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Chad G.

Chad G.

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Most Favorable Review

Really worth the price, regardless of NB issue...

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Too many pros to list in a thousand characters, but I'll try. Eight fan headers which make a fan controller optional with loud fans, since all fans can be controlled in the BIOS. A few tweaks to get them to a livable decibel level is all you'll need. You can daisy up to 3(I think) per channel for a whopping 24 fans all controlled in BIOS. The LED Post indicators are awesome for helping even novice builders decipher their issues. This board picked up my unlisted RAM. Neither Corsair nor ASUS list the AMD Edition Dominators. Board posted just fine although timings were @ 9s'. CPU OC'er is awesome!!! You can set it in BIOS if you just want a nice performance boost. My 955 BE OC'ed beautifully at 965 settings. You can increase the OC level in BIOS if you're hungry for more. Core unlocker is a nice feature which allows you to lower Core usage on other 3 Cores and increase the Primary. I haven't used it much yet but it's a nice feature if you want a bit more power for one application.

Cons: Not really a Con but the NB is a concern. But I've had two of these now and both were simple to check. If you take the heatsink off and look at the stock TIM, you should see an impression left behind by the respective chips. Mine were both indented and the NB left a bit behind on the chip. Instead of just slapping it back together and calling it good, I cut out the stock TIM and replaced it with some Shin-Etsu X23 that I had on hand from mounting my CPU. I only cut out the indented portion and left the rest as a mold for the replacement TIM. I then applied a quarter grain of rice sized dots to the heatsinks (if that much) and replaced them. Average NB temp is between 43-49c. I could probably get it down lower by matching the NB and the SB standoffs with some minor filing but I can live with the temps how they are right now. If I wanted a major overclock I would've gone with the Extreme if and when if finally comes out.

Overall Review: As I said I don't have much of a problem with the Board. However... I think and feel that ASUS should be proactive here and send the correct standoffs to every registered owner and send the vendors insert packs with instructions for any unsold Boards that may have the issue. The two standoffs are cheap by comparison to the hit that ASUS could take over this. I'm a long time ASUS owner. This would not make me reconsider another ASUS purchase. However, I'm not the guy that has to be appeased. Those guys are the people that have little to no experience with the products that ASUS provides and who could be soured by one bad issue. I'm by no means a professional builder, but I'm knowledgeable enough and am capable enough to correct any solvable issue. This is solvable. But not everyone is as confident as I am. If anyone wants to learn more about this board check out " [Official] Asus CrossHair IV Formula/Extreme Club " @ Overclock.net we've compiled a lot of experience in this thread.

Most Critical Review

With purchase Freebie.

HD Free TV Antenna - FREE HD Signal From All Major TV Networks
HD Free TV Antenna - FREE HD Signal From All Major TV Networks

Pros: Picks up 40 Channels. :/

Cons: Not one of them is a local broadcast.

Overall Review: Not bad/Not good. Worthy of a 3egg rating. I cannot give it a higher rating even though it was free with the purchase of my 43". I haven't really given it much viewing time since I have access to PrimeTV. Much more interesting viewing there. If you wish to watch "The Young Turks" then it's got it. Not my bagel of choice.

Easy setup right out of the box

Samsung NU6900 43" 4K Motion Rate 120 LED TV UN43NU6900FXZA
Samsung NU6900 43" 4K Motion Rate 120 LED TV UN43NU6900FXZA

Pros: Simple layout. If my kid misplaces the remote I can turn it off by hand with a single putton press and hold. Change channels that way as well. Screen is bright and HUGE for my desk. Will explain below. Remote is pretty simple too. Everything you need is right there at the thumb no matter what you're looking for. Steel VESA mount screws!

Cons: As others have said, the feet are a minor irritation. I have had a Samsung 32" flat panel a few years ago and the base simply pushed and locked into place allowing for the screw to be applied to keep it together. If you wanted to take it off, you simply removed the screw and used a flat tip to unlock the base from the panel. Not these ones. Two guide tabs(on each) stand to line it up. Applying the screw is murder since the screw base is inset to the stand. I had to lay it on its back panel on a table so that I could visibly see where the screw secures through and the screws should already be mated in some fashion to the display. The reason I feel this way is the screws felt like I was machining new thread. If you've ever put a new computer fan in a PC case you know what I am referring to. I had to thread them in, back them out, thread them in some more and back them out until they went in smoothly. Better have eaten your Spinach before undertaking this what should otherwise be a simple procedure.

