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This review is from: MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Excellent OC results runs my 3930k @ 4.5ghz 1.3v
great memory support.
Cons: The reasoning for the 2 egg ratings is as follows.
My one Major gripe with the board.. And it is the reason for my purchase was the PWM fan ports. out of the 5 ports only the CPU is a true PWM port. The rest are 4 pin connectors yes, but only have 3 pin functionality.
I purchased all PWM corsair fans to run on my rads my main goal was to run all fans of a PWM splitter to 1 channel and the PWM pump to the CPU channel. as it turns out only the CPU port has the PWM functionality. so I now have to buy a separate fan controller to control the pump.
MSI it would be better to only have 3pin headers on your boards instead of 4pin fake PWM headers,
please not that 3 pin fans control perfectly on the 4 pin headers. Just the PWM function is non existent.
This would have been a 5 egg rating if the implied 4 pin functionality was true.
Other Thoughts: IF I had known that only a single PWM port was was actually functional I would have gone a different route. I am positive that the PWM are the issue as the manual states only the CPU port has the control lead.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent performance for the cost. reference board allows to add a water block easily. 2 in X-Fire handles everything maxed out at 1440p. Overclocks really well 1100/6500 without tweaking voltage on the stock cooler with 100% fan speed. Can't wait till my water blocks arrive.
Cons: The stock cooler is absolute garbage. you wouldn't dare use this cooler on a cellphone let alone a power hungry video card. with auto fan setting at stock speeds Metro 2033 hits 95c on card 1 and 97c on card 2.All this is in a NZXT h630 running with 12 corsair sp 120 fans. I am giving this card 5 eggs because I intended on water cooling it from the get go.
Other Thoughts: I believe some people may be receiving cards with different heat-sinks and could lead to the temperature differences. Still for the price it cant be beat. simply awesome.
i7 3930k @ 4.4
MSI X79-GD45 Plus
16Gb DDR3 1600
2 MSI 7950's
OCZ 1000w Psu
2 XSPC EX 360 radiators
XSPC Raystorm block
2 EK FC-7950 Blocks (Coming soon)
Pros: Just a follow up to my previous review.
AMD made good on Bioshock code I received it last night.
Cons: Cons from previous review still stand in regards to voltage tweak.READ FULL REVIEW