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Pros: It matches the two CPU Plug Requirement of the ASUS Rampage IV Black Extreme Motherboard.
Cons: None particularly, see other thoughts. The biggest problem is that having to provide for two CPU Power connections severely limits the power supply compatibility to less than a dozen out of a hundred or more.
Other Thoughts: I don't think I will be building another system with such a requirement. It really limits the cabling options and limits the power supply selection due to it's two CPU connection requirement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 360mm. Room for 6 120mm fans in push pull using brass number 6 machine screws of 1 inch and 1/16th long to hold each fan to the radiator.
One pump, one big fan connection.
Installed on top of the Roswell Thor Case with the tubes dropping down through the hole towards the CPU.
Keeps the i73939 CPU 6 core cool at 34 degrees internetting and idle at 32. I expect to be gaming at 4.7 once I can get the ram stable at those levels.
Replaced a Corsair ih-100e Extreme 240mm radiator kit. That one idled the CPU at 38 degrees and gamed at 60c
If I replace this radiator, I will be purchasing a 480mm. The bigger you can cool, the more you can protect your CPU.
I am not loyal to one maker or another but find Corsair to be slow in producing 360mm's and 480mm's so I am experimenting with Thermaltake.
Cons: None found yet.
They need to start making HPTX cases large enough to hold 360mm and 480mm's out of the box. I don't much care for duct tape holding the radiator and fans on top while building the system. But this is Arkansas soo.... think out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Need to make factory cases that will fit these things ata 360mm to 480mm bolt on that has also a greater height above the motherboards.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Accomplished my goal of 6 Vertex 3 SSD's in Raid 5.
Took a I7 3930 CPU without too much trouble.
Running 4 MSI GTX 680 video cards.
Running Gskill Trident 8 modules of 8 gigs for 64 gigabyte in total.
Has the nifty little doodad that I stuck in the drive bay to determine CPU temperatures, so far it is holding at 32C to 34C for internetting.
The back plate with the foamy silver insulation is a nice touch.
Cons: Now for the bad.
I don't think I will ever spend 500 dollars for a board like this again. I got it on sale at 425 with two day shipping paid. But I felt very badly for the price.
It seemed to be the last good DDR3 RAM x79 Board for sale on socket 2011. I realize that the Retail world is forcing everyone into DDR4, X99 and beynd.
Reboots too much over the smallest stuff. Makes me wonder if I actually had issues over the RAM (And did until I discovered how they go in.
There is no room on bottom of the DIMM Clips above the video card whatsoever for a Cruicial Ballistix RAM Cooler. I will tinger with them and see if I can put them on anyway, without the lower brackets. (This should be interesting)
The video cards, are way too close together.
The clips that hold the video cards are very bad words and thoughts, I already destroyed one in the top PCI three slot, but have enough screws to hold the card that I should not really care.
The bottom card will cover the wiring so be sure you got all of that taken care of before you install it.
Reboots too much, makes you wonder what the hell it has to do in order to be stable. See other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: I can get my 3930 CPU to 4.7 in this thing. But am going to have to fight for it. It reboots too much.
Memory refuses to be stable at 2400. I see that my ram is on the approved list. So I will see about overclocking them to 2800 or beyond. We will see what we can get out of that. They remind me of the Thomas the Train, trouble some trucks, always raising trouble.
When I buy boards again in the future it is going to be the bigger boards You think the cheapstakes in ASUS could at least make this board an inch bigger into the Extended ATX and give the video cards breathing room.
I have a MSI Z77 M Power burn up on me a month ago, and I had a DOA MSI Big Bang 2 that I ordered to replace it, that was a total bust.
So, here I am back with ASUS again after a ten year break.
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