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Pros: Just an update after about 2 years with this board.
After I got all the little issues ironed out this board has been rock solid.
Gaming, photoshop, surfing.. what ever I'm doing it just does it. Never a blue screen or hiccup.
Just flashed the BIOS last week for the first time in over a year and it went flawless.
Like the new BIOS a lot. Easy to navigate.
Resumes from sleep in less than one second.
Easy to OC. Setup RAM in XMP and it just works.
My first ASUS board and I'm happy with it and ASUS parts.
Cons: No cons to talk about.
Works perfectly at this time.
Other Thoughts: i7 3630K OC to 4.2ghz
32G RAM (G Skill 2133)
2x Intell 520 SSD
1x WD Black 2TB
watercooled using fan header to control PWM pump.
Pros: My second ASUS board. Impressed with both. (P9X79Asus WS is first)
Installed easily into the case, all components installed easy.
Booted up first try without issues.
Already familiar with ASUS UEFI bios so it was a breeze to setup Raid 0 on two 250 GB SSD.
Many features that I like on this board. All case and CPU fan headers are PWM capable. Voltage test points, buttons onboard for Start, Reset and CLR COMOS. LED BIOS status indicator. Onboard HDD LED and much more. Seems to be up to ASUS quality standards. Flashed the BIOS on second day. Couldn't be easier. Very happy with this board.
Black case, black board with red accents, black Corsair fans with red accents makes a very nice look
Cons: Sticky No-Rinse flux residue on back of board.
SATA ports are backwards. Typically they go from right to left, 0 to 5. This board goes left to right. 5 - 0 in Intel sockets then two ASMedia sockets.
Separate Sound card is a pain and sets very close to 1st PCI slot.
Had everything running great and already updating my Windows when the board quit and would not reboot. Went into a reboot cycle, rebooting before it would get to BIOS logo. Cleared CMOS twice, removed all cards and memory. Finally it stopped doing it for some reason. (wasn't tied to anything I did as far as I can tell) Installed all drives, cards and memory. Booted as normal.
Nitpicking but the back panel is not the best. Too thick and too glossy. Hard to read even with a flashlight.
Other Thoughts: Build:
Caselabs Mercury S3
2x Nvidia GTX780Ti
2x 250 Samsung SSD in Raid0
1x WD Red 2gb data drive
Air cooled for now, going watercooled soon. Waiting on GTX780ti backplates to come back in stock.
Pros: For ninety bucks you can't go wrong.
It's heavy.. made of steel. Drive bays are a little flimsy but they got the job done.
Power supply was not going to work. 6 pin CPU plug wasn't enough for the MBD-X9SCL-F MoBo. Needs 8 pin so I dug in my stash and found a new 500 watt that worked perfect.
Cons: Power supply.
Screws were a little on the cheap side. Replaced with good ones from my stash.
Other Thoughts: I think it's a great value. Fits the SuperMicro MoBo very well. 4 slide out drive bays. Went together very quick and painless. Small size. Have it on it's side in my entertainment rack. looks like any other piece of equipment.
Fan is very quiet but moves lot of air.
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