Joined on 06/25/10
Nice MB but
Pros: Lots of features. Plenty of OC features to keep you playing with it. EXCELLENT documentation with it (sucks buying an MSI board). Probably the best board out. BIOS update allows pcb fan change.
Cons: PCB fan is LOUD! I have 4 140mm fans 2 120mm fans and 2 Cyclone video card fans and the PCB fan is the noisiest in the case! Spins like 6000rpm when you get the MB. Also there is no firewire hub on this motherboard :(
Overall Review: I really like ASUS boards but maybe consider if you need this high end board... I will never use allot of the features.
RMA in Progress
Pros: Crossfire's well. Overclocks easily to 1ghz with updated drivers and overclocking makes a huge difference in real world gaming performance for me. Afterburner works well and can be set to start up with windows and always be OCd if you want. First one has given me no trouble after a year and a half. Second one died after 3 weeks. Almost never micro stutters with crossfire and looks cool. Overclocks to 1ghz with no voltage increase but my settings for stable 1ghz gaming is 1220cv 1000Mhz, and 1130mem. By itself one of these cards plays skyrim and crysis 2 at max res/max settings but frame rate on those is low until its overclocked. With two cards this card will play BF3 Metro ect on max no problem. Reviews I have seen of the 69xx suggest those cards do not perform as well as this card has for me for games .
Cons: Purchased a second one for crossfire and put my new card as primary and aparantly it couldnt take it. RMA in progress with MSI and it has been almost a month and they are now shipping it :( If you can go through NewEgg for RMA do that since they took about a week last time I did one with them.
7 is better than 8!
Pros: Great for touchscreens. If you like mac this may be a suteable alternative. Takes very little thought to operate (other than quirks which will soon be ironed out im sure). Media navigation system is really cool.... not very functional for finding the pic or whatever your looking for tho.
Cons: I like the win 7 layout. Love the features of 7 but was a little upset when Microsoft took away features with 7 from vista... but i guess the average user only notices how fast and convenient it is and has no idea that's from a smaller less capable OS. I do like 7 better than vista but this is just to much for me...
Overall Review: Listen Microsoft if I wanted a Mac I would have one.... Get in where you fit in... your not a Mac your a PC oh wait neither of you are PCs your both OSs!
4 processors 2 M-Boards ect Later
Pros: Have had this case apart allot. Several processors two motherboards, SSDs HDs, ect and I like it more now than when I first got it. This is well put together and made to make working on it easy. Please also see cons if you are considering this case.
Cons: I really like this case but I would recommend considering a few things before purchasing. Do you want the drive bays to show on the front of your case? There are allot of cool gauges and stuff that just get dusty and covered in this case. Do you want to mount an internal radiator? Without mudding this case will only accept a very small radiator. Does USB 3.0 on the front of the case matter to you? This one comes with USB 2.0 and other stuff but no 3.0. Still very happy with it and not sure what other case I would choose to replace it with if I could have any one but these are definite things to consider.
Overall Review: I like knowing I could throw a dual CPU board in if I want to.
Glad I got them but...
Pros: Well built. Cool looking (black)
Cons: Replaced Corsair H70 stock fans (without the resistor) and they are much quieter (most fans are) they do not cool as well and I had to un-overclock my cpu to use these on my radiator in push-pull config. I don't know for sure how much air my other fans moved but I find it hard to believe these are doing all they are rated at. I do like them and they are very nice fans however I question weather or not they are really the nicest fans out as the specs suggest. You are getting 15 bucks worth of fan with this but maybe there are some other good options you should also consider!
Overall Review: My 2600k seemed to create way less heat when overclocked. I have had 3 3820s now and they all produce more heat than my 2600k did. Need better cooling I ended up turning my cpu down until I purchase a better radiator since the load noise my fans made before was unbearable for me and with three wires and no PWM on my R4E they ran at 100% all the time.