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Pros: Very extensive OC related controls like power delivery to a whole new level. Has all the stuff one would expect in this price range of motherboards. USB 3.0 ports are driven by Asmedia (?) chip which needs a driver -- comes with the motherboard DVD.
Seems to work fine with all its limitations after 6 months of light use.
Cons: OC Profiles (or whatever profiles you wish to store) are kind of one way path -- you can only add to a profile but can never erase one. How hard could that be considering the other parts of the BIOS are moderately complex code.
Sound path, sepcially the AUX port to record from another sound source, is very noisy... much more so than a 6 year old Gigabyte EP45-UD3R! Using the same source and same cable the Gigabyte can record good quality sound -- but not in this newer ASUS board. I agree I did not spend much time troubleshooting this but must I do that on a new board?
I tried add a secod CPU fan on the 212 EVO cooler in push-pull mode. So, I used an Arctic F12 PWM PST (PWM Sharing Technology) fan and as soon as I powered on, the mobo started beep beep beep... basically, it is not able to read the speed of the CPU fan. So, I put the thing back as it was -- but the motherboar never recovered! I had to set "Ignore fan speed" in the BIOS setup from that point onwards.
I needed to ship the rig to a different city. As I started to dismantle it, I remembered that the DRAM slots have only single-sided ejection lever. Trying not to get the G-Skill chip in an oblique position, I pulled as hard as I could without breaking something. Guess what? They just wont come out no matter how much I tried! If I press on the single ejection lever, the chip gets into oblique position and that can cause other issues like stiripping the solder traces from the PCIe connector of the DRAM chips.
If you buy this card make sure to buy the right DRAM because changing them could be a whole new experience!
The newer version (so called PRO version with 2 truly parallel PCIe-16 slots) of this board selling right now also does not have the standard DRAM ejector -- they are single-sided only as I see in the photo.
Other Thoughts: Wonder how much savings ASUS has made by going to a single-sided DRAM ejector -- a few cents? Use your bean counters judiciously ASUS!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fully modular. Has power switch on back. Has a fan control switch which if set to off, will not start the fan up to a certain load point. Works fine.
Cons: Have not found any in last 6 months of use.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Had no issue whatsoever other than pondering if to connect both 6-pin and the 8-pin power connectors. I connected both. Used two different cables (one 6-pin and the other 8-pin) from two different supply points of the Silverstone Strider Plus ST750F-P, a 750W modular PS about an year old. XFX ships two small cables that fit in the card but the instructions are not crystal clear. Most of the 280X and upwards Radeon cards will have problem if the power supply is incorrect. They can easily draw in excess of 200W! Just google it and see the general opinion on issues on these cards.
The PC system is:
- FX6300 @ 4.5GHz with Sys Clk @ 250MHz, HT at 2500MHz.
- G-Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3 1600 running at 1666MHz (actually 833!).
- Asus M5A97 R2.0 mobo.
- Win 7, 64-bit. Catalyst 14.2. Driver: 13.251. (XFX ships this version).
- Silverstone Strider Plus ST750F-P, 750W full modular PS.
- HDMI connect to 24" Samsung LT24C standard LCD monitor.
Furmark setup: 1680x1050 out of Monitor's max res 1920x1080, MSAA 0x
Furmark Score: 15391 o3marks.
Frames per sec: (195....257....336), 257 being average.
WEI for 280X by Win 7: 7.9. Overall is 6.9 because of the 1 yr old 256GB Samsung EVO SSD that is 57% full. It used to be 7.9 at start. Not good considering it is Samsung!
Plays Tomb Raider Underworld smooth as silk with settings maxed out. No issue with overheating yet.
Flight SimX was mediocre with old 6570 that this 280X replaced. However, the trees in the scenery still shows a little bit shimmering effects. Probably the CPU or the Flight SimX itself is the problem.
So far so good. Now, let's see how long this thing lasts!
Cons: The power supply instructions could be better and more specific geared to the exact card being shipped -- not just a general booklet trying to cover all cards. This is one critical point in such cards.
Other Thoughts: Paid $230 with $30 rebate on hand -- shall fill out quickly and send it. This card is physically 1" longer and somewhat heavier than the 270X CDFD by XFX. Accomodates OK inside a $40 NZXT mid-tower chassis.READ FULL REVIEW