Joined on 11/06/01
I had problems, but ASRock Server Tech Support took care of me !
Pros: - 16 DIMM slots for DDR4 quad channel memory, I'm using 8 sticks of 8GB DDR4 2133 RDIMM - Dual 2011-3 CPU sockets -- work great with my dual Xeon E5-2683v3 processors - Qty of 4 1-Gbit LAN ports
Cons: - No audio rear I/O ports or mobo header; can still use HDMI audio through video card(s) -- at least I can through my nVidia card. - First x16 PCIE6 slot can't accommodate a full-sized video card, blocked by DDR4 C & D memory slots. Can still use full length cards in x16 slots PCIE2 and PCIE4 - i.e. only dual, not tri-SLI possible. - Only has provisions for "Narrow ILM" CPU cooler attachments. I'm very happy with my Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U coolers which have brackets for both "Square ILM and Narrow ILM". - Came with P1.0 BIOS. You will want to update to P2.10 as soon as possible.
Overall Review: - ASRock Server Tech Support is highly recommended. I may have bent some pins in one of my sockets during CPU installation -- even though I am usually very careful. Subsequently I had issues recognizing all my memory sticks. ASRock Tech Support was able to repair the motherboard. However, to be on the safe side, they decided to replace the entire motherboad and send the original back to the factory for refurbishment. They have been very responsive to my emails and very cooperative.
Pros: Cooling seems to be OK, but I expected better because I used a liquid metal thermal interface material (Cool Laboratory Liquid Pro) with my non-OCed I9-10900KF. Still, I get temps up to 76 deg.C in benchmark tests such as Cinebench20.
Cons: Pump makes a clearly audible rattling noise whenever my CPU is being driven hard. Not expected unless my AIO cooler is defective. One of the 140mm fans has now developed a noticeable ticking sound that comes and goes - the worst kind. I will probably replace at my own cost. I should return under warranty, but this AIO was a real pain to install in my Fractal R5 case. The radiator mounting holes could not be lined up with the case holes because of interferences between the radiator and the motherboard IO shroud.
Overall Review: I'm not the only customer to complain about pump noise, so, no - I can't recommend this AIO.
Pros: In response to my previous review and 3-star rating -- Gigabyte Support for Newegg customers has sent a new Alpha BIOS to me which has fixed all issues except for the very minor annoyance of switched SP/DIF port identifications. I can easily live with that. I'm only telling Gigabyte this so that they can get it 100% sorted out in the final BIOS update.
Cons: I didn't mention it in my first review, but there are lip-sync issues between audio outputs and HDMI video output. It would be nice if Gigabyte could offer BIOS or Realtek driver settings to deal with these issues -- one for HDMI (Intel) audio and others for mobo/Realtek (speaker, USB, optical coax, and digital coax) audio output. Right now the USB audio port on the mobo seems to be worse than the other mobo audio ports.
Overall Review: Digital audio output quality of this motherboard to an outboard DAC (Peachtree DAC-iTx) is really excellent.
Different Light Colors
Pros: Low power, more light than expected (seems equivalent to more like a 50w incandescent bulb)
Cons: Bought two for my front porch. Light fixtures are open-ended, so I am not using in an enclosed space. Unfortunately, the light color of the two bulbs does not match -- not even close. One seems around the specified 3110k; the other is much whiter -- I estimate in the 4500k range.
Overall Review: I'm considering buying a third bulb so that I can use the two that match closest in color for my front porch. The oddball bulb I'll use by itself somewhere else. Beyond that, I'll stay away from this brand due to apparently poor quality control.
Excellent Picture Quality
Pros: Excellent picture quality -- great contrast and definition. Crysis 3 looks fabulous with no signs of lag or ghosting. Very uniform screen brightness from edge to center.
Overall Review: I don't really see an advantage of this IPS display for viewing angle over my other conventional monitors.
Not Compatible with Asus P9X79 Pro
Pros: Couldn't get it to run reliably -- so none.
Cons: My system would only run for 5 or 10 minutes before crashing to power off shut-down, sometimes even during boot-up. Not compatible with Asus P9X79 Pro LGA 2011 mobo -- it should be -- specs say it was designed for specifically this type of mobo and DIMM application.
Overall Review: Tried every BIOS combination possible, including underclocking the memory, underclocking the CPU, over-volting the memory (slightly), etc, etc. Read all the tips and tricks at review sites and forums -- no joy...