Joined on 08/15/05
Extremely happy with this Mobo
Pros: My favorite feature of this mobo is the built in Overclock profiles. I have it set to the Gamer preset and it auto overclocks to anywhere between 4Ghz-4.7Ghz based on your CPU load. I really like that fact that it isn't running hot or screaming fast all the time, just when it is needed. Paired with an Intel 3930K and Corsair H100 liquid cooler my temps are 32C@idle and 62C under load and overclocked to 4.7Ghz. The onboard POWER and RESET buttons make it a cinch to use with an open air workbench case.
Cons: None that I can think of. I have been nothing but thrilled with this purchase.
Overall Review: For someone who does not plan\need to run vast amounts of peripherals (ie. quad-sli) this card is perfect. I have a single nVidia GTX670, an ASUS Xonar sound card, an Intel Gigabit network adapter and am getting amazing performance. I can now play Skyrim with all settings completely maxed out with more than 20Gb of mods (mostly meshes and textures for extremely high graphical enhancements). I would recommend this mobo to anyone interested without hesitation.
3930K vs 3960x
Pros: For pure performance per dollar, this is the best CPU on the market. The 3960X is almost twice the price for a mere 2-5% performance increase. The only diference in the two CPU's is an additional 3Mb L3 Cache. I have this paired with an ASUS Rampage IV Gene mobo and 16Gb of gSkill Ripjaws Z series RAM and they work flawlessly together. The mobo has 4 overclocking presets available with a single click of the mouse of which I chose the Gamer profile. The CPU runs as low as 1.2Ghz @idle and auto-overclocks all the way up to 4.7Ghz (x12 threads)under load. I love the fact that it doesn't have to be running at rediculous speeds 24/7 to get the best performance. I also installed a Corsair H100 liquid cooler and idle temps are around 34C with max temps reaching the mid 60's @4.7Ghz. This also supports the latest technologies (ie. PCI-E X16 3.0, quad channel memory and Sata 6.0), so I automatically got an upgrade to my Video card and HDD speeds without even replacing the hardware. Yay!
Cons: None that I can find.
Overall Review: I am absolutely thrilled with this CPU and am glad I chose to go ahead and go with the new 2011 socket. My second choice was the new 1115 sockets from intel but they cannot hold a candle to these for only about $200 more. The motherboard and RAM prices are pretty much the same for both sockets.
Hard Working and Very Stable
Pros: This RAM has excellent cooling capacity and runs fantastic on my new build. I haven't overclocked it at all but from everything I have learned from numerous online reviews and benchmarks, the overall gain by overclocking the RAM past 1600-1866 is minimal. So for now I am just letting it chug away in quad-channel mode at 1600 speeds.
Cons: The Ram was only running at 11-11-11-28 timings by default on an ASUS Rampage IV Gene mobo, and it still rated at the very top of all the AIDA64 tests. You need to set the RAM to 9-9-9-24 in the BIOS or other overclocking utility to see the lower latency indicated by the memory specs.
Overall Review: I am an avid computer tweaker and literally spent months researching and deciding which components to purchase for my next build. I settled on an Intel 3930K, ASUS Rampage IV Gene mobo and 16Gb of this memory along with a Corsair H100 liquid cooler fo the CPU and I think it makes the perfect rig. Along with an nVidia GTX670 I am able to play Skyrim with every single setting maxed out in both the game options as well as the nVidia Control Panel with more than 20Gb of mods installed (mostly meshes and textures for massive graphics boosts).
HD6950 to GTX670 and thrilled
Pros: Amazing card. I upgraded from an HD6950 to this GTX670 and couldn't be happier. There is a noticable FPS gain and the nVidia card just seems to run smoother. I have overclocked this monster to 1040Mhz CPU and 6800 Memory using GPU Tweak with the power % set to 120. It runs far cooler than the HD6950 and requires quite a bit less power.
Cons: The only feature I can find that does not seem to work well is the Ambient Occlusion. I am a fiend for Skyrim and with AO set to just "Performance" (there is also a "Quality" setting available) in the nVidia Control Panel, I have to disable all anti-aliasing and texture filtering and bring my anisotropic filtering down to 8x and am still getting alot of stutter and FPS issues in game. When I dissable Ambient Occlusion, I am able to max out every other setting including 32x CSAA, FXAA, 16x anti-aliasing, 8x Supersample, and Texture Filtering to High Quality and the gameplay is smooth as butter.
Overall Review: Until recently I have been an AMD/Radeon junkie but it seems that AMD is unable to keep up with the highest quality standards and performance of both Intel and nVidia. The price tag is a bit steeper but the gains in both performance and having access to the very latest technologies is worth every penny. I think I just became an nVidia fanboy.