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Endrit T.

Endrit T.

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Most Favorable Review

A challenge you must take!

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid EVGA craftsmanship, SLI - best in class, all you can eat at a low price, aggressive looks, challenging and a great experience for all technical levels, excellent over-clocking capabilities. Comes with all the cables you need, plus a few more jingles and bells which makes you feel that you got your money’s worth. Easy installation and setup, similar & friendly bios to all EVGA die-harder fans. Overall, best & cheapest SLI mobo current.

Cons: Very Very challenging to everyone, which can also be beneficial because of it’s new technology – a must for everyone! A few glitches: 1. PWR LED is a 2-pin instead of 3-pin(they go as far as to say that most cases come with 2-pin connectors) Not in my case, i.e. TT Armor(and all TTs come with 3-pin PWR LED connectors) Solution: use needle-pliers to pull up the thin plastic tooth on the ground(white) 3-pin mobo connector, and release the metal tip. Insert the metal tip in the middle(empty hole) of the 3-pin connector and connect to mobo. 2. 2. Running RAID is hilarious, but interesting! Booklet explains your mobo Sata’s as: 0-pri/0-sec, 1-pri/1-sec, 2-pri/2-sec, and the Bios as: Sata 1,2,3,4,5,6. So you would think that 0-pri corresponds to 1, 0-sec to 2, 1-pri to 3, and so on… but they’re in fact backwards: 0-pri to 6, 0-sec to 5 and so… I called EVGA and they started laughing too(apparently there’s been a lot of misprint so they’re working on gathering all typos) Continue below...

Overall Review: Solution to run RAID: enable Sata 1&2 inside bios and connect your cables to 2-pri(sata5) and 2-sec(sata6) in the mobo(booklet explanation) Otherwise RAID ran fine and fast! One more tip: during RAID, disconnect any additional drives not part of RAID or windows will format and erase all inside them. 3. As everyone else has mentioned about CPU fan, you can’t use a big air-cooler(I’m using TT Big Typhoon 120mm fan) unless you do something about the clips(usually dremel through) Solution: use a couple of nuts to increase the space between the clip and mobo on the back side, then proceed as normal by placing the washers and fastening bolts on the CPU side. Don’t dremel your clips! Why make them look ugly?! Conclusion: Every mobo has it’s problems and glitches. This one is no different, but when you factor in the EXCELLENT EVGA SUPPORT, the low price for all the goodies and the fun/learning experience – you can’t go worng! Buy it and join the SLI club. Cheers...

11/21/2006
Most Critical Review

Very poor & slow MSI suppot

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3+ AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3+ AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Perfect BIOS, super fast POST, 6 x SATA 3.0 (gbs/sec), easy access to clear CMOS (back panel), good layout of rails, sata ports, and other connections.

Cons: This board was a necessary upgrade from the 790FX-GD70 due to 2 new SSD drives running at 6.0Gbps. Upgraded BIOS to V1.7 and POST was good, no issues. I kept getting a pci.sys error during win xp 32bit or vista 64 bit installations, just after driver were loaded. Tried every option possible, and even spent 1 hr with MSI support on the phone, but could not bypass the issue. Tech support was very poor, i.e. (after testing everything possible inside the box, tech support asked me to test the mobo outside the box) Clearly, a complete lack of experience, knowledge, and logic since first, a mobo is cleared for out of the box testing if it clears inside the box and second, since the error was happening after driver loading, which tells you there is something wrong with the mobo itself, and not the components.

Overall Review: Very bad experience with MSI boards. While I am still waiting the return of my 790FX from the MSI RMA dept plagued by the infamous FF error, the first 890FX board I order from them comes out defective. MSI support offered to replace my mobo with a refurbished one, while the board has not even been in my position even 1 day. "Company policy", stated tech support, "we cannot send you a new board"...lol... Very dissapointed with MSI since I have spent $450 in their products since April of this year, and still don't have a working product from MSI. BTW, if any MSI folk read this, the above RMA ref is RR10033435 for the 790FX, and I'm not sure if tech support logged any of this in my account, which you can find from the RMA. Final thoughts: will give ASUS or Gigabyte a shot! At the endof the day, it's my money and you lost my business!

Phenomenal!

Samsung CHG90 Series LC49HG90DMNXZA 49" 3840 x 1080 1ms 144Hz 2x HDMI DisplayPort Mini-DisplayPort HDR AMD FreeSync USB Hub QLED Curved Gaming Monitor
Samsung CHG90 Series LC49HG90DMNXZA 49" 3840 x 1080 1ms 144Hz 2x HDMI DisplayPort Mini-DisplayPort HDR AMD FreeSync USB Hub QLED Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: Got rid of 3 Rog Swift setup at 7860 x 1440 and replaced it with this beauty at 3840 x 1080, which is perfect for First Person Shooter!

