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Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80648I75820K Desktop Processor
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Pros: Blazing fast. Easy to install. Numerous cooling options. Incredibly stable at numerous settings. There are so many reviews on this chip already there isn't much more to be said other than I used to be an overclocking enthusiast (Socket A was so much fun. Had an AMD mobile chip that was overclocked to 2.4ghz on air which was pretty impressive back in the day) but this chip is so darn fast stock that I am happy to just drop, clamp, and go.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: Doesn't come with a heatsink/fan but that isn't really a con (why I listed the fact here) since most people toss the stock cooler into a box and order an aftermarket cooler. I decided to use an Intel branded sealed liquid system and it keeps this chip nice and cool.

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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M4A2666C16
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 32GB of DDR4. When a stable setting is finally found on the board the RAM works very well.

Cons: The settings for these RAM sticks had to be "babied" in order for me to be able to use all 4 sticks at the same time. I could only boot up with 2 sticks and then change the settings on the motherboard. I managed to get all 4 sticks to boot by choosing the "Most Stable" setting. I still haven't had time to fine tune or play with the settings of this RAM but it should function right out of the package and at this point I can't say that it does. I am still contemplating starting an RMA process with Corsair but that is such a terrible hassle I am considering just testing the RAM at the current settings and dealing with it if it works. This RAM was on my motherboard's approved memory list so I was very confident to install it in my system but am now somewhat disappointed.

Other Thoughts: Now showing out of stock so my desire to eventually go to 64GB may not be an option. I'm not sure if this RAM is out of stock because it is discontinued or is just very popular and is selling quickly. With only one other review posted for this RAM I'm not very hopeful of the latter being true.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs A Good Motherboard with a couple oddities 08/19/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard has a very nice user interface for the bios. You can choose between classic or a new "point and click" with your mouse interface. The new point and click interface is somewhat of a "drink from the firehose" type of information source. If not sure exactly what you are looking for you could be a little overwhelmed. For example, I actually had quite a bit of trouble finding the bios update link when first starting up the board. I did eventually find it but there is just so much info that it was kind of hidden in there.

The board is incredibly good-looking through the window of my computer case. The heat management is very impressive. Massive heatsinks and a very organized look. MANY connections on the back of the board. Plenty of USB and USB3 ports and more for front ports on a case or possibly an aftermarket card reader that installs in the front 3.5" or 5 1/4" bay.

8 RAM slots! That blew me away when I saw how many there were and they are a good distance away from the CPU slot so I am confident they will be out of the way of most if not all heatsink/fan combos. I used a contained liquid cooling solution and the RAM isn't even close enough to get in the way of installing the liquid cooler with the RAM already installed.

I had no issues with Windows 7 or 8. Unfortunately I did not manage to get ahold of a copy of Windows 10 in time to include it in a review but I have no doubt this board will handle the new OS.

It may seem trivial but I like that there are two USB ports up in a place that seems to be meant for the mouse and keyboard. Lets face it the people who will be buying this motherboard aren't going to be using PS/2 ports for their mouse and keyboard so the fact there are two USB slots that just scream "MOUSE AND KEYBOARD" when you look at the back of the computer really makes me happy. It has been a good long while since I've built a PC so I'm not sure if this is common practice now but the last time I built a computer (socket AM3 and socket 939 for AMD and socket 478 before that) these ports weren't on those motherboards.

Cons: I had some issues with my RAM, Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 2666 model CMK32GX4M4A2666C16 which is on the approved RAM list for the motherboard, however, I can only run this RAM stable and start the system up with all 4 sticks installed if I choose the "Maximum Stability" setting for the RAM in the BIOS.

I am also having issues with my two EVGA GeForce GTX 260 cards. They are old cards but I haven't had the time or need to upgrade them yet. The cards are both identified in the BIOS, in the OS, and in the Nvidia control panel, however, I am not given the option to run the cards in SLi. I installed the cards as instructed in the user manual and also moved them around to other slots and trading the cards between different slots. So far I have been unable to get Nvidia's control panel to give me the option to set up SLi. It isn't a huge deal as I haven't PC gamed in a LONG time (since Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and F.E.A.R.) due to favoring console gaming, but I am eventually going to upgrade to see if maybe these old cards just aren't compatible with newer hardware.

For the case I'm using, an older Antec 900, the plug placement on this motherboard is a little inconvenient if not downright obnoxious. The 4-pin MOLEX connector for extra power for the PCI Express slots when running SLi, doesn't point up from the board but DOWN out toward the side horizontal with the board itself. In a smaller/medium-sized case with a bottom-mount power supply this points DIRECTLY into the power supply! In the Antec case it points directly into a bent out part of metal that acts as a support for the power supply unit. I managed to find a very low-profile 90 degree bend MOLEX connector that just barely clears the support and power supply, but it is still just a pointless and somewhat stupid setup to have the connector pointing away from the board instead of just pointing up like classic plugs. The SATA ports are like this as well but are at the front of the board. These are difficult to access as well when the hard drives are installed so removing the lower bay assembly is necessary when making changes or adding SATA cables to the board.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really like this board. I have always liked Gigabyte hardware and this board does not change that. There are some minor things that I would change if I could but none are a deal breaker as there are parts that can be purchased that make these issues manageable. The board comes with pretty much everything you will need to set up your PC as a monster gaming rig. With all of the RAM slots and SATA and USB slots available I actually considered building a new PC for my wife for her workstation. She is an architect so she uses Revit and CAD and other similar design programs and I could see this board complimenting her FirePRO card nicely and giving her a very reliable and blazing fast workstation for her work. Since she has a recent build with a socket AM3 AMD chip I decided to finally upgrade my old dual core Intel box and maybe start PC gaming again. I am looking forward to eventually adding another 32GB of RAM and maybe a RAID array of solid state drives and definitely a new video card or two for SLi.

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Display Name: Kyle L.

Date Joined: 06/08/04

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