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Thomas F.

Thomas F.

Joined on 07/01/01

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Most Favorable Review

Very happy with this board.

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent quality, which is the norm for Asus. The remote OC/monitoring functions are a neat feature, very fun to play with like anything new. Many LED lights to tell you what is going on with the board. Dual Bios you can switch at the push of a button or from the Bios menu. Being a bit old school in my thinking I thought I wasn't going to like the new graphical bios but honestly I felt right at home. Everything is still there in the format I'm used to it's just easier to access and looks much cleaner. The external clear CMOS button is handy, It's nice to actually leave the side on my case for more than a day or 2. 8 Sata cables included, along with temp sensors, extra usb2 ports on a slot bracket, etc. 2 Network ports, I plan to add a second network card to my other system and directly connect to this one for file transfers between the 2.

Cons: I knew of all these cons before I bought this so no egg deductions. No front/rear panel for USB 3.0 header included or available separate. EZ-Plug is in a bad spot for cable management, so I ran a sleeved extension and connected to the PS harness in a hidden area to keep it neat and maintain airflow. The EZ plug at the bottom was a tight squeeze with the power supply but I managed. No IEEE 1394 ports or headers, no biggie I'll probably use my old setup to pull off the camcorder then transfer it via network for editing/encoding. PCI X1 slot is useless. I wish there was a header for a switch to change the Bios between 1 and 2. I rarely use my reset button and I would love to use it to switch the Bios without opening the case or entering the menu. The CPU doesn't line up with my Motherboard tray cutout so if I change coolers later I'll have to yank the board. The CPU and memory are close together so no tall memory heatsinks with large CPU coolers.

Overall Review: I originally was planning to get the Gigabyte UD7 board instead of this one, then that whole chipset recall hit. I was waiting for the UD7 to come back when this board caught my eye. After some research I decided I didn't have a real need for legacy PCI slots, and I could easily live without the 1394. I really thought the ROG functions would be a nice feature that would be more useful to me anyway, and I could get my system together sooner. I decided to try and catch this in stock, and with a bit of luck I managed to from my phone. It was sold out a half hour later when I got home. I'm still running my older 5850 vid card in this and I'm satisfied for now. I've got my eye on the 6990 cards but not quite feeling the need yet. Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase. setup is MIV Extreme, 2600k, 8GB G-skill Ripjaw 2133 memory, V6GT cooler, NZXT Tempest EVO case, Thermaltake Black Widow 850 PS, XFX HD5850, WD 1TB 7200 SATA-III, W7 Pro 64 Bit

Most Critical Review

I have the previous model with the same specs...

iBUYPOWER Desktop PC Gamer Supreme 937SLC Intel Core i7 860 (2.80GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD ATI Radeon HD 5850 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
iBUYPOWER Desktop PC Gamer Supreme 937SLC Intel Core i7 860 (2.80GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD ATI Radeon HD 5850 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Like the title says, I have the previous model of this system which has identical specs. This one does look like it is water cooled, mine has a standard Heatsink/fan. The system has been stable, have been running for over 2 months. Tempest case is huge and solid. Gigabyte motherboard, XFX video card. Name brand components not cheap generic stuff. Windows 7 is fast and stable.

Cons: The first thing I had to do was correct a couple of power plugs which were causing the light bars on the front of the case to be inoperative. Easily fixed but should have been right from the start. No extra parts for the case were included. I needed some additional rails for 5.25" devices, and some additional screws. Ibuypower issued a preapproval code for the parts, however after submitting my info I never received any parts or explanation as to why. I finally contacted NZXT and they were more than happy to send me what I needed, and the issue was not even because of them. I hope I do not have any warranty issues arise as I have a feeling it will be a hassle. I knocked off 2 eggs for the lousy customer service of Ibuypower.

Overall Review: I had to activate Windows 7 via phone, the online activation failed to work. Easily done but a bit aggravating. When I started trying to obtain the missing parts I ran across the forums on the Ibuypower website. The forums are full of postings about customer service issues. One other thing, the hard drive is the slower WD green series, I upgraded to the black series and installed the green drive in an esata case for backing up the main drive. IMO a system of this caliber should have been equipped with a 7200 RPM hard drive from the start.

Good PC for a student or office

ASUS Desktop Computer M32BF-US002T AMD A8-5500 (3.2 GHz) 4 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7560D Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
ASUS Desktop Computer M32BF-US002T AMD A8-5500 (3.2 GHz) 4 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7560D Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: Great bang for the buck, Asus quality. Empty PCI slot for a dedicated graphics card. Only 1 memory slot populated so doubling the memory to 8GB would be inexpensive.

Cons: Memory is a bit low at 4GB, but still adequate. My biggest complaint is the warranty sticker sealing the case so user upgrades may void warranty.

Overall Review: I got this for my daughter to use for her online home schooling tasks, and it is plenty of computer for that. Office runs well as do the online web apps for her school.

Perfect in Maximus IV Extreme!

