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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Joined on 10/29/11

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Most Favorable Review

Great value for the specs

AORUS FV43U 43" QLED UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 144Hz 1ms (MPRT) FreeSync Premium Pro, 1 x Display Port 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x USB 3.0, KVM w/ USB Type-C Gaming Monitor
AORUS FV43U 43" QLED UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 144Hz 1ms (MPRT) FreeSync Premium Pro, 1 x Display Port 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x USB 3.0, KVM w/ USB Type-C Gaming Monitor

Pros: Cant get a TV this size that supports 4k 120hz especially with HDR1000 and this type of color gamet and accuracy Better sound quality than some desktop speakers and certainly better than any TV you could buy at this size if you do plan on using integrated display speakers Has a KVM which some may find useful Has a multitude of gamer specific features and dashboards which I havent got to play with much yet. Its not an OLED but the blacks are very deep for an LCD and blooming is really minimal on this panel. I have a monitor twice as expensive as this with FALD and the blooming around the cursor is awful. That doesn't happen on this display If you're like me and don't want to worry about burn in. This is the big format monitor for you. I use my monitor for productivity and I dont really feel like taking precautions to make sure my panel doesn't burn-in. I do have an OLED I use strictly for gaming that gets much less abuse than this one will. 500 dollars less than similar spec older models of this size and this one has HDMI 2.1 while the older 1500 dollar models do not. Monitor is the max size I could comfortably use with my 24 inch deep desk. If your desk is less deep than mine you will need to wall mount or mount a keyboard try to extend out from the main desk. I do enjoy all the extra space this monitor offers. Huge upgrade from using 27 inch

Cons: Does not actually say anywhere in manual it supports anything but regular forum VRR. It is free sync and gsync compatible but it doesn't seem to possess the more advanced freesync premium pro tech that neweggs product page suggests. Newegg should correct this. I am an Nvidia graphics card owner so it doesn't matter for me but maybe down the line I will get AMD and be kinda annoyed I was misled. Text is not as clear as I would like but that may be cause the panel is so large and has less dpi than what I'm used to using for productivity. Its still quite usable however. Text just looks better on my 27" monitor which isn't really shocking.

Overall Review: Id recommend but I have not fully utilized this monitor yet so I may follow up later with more detail

Better than the Aorus Xtreme

ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Infineon Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), 10Gbps Ethernet, 5 x M.2, 8 x SATA, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and Aura Sync RGB
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Infineon Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), 10Gbps Ethernet, 5 x M.2, 8 x SATA, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and Aura Sync RGB

Pros: Memory Stability is much better than Gigabyte. I can say this first hand having owned both boards. I can achieve beyond advertised clocks with minimal tuning on this board. It was a struggle to even get XMP profile speeds to work with the Gigabyte board.

Cons: Networking solution for 10G shouldve been the same solution Gigabyte offers on the xtreme. For this price point I dont find the networking solution to be good value. The spacing of the PCIE slots is sub optimal and I prefer the Xtreme for that as well. SLI with triple slot cards on air will result in thermal throttling with this design. I bought this board knowing this because I plan to ditch SLI with nextgen but still annoying right now for my 1080tis This next comment I am not sure about. I have had power delivery issues to my GPUs at 100 percent power target on all TRX40 mobos I've tested. That is testing with a 1000 watt and 1200 watt evga PSU. The 1000 watt PSU I realize is borderline for threadripper and SLI but the 1200 shouldnt be having an issue. I'm unsure if this is a power delivery issue from the mobos or the PSUs. I wish I had a corsair PSU of at least 1500 Watts to test. My system never spikes more than around 1000 watts draw so the 1200 ought to be enough. Something to be mindfull if you buy any TRX40 mobo. Not that I've tested them all but I have tested both of the highest spec TRX40 boards on the market. RAM is thoroughly tested as stable so this not a system instability issue. The graphics cards will temporarily register as not found under 100 percent power target and under load but are completely fine when I reduce this. I hope I dont have an issue with nextgen cards since those are rumored to draw 400 watts. Audio through HDMI crackles as well and its because of this platform. In my skylake build these same GPUs are completely happy and no HDMI audio issues. EDIT: I believe I have pinned down the issue with running SLI on this board as well as other TRX40 boards with similar issues. Despite the system being prime 95 stable I always had issues under heavy GPU load with both audio and video droputs and noise. I realize now that the SOC voltage can play a big part in the stability of PCIE devices. I honestly had not touched this voltage at all, electing to leave it set to default on both this ASUS board and my multiple Gigabyte boards. It seems by default both these boards were setting the SOC voltage too high and creating instability for my GPUs and honestly the built-in audio was having static noise as well. I am happy to report that manually setting the SOC voltage to 1.05 I have not been experiencing the issues mentioned anymore since. I am now very happy with this board but unfortunately it took alot of my time to troubleshoot these issues ( I would think default voltages should be stable). I hope my review will help someone else. From reading up on SOC voltage I see many people recommend that this does not exceed 1.2 volts. I would argue it should be set even less than 1.2 to be safe. I noticed in monitoring that my board set with default was exceeding 1.2 volts on the SOC. This is bad and its been suggested can degrade your chip over time. ASUS please fix this. I only need 1.05 on the SOC to reach 3600mhz on 8 DIMMs which is about as good as you can expect maintaining a 1:1 with the Infinity fabric. exceeding 1.2 volts for most people is not necessary unless they are extreme overclockers.

