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Pros: Rock solid stability. i can overclock my set to 3300MHz without a problem or even boosting voltage. this gives me boosts in benchmarks and slight boost in game FPS but nothing to write home about. the memory is amazing enough out of the box and doesn't need any tuning since it is already extremely fast.
my first set of RAM was a set of Corsair RAM. for some reason i could not overclock my 5930k beyond 4GHz with the corsair RAM as it would constantly crash. but with this set of RAM I've been able to hit 4.7GHz just by using the automatic overclocking utility on my Asus X99 Deluxe. Awesomesauce!
Cons: i need to buy another set for another build, but the price sky rocketed since i bought it. nearly doubled. it well worth the current asking price of $500 but for this second build i'll step down to G.Skill's 2800MHz memory.
Other Thoughts: i bought this set via newegg's fleabay store, so I may not show up as a verified owner.
people like phong down below shouldn't be allowed to write reviews here
Pros: -both of my cards overclocked to 1520MHz core and 7500MHz memory without any problems and no volt modding.
-no artifacts, no microstutter even in SLI.
-eat everything i play at 1600p at max settings with every option turned on and/or maxed out.
-dead silent. no coil whine. nothing. (for now)
-they are pretty to look at
Cons: -this graphic card uses an 8 phase power delivery system (6 for GPU, 2 for memory). BUT the voltage regulator on this card (OnSemi NCP81174) is designed to use only 4 phases. in reality this MSI card is nothing more than a reference card with a needlessly oversized cooler.
-this thing can NOT use a solid SLI bridge. you need to use a ribbon style SLI bridge. the plastic shield of the cooler sticks out about an inch over the SLI connectors. and this REALLY sucks because i wanted to use the pretty nVidia SLI bridge that has a glowing logo on it.
Other Thoughts: if they were going to go with this stupid giant fan design they could have at least thrown in some free extra long ribbon SLI bridges with the cards. but that's a minor thing.
more importantly, the Asus GTX 970 STRIX uses an 8 phase capable voltage regulator (IRF ASP1212) and costs the same. there is no excuse for going cheap on what is essentially the 3rd most important component on this card (behind the GPU itself and the memory). even the much hated EVGA GTX 970 uses a 5 phase voltage controller!!!
i'm returning both of my cards.
This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -automatically overclocked my 5930K to 4.7GHz. it's been rock solid for almost a month now and it throttles down to 1.2GHz to save power when speed is not needed. this saves me the trouble of switching between profiles like i had to do on my Z87 build.
-the included additional fan controller works great. i wish i could get a second one to control another 4 fan, 280mm radiator
-took a while but the board does indeed run my G.Skill 4x4GB 3000MHz memory at XMP. once you do the automatic overclock, set the memory ratio in ai suite so that the memory frequency becomes 3000. the board will set the timings and voltage to XMP on its own.
Cons: -they got cheap on the SLI bridges. mine only included a 3 way SLI ribbon bridge. which it worked for me i wish they would have thrown in a 2 way SLI ribbon bridge so i wouldn't have anything hanging off my lower GPU.
Other Thoughts: i bought this board locally because i couldn't wait. i bought it to replace two different gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 boards which simply did not work. constant crashes without even overclocking. on/off change didn't work, etc. it's just a horrible board.
i know about the reviewer whose Asus X99, Corsair PSU and intel 5960k blew up. but i can guarantee that the fault lies with Corsair. I've bought at least a dozen Corsair products over the last 2 years and all but 1 came defective. i bought memory, SSDs, an H110 water cooler, 900D case, AND TWO GOLD RATED POWER SUPPLIES!!! all came with factory defects and required at least 1 RMA. one set of DDR3 vengeance memory had to be RMAd 4 times before i got a working set! these items weren't damaged in transit, and were not returns from other customers. they were factory sealed products that simply did not work from the beginning.
So now i'm running G.Skill 3000MHz memory, a phanteks enthoo primo case and an EVGA 1000W platinum PSU. all of these things replaced corsair products that were defective. and guess what? everything worked out of the box!!!
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