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Pros: Great when it works.
Cons: I’m now getting a SMART error after about a year. When you go to the Hitachi and enter your serial number it tells you that it is not valid. It turns out that they want the last 8 characters and not the complete number given by the SMART info. Why? Just silly and problematic. Support says of course as that is not what is on the label. So they want everyone to take their computers apart just to check the warranty? They could just have the database take the last 8 characters and or put a note about it on the page where you enter in the serial number.
Then the support guy won’t tell me what the SMART error is about saying I must run the WinDFT long scan. He said it would only take a few hours. No it takes like 9-10 on a 4TB drive. Also said that SMART errors don’t mean anything is wrong and that Windows Updates or improper formatting can cause SMART errors. What?
He also so informed me that Hitachi will not cross ship the replacement drive. What?! This is a hard drive not some random piece of equipment. I’ve only had to do this a few times over the years but I have never been told by any manufacture that they will not cross ship. So you are lucky enough to find out the drive is falling before you lose everything while it’s under “Warranty” but you have to find and buy at whatever cost, another 4TB drive to back everything up and then be stuck with another 4TB drive in the end. Really? That’s not much of a warranty and they are really overburdening the customer, just because they don't want to deal with my credit card info. This should be listed somewhere in all product info and the drive should be like $100 with such a poor warranty you will need to buy two.
Pros: Seems to work but for how long???
Cons: At this price why are we playing word games as to it's Intel X79 XMP support. I feel a bit cheated. I'd like to get my money back. Is this why others are having failures?
Other Thoughts: I got this kit as the listing on Newegg said it was Intel X79 XMP ready but the BIOS tells me I must get XMP 1.3 memory for my board. I’m not sure if the XMP 1.2 profile is missing anything but the idea is that the XMP 1.3 profiles have more or newer settings that the new X79 chipset supports.
This RAM has the XMP 1.2 profile no the new Intel X79 XMP 1.3 profile.
The BIOS on the Intel X79 board rejects its XMP 1.2 profile and sets the RAM to DDR3 1333. The manufacture may say that it can work with some manual configuration but that is not what I wanted and that is not what the listing says.
XMP is for auto configuration of the RAM not manual configuration. This RAM is not for the Intel X79 boards it’s for older boards and can sort of work with X79 boards with manual configuration of the BIOS.
Pros: Fast, gives you PCIe 3.0 support and 6 cores. Much cheaper than the 3960K for all the same stuff.
Cons: If you don’t need PCIe 3.0 right now, the 2 extra cores or tons of RAM (some boards offer 8 memory slots) then the 2500-2600K CPUs are pretty much just as fast for quite a bit less money.
Other Thoughts: Can you please and the ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 motherboard to the required Intel i7-3930k CPU combos. If we have to buy a motherboard to order the Intel i7-3930k CPU all LGA 2011 motherborads should be listed.READ FULL REVIEW