Overall Review: This board is not the highest spec IMO. That would go to the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme with its dual 10GB Intel server grade NICs, the AIC 4 x M2 card for a total support of 8 M2s, and its better PCIE slot layout. However, this board is easier to get stable than the Gigabyte IMO and requires minimal tuning. I only needed to raise the XMP profile voltage from 1.35 to 1.36 to achieve an overclock from that on 8 DIMMS. I couldnt get this same RAM stable at XMP on the Gigabyte. Unfortunately the SOC voltage at least in my experience needs to be manually tuned to safe and stable levels. Out of the box I experienced much frustration with my GPUs as noted in the CONs but I had this same issue on the Gigabyte board. It is a small problem once you know it is a problem and its easy to set the SOC voltage in the BIOS. Personally I favor the greater memory stability I was able to achieve on this board. My Gigabyte board also died after about 6 months of use and my warranty experience with Gigabyte was slow with little response. I haven't had this board long but hopefully it will be more reliable. This board does support 5 M2s without the need to use a PCIE slot so some people may find this better than the Xtreme which only supports 4 M2s unless you take up a PCIE slot. It does have much more USB connectivity as well when compared to other TRX40 boards. Installation of this board was easier than the Xtreme. The Xtreme can be more frustrating in some cases due to its irregular dimensions and I personally dont like where they put the fan headers and other headers like USB on that board. It can be difficult to connect anything the way it is on the side of the board. This ASUS board was very simple to connect everything without effort. This board comes with a fan extension card as well. I personally dont use it but its there. There are a ton of fan connectors on the mainboard anyway. I do like the OLED display as well, flexkey, dual BIOS, BIOS flashback. all these can be very helpful If this board would've matched Gigabyte with the networking and provided an AIC M2 card like the Gigabyte did I would have given it 5 stars.

Pairs well with Asus

G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 128GB (4 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18Q-128GTZN
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 128GB (4 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18Q-128GTZN

Pros: Put it in my Asus Zenith ii extreme alpha and set docp and it just worked with no tweaking on the latest ASUS BIOS. I actually am able to achieve 3733 on this RAM CL17-20-20-20-40 with minimal adjustment in the BIOS and without having to mess with voltage. It may have more potential but I'm satisfied with where it's at and dont want to mess with voltages and potentially wear down my parts too much. This is my 3rd kit from G Skill and I will disclose that my experience has been these work better on my ASUS board vs my Gigabyte board. So maybe lower expectation a bit if you have Gigabyte. Gigabytes latest BIOS for the Aorus Extreme did help achieve XMP speed but still not without displaying some memory errors on memtest. Running the same version and tests on memtest with my ASUS board reveals no errors so I'm putting the blame on Gigabyte and not G skill for failing to put together a better more stable BIOS for their flagship board.

Overall Review: I would recommend this RAM.

Best Value

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560UD-1G
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560UD-1G

Pros: Overclocked to 850mhz core no issues. I could overclock more easily I believe but I do not see the necessity as I plan on getting another. Two of these would handle any game at the highest quality graphics at 100 fps or around that. This idles at 29 degrees in a HAF 932 case. That's awesome. I popped an 8800 GTX in as a physics card and saw the temps rise about 1 degree. On load this card runs no hotter than 53 degrees during furmark. I've tested on BF3, ME2, COD4, Oblivion. Runs all games with max graphics flawlessly with an i5 at 4.5ghz.

Cons: The only problem I have with this card is the drivers seem to crash when surfing the web, at least with Firefox. Nvidia claims to have fixed this, but they have not and the problem persists with their newest beta driver as well. I'v read theories that it has to do with the power state of the card. I have not experienced blue screens in any games and have not crashed.

Overall Review: I've read of many issues with the overclocked models from various vendors being too overclocked and producing artifacts and crashing. This card is priced less and you can start from scratch overclocking. Take your time and find the appropriate overclock. The manufacturers don't seem to do a good job of doing this and then you are left to deal with changing the settings out of the box to get it to work right. There is also the issue of your cooling. If you have a small hotbox case you shouldn't be overclocking or buying pre-overclocked items.

11/25/2011