Date Joined: 02/20/15
Pros: -Nice looking, high performing all in one cooler.
-Keeps my i5 7600k 5.2ghz around 75C under full load for 12hrs
-the lights put this thing on another level, perfect for an RGB build
Cons: It has two cables that plug into it. one is split into three more cables for sata power, radiator fan connector, and motherboard aio pump header connector. The other cable is a mini usb to internal usb connector to control the lights. If you are going for a clean look, these can make it challenging but not impossible.
Overall Review: Looks sick. I would pick this all in one cooler over others any day
Pros: -pretty clear sound
Cons: -not the most comfortable headset I've ever had but still decent
Overall Review: -came free with my Rosewill Cullinan mid tower
Pros: -runs no problem on my asus maximus ix apex
-I have it oc'd to 4300mhz at cas 18
- looks amazing
Overall Review: gskill knows whats up with ram, If your budget allows get you a set of this tridentZ RGB ram even if its a slower speed. You will not regret it.
Pros: -enough power for whatever you want
Overall Review: the cables it comes with look alright. I was planning on getting custom cables anyway
Pros: -ultimate overclocking potential
-got my i5 7600k running at 5.2ghz no problem along with my gskill tridentZ rgb ram to 4300mhz
-Looks phenomenal, the e-atx form factor allows for leds all the way around the board. None of the other maximus ix have this
-Dimm.2 m.2 riser card works no problems
-all the overclocking buttons on the board (start, restart, retry, safeboot, Memok, and bios switch) are super nice to use when overclocking
-asus rog features are legit
-option for a custom name plate with led back lights
-usb 3.0 header goes off the board sideways for a super clean look
-clear cmos button on back panel
-two 12v rgb headers
Cons: -the Dimm slots are indeed super close to the cpu socket. My Nzxt Kraken x62 had to be turned 90 degrees to fit.
-E-atx form factor is hard to find a mid tower for especially if you want a full side window. I recommend the Rosewill Cullinan
-cpu fan header is in a visible spot, can look clean but takes a little work
-only has 2 usb 2.0 headers so you might need a usb hub for extras like nzxt hue+
Overall Review: -doesn't have a water cooled vrm option like the maximus ix formula but its $100 cheaper so not really a con
-I almost got a maximus ix Hero instead of this for budget reasons but I went with this when I saw it has the leds all the way around the board. This board by itself is enough for a rgb build.
-doesn't have some of the rog features like better on board sound but its not built for that.
If you want the best overclocking board, this is it.
Pros: this is a great mid tower
supports up to an e-atx motherboard
power supple shroud
excellent cable management options
room for two radiators
comes with four case fans installed
Tempered glass on three sides
Definitely not a boring case and not expensive for what you get
Cons: tempered glass is a touch dark. its good for the back side to hide cables but you will need a lot of lights to show off your hardware.
it doesn't have very much room in the back cable management. I managed to get a nzxt hue+, grid+v2, and usb hub in the back with all my cables looking very nice. Just took a lot of work and planning.
Overall Review: Not a con but slightly annoying - very little room between power supply and hard drive cage. I have a evga supernova 1000 and I had to take the cage out to be able to plug in my power supply cables. I was able to get the hard drive cage back in afterwards
I don't like the fan switch. it can do low power, full power, or off. I put in my own fans and a different fan hub. I wish it had an option to put a cover over it where the fan switch wouldn't show for an overall cleaner look.
Pros: Its the fastest you can get.
Installs easy, windows 10 had no problems recognizing the drive
Cons: Definitely not budget friendly.
Overall Review: I bought this over two 256gb 960 evo in raid 0 because several reviews said the evo was prone to fail. If your on the fence about the pro or the evo, get the pro.