Joined on 06/10/14
Very good deal for the price.
Pros: So far after six months of use I have had no issues, including Poser rendering and Auto CAD. I like the native 3.0 3.1 USB support because transferring very large files to portable drives is much easier. Installation of the board was a breeze for the people who did the install, Asus seems to include quite a bit of the hardware you need to mount the board (as I recall between the backplate reinforcing built around the CPU and the back plates supplied there was no problem supporting even a large cooler.) I updated the bios to match my processor with the USB hot port which I have to say works seamlessly on the Asus boards. I have not used the overclocking features of this board because frankly at the moment I do not need to, and figure overclocking is not worth the additional component wear. So that is one part of the system I have not tested. I do do some moderate gaming occasionally on this computer (Doom 3, on nearly maxed out settings) and the board stays around 40°C (which is not bad considering I do like it a little warm in my house around 22°C plus or minus)
Cons: The only minor con I have run into is on the initial installation the way the SATA ports are set up on the board you have difficulty accessing one of them with a VGA card installed in the upper slot. This is not a problem if you install it first because the VGA card clears the plug no problem but you cannot easily add one will remove one without taking out the VGA card. (I only ran into this issue because I had problems with my initial SSD and I thought it might be a bad cable.)
Overall Review: This is a board I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to go to in LGA 2011 – V3 platform. Asus seems to do a very good job of supporting their products (it was an interesting conversation when I talked to them about the SATA cable.) This board seems to offer an excellent value for the performance.
Very good cooling unit, but...
Pros: Very good cooling under load. Extremely quiet fan provided with unit.
Cons: This cooling unit is very large. Let me just state that, again. This cooling unit is VERY LARGE.
Overall Review: Here goes a rundownOn my experience with this cooler. I knew from the published dimensions that this was going to be a very large CPU cooler. I carefully measured my case space available (and even included extra for the addition of the fan to the heatsink). I am using an Asus Sabertooth X 79 motherboard and in that I have four DIMMs without heat dissipaters. On the motherboard. The DIMM slots are far enough away that I thought there would be no problem. Up until it came to installing the fan. The 140 mm fan supplied is so large that if I install it on either side, I cannot use 2 to 3 of the DIMM slots on whichever side. I install it. I have even looked at installing it on the lower or upper sides, but the CPUs position precludes installation on the upper side and the primary video slot keeps you from mounting it to the lower side. That being said, I am impressed with the level of cooling from this unit, especially under load conditions. At idle, it only keeps my processor a degree or two cooler, but under full load I am showing 10 to 15° cooler at my CPU. (Being unable to work on computers myself due to physical issues. I do have to wait until my technician is free to reinstall my full memory suite)
Pros: When my computer builder opened the box he said he was more than a little impressed (and he builds his own computer cases as the general rule). If you can think of any point that would be considered a pro or con this case seems to do it well. Seriously it is big enough for easy mounting of even custom liquid cooling systems and full-size expansion cards. The case design allows for extremely easy access to the boards and other internals. The drive bays are very well done. The massive amount of fans supported would allow you to configure the cooling to best support your needs.
Cons: We have not found any so far.
Overall Review: To me the offered price was more than reasonable but when I got although I was told by others it was somewhat expensive. I have one thing to say to that, "Look at the specified dimensions, we are not paying for a toy we are building a tool." Yes there may be other options for simple gaming machines, but if you want to build something once and be able to keep it working in the future a case like this will pay for itself.