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ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The look of this board is one of the best around. The red led's and color matches many other components out there. BIOS GUI was easy to navigate and set up. Tons of connectors for fans and seem to be well placed.
I am seeing a lot of unhappy reviews of late. Ive had the board a while with a previous 8320 OC to 4.2ghz and the new current build below. First off update the bios if you have this board. 2201 will fix a host of issues out there. Second if your gonna go with one of the 9xxx CPU's get liquid and if its an AIO its probably gonna still be warm. My specs are below and mine is warm on a 140mm cooler. Prime 95 is 55 Celsius CPU and 65 socket but its safe. Maxing this board on ram is iffy with the memory controller especially if your going over 1866 ( a lot of well known forums have this info out there). 2 sticks is also easier on on this CPU versus four when you OC. You have to mess with timings and voltage to find the sweet spot. The forums are out there to read so do it before you buy and complain about the heat or the memory. If your gonna OC check out a great guide by Jays Two Cents (shameless plug but its right on point). His video is has a UEFI screen very close to the current UEFI.
One other note on my OC. I didnt hit the silicone lottery on this one but its strong at 4515ghz @ 1.36 volts. At 4480ghz i can pull the voltage down to 1.350
The reason I say this is for all those with the 9xxx CPU. Try stepping the voltage down in small increments and run prime 95 until you get errors. It will probably save you a few degrees.

Cons: - Vendor list for qualified memory could have a little more choice.
- AI suite 2 is pretty well junk in my book. It will give you a host of errors constantly. Not sure about Suite 3 for this board. Does not overclock well either. Dump it and use a video guide to learn.

Other Thoughts: System:
Case: Noctis 450
Mobo: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
CPU: AMD FX 8350 OC 4.5ghz
Cooler: NZXT Kraken x41
SSD: OCZ Vertex 460 and Vector 150
Ram: GSkill Ripjaws 16gb DDR3 1600mhz 9-9-9-24 OC 1800mhz 11-11-11-28
Video: EVGA 980ti FTW
Windows: 10

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Replaced a dead intel board that housed an 15-2500k. OC in this board to 4.2ghz with Corsair XM3 DDR3 1333 ram. Easy Asus bios and and I love their boards.

Cons: None

CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Paired up a long time ago with an i5-2500k that is OC. This memory is fast. maxxmem2 test was a big surprise. Cant go wrong with this over 4 years old and still working!

Cons: None


Frank B.'s Profile

Display Name: Frank B.

Date Joined: 12/08/11

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/19/14
  • Last Review: 07/20/16
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