Date Joined: 08/03/14
Pros: - Great looks with and without RGB on
- Great Build Quality
- BIOS is easy to navigate
- Power User BIOS Settings
Cons: - Board BSOD's constantly after 3 weeks
- Price for Quality
- AI Overclock is Chaotic at best and Dangerous at worst
- BIOS is not as easy to navigate as I was expecting
- Too many options for me to comfortably navigate BIOS and the "simple mode" is useless
Overall Review: I came from MSI and heard issues with MSI boards so i decided to try ASUS.
Low and Behold I had issues with ASUS and my replacement MSI MEG replacement board has been perfect.
Settings would never save in the BIOS and the system couldn't boot at the AI settings.
Despite my efforts and a local suppliers efforts to repair the board we gave up and ordered The MEG from MSI.
I should have sent for an RMA but I found a local buyer willing to pay cash upfront for my dead board.
Pros: -It's an MSI Board
-It looks Gorgeous with and without RGB enabled
-Premium Build Quality
-Over-clocks like a dream and is all but Idiot Proof
-Extremely intuitive and easy to navigate BIOS
-Built on rear plate
Cons: -The 1st slot of ram is tight against a water cooler like the Kraken X62
Overall Review: My 9900K build was an absolute nightmare in the beginning.
I decided after years of loyalty that I would give ASUS a try for my motherboard.
After a 2 weeks of use on my Maximus XI Hero the system BSODed every Fifteen-twenty minutes.
I'm not as tech savvy as i'd like to admit so I roped in a buddy of mine that runs the local computer center.
After various days of driver changes, board resets, BIOS Flashes and more he found a local buyer to remove my headache.
I took the cash and threw it back at my true loves at MSI and the MEG has been the perfect companion to my 9900K.
We've been through a lot in the past 4 months and I can honestly say that I never once looked back in regret.
She pushes the I9 to 5.4 with just the turn of a dial and runs flawlessly with any benchmark I throw at her.
I've recently upgraded to the H115I Platinum cooler and the RAM is able to breath freely again.
I would make one small admission that i'm not proud of...
Don't buy The MEG flowers on Valentines day and forget to get something for the wife... It makes for an awkward few days.
-Beautiful in its own way
Cons: - There is a noticeable amount of coil whine while bench-marking under EXTREME OC
(Drop the OC to a respectable "Gaming" overclock and there is no coil whine at all)
-While it is beautiful on the top and bottom of the GPU the side is very...Dull and Bland
(Little bit of Flair and you can perk it up some)
Overall Review: Coming from a 980TI Gaming X I noticed a huge jump in performance...
While I do game in 1080P (and this card has been heavily marketed for 4K) everything is cranked to 11 while running in ULTRA .
Smoother than butter and under heavy loads it stays at an astounding 35° (When paired with a Noctua NF-F12)
Water you waiting for?!?!
Go ahead and order this bad boy!!!!
(Unless you're still waiting for availability)
Pros: - Great Temps on my I7-4790K @ 4.5 OC
- RGB Ring Fans look great and perform great
- Easy Setup
Cons: - RGB Controller is bulkier than i would like and a pain to mount.
- CPU Bracket felt cheap compared to other brands
* Neither warrants an Egg Drop
Overall Review: I've been hesitant with moving to water cooling, Especially since my 212 Evo has been more than enough on my old FX-8320.
But with my NZXT H440 airflow is restricted and the MSI 980TI dumping high temps into the equation it was time to give it a try.
I'm very impressed with the easy setup and great performance the Thermaltake delivered despite the flimsy mounting bracket.
The fans look awesome and having the option to change them up is a great addition, but the fan controller is a slight drawback. You have to either mount it on the inside and remove panels to get to it, or find a way to mount it on the outside. I knew this ahead of time and planned to place it under the top cover for "easy" access. It works out great and I love the looks of the cooler.
I made a blind leap on the Thermaltake since it didn't have any reviews at the time of purchase but I HIGHLY recommend this cooler.
Pros: Quality Build
Overall Review: This PSU has been everything I was hoping for and has held up strong.
Pros: 1) Tegra K1 - This tablet can run anything that is thrown at it with ease!!
2) Dual front speakers - Stereo - Great Quality
3) Great build quality - It feels sturdy and has held up very well
5) Great Screen especially for Netflix and Vudu
Cons: 1) The Power Button is fidgety at best... I highly recommend a magnetic case for the automatic screen on function.
2) A random restarts - I haven't tracked down a culprit for this yet...
3) The WIFI model only has 16GB internal memory...That is not enough.
The memory shouldn't be a big issue but a lot of apps cannot be moved to SD. At this point with a bare minimum of apps installed i'm sitting @ 6.4 GB...Not a strong point for a "gaming" tablet.
Overall Review: All around solid tablet!!!
Even with it's few issues I still would recommend this power house.
Pros: I have owned this board now for a little over 8 months and I wanted to give an updated review.
1. The Evo 212 doesn't block the ram if the fan is mounted to the left.
2. The bios is still absolutely Stellar!!
3. Overclocking is made easy with UEFI
4. Awesome sound quality
5. The looks still stand strong (especially against red LED lighting)
Cons: 1. Killer Lan... It's not so much a con as it is useless for me
Some hate it others love (either way it's really only an annoyance)
I will admit I've gotten a few error codes on boot, but nothing that has caused any concern for me
Overall Review: This has been nothing more than a killer motherboard for my first build.
As I've learned more (and been willing to try more) It has endured and is continuing to endure through all my "learning & testing"
This board has earned my respect for MSI and the quality they put into their products.
You will not regret this board!!!
Corsair 450D Case
Enough fans to lift it off the ground
FX8320 @ 4.4 GHz - Idles @ below 60° F
Hyper 212 Evo - *Highly Recommended
MSI GTX 970 - *Even More Highly Recommended
Corsair Vengance - 16gb