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Rating: 5/5Excellent X99 motherboard except CMOS was corrupt out of the box
This review is from: X99M Extreme4 Configurator
Pros: - Fits nicely into my MicroATX case - Super fast NVMe connector - my first PC with no floppy, hard drive, SSD, or CD-Rom! - UEFI is functional (I like MSI's UI better) - overclocking is super simple with Haswell-E and this mobo
Cons: After building my machine it took over 1 minute to POST (stuck on Dr. Debug LED code 79 - CSM initialization for 40 secs!). In Windows I kept getting Intel Management Engine errors every minute like clockwork. Something was up. - shipped with BIOS at v3.0 - flashed to 3.1 -> didn't help - tried setting CMOS clear pin -> didn't help - I finally read online how to properly clear BIOS -> worked! <5s to boot! - turn off PC - remove power cord - press and hold power button for 10 seconds to remove residual charge - move reset CMOS jumper on mobo to reset position - remove CMOS battery - wait (anything over 10 secs should work, could take up to 4 hours apparently) - move reset CMOS jumper back to normal position - insert battery - plug in power cord - boot up and be happy
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