Date Joined: 11/23/04
Pros: Slim and short
Overall Review: The black finish works to hide and disappear in the backdrop of the case and allow the lighting to take center stage. Then there's the fit of the perfect length so that there is less cable to hide or tuck away but instead reaches it's destination just right allowing for a nice tight finish and look and adds to better airflow within the case to the warmer parts.
Pros: This board is a system-builder's dream. Hardware, software and system features out the wazzuu!
Overall Review: Maxidream, from what I have read-up on this board prior to purchasing is that the BIOS Ultra Fast setting will only work with a certain carefully chosen setup. First you will need to utilize the Intel Rapid Response Technology setting for the hard drives. This may include and need a RAID 0 setup, of that I'm not sure. I plan for RAID 0 myself and it's what is shown in the AsRock videos. Secondly. you need Windows 8, which I see that you said you had/were installing. The third thing I believe that you have to have to utilize the Ultra Fast setting is UEFI GOP VBIOS with a capable GPU. You may likely need to get with EVGA for your GPU and request a VBIOS with GOP driver capability. All of this is needed to utilize and take advantage of the Ultra Fast setting in the BIOS. Otherwise you may likely experience the issue you had with this motherboard.
Pros: Smokin'! from what I can tell, thus far!
Cons: Actually, I think this new X58 and i7920 are so fast they are starving for data, even these smokin V-Raps have hard time feeding this monstor setup. ehpa, ehpa, andolea! move it or lose it! Comin' through!
Overall Review: Going to benchmark system next few days. See where my new work rig stands. I'm sure i'll be most impressed! So, far, I have a computer that keeps a permanent grin all day...now where is the money for that new vid card i need to put the icing on this cake???
Pros: Worked like a charm in Gigabyte board! once mem setting set to XMP profile and turbo rating, MB immediately recognized timings.
Cons: Could use a more masculine colour scheme; teal blue is a bit soft for me in this setup...oh well, works as advertised and better really, so, can't ding it really.
Overall Review: Works great at stock settings! If you OC your rig, i have been able to get to 1600 Mhz with loose timings of 9-9-9-24 and 1T timing. Mainly board took care of everything when i moved to 190 QPI. Someone pinch me! I think i've gone to heaven!
Pros: One of the easiest socket clips you'll ever work with! Installation was a breeze with the way it is designed to fit your Zalman CNPS 9700/9500. I bought the 9700 to go with my Gigabyte 1366 sckt MB. Very solid fit and finish! Did i mention easy! Goes on in a snap!
Cons: If there could be one, not really; I've installed one(CNPS 9700 blue led) of these before on a dream machine i built a friend of mine a year and a half ago. Typically on the 775 socket T they point the fan towards the rear case exhaust fan which seemed the best idea. With this clip it points the fan to blow to the top of your case. Not a big deal for my case which has two fans exhausting heat from the case from the top of the case. CM 690 blk. one more thought might be that i had to spend the xtra $ to mount to new socket 1366, but it was worth it in the end.
Overall Review: Ok fan boys! haha! pun is intended! ;) The sweet news! U may wish to sit down for this; glad I was! Bought new i7-920 and easily OC'd to 4Ghz (200x20) Schwing! this was the easiest and most effortless overclock i've done to date! With my CNPS 9700, it keeps the CPU, according to Gigabyte temp utility, at 109 deg F 42.7C Holey Cool-headedness Batchamps! Memory is sitting OC'd at 1600 w/ loose timings 9-9-9-24 and slightly OV'd at 1.66v NO BSODs yet!! Did i say NO BSODs!!! I'm floored and for once happy! This thing smokes all comers! I'm backing it down though to work with at 3.8Ghz as when at 4.0 Ghz, the QPI is essentially 7.2Ghz effective or 3600 Mhz. I think this may hurt the chip in long run. So, i'll keep at 3.8Ghz and a QPI of 6.46GTs or 3200Mhz. I don't think i've tapped above 30% of this CPU's potential. I think it starves for data at this speed and is waiting for my Velociraptor to feed it! ;-) Come on SSDs! I feel the need, the need for SPEED! 6GBs perfect!
Pros: Awesome cooling so far!!
Cons: with two 12cm fans it makes for quite the Monolith of CPU air coolers! Looks incredible though! Would love to have it in all copper!
Overall Review: Purchased 2 of the Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm Case Fans to create a pull-pull effect over the heat-pipes in a CM-690 case for a friend. E6600 overclocked from 2.4 to 3.0GHz and stays at 84F/28.88C, going to see if i can get it to 3.2Ghz and keep stable. Shouldn't be a problem.
Pros: Works as advertised. Using in new Asus P5K-E. I was able to get this to 890MHz with 184.108.40.206 timings at 2.2v doesn't appear to like moving at or past 900MHz. For now it's fine, but I will move on eventually and try out the 1066 Mushkin mem and see if makes it to 1200mhz.
Cons: None. Works as advertised.
Overall Review: Asus P5K-E is a strange animal to work with in overclocking. Not as friendly as my past P5N32_SLI board. Still, was able to push new E8400 to 4.005 Ghz without breaking a sweat = very nice! :)
Pros: Fast, very fast drives. Best spin-up speeds and burn speed ratings. Haven't tortured thuroughly, but what I have used of them they work quickly. Bought for both work computer and 2 for home. Gotta love SATA! Can't go wrong with black faceplates! Need to grab some Lighscribe media and check it out...
Cons: None so far! Go speed racer, go!