G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXLD
G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXLD

Pros: Plugged it in, selected XMP in BIOS and away it went at 2133 speed. Stress tested for 3 or 4 hours with various programs in and out of Windows so I feel it's stable. Windows Experience rated 7.9!

Cons: Included fan setup wouldn't work in my application in stock form, but it runs cool without it, just warm to the touch. No egg deduction but it would be nice to get the modules alone at a lower price or include a cooler with more flexibility in the mounting options.

Overall Review: The included fan set does not fit the Maximus Extreme very well because of the design of the RAM retainers, which turned out not to matter anyway because I'm running the fairly wide V6GT CPU cooler, and there's simply not enough room to fit the RAM fans between the cooler and the 24 pin connector. Using the fans will require a custom bracket setup, which I might do later. For now my case has enough airflow past the RAM that it never got beyond warm to the touch. I'll probably install one of the ASUS temp sensors on the RAM so I can monitor it to be sure but I feel comfortable running it without the cooler. The rated voltage on these is 1.65 to achieve the 2133 speed though the Intel specs say to keep DRAM voltage below 1.65 on Sandy Bridge setups so it's right on the edge, though I'm sure there's some overhead in the spec. My setup is a Maximus IV Extreme/2600k.

Excellent Affordable case

Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option
Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option

Pros: Great value for the money. Adequate space for components Motherboard tray cutout for rear access to mount coolers. Rolled edges, so no cuts from this one. Corsair A70 cooler fit with a bit of room to spare. Adequate airflow for most setups. Black screws included for a nice stealthy look. It's made of a decent gauge of metal so it doesn't feel like cheap a tin can. Bottom PSU mount with filtered intake. Front intake foam filters. Places for 2 more fans (80mm, 92mm or 120mm will work, nice!) HDD mounts allow cables to face either side to suit your taste. 5.25" bays are tool-less but you can easily use screws instead, and the screws are included.

Cons: None of my cons were worthy of deducting an egg, but here's what I didn't like. The BRIGHT red HDD LED. It is a standard 3mm LED so I just replaced it with blue, easily done. The thumbscrews are very cheap plastic, I already replaced those with some metal ones. Top and Front fans only have Molex plugs, but I'm running a fan controller so that wasn't a major issue at all. Instructions not detailed enough for an inexperienced builder. There is no Power LED so I may add one, seems a lot of cases don't have them anymore.

Overall Review: I see a lot of complaints about the direction the HDD cables face, but as someone else has pointed out you pop out the 2 pins in each HDD rail and reinstall them in the other set of holes then the cables face outwards. I installed a Sunbeam PL-RS3 fan controller in one of the 3.5" bays. It matches the case perfect and allows PWM or manual control of the included fans. It would be the perfect item for Newegg to combo with this case. I had no problems running most of my cables behind the right side panel, there is a nice pocket beside the 3.5" bays to conceal extra wiring in. I bought this case because I wanted to build an 1155/2600k setup in my NZXT Tempest Evo, and my old 1156 i7 860 needed a home that wouldn't take up a large amount of space and wouldn't break the bank. This case isn't tiny but it's not huge either, really a perfect size for my needs. To my delight, my temps are running the same as they were in the Tempest.

Decent cooler if you have room

CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm A70 Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm A70 Dual-Fan CPU Cooler

Pros: Massive improvement over stock Intel cooler on my i7 860. Idles at 22C, 41C running Prime 95. Comparable temps to my V6 GT but not quite as tall, I switched my 860 setup to a smaller case (Rosewill Challenger) and I don't think the V6GT would clear.

Cons: Large size, but comparable to most decent CPU coolers. Tall memory heatsinks will not fit, another common issue with big coolers. Low profile Ram heatsinks like G-Skill Ripjaw will fit just fine. This cooler extends over the first 2 RAM slots on my P55M-UD2 board. The fans are 3 pin, I personally prefer PWM fans for a CPU cooler so I plan to upgrade later. Instructions were not the best, but I've seen worse. If you're good with hardware installation it won't be an issue. You will need rear access to your motherboard, I don't know why people rate coolers down because of this. Heavy coolers on Intel sockets need the extra support of a backplate and rear hardware. Mycase has a cutout which made install faster. (The AMD retainer bar does not require rear access)

Overall Review: I mounted it up with Arctic Silver 5 paste because I wanted to compare it accurately to my V6 GT. After installing the cooler my PC would boot, run 3 seconds then reset in an endless loop. To make a long story short the 3 Torx screws that retain the factory 1156 retention mechanism to my motherboard were not tight, so you should check those before you mount up the cooler. Having an extra long screwdriver handy is a plus for the installation if room is tight. The 4 included fiber washers that are never mentioned in the directions go on the Intel backplate posts, between the backplate and the motherboard. An extra hand will be nice for an Intel install, as the backplate doesn't hold itself in and you have to juggle the plate, the cooler and the retention nuts while trying not to make a mess out of your thermal paste. I finally laid the case down on its side and used a wadded up washcloth under it to hold the backplate up for me.