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Rating: 2/5Great when it's tuned properly, otherwise...
This review is from: Z170-DELUXE Configurator
Pros: 1. It pretty much has all the feature one could possibly need for a motherboard. 2. Got built in LED light that can change color according to your needs. 3. Got the error read out LED, which is very important so you know why the system is messed up. 4. Built in WiFi & bluetooth feature is wonderful and the speed of the WiFi makes a CAT-5 cable seem unnecessary. 5. Provides tons of customization for overclocking. 6. Runs cool. 7. Can run M.2 SSD in RAID if needs be.
Cons: 1. Very pricey. You can get buy 2 standard MB with the price. 2. This my major complaint, setting up this thing was a total nightmare. I will elaborate below. When I pay this much for a MB, I expect quality and ease of setting up, which this board failed to live up to.
Other Thoughts: Since purchasing from Newegg in early Aug, I have had the system up and running for just about 2 months now, and the reason I hesitated to submit my review was because the system was the worst top-dollar new PC I've ever built.
At first, the system ran great. Win 7 installed without a problem, and so was setting up the M.2 SSD as the primary drive. The graphics card installed fine and worked flawlessly as well. I had the ASUS AI suite do the auto overclocking and I believed the CPU was pushed to 4.3 Ghz without a problem while everything in BIOS was left on AUTO. Then 2 weeks later, my nightmare began. As AMD came out with a new driver for the GPU, I thought I might as well check out whether or not ASUS has a new BIOS for the MB and it did, so I decided to update to the new BIOS(1902). Biggest mistake I've ever did. The adage "If it's not broken, don't fix it" is so true and should not be trifled with.
After the update, and yes, I pressed the clear CMOS button on the MB and loaded the default setting, the system would began to randomly reboot. At times, it rebooted as soon as Windows finished booting or after I logged on. At times, it would work fine for hours and then suddenly reboot. I just couldn't figure out what's wrong and I've been building my own PC since Win95. I've dealt with BSOD, RAM/ MB/ HD failures, OS errors but this was nothing like any of them. I simply couldn't duplicate the error as it was purely random so I didn't know how to begin trouble shoot. I searched online but couldn't find an answer. I suspected something happened to the MB during BIOS update and tried the older version of the BIOS (1801) and still got the same problem. I thought about RMA the board but didn't want to wait for weeks without a PC to use. I lived with this random reboot for 6 weeks and each time it rebooted, I'd curse myself for buying an ASUS motherboard. I have had placed my faith in ASUS for many years and in fact built many systems using ASUS boards and even GPU. But then I bought an ASUS TV, and then an ASUS blueray player, I began to lose my faith in ASUS. My last ASUS board P5BE was and GPU, which I can't remember, also died prematurely, so I began to use other brands such as Gigabyte.
Anyhow, I digress, I finally saw a pattern in the random reboot after 6 weeks. The overclock settings in the BIOS and that of ASUS AI suite were not in sync. The bios would have a setting, while the software would say something else. I also realized with each reboot, the bios changed the speed at which the RAM ran ranging from 2133 to 2933 Mhz so I decided to manually set the speed to 3000 Mhz. The problem remained. I tried different settings, the problem remained. It took many agonizing trials and errors including tearing all the components out and putting them back in one piece at a time.
Long story short, here's how I solved the problem to make my system completely stable and running perfectly: 1. Uninstall ASUS AI Suite. No software overclocking. 2. Update the BIOS and then clear the CMOS again after step 1. 3. I set overclocking to AUTO in the BIOS, BUT TURN ON the XMA profile for 3000Mhz RAM.
Since then, the problem has not reoccurred once. The system is very stable, cool, and simply flawless. The only problem is, now whenever I shut the system down and start it the next, it always boots to BIOS setup and won't let me get out of this loop unless I load my saved "Overclock Profile".
Am I happy now? Sure am compare to before. Am I happy with ASUS? Hell no. This should not happen with a board this pricey. Could it be the RAM's problem? I don't know, I don't have another pair of DDR4 to try, but I don't think so since all hell broke loose after the BIOS update. Will I recommend forking over the extra cash to buy this board? That's a definitely NO. Since ASUS began to branch out to making different types of consumer electronics, I really think its quality has declined substantially making poor products that really failed to meet consumer's expectations. I think this will be the last ASUS anything I buy.
In Taiwan, ASUS' slogan is "ASUS quality, solid as rock" but people back there have changed it to "ASUS quality, brittle as egg shell" I used to disagree and defended for ASUS but this last poor experience has finally convinced me otherwise.
Build: OS: Win 7 MB: ASUS Z170-DELUXE CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core GPU: AMD Radeon RX480 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Hard drive: 1 SanDisk SD8SN8U-512G-1122 X400 M.2 2280 512GB Internal SSD + 1 Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0033 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive
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