Date Joined: 03/08/08
Pros: Very natural sound, with a good subwoofer (16Hz - 20Hz real extension). They make a good 2.1 system. They play nice with tubes too. However, getting to cons now.
Cons: They are definitely not capable of 45Hz, you will need a sub for bass.
The speakers are not 4.5" as another reviewer mentions.
$449/each is a ridiculous price for these. For the money you can get way way better fronts unless you absolutely need wall mounting/bookshelf (these don't really do bookshelf and are too thick for wall mount). You'd be way better off at this price picking up a pair of Paradigm Monitor 9.7s.
Again on the price, these can be found for $300ish a pair on fleabay.
Pros: I have read a few reports stating that this board is acually an ATX form factor, not eATX. The 371 will take an mATX or ATX but not an eATX.
In the 371 the PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, and it has 7 PCI card punchouts. I'm currently running a maximus iv gene-z/gen3 but I'd like the ability to drop in a 3rd 670 GTX for tri-sli. My PSU right now is a Corsair TX850, which will probably need to be updated too.
Can anyone out there state with some confidence that the Formula MB will fit in the 371 case? If not can you point me in the direction of a case with good airflow that doesn't look like a transformer took a dump on my desk? Is my power supply adequate to run 3 GPUs + other peripherals? I've got 32GB memory, a 3tb 7200 RPM primary storage drive, a 2TB 5400 RPM backup drive, BD-RE and a 512GB SSD. All of this is driving a 3770k happily running at 4.9Ghz.
Any help appreciated. I'd give this board 5/5 if I could use it
Cons: None that I can see, of course I don't own it yet.
Pros: First off, I've already got the Maximus Gene IV/Gen3 running a 3770k at an astounding 4.8Ghz with temps around 75c under load. My friend is in dire need of a board for her new build, and I'm on the fence on replacing mine and giving the Gene IV to her.
A couple of caveats though, and maybe this isn't the right place to ask. I like the mPCIe slot, I can see a lot of practical applications for it but .... where it's placed relative to everything else, is it going to mess with cooling options? I'm using an Antec Kuhler 920 and it is a great piece of kit. I don't want to go down the route of expensive air if don't have to, but again the mPCIe seems like it could be incredibly useful. Any thoughts?
Second, OC performance relative to the Gene IV? Better? Worse? The upgrades to Extreme Engine Digi VRM II seem like they'd be helpful, but I can't really find anyone out there comparing these two boards to make an informed choice.
Cons: All your cons are belong to us.
Pros: Very easy to obtain a stable overclock, easy cabling job and nice onboard ethernet.
Put together a nice system with this board in a mATX case, still managed to hit 4.5 on air with a 2500k. Board is rock solid, performs well with Intel 311 for SRT, 16GB memory and 560ti 448.
As a show of faith in ASUS i'm still giving it 5 eggs, but I have a beef with this board as of today.
Cons: Does not recognize 3TB drives under Intel Raid, only under AHCI. I had planned on using a 3TB boot drive with SRT but not happening at this point.
I'm booting off a 2tb LP drive for the time being while I wait for a BIOS update. Apparently this update is already available for the non-GEN3 boards. BOO.
Overall Review: Anyway, ASUS is a good company and I know they will eventually fix this. I am really happy with the purchase overall and would do it again.
Pros: Worked out of the box with included drivers, installation was a snap. Struggled with a Linksys and Netgear card which cost 3x as much and had s**tty driver support for Vista x64. No problems at all with this card.
Cons: So cheap and works so well, there must be something wrong with it right?
Overall Review: Great purchase and great service from Newegg, you guys rock.