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This review is from: ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: + Amazing BIOS options and tweaking options (Way more than I need)
+ Overclocking was a breeze with my 5820k, doing good at 4.6ghz.
+ Good amount of fan connections
+ Fan Expert 3 is an amazing feature. Being able to make custom fan curves for both PWM & DC fans is a godsend. My rig is absolutely whisper quiet when browsing/watching movies.
+ AI Suite 3 is much better and more useful than it's predecessors. I use it mostly to have Fan Expert 3, but it's very convenient to tweak overclocking feature without having to reboot.
+ This is more of a LGA-2011v3 Pro, but I wish that all sockets would have 'stock' screw mounts fitted. It makes heatsink installation such a breeze, I personally despise push pin locking systems. I much prefer screwing in the posts, easier and and requires little to no force. Not to mention removing the need of aftermarket backplates!
Cons: - Would have liked to have more fan connectors towards the end of the board. (Side opposite to the I/O) The 2 chasis connectors above the videocard and next to the ram is a bit tricky to use once your rig is fully mounted. And it's rare that people have more than 1 rear exhaust fan. No need to have 2 there.
- The board gave me a bit of a scare at first. I have getting 'overclock failed' on boot as I was installing windows and setting up my rig (without any overclocked being applied). But after the bios updates that was no longer an issue, but I can see that some might think they have a DOA CPU or MB.
+ This is rather minor and has been an issue with most ASUS boards I've had in the past. The padding for the rear I/O is so thick that my Ethernet cable's pin can't clip into the socket. It's not a problem as it's not like I move my PC around while using it. But it'd be nice to have less padding or perhaps a larger cutaway for the lan port.
+ This was the first motherboard I've had that windows wasn't able to recognize the LAN port without drivers. It is also my first Intel lan port so perhaps this is 'common'.
Most of these are nitpicking, as I was pretty impressed with it's layout and functionality.
Other Thoughts: Overall this board is doing a great job at pushing my 5820k to it's limits and allowing me a lot of ways to optimize and to tweak my system.
One thing I didn't see/read when considering this board for purchase. There are quite a few white LED's underneath the board, they sort of highlight the connection lines of the Crystal sound audio I think. Looks nice, but more importantly I like that it gives me a tinge of light when I open my case for quick spot checks of my water loop. :)
I highly recommend this board to those who are considering to make the jump into the hexa/octo core club!
Pros: * Easy overclock @ 4.6ghz with 1.3 volts. Max temps around 75degrees with AIDAI64. But under 'normal' usage it never touches 60.
* Great gaming and benchmark performance.
Other Thoughts: * Killing the 4790k in benchmarks. :)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK Black Computer Case
Pros: * Great flexibility for fan and radiator mounting.
* Good filters for front and bottom intake fans. (Bottom filter goes the entire length of the case.
* Best cable management in terms of space and 'hooks. The grommets are of good qualit and the 'main line' where your cables will be routed comes with pre-installed velcro straps for out of hte box convenience.
* Great sound dampening properties. (Mind you if you have all your fans at max you will still hear wind rushing.)
Cons: A bit of nit picking here:
* The additional vent slots AKA 'moduvents' do not come with pre-installed filters. This means you either have to make one yourself or use it as an exhaust fan.
* For those who like to maintain their hardware, take not that this case has a lot of honeycomb mesh in the back, and if you remove the top vents the mesh extends pas the width of a 140mm fan, so you will have gaps. All this to say that you will need to make sure you have a positive pressure in the case to make sure you aren't sucking in dust through the back or exposed mesh.
Other Thoughts: * The included fans are indeed silent, but have extremely low RPM @ ~1000. You will most likely want to upgrade to higher performance fans if you want to get decent cooling for OC'ing.
* Mounting a 240mm radiator in the front intake is a bit tricky, since you have the fans encased in their enclosure and have to hold radiator against it and painfully screw in both the fans and have the threading dig into the radiator screw holes. (Not an easy feat)
* The 2 front fan casing could have been a tinge higher, with a 240mm radiator in front, I had to jury rig my case to be able fit a 140mm and a 120mm fan at the bottom for intake.
All in all building with this case was a pleasure, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get great cooling with a quasi silent build in mind.
Display Name: DANNY L.
Date Joined: 06/21/09
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