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earl c.

earl c.

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MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I work on computers every day for me this stuff comes natural. Most of the complaints I read are from not reading the instructions or lack of computer expertise that A+ or higher professionals like me already do all the time. The OC dial does not work until you enable it in the bios for the guy below. Clear cmos works if you hold the button in while power is on. The amd 965 works with version 1.4 bios. I am typing on it now.

Cons: For the not tech savvy this level of features might be too much. But for the person who wants to squeeze every last ounce for OC this is a power users board period. The 790 ultra boards are the same way when not setup right. All ram must be planned in advance for the specs of ddr3 boards. If you OC on this board you need AMD approved ram such as the OCZ amd edition or Patriot AMD 790FX tested. Mushkin and Corsair also make like products.

Overall Review: I will pass on that although MSI says this will run at 2000+ the bios is set at 1:4 which is 1600 mhz max. Maybe when version 1.5 comes out this will change. The crosshair 3 is the same way. 1600 down to 1066 ddr3 dual channel work best. This is a great board when setup right. Much smoother than the I7 rigs that are 2 arms and 3 legs.

Most Critical Review

worst ever design

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

Pros: I work on computers for a living and have used artic pro for 775 sockets many times but this model is an inferior clamp. I recommend the coolmaster v8 over this one if you have their matching haf case.

Cons: the clamp lever side slips right off and does not secure properly. not worth my time

Overall Review: I rarely ever write bad reviews like this one but I am wondering if they bothered to field test what they make before it goes out. The factory amd heatsink is 30 times easier to install. Now I have to deal with an RMA.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR

Pros: Some of the AS Rock boards listed in complaints were not on the QVL list. If you do not match parts you do so at your own risk. Stop blaming the companies for lack of research. The maximus V formula is on the list. I have personally tested it with bios version 8.04 on XMP setting 1.

Cons: none

Overall Review: The Gskill memory QVL for motherboards is posted on their website by using the memory configurator. it is free.

Works like a charm

ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Quad Sli card spacing for 2 cards. Like the PCI Express slots for extra cards. This is why I didn't get the Extreme. You will need to create a raid driver disk on flashdrive same as my X58. Much faster raid than marvel sat II. Have my SSD as steam drive and origin games. see you online.

Cons: none so far. Recommend that if you are using air cooling 3rd party to buy low profile ram like I did. My CMV6GT fitted perfect but covers the 1st ram slot. But the ARES ram clears the cooler. Running between 35C idle and 45C load.

Overall Review: Bios is easy but the XMP glitched at first. Will update bios later. The menu says supreme FX but it is a realtek sound chip so if you have a dedicated sound card don't ditch just yet. My FPS is 15 fps higher than my I7950 at 1080P with 2 580 ultras. But the lag is gone so my kill count is substantially better. My X58 sabertooth was great for apps but not for gaming.

Better than realtek onboard

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Pros: Have an X58 Sabertooth on board that locked up bf3 w/o my g35 headphones connected. This solves that and the sound is amazing. I hear things now I never heard before. Just make sure you have a pci express slot open if you have sli cards installed. My board does.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: bought at the egg on sale no regrets saving 49 bucks. see you on bf3 my gamertag below