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Jason B.

Jason B.

Joined on 09/16/03

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Insane

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, Quad M.2, 10Gbps & Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Bundled Fan Extension Card II & ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card, 2" Livedash OLED)
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, Quad M.2, 10Gbps & Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Bundled Fan Extension Card II & ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card, 2" Livedash OLED)

Pros: I can only describe this board as insane. I bought a Maximus XII Hero originally, but the VRMs had excessive coil whine in some use cases. The Extreme has slight coil whine in those use cases, but not nearly as bad.

Cons: The price of this board is equally insane. Motherboards shouldn't cost more than the CPUs. It would be nice if there were more side RGB strip LEDs to make the strip appear more seamless.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a top-tier motherboard, this is it; but, there are much cheaper solutions out there.

Slightly better than NT-H1

Noctua NT-H2 3.5g, Pro-Grade Thermal Compound Paste incl. 3 Cleaning Wipes (3.5g)
Noctua NT-H2 3.5g, Pro-Grade Thermal Compound Paste incl. 3 Cleaning Wipes (3.5g)

Pros: Reduced my 10900K temps by about 1-2C using a Noctua NH-15S heatsink.

Cons: Wish it came standard with the NH-15S, which is their premium heat sink product offering.

Overall Review: I was skeptical that this would be better than the NT-H1 compound, but in my case it did make a small difference.

Looks fantastic, mediocre performance

CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED PWM White Fan, Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050104-WW
CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED PWM White Fan, Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050104-WW

Pros: - Quiet (for the most part) - Looks great - Anti-vibration pads reduce rattle - Solid chassis

Cons: - Not the best airflow, but serviceable - Not very quiet at full speed - Mounting holes aren't pre-drilled, so it takes a fair amount of force to install them - One of the fans I bought made a periodic clicking sounds (sounded like an old hard drive) - must have been defective - Very expensive - Since each fan has two wires (PWM and LED), cable management can get unwieldy

Overall Review: Let's be honest, if you're buying these it's for the looks. Cosmetically these are great looking fans. Performance-wise they are mediocre for airflow and quiet at low RPMS. At high RPMS they do get a little loud.

Awesome case

LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW
LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW

Pros: - Love the design - Excellent storage/cable management - White really makes this case pop with RGB fans

Cons: - Wish the silver panel was white - Concerned that dust might be visible - A little heavier than I expected

Overall Review: Absolutely recommended