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SAPPHIRE 100925 Active Mini Display Port (M) to Single-Link DVI (F) Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs great for eyefinity 06/14/2012

This review is from: SAPPHIRE 100925 Active Mini Display Port (M) to Single-Link DVI (F) Cable

Pros: Working without a hitch for the third monitor in my eyefinity group.

Cons: Most money I've ever spent on a cable.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that super high eyefinity resolutions, like 5760x1080 require tons of graphics processing power.

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Upgraded from core2duo (e8500) @4.2ghz, gpu remained constant, GTX 460. Framerate changes below (minimum-average):
World of Warcraft, all ultra, 1080p, 4xAA: 5-20 fps -> 50-60 fps
Crysis Warhead, all enthusiast, 1080p: 10-35 fps -> 25-40 fps. physics heavy scenes would wreck my framerate on the core2duo, no longer does that happen with the i5, games are buttery smooth.

Overclocks so easily, 4.5GHz took me all of 20 minutes to achieve, that's including stability testing and voltage tweaking to bring it down to 1.28V. Could easily go higher than 4.5GHz, I just don't have a need to! I cannot max a core out in the games I play, with only a GTX460.

Cons: I had to pay for it?

The stock cooler is pretty terrible in all aspects, but I knew that going in and had a water cooling loop left over from my last rig that i tossed in. It barely breaks 60c at 4.5GHz, using low performance ceramique 2 (would get much better temperatures with, say, indigo extreme), so I've got tons of room to breathe.

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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Overclocked my i5-2500k to 4.5GHz, while using offset mode -.09v, meaning 4.5g at 1.28 load, .89 idle. All power saving features are still on, so it idles at 1.6GHz, and just sips power, only 8 watts being drawn from the socket currently, whereas in prime95, the voltage and clockspeeds ramp up. Very interesting, and nice to see

Comes with six 90 degree sata cables!

Sound card doesn't have a loud hum like my last onboard card did.

Fits the swiftech XTL block with ease. (the xspc raystorm and koolance 370 are both better performers though, fyi, cant comment on fit with them)

UEFI bios incredibly easy to set up and use!

Upgraded from core2duo (e8500) @4.2ghz, gpu remained constant, GTX 460. Framerate changes below (minimum-average):
World of Warcraft, all ultra, 1080p, 4xAA: 5-20 fps -> 50-60 fps
Crysis Warhead, all enthusiast, 1080p: 10-35 fps -> 25-40 fps. physics heavy scenes would wreck my framerate on the core2duo, no longer does that happen with the i5/asus motherbo

Cons: Default ram voltage is 1.65, make sure to change that in bios to whatever yours uses. 1.65 will fry a 1.5v kit relatively quickly, probably under a month.

Default offset voltage will be pretty high when overclocking, id start with a -.05 offset and work from there to avoid overheating.

If not using vsync, and reaching VERY high (1000+) fps, the sound card will pick up pretty bad, high pitched electrical interference. Fullscreen menus will do it easily.

Other Thoughts: If you dont need more than 2 pcie slots, and plan to overclock, get this board.

I know 4.5 is a pretty weak overclock, I'll shoot for higher when I've replaced the ceramique, and can update review then.

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Display Name: Christine g.

Date Joined: 06/29/10

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  • Last Review: 06/14/12
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