Cons: Stretches some games. Not all games are optimized for 3840x1080.

Overall Review: Love it! Played PUBG for 3 hrs straight and got very comfortable with it. This monitor is made for First Person Shooter! It is also one of the best monitors for work, especially for video editing, excluding photo editing. Otherwise, for reading email and working with multiple windows, this monitor is unbeatable.

Best Z370 motherboard

ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 1. Lots of overclocking profiles if you’re not comfortable with overclocking. Even a caveman can do it. 2. Designed for gamers with overclocking in mind 3. Will run all available XMP profiles available today 4. RGB’s are well thought out 5. Excellent bios. Well optioned for all user levels You buy this motherboard for what it can do, Overclock the hell out of your cpu, and not for the RGB lights, 5G nic, or lack of sata ports.

Cons: Not crazy about so many pcie lanes. Most of gamers/overclockers don’t do more than 2 sli or crossfire. Plus, anyone running their 8700k on 5ghz+ is not going to run more than one 1080ti unless they’re running triple monitors, which is becoming old school nowadays. Some of the adaptive overclocking profiles aren’t optimized for 24/7 gaming.

Overall Review: I returned the asrock z370 professional gaming i7 and got the apex. I am running team extreme 4133mhz chips with cas 18, and the asrock could not bring them up to those speeds, but only manage 3866mhz. Even after the latest bios update, asrock could only bring them up to 4000mhz, whereas the apex spat out the correct xmp speed and timings as per team specs. Keep in mind that asrock advertises their board to handle chips up to 4300mhz. This shows how Asus doesn’t rush their apex motherboards to market, unlike other manufacturers. Instead, Asus puts a lot of r&d time in their apex boards, and makes sure the customer gets a solid board. My favorite aspect of the apex is the single channel per memory chip. Who the hell uses more than 16gb on their oc’ed gaming rig? Even 16gb is overkill. After deliding my 8700k I’m running stable at 5ghz with 57c on max during stress tests. Averything feels snappy! Well done Asus and thank you for designing such great boards. Worth every penny!

Not reaching advertised speeds

Team T-Force XTREEM 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 4133 (PC4 33000) Desktop Memory Model TXOBD416G4133HC18FDC01
Team T-Force XTREEM 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 4133 (PC4 33000) Desktop Memory Model TXOBD416G4133HC18FDC01

Pros: One in 50...thought I was holding some of the fastest chips in the world. 4133mhz at 18.18.18.38 did seem a bit fake, but I said what the hell, maybe they are for real.

Cons: Doesn't reach 4133Mhz on 18.18.18.38! Max it would go is 3866Mhz. On XMP profile they show up as 4000MHz, but fail to boot when XMP profile selected. 3866Mhz can only be reached manually.

Overall Review: I'm using a Asrock z370 professional gaming i7 with a 8700k OC'ed to 5.1Ghz. Also tried them with a 8600K but same story. Asrock z370 professional gaming i7 is certified to reach up to 4300Mhz, but these chips don't go above 3866Mhz. If you see them on stock, don't buy them! Consider this your warning. Returned them for a set of certified F4-4266C19D-16GTZR from Gskill as in asrock's memory QVL specs.

The perfect RAID motherboard

ASRock X99 Extreme11 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X99 Extreme11 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Able to set 7 x RAID 1 arrays. Still 4 ports left of Intel chipset for other drives. Stable and practical, easy to set up. Motherboard is a work-horse when paired with 5960X. Easily brought 16GB CL15 Dominators (MD16GX4M4B3200C15) to 3200 MHz, and cpu to 4.2GHZ by changing the multiplier. Perfectly stable for work! Simple BIOS interface, easy to work with. Also, Asrock makes the best boards for WOL, unlike others.

Cons: LSI 3008 controller cannot be disabled on bios to skip POST, unlike the X79 Extreme 11 board. Annoying, but tolerable. 3008 controller is only capable of raid 0,1, 10, but for me RAID 1 is all I need.

Overall Review: I upgraded from the Asrock X79 Extreme 11 to this one, though the X79 has the same 3008 controller. I have a small medical billing business, and run my database, engine, and all shared drives from this PC. Due to separate environments, I have to run many raid arrays to accommodate separate environments to my clients. This board is just a beautiful combination of the X99 chipset and the LSI 3008 controller. I'm forever hooked to the Extreme boards!