Stephen D.

Stephen D.

Joined on 04/06/13


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frustrated....disapointed...out a wad of cash

MSI X99S XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99S XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: none that are relevant to a working functioning PC

Cons: board does not work properly. From day one have had issues with unexplained crashes when launching certain games (usually Steam based) but also on occasion when browsing. Crashes usually accompanied by audio distortion sound, freezing and a hard reboot that leaves no trace in any dmp or log files. (windows event viewer only informs an unexpected reboot occurred) I have painstakingly gone through every component one by one after having done the usual with driver and BIOS updates. moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10 did not change the situation. audio cards - removed/disabled onboard audio enabled/disabled GPU's (2 x SLI) swapped, SLI enabled disabled, one GPU installed, then the other....memory sticks removed and swapped, PSU swapped out. Nothing resolved the issue of crash/hard reboot on application launch/reloading. removal of memory sticks also caused serious board instability. attempts to re-add 2nd DDR4 RAM stick results in 04-55-60 board error. reset of CMOS no change. When swapping out GPU's the hard crash at times would cause the board to not fully POST and continually restart until a full CMOS reset was done. Can only conclude that the board itself is defective. The odds of multiple hardware components and RAM sticks being bad is rather low. given what the unit cost this is extremely disappointing. Have not even tried any OC features. This was all experienced with standard clocking defaults.

Overall Review: I have had good experiences with MSI up to this point but based on this experience and from browsing MSI related forums, I'm far from alone in experiencing issues with the latest generation of MSI motherboards. May need to re-think my choice for replacement board in terms of brand name.


Do not buy

ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 GAMING I7 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel
ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 GAMING I7 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: none as it would not POST.

Cons: poor manual documentation. no table of contents or appendix Mobo layout did not match the documentation leading to confusion. the onboard diagnostic info questionable based on troubleshooting and research Could not get the board to POST even with all non essential components removed. poor workmanship in places

Overall Review: This board is pure garbage. Besides the fact that it failed to post at all, the onboard diagnostic indicator suggested failure points that were suspect in terms of accuracy. It would at times indicate a RAM error (tested with multiple working RAM sticks) but more often would settle for a SATA/IDE type issue, despite no such devices being plugged into the unit. Online research suggested resetting the BIOS. This failed to resolve the issue. I have never seen a more poorly and sparsely written user manual for a MoBo. For example it would suggest in the small troubleshooting section to reset the BIOS using the jumper , but doesn't tell you how to do so (so i had to look it up online). The other method, press the CMOS reset button was interesting given there wasn't one despite the manual saying there was. Other items on the board did not match the layout sketched in the manual leading to confusion. No adapters to help put in front panel connectors, located in a place that made doing so akin to being a surgeon with steady hands, which i don't have sadly. I would recommend to anyone after this experience to stick with a more known manufacturer. Even then one occasionally gets a bad board, but this being my first experience with ASRock, coupled with the poor manual, confusing board layout and questionable diagnostic assistant have left me soured to this manufacturer. Sadly i bought this board because the ASUS board i was looking at had some sketchy reviews so i decided to give these guys a chance.

Piece of Junk

nMEDIAPC i18-C38 USB 2.0/USB 3.0  7-in-1  eSATA Card Reader
nMEDIAPC i18-C38 USB 2.0/USB 3.0 7-in-1 eSATA Card Reader

Pros: none

Cons: Doesn't work as advertised. The SD port would not accept a standard SD card. unit is not backwards compatible with USB 2.0

Overall Review: I should have been suspicious when i saw that the slot for the SD was a combination SD/Mini SD/MMC/RS-MMC