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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: I have been using this motherboard for about 4 months now. It fired right up the 1st time I pressed the power button. Has a lot of Sata 3 slots. Great to have a backup bios and CMOS reset button right there on the back panel (though you don't want to accidentally push it in)- that came in real handy when I was trying to set up my 1st raid drive. Asrock Atuning software works well for overclocking, though maybe not so well for setting up a RAM drive. Asrock tech support has been outstanding. Am using the M.2 memory slot with a SAMSUNG MZHPV256HDGL SSD with no problems. Am running 64GB of Gskill F4-2800C16-8GRK PC2800 memory- did not have any problems. Bios works very well- lots of options. Rebate was hassle free and came quickly. Seems to be very stable.
Cons: A little nit pick, but my lighted keyboard stays light (unless I turn it off manually) when I put the PC into the sleep mode. If the power is off, the keyboard light goes off. This is not the case with my Asrock Z77 system. The time it takes to boot into the bios is longer than with the Asrock Z77 system (did not try the UEFI boot). I did have a problem with windows 10 and the Xfast ram crashing. I went to the Soft Perfect Ram drive (freeware), which works great, instead. Asrock tech support sent me a link to their most current version of Atuning software, but at that point I did not try the Xfast Ram drive portion.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from my Asrock Z77, i7 2700k, 32GB ddr3 PC-1600, to this i7 5820k, 64GB ddr4 pc-2800 system- my version of low grade entertainment. The video card I am using in the X99 is a 4Gb Radeon R7 based card. To be honest, though the benchmarks are better, real life performance is not as staggering, though I have to run some more benchmarks. I only used PC2800 memory that was on the QVL on the Asrock website. I installed all 64GB at once since I did not want to remove my DeepCool Lucifer Processor Heatsink once I mounted it down (it works great, btw!) I also used Asrock's recommendation of the SAMSUNG MZHPV256HDGL for the M.2 Drive. I have not had any problems with my Asrock Z77 motherboard, and when I contacted them with questions with that board, their tech support was always good and timely, and that trend has continued with the X99 board. I would not hesitate to recommend Asrock Motherboards, particularly this one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: No problems using with Asrock x99 extreme 4 Mother board. Fast. Small form. Been running about a month and a 1/2 without any problems.
Cons: Samsung magician does not see the drive if that is important to you. Really not much faster than my samung evo 850 drive when it comes down to actual use.
Other Thoughts: My benchmark speeds using crystalDiskMark were (Read): 2181,451,1592 and 48.4MB/s and (Write) 1304, 400, 1307 and 172 MB/s. So yes it benchmarks great, but when timing the boot from where I enter my password (wind 8.1 pro 64bit) till when the lass start-up program loads is 35.5 sec using an exact clone of the drive on a 250GB Samsung EVO 850 ssd vs. 33.2sec when running the exact same drive on this samsung m.2 drive. The EVO 850 drive has read/write speeds around 550MB/s. Glary utilities reports a 38sec boot time for the 850 Evo drive vs 35sec for the samsung m.2 drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: JBL Loft 50 Three-way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Pair)
Pros: These JBL's sound pretty decent for one hundred and fifty bucks (assuming the rebate comes through). I am using them by themselves without any center channel, sub's or rears. They are not as efficient as many other, more expensive speakers, but I can highly recommend them.
Cons: My wife wishes they were another color and may paint them (except the grills). She also thinks they are intimidating size-wise.
Other Thoughts: They came in two days- pretty quick for three bucks shipping. They are not a bad sized speaker. So far I am very pleased.READ FULL REVIEW