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This review is from: ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: High quality board for the right price. I have been able to run 3 GPUs on this board, each with exceptional OCs, while having my 3960x running 5GHz under water and running 64GB of RAM at the same time for some serious benching. The board held up better than I thought it would and is still running to this day.
PCH has a fan. I mark this as a pro because it's there if ever needed. It's also marked as a pro because the heatsink does its job even with 3 GPUs. There is no need to run the fan, but just nice to have that there in case. Set target temp to 60 and target fan to 1 and it'll stay off. I'll also mention here that it is not that loud. The complaints I see about how loud these fans are is rubbish. If you're gaming and your GPU starts to ramp up you will not be able to hear the PCH fan.
Lots of SATA ports for a lower end board.
Molex for PCI-E stability.
Debug LED - And can be turned off for those who don't want it.
Plenty of USB3.
Plenty of OC options in the bios, with a nice "pre-selected" set of OC options for noobs.
Nice and easy to understand UEFI interface for new people.
Plenty of fan headers and fan control options in bios, especially with newest update.
Onboard audio adequate enough for most typical audio setups or cans.
Gigabit LAN....works well lol.
No VRM buzz.
Cons: VRM heatsink too small for the load of an overclocked hex. The power phases themselves can handle pushing a 3960x at 5GHz, but you need to put a fan on the heatsink so they don't cook. Kind of disappointed seeing higher end Z87 boards with fans on the VRM but X79 got gipped. I suppose any real overclocker or enthusiast will be prepared for this anyways. So no eggs knocked off for that.
Would have been nice to have a 1x slot above the top 16x slot for a RAID or audio card. I understand this would have messed up the overall slot placement, but the 2 slots for the top card kind of make up for it still giving the availability of 3 cards together.
The need to have my SSD plugged into a specific port for proper boot up is kind of lame, as well as RAM stick configuration can be kind of confusing for any new people to PCs if not using all 8 DIMMs.
With the above 3 mentioned, this is why I knocked off an egg.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board to review 2 RAM sets for Bjorn3D.com. I initially was going to sell it to continue using my old board but it was so decent for the money I decided to keep it. It held a better overclock than my previous board, and also overclocked my 8 stick RAM set with the CPU OC which was also not doable on my previous board.
My only suggestion for ASRock would be to start making their 24pin connectors at a right angle. This would definitely give an edge over Asus and Gigabyte as competitors in the US market.
Pros: These sticks work perfectly at stock ratings.
Cons: Sticks run cool, so there really isnt much need for huge heat spreaders besides aesthetics.
Other Thoughts: I just posted this to correct a few reviews. The XMP profile on each set should be 9-9-9-24-1T @ 2000mhz. If your BIOS doesnt set these automatically then set your timings manually to get the speed you pay for. My sticks will actually bench all day at 2250 with stock rated timings. Currently running an i5 setup.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Need for Speed: Shift PC Game
Pros: Excellent graphics for a port. It combines the cars of GRID and updated physics and graphics of Prostreet. It has BOTH city and track driving which is a plus. It also allows you to customize your cars, and even includes a rep system like older NFS games. Runs smoothly on most PCs even being a newer game. Ran great on a buddies 8600GT and ran exceptionally well on my GTX280.
Cons: Menu system is a bit confusing when you first look at it. After you get used to it its ok.
For being a newer game i expected better graphics or better graphics options in the settings menu. DX10 or 11 support would have been a big plus.
When completely maxed out it seems like it stutters a bit but that could be my aging SSD. That includes 1920x1200 and 8xAA and high quality selected in Nvidia CP.
The cars dont seem to act like the real deal. This game is meant to be the "ultimate Racing Sim" but dosent live up to the name. I bet if anybody hooked up a G25 and raced any one of these cars they wouldnt handle life like at all. But, it is just a game and the gameplay is still pretty good.
Other Thoughts: My PC specs are
AMD AM3 Phenom II X3 720BE @ 3.8Ghz
2x2gb G.Skill DDR3 2000 @ 1600 7-7-7-20
eVGA GTX280 SC 750/1500/1337 c/s/r
G.Skill 64GB SSD
TT Toughpower 1000w PSU
Antec 1200 with liquid on CPU