Date Joined: 05/13/12
Pros: Looks nice, can change southbridge LED color. For the most part, it works.
Cons: Updated bios for XMP Ripjaw 3200 support. But the BIOS is all messed up for OCing voltages. If i set an offset or adaptive for a 1.27vcore, with .01 +, it'll boost the vcore by 0.05 and sometimes 0.1 volts. Doesn't seem like a lot, but believe me, it is a big difference. Also, sometimes the audio chips makes a pop noise when changing sources. Very annoying. BIOS 1001 was pure garbage, the latest, i believe 1102, works better voltage wise, but still not there. Haven't tested out 1202, since it's a Beta BIOS. When testing 4.7Ghz at 1.3 volts the mobo SPIKED my voltage up to 1.5 at one point, while running with a .01 + offset. Ridiculous. Wish it had more fan headers.
Overall Review: I upgraded from an Asus Maximus Gene V. Never had an issue with the Gene V, especially with OCing voltages. Worked like a charm.
I mostly got this board because I didn't want the white from the Z170-A board, and this board has the "Error Code" display. But I think people are better off going with another vendor, until Asus fixes their BIOS issues. Unless you're not overclocking. Then the board is fine.
Pros: Fast, paid about $155 on sale 9 months ago, still runs great.
Cons: Once in a blue moon, on boot up the mobo won't recognize the SSD. Forcing me to unplug the power, then it will boot up fine. Sometimes the SSD will hang, forcing me to reboot, only to not be recognized by the mobo. Not sure if it's a mobo issue, or SSD issue. My guess is SSD, since it's never happened with my regular 7200 WD Black drive.
Overall Review: the hang/freeze thing happens rarely, but it can be annoying.
Pros: Fast card, low temps while water cooled, paid about $300, free Witcher game, and OCed to 1502MHz.
Cons: I have these SLIed and the coil whine from 1 card is annoying. But I get coil whine from both and it can be really annoying. But if you have the case on the floor, it's not too bad. And if you game with a headset, you won't notice the whine at all. Minus an egg for the whine.
Overall Review: Cheap, burns through games, and great EVGA support. SLIed I run at about 90-100 avg FPS on The Witcher 3 at 1080p, at Ultra. Water cooled max temp on each card is 45c, idle about 20-25c. 240 and 420 rad setup, with a CPU block as well (i5 3550k OCed to 4.4Ghz at 1.21v).
Pros: Fast, cheap, fast and cheap.
Cons: Not free
Overall Review: Installed this drive in my wife's laptop, replacing a slow as molasses 5400 HD. Night and day difference in performance of her laptop. Just remember to set AHCI in the SATA settings in the BIOS.
Pros: Water cooling couldn't be easier, since this thing is HUGE. The mobo plate comes off, so you can do mobo installs outside of the case, and easily scews back in with thumb screws. Most of the case has great magnetic filtering. Many "hidden" HDD bays for 3.5 and 2.5 HDDs, so you don't have to use the "non-hidden" HDD bays, which will give you more room for whatever you want to put in there. Comes with a nice 200mm fan, and the power button/usb hub is movable to the other side of the case. Tons of customization options for fan setup, radiator setup, res setup, etc. Can accommodate big mobos. Since the mobo lays flat in this case heavy water cooled video cards won't put any strain on the mobo (especially if they're SLied/Crossfired).
Cons: Although it's also a positive, this thing really is huge. It's about the size of a window A/C unit (not exaggerating). Way too big to put on a desk. The interior paint job is fine, but the interior corners could have used a better job. The side panel intake doesn't line up with the fan mounting bracket. So half of the fans are only exposed to the full side panel intake. The rear I/O hold down bracket thing is kind of a pain to unscrew and screw back in. If you want to mount a 2nd 200mm fan in the front, it has to be installed INSIDE the case, rather than on the front like the supplied front bottom 200mm fan is mounted. they could have made the case about 3" smaller, front to back, and it would have been perfect. Since the 200mm front top fan has to be mounted inside, it comes REALLY close to 480mm top mounted rads. So turning compression fittings is a little annoying, and makes any front rad ports useless. **My Major Issue** If you try to mount a rad larger than 280 near the vented side panel, and if you have your medusa like power supply on the same side, the rad fans won't fit, since the rad fans will knock into the power supply. So you're forced to move the power supply and it's 80 cables to the windowed side of the case, or mount large rads up top. Keep that in mind if you're planning on mount large rads everywhere. The instructions were useless. You're better off watching a youtube video to help with all your mounting options. The grommet that leads from the power supply to the other side of the wall, to the HDD bays, is ill placed. The HDD bays basically block the grommets, but you can get around it. Wish they'd had placed said grommets more towards the back of the case. The Power LED is really really bright. Can be annoying if you manage to have the case on a desk and the LED is blinding you. But it can be easily remedied with a piece of tape, or not plugging the power LED to the mobo.
Overall Review: For $159, plus a $20 rebate, this case is a steal. Highly recommend it! I went from a Phanteks Enthoo Pro (great case) to the X9 and I will never go back. The X9 is so easy to work with, and any issues you do run into can easily be remedied with a mod, or ghetto work around.
Note: My rads are 45mm thick, so maybe using 30mm thick rads will work better when mounting on the side panel bracket with a power supply in the same area.