Joined on 03/16/13
Fast and cool
Pros: So far it boots a lot faster than my WD Caviar Black 1Tb. It runs at 34* C when writing and reading my installations after boots. Runs 34-37* when playing games. Solid construction. Cool looking. It runs as loud as the Caviar Black 1Tb.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I plan on buying a second one of these and an ssd so that I can have a safer and higher performance disk drives through raid configurations. These would be excellent. They read fast and stay cool
Pros: Has 8 cores Gets good performance under heavy loads Decent price point
Cons: Still uses 32nm technology Generates way too much heat takes way too much power Doesn't support pcie 3.0
Overall Review: Compared to it's i5 competitor this does not perform the same, not to say it can't handle similar loads, because it can; that however does not mean it performs the same. It uses out dated technology even by it's release date, pcie 3.0 was becoming fairly standard, as well 22nm technology. It generates almost 10*C more heat than the I5 and takes almost double the power, and at the price of $200 compared to the i5's $240 your not really saving much considering your pouring more power into your system which in the long run will cost you more. This chip didn't perform as I expected it to during 2d graphic programs, or running multiple graphic and sound programs at once. Response of midi controls and latency of sound grew worse as I added more sophisticated sound generations and multiple tracks. Load times are slightly slower than Intel both on 120gb ssd's. Considering all that, this processor isn't a bad one. It just seems very dated to even be $200.
Pros: Uses UEFI Bios Easy and understandable overclocking Easy component installation
Cons: Does not use PCIE 3.0 so it cuts the bandwidth of all pcie 3.0 cards in half Does not include thermal armor released with z77 and z87 which does increase thermal dissipation The pcb is thinner than and uses less copper than Z77 series Asus boards
Overall Review: It's a decent board, but it lacks a lot of the current technology to really push your components in the same way Intel allows you to push your system.
Best ram period
Pros: Major increase in performance, rendering, and overall smoothness of gameplay. Clocks to advertised speeds with xmp profile Runs pretty much same temp as the Trident X 1866mhz mem Construction is sturdy unlike some reviews have indicated Was also easy to clock on my amd board despite the lack of preset profiles for amd Inexpensive in comparison to anything rated at higher speeds. has great cas latency given it's high speed
Cons: The fins of the heatsink are big
Overall Review: It's the best memory you can buy at this price point in my opinion. While the heatsinks are rather large they are also pretty effective, and shouldn't be a problem with water coolers but can be a major issue with large air cooled heatsinks.
Awesome WS Board
Pros: Has a nice high memory oc great pcie support good raid support can fully scale two pcie slots which is great for two dual gpu cards I didn't have to update any bios to have anything running properly The code readout is super awesome, saves a lot of time in hardware and software troubleshooting All components perform as advertised Dr. Power is a great feature
Cons: I guess it's too good for some people
Overall Review: It's not like other board where you are spending the first hours of your build updating bios to make sure all your ultra expensive hardware works right like it is with pretty much all the 2011 boards. The bios looked polished and were easy to use and understand . Dual slot cards fit perfectly fine next to each, in fact they are seated at the same distance apart as my sabertooth board. I use a trash coolmax 1200w with dr power feature just in case and I have never had any issues even under intense oc. the psu only failed once under heavy voltages due to coolmax having trashy inefficient products. This board monitors and gives feedback to pretty much everything you do. All of these board failures and issues in the reviews can easily be avoided and fixed with the code readouts, warning speaker, led indicators, dr power, etc. There is no reason to not know the cause of malfunctions on this board.
Super low cas
Pros: Performance speed They run pretty cool they even get a boost over the sniper series 1866 by quite a bit
Overall Review: The fins are big so be aware, they still run solid without them. Worked out of the box with XMP and ran at reference speeds. Now I kind of want to try out the 2400mhz