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Sean F.

Sean F.

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Most Favorable Review

Simply Amazing (but ships with old bios)

ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: Overclocking on the board is AMAZING. The bios tweakabilty is incredible.

Cons: Shipped with an old bios that did not support the 2011 chipset. Hence it would not post, nor get video, which would probably account for the majority of these DOA complaints. However, the ROG connect bios updater is impressive and quite easy to do once you understand the procedure correctly. Essentially you down load the bios rom and the bios renamer from ASus. Put the rom in the folder and click on the renamer exe.. it renames the file, you drop the file on a USB flash drive and pop it into the ROG connect usb port and press the ROG button next to the port for 5 secs and release once it starts flashing. You'll see the flashing continue while the update takes place. Once it stops, reboot and you're in heaven. :D

Overall Review: Asus support was good on helping me through on the issue. They are usually pretty good once you sit through the hour hold time.

10/20/2013

FN keys.. ugh

MSI GS Series - 15.6" 3K - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4710HQ (2.50GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M - 16GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (GS60 Ghost Pro 3K-097 )
MSI GS Series - 15.6" 3K - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4710HQ (2.50GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M - 16GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (GS60 Ghost Pro 3K-097 )

Pros: Fast. Light. Beautiful 3k display. Good value.

Cons: Build (flimsy top half), battery life, heat, fan noise, sound (awful), trackpad, Keyboard (cheap feel, no indentations, backlight emanates blindingly from sides not so much from top) an the FN key "issue". After reading about all the ultimate keyboard customize-ability I was shocked to learn that in order to change the brightness or volume i am forced to bust out TWO HANDS!! are u kidding me? Seriously this alone was almost enough for me to return and just buy another macbook pro.. I'm looking to the forums in hope of a bios hack to switch the FN functionality. This will have to do until new MAcbookPros come out later this year. Another complete annoyance - though this is no fault of MSI is.. WINDOWS 8.. gd awful. just horrible. Oh and have fun connecting to a secondary monitor :) the hours of switching that scaling function in Win8 trying to get a non blurry image combination at the correct screen resolution is maddening. To cut to the chase. It won't work. period. alas you end up using a lower resolution on the laptop monitor so you can at least get a viewable secondary monitor. But again that's not MSI's fault. Other annoyances.. bloatware. Thanks for the Norton garbage suite. but no thanks. I will say the display graphics run fast and are beautiful.. i use for trading (not a gamer) and it is amazing.. but coming from MacBook Pros i have to say it feels rather cheap & plasticy.. but a good value for the speed etc. Anyway for the love of __.. fix this FN (dedicated function) button issue MSI ! Please. Thank you.. :)

Overall Review: This power adapter is like a brick.

This thing rules

Quad LCD Mount Monitor Stand desk clamp holds up to Four 24" monitors (White)
Quad LCD Mount Monitor Stand desk clamp holds up to Four 24" monitors (White)

Pros: Yes. It rules. Period. I have 4 Asus 23.8" monitors mounted on this and am just thrilled with how perfect this is working out. Paid for expedited shipping and it came fast. (that's what she said)

Cons: none

Drivers Not Ready (Win7 64)

ASUS PCE-AC68 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless PCI-E Adapter
ASUS PCE-AC68 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless PCI-E Adapter

Pros: Great form factor, antennas and specs, etc.

Cons: Drivers aren't quite ready for prime time. Unit would not stay connected to internet. Went through 6 hours of troubleshooting etc. Asus support completely useless on this issue, ultimately suggesting RMA. There is a stand alone app for the unit and in another vague support FAQ on ASus site it suggests disabling "Win XP Zero Configuration function" to allow app to control wireless. This advice didn't seem to translate well to the Win 7 equivalent. Seriously, is anyone on WinXP anymore? Anyhow long story short: I found the drivers for the BCM4360 chipset on the Broadcom site "DR_PCE_AC66_6309526_Win7.zip" which apparently are for the ASus PCE-AC66 which got this thing working under win7 as you would expect. I'm relieved and will be looking forward to newer driver from ASus in the future.

Overall Review: Great Unit! Despite the driver issues I love this thing. Buy it!

10/20/2013