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This review is from: ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Stable for overclocking, lots of options. Suitable for a majority of X99 builds without having to spend money on a rampage. Handles 32GB of 2400 well and also supports 8 DIMM slots if I ever want to use 64GB of RAM.
I also have the version with the included USB type C PCI card, but its unlikely i'll ever use it, given the current prevalence of devices with a type c connection.
Cons: Worst motherboard I've used out of the box. It would reboot 3 times before it would POST (it tries to boot 3 times, if it fails it clear the CMOS). This is with it right out of the box without even touching the BIOS, so theres no changes to clear anyway. Once I did a BIOS update it worked perfectly, but good lord it was terrible before that.
Other Thoughts: If it seems like this board sucks, do a BIOS update.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 6 cores, fast, overclocks fairly well but get exponentially harder to push higher clocks. Upgraded from a i5 2500k to this and it blows the socks off it. Gaming wise, this is probably useless and overkill as the 4790k is probably your better option. For a workstation this is awesome - cut my render times almost in half!
Cons: no heatsink included, which makes this processor a bit pricey. If you are going to overclock this anyway (and you should!) this is a moot point.
Other Thoughts: Paired with a corsair hydro H110i and it runs very cool.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Very good quality. The soft, rubbery texture feels great to the touch. Power and reset buttons are metal and not plastic. Lots of room for drives! You can probably fit closet to 7-8 SSDs/HDD in here!
USB 3.0 on the side is nice, and it includes a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter for motherboards if you don't have a newer board.
Room to add more fans. You can change the front fan to a 200mm (I think thats the size) easily. Easy to add a corsair hydro cooler and mount the fans to the top.
Removable PSU fan filter.
Cons: Bottom support is made out of a semi flexibly plastic, and the case tends to wobble when put on a hard surface. Sits just fine on carpet.
Tight for power supplies - DO NOT ORDER A MODULAR ONE. A regular ATX PSU will fit, but may be TIGHT.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind this is a LARGE case for an ITX build. If you are not throwing in multiple drives or just using onboard graphics, this may not be the 'portable' case you are looking for. Filled up, this definitely has some weight because it is a steel rolled case.
Plenty of room if you want a small home server - you can easily fit TONS of drives in here - even the side panel can fit 2 2.5" drives!
Display Name: Kevin P.
Date Joined: 08/16/05
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