I returned this board for a refund after only a single day. The two critical issues I had were as follows:

1) The board would not even boot when any XMP profile was used. I used memory sticks running at speeds both certified by Asus as being compatible with this board. Despite this, enabling the xmp profile would not work AT ALL. I also tried manually setting and configuring all bios options to reflect correct memory settings and there was still nothing. Granted, boards with early bios revisions sometimes have issues with memory, so this issue alone might not have prompted the instant return. However, most boards will at least POST and boot when XMP is enabled, usually you get more than a permanently dark screen. See issue #2.

2) This board made curiously loud coil whine or buzzing sounds whenever the cpu gets stressed. Any benchmark or stress tester produced load and troubling sounding pulsating squealing noises that caused grave concern. I did some research online and toggled a few bios settings but the buzzing/whine noises that coincided with cpu load persisted. Playing games also caused the board to produce horrible sounding coil/capacitor whine of some form or another. I am not an engineer so I do not know which exact components it was coming from, but I disconnected hardware from my case and isolated the sound to definitely be coming from the motherboard from the top left quadrant of the board.

Other Thoughts: I am not biased against Asus, I have used several of their boards in builds over the years and have had no complaints until now. I had high expectations for this board and I feel that Asus failed me. This motherboard was for my personal machine, which was out of order until I waited for a different board to arrive.


Theodore C.'s Profile

Display Name: Theodore C.

Date Joined: 07/25/03

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 03/13/09
  • Last Review: 11/12/15
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