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Nathan A.

Nathan A.

Joined on 10/05/13

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Most Favorable Review

Dragon Age Looks Awesome :D

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Extreme ZT-90203-10P G-SYNC Support 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 HDCP Ready Video Card
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Extreme ZT-90203-10P G-SYNC Support 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Great video card, incredible graphics - Nvidia/Geforce is the best. Zotac's implementation of the hardware raises no complaints in my single GPU build, and when they drop in price (a lot), I'll try dual sli.

Cons: Large card, couldn't fit it in my first PCI-e slot so I had to move it farther away from my CPU, however I believe this is the motherboard manufacturer's fault for the DIMM clips being too close.

Most Critical Review
Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model BLS2K8G4D240FSA
Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model BLS2K8G4D240FSA

Pros: Eventually worked, cheaper than some other brands.

Cons: Received a set over a month ago that was defective on arrival, and unfortunately I didn't catch it right away as the entire build was new, the event log error was kernel-pnp (hardest problem to diagnose), and I only let memtest run for about 14 hours on my first diagnostic run through, I did it again after countless hours of testing PSUs, looking for bent pins under a magnifying glass on the mb, etc. After I ruled out everything else, I ran memtest again but this time I left it on for 24 hours, and it didn't catch the first error until about 15 or 16 hours in. I RMA'd the RAM, had to pay to ship it to Crucial, and it took about 2 weeks to get back a necessary piece in my $3000.00 brand new build, which sat in an unused room in my house, and I became extremely stressed. When the new RAM came back, I installed it and I haven't had any critical errors as per Windows event log for 3 days, so I'm now 100% sure the RAM was defective on arrival, and I think I know why: I ordered 2 sticks of this product, and they sent them in one clam pack, and they were not secured inside of it. Just picking them up I noticed they were loose, and must have been thrashing around. This makes sense given that they were both defective. When they sent me a new set they may have figured out that's not the greatest idea since they sent it to me in individually clamshelled sticks.... Summary: Works, but I'll never buy from Crucial again... Mostly because they kept me from using my new build, and partially because their customer service wasn't helpful. Let me give you one recommendation: choose a motherboard first, then ask the mb manufacturer what brands and frequencies of RAM they tested.

Good, bad, ugly

MSI MSI Gaming X99S Gaming 9 ACK LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MSI Gaming X99S Gaming 9 ACK LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Future ready - 8 ddr4 dimms, awwww ya Awesome features - HD audio boost has been a huge upgrade in sound quality from previous build -Haven't used the streaming engine yet, great piece of functionality -Looks awesome. It is one sexy looking motherboard :)

Cons: Good luck fitting a large sized video card like a high end geforce (I have a 980 gtx, zotac) in PCI-e #1. I had to put it way down in pci-e #4 given the lane configuration. The issue is that the dimm slots interfere with the GPU fitting in pci-e #1, so that's a bummer. To the people having problems with this board: yes, MSI tech support sucks and they will likely not help you at all (from what I've seen from others, and based on my own experience), they will more likely tell you to keep sending the motherboard back. I recommend you only buy RAM that has been tested on the board (i.e. Micron). I used Crucial Ballistix ddr4 and I had Kernel-pnp critical errors, first random restarts then after increasing the RAM voltage to 1.350v, I was getting BSODs, often referencing memory manager errors. Ran a memtest86 and it took 13 hours before it caught an error. I sent the RAM back, got my new set and my computer works perfect now. Oddly, both sticks of RAM were damaged, I suspect Crucial is to blame for putting 2 sticks in one clam pack, it didn't seem secure at all - they would have been thrashing against each other in the mail. I can't be 100% sure on that, but when they sent the replacements they were in individual packs, and the computer works great. It was VERY frustrating and angering to not be able to use my 3000 dollar new build for over a month, so I want to address that to people who aren't getting useful help from msi and that are experiencing what might seem like power supply or motherboard issues. I'm talking a lot about RAM in a motherboard review, so I'll stop now and go give Crucial a bad rating. If you want a future ready motherboard with some awesome features, I'll give the gaming 9 a recommendation.