Overall Review: I am using this TV as my everyday PC monitor. It's a great visible size and I use it for gaming as well as doing other PC tasks. I applied VESA mounting brackets so that I can lift the display off the desk. Until I have a solid pole mount to mount to the surface of my desk, I am currently keeping it on a Fitsueyes 35-55" Flatscreen stand. It does everything I need and gives me more than one option for when I've grown tired of PC chores. 120hz motion is pretty as hades and my system feels snappy on it. Though I suspect that is more the system than the display. In either case I am happy I picked this up. It's a great display.

Gold plated DVI/HDMI terminal that works.

New Black Cables Unlimited ADP-3780 DVI-D Male to HDMI Female Adapter
New Black Cables Unlimited ADP-3780 DVI-D Male to HDMI Female Adapter

Pros: Connects DVI out to HDMI without an expensive cable. Cheap.

Cons: Nothing except the slowness of the shipping. But I was in no hurry anyway. Just wanted the product I purchased.

Overall Review: Clean installation process. If you've connected one DVI patch cable you can connect this with your eyes closed. HDMI only plugs in one way. Easy peasy simple.

product looks nothing like the pic, not as advertised.

DeepCool Fan Hub - CPU Cooler / Case / Chasis Cooling Fan Power Cable Splitter 1 to 4 Adapter - PWM Supported
DeepCool Fan Hub - CPU Cooler / Case / Chasis Cooling Fan Power Cable Splitter 1 to 4 Adapter - PWM Supported

Pros: 4 PWM channels. One white Channel to allow 4 channel PWM access across the spectrum.

Cons: Doesn't look anything like the Hub that I wanted.

Overall Review: Took the slow boat from China, so I guess the tracking number was ambiguous to say the least. Stated 8-10 days or something to that effect and easily took twice that long to arrive. I specifically order what was presented and did not get it. I would ship them back but they were so cheap it would be pointless. I hope they work well as I have them slotted for two 360 Radiators . One in the top and the other in the bottom of the case. Pretty sure they will fit the gap left between the MB Tray and each of the Radiators. But I knew the other ones would. The ones that replaced the ordered ones are a bit stubby in thickness. So yeah. Product not as advertised.

EGGSELLENT Capacity HDD!

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX

Pros: Eggsellent price to performance for a 7200 256mb cache 4TB HDD. Lots of space for storage files that are unintended for SSD arrays. Pics, Vids, Music files and 256mb cache makes it solid and quick to access.

Cons: There was nothing to complain about with this drive.

Overall Review: I probably could have gone with a 6TB Blue for the same or near about the same cost as this model. But for performance hardware you're gonna have to pay for it. Blue drives don't have the same amount of Cache. I think the one I was looking at back in early February had 64mb off cache available that simply didn't interest me since the Black drives have 256mb and a better Warranty. 6TB Blue is 5400rpm, 64mb of cache and 2 yr warranty compared to Black's 7200rpm speed, 256mb cache and 5 yr warranty. Just to save $20? Come on I know that 7200rpm drives can fail due to high write cycles but there is no way I could justify purchasing a drive that is $20 cheaper for the extra ~2TB disk space and lesser warranty period. Not with a straight face I couldn't. If you're a budget builder get a 2TB drive or save the extra $20 and get a hum dinger of a drive. Cannot really go wrong in either case but for a storage drive that sees limited writes per month then I would definitely suggest the Blacks. Vendor had it to my doorstep in less than 3 days. iirc, it was here in 2days. I felt sad though cause the rest of my system was on the road on its way to my door and I had nothing to do but sit there looking at this fantastic drive. :P

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Microsoft xBox1 controller

Works and it was exactly as ordered

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Looks good. Don't know how it works yet.

Package arrived on time. Everything is there. Have to agree that the people 3.0 connection is rather short. I have a Full Tower so I can put it on top or let it hang. Neither option is reasonable for my purposes. So looks like I will have to get a 3.0 USB Printer Cable to vet this to work. Waiting for a m.2 exterior 2.5 case is the least of my concerns at this point. I will leave another review after I get these two issues rectified.

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Haven't received the order.

I ordered this item and it says it shipped 23 March 2017. Well here we are a month later and still nothing. It shipped from China, I buy products from China. I have no problem doing so. Around the time of this order I ordered a couple replacement mouse cables and skates for my G9x gaming mice and got them 2 weeks ago. So where is my HDMI adapter? I dunno, maybe it got hung up in the South China Sea. Ridiculous.

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