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Ryan K.

Ryan K.

Joined on 04/26/10

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Most Favorable Review

Great board, bad software

MSI X99S XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99S XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board has been terrific, overclocked a 5820k to 4.2 GHz with full auto. I did a couple of test at 1.2 Volts and was able to hit 4.6 GHz stable (minimal testing). Have not had time to dial in, so I'm still at 4.2 GHz for daily usage. pulls less than 1 Volt on load.

Cons: Read my pros first. I haven't been able to dial in because I use this system quite a bit and was hoping to be able to find best overclock using the Windows software, except the software sucks. Even minor changes had issues and would revert back to previous randomly. I'm fine with this as every board I've had prior required me to dial in overclocks through thousands of changes and reboots and test. I was just hoping to be able to do it faster. From what I've read ASUS kind of leads the pack in software based UEFI changes, but their board did not have everything I wanted in the right models. Just starting the software messes up my fan curve I set in UEFI, and setting it in the software does not seem to hold after reboot unless I let the software run in the background. I was just very hopeful for the software to reduce the amount of reboots I would be making, but the board is still great without it.

Overall Review: I'm not a huge overclocker normally, I like things to be extremely stable with low heat and efficient power. With everything auto, I got 4.2 GHz easy and it uses less than 1 Volt usually under full load which has been great, and I don't feel like I need to rush to get anything more yet, but I will eventually spend some time dialing in at higher clock. Also of note, with bluetooth headphones they randomly go quiet for a second then go back, but once it starts it keep doing it until I power off the headphones and reconnect. The same headphones work great with my iPad so I think it's the board/driver but not 100% sure.

10/13/2014

Hopefully it last a long time.

ASUS ROG Swift 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (PG278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 144Hz, 1ms, G-SYNC, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Pivot, Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjustable
ASUS ROG Swift 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (PG278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 144Hz, 1ms, G-SYNC, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Pivot, Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjustable

Pros: I had a 1080p 60Hz monitor for a very long time that was close to this expensive when I bought it, this is a huge upgrade that has really enhancement my video game enjoyment. It looks great for a TN panel, but compared to my old monitor, colors pop and blacks look great.

Cons: Expensive, for the cost it really doesn't have much benefit for anything except gaming. Unfortunately if I have the desktop set to 144Hz, my GPU won't go into full idle mode, but if I drop it to 100Hz it will. For content creation or other non-gaming activities it's nothing special.

Overall Review: I had to return the first one I got due to a few pixels being brighter than the others. They weren't dead, but with lighter backgrounds they looked white. The new one however has zero bad pixels.