Date Joined: 05/01/05
Pros: If it doesn't fail it works ok. The drives we received were not from Newegg.
Cons: The company I work for received these as part of new computers that were ordered. The failure rate is well in excess of 10% in less than 6 months. I would expect a failure rate <0.1% in that amount of time. They are not dead on arrival drives. These are drives that get used moderately and die after being used for a few weeks or months.
Overall Review: The drives didn't come from newegg so maybe neweggs will be better. One has to ask why a hard drive needs to be "refurbished" though.
Pros: The BIOS detected everything automatically and correctly and it works great. Processor is i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2Ghz. Memory is 2 Sticks of Corsair 2GB XMS DDR3 1333C7. The memory is left over from a Triple channel board but using only two of the three sticks with no issues.
Although there are only 2 of them, the SATA cables lock in nice.
Cons: Only 2 SATA cables came with the mother board. If you plan on using more than 2 SATA drives, make sure you get some cables.
It only has 2 SATA-3 Ports. The rest are SATA-2.
Driver documentation could be better. If you don't just blindly install all software that comes with it and you are trying to figure out what the driver is for "PCI Simple Communications Controller", it is the Intel Management Engine (ME) driver.
Windows 7 Pro did not recognize the LAN controller automatically. Not a big problem since the driver is include on the CD.
Overall Review: Don't forget to install the Rear I/O panel shield before the motherboard. (Trust Me. ;)
Be very careful with the fancy heat sink near the CPU Fan connectors.
If your upgrading an old computer and want to use IDE, save the cables. This motherboard doesn't have any.
Instructions say add thermal interface material to the center of the Integrated Heat Sink. I'm fairly certain all new Intel processors have this on the bottom of the stock heat sink in which case you do not want to add more. It is possible to have to much of a good thing.
Pros: Large quality case with lots of quiet fans and lots of extra screws and miscellaneous parts. Overall the case seems solid and well built. 5-1/4" screw-less mounts work well. Room for extra fans if you need it.
Cons: The 3-1/2" screw-less internal hard drive mounts were difficult/impossible get the hard drives in by following the directions which state "Bend bracket to snap in HDD drive." Bending the bracket was challenging at best. I guess I need to exercise my hands more. In the end, there is a little silver tab that fits into the screw hole that I pushed out to be inline with the rubber and pushed back once the hard drive was in place. Still not easy but much easier then the bracket bending.
The picture associated with Part A M3 Screws is incorrect. The pictures shows a round head screw while the actual screws supplied were flat head screws. This led to a small amount of confusion when first building with my daughter.
Overall Review: The installation manual is simply pictures with general directions like "Install the motherboard." Don't forget to put the motherboard I/O port plate in before the motherboard. (Trust me ;)
Although it is not clear by looking at the specs/pictures, there are manual controls for each of the fans on the front top right part of the case.
Pros: Comes at a decent price, fan is quiet and has sufficient quality cables plus 4 thumb screws.
Cons: Don't count on using your fingers to screw it to your case. The holes for the thumb screws were extremely tight when first screwing in the thumb screws. It is likely due to the coating on the power supply. Initially needed to use a screw driver to tap the screw holes after which the thumb screws were manageable.
Not that you need a lot of documentation but the labeling of the power cords was not clear. In particular, the 4+4 ATX12V connectors. Very minor issue.
Pros: Low cost stable solution that yields drastic improvements in computer performance. What previously took 20+ hours now takes <2 hours by eliminating the need to access the hard drive.
Cons: No clear explanation of how to configure the bios in the box or online which might cause issues for some. This is more of an issue with the BIOS as the Asus P6T V2 bios has a lot of options. In the end it was as simple as selecting X.M.P. for Ai Overclock Tuner. If you don't do this, the BIOS appears to detect the wrong timing.
Overall Review: Ran 3 complete memory tests using Memtest86+ v4.20. All passed. Speeds listed in memtest86+.
L1 Cache 32k 52407MB/s
L2 Cache 256k 30721 MB/s
L3 Cache 8192K 24521 MB/s
Memory 24G 11879MB/s.
Stressed using Prime95 v25.11, build 2 with Memory set to 24000 then 22000 and had no issues. Stressed system with Intel Processor Diagnostic tool and all passed. System seems stable and I wish bought this much RAM when I originally purchased the system.
Its so cheap, why not upgrade?
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 BIOS Version 1003
Intel Core i7 920 2.67GHz
2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275