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Pros: Board almost perfect in functionality. Two issues physicly or operationaly with the board noted thus far.
1) Strange power surge when board is powered on. Seems as if board is pulling an unusual amount of current when initialy powered on. (Using Corsair AX1200 PSU) I have over 7 other boards and none of the others exibit this behavior. Including Asrock P67 & Z68, slew of other Asus boards including X79 Rampage, X77 Gene V etc.
2) Will get strang artifacting in the graphical interface during boot up. Occures no matter what video card I use, GTX 590/GTX 570, new 680 GPU amd GTX 550 Ti (great GPU BTW for the money)
Cons: Board arrived in used condition even though purchased as new. (This is not the first I have heard of this occurring of late) There was evidence of thermal compound on the CPU armature and finger prints all over indicating it was handled and used previously. (Just wait, NewEgg will say thats BC they tested it first.. UM no )
I was one of the ones stuck with one of the Rampage boards now known to have pin issues; however, NewEgg would not accept exchange or refund and blamed me for the pin damage. Since then become aware of problems with same. Still stuck with almost $500 board from NewEgg BC they failed to honer their own warranty and exchange policy. So receiving a used board as of late, I have serious doubts I will continue recommending NewEgg any longer and will look elsewhere for any further purchases before choosing to come here where they are obviously resting on some laurels. The problem with that is if you sit to long, u get a thorn in your but. ; )
Other Thoughts: Really hope the start up issue is not a problem defect on its way to becoming a dead board. I dread having to deal with NewEgg after my last experience and really tired of manufacturers using the RMA process instead of good quality control. To manipulate the customer in such ways does get noticed and will effect customer loyalty in the end.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ok, here is the final scoop. I returned the original i5 3570K processor of which this RAM would not run at any speed above 2400 regardless of any adjustments and or tweaks attempted.
Since then using the same Board Asus Maximus V Z77 with two i7 3770K and the Trident X RAM. RAM ran flawlessly on both i7s. I then installed two dif i5 3570K processors. In line with some opinions I had discussed with some fellow high ranking overclockers, the theory concerning the i5 3570K seems to be correct. He had stated that the units from Cost Rica did not like high RAM speeds above 2400. My original chip which would not handle above 2400 was indeed manufactured in Costa Rica. The other two i5s which did work fine at 2666 ironically were manufactured in Malaysia.
So if you plan on using this RAM on a i5 3570k make sure its from a manufacturing run in Malaysia. It may not be a guarantee however I am two for two with the Malaysia chips. Your experiences may differ.
Cons: Product support in my case was lacking, which is a surprise as G Skill touts themselves as being very customer oriented and most clients purchasing such RAM are usually pretty savvy and knowledgeable to start with
Other Thoughts: Hope this helps anyone who might have run into the issues of which I had with the Trident X's not working, as well as keep you from having to go through a lot of trial and error troubleshooting. Most people aren't usually afforded the ability to have access or purchase numerous chips in order to find one which will handle such speedsThe manufacturer in my case did not seem to know about these issues and did not offer much in the way of support when contacted. Also if they are aware (which if they know their product, they should know such issues. Would have come up in testing and certification)one would think. It is in fact their duty to be familiar with their own product, as such should have been able to give generally the same info and supply a fix when approached with such a problem,.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works flawlessly with the i7 3770K; however (see below)
Cons: RAM is not likely to run at rated speeds on any of the lower numbered processors. In my case, even with numerous tweaks and adjustments, this RAM would not and did not run at rated speeds nor at anything above 2400. Have talked to numerous fellow overclockers and the consensus is the i5 3570K processors generally dont like speeds above 2400. The IMC's tend to not be able to handle the higher speeds. One tester ran tests on about 15 retail i5 3570K processors, out of the aprox. 15 only 4 or 6 of them (in that range) would even post at the rated speeds of this RAM. All the rest he emphasized no matter how much tweaking, and no matter his extensive expertise, the other 10 or so would not run period on rated speeds and/or above 2400.
Other Thoughts: In response to G Skill above.....
Instead of inferring the customer (me) must not be knowledgeable in overclocking. (do you know me? have you met me? Do you know my skill level and knowledge?) NO!
Instead of taking cheap shots and insulting customers, is it possible that you might make your customers aware that this RAM is only best suited for the i7 3770K processors?
Its also common knowledge what code 23 means and it has to do with the IMC and the fact that it does not want to run at the higher speeds (above 2400 on the i5 3570K CPU in my case)
I am guessing that profits might have something to do with the lack of disclosure on the part of G Skill. Or am I just unknowledgeable? Well if so then why do I know this info and the fact that code 23 means what it does yet there was no mention of either or any of this info in G Skills response. So instead of insulting your customers G Skill with all due respect, you might want to spend more time offering actual technic