Date Joined: 01/15/09
Pros: + Lots of space. LOTS.
+ Way more fan/USB/etc headers than I can sanely utilize
+ Seems to live up to the audio quality hype
+ Pre-installed LED backplate. This is amazing. Why don't more boards have this?
Cons: - RGB Fusion 2.0 is a flaccid disappointment.
Overall Review: I actually love this motherboard. It's spacious to work on, lights up very nicely, and the BIOS options are flexible for all levels of computer savvy. It's also got room for two M.2 drives, which I plan to fully utilize in the near future.
My one and only complaint, and the reason why I subtracted an egg, is because Gigabyte's RGB Fusion 2.0 is the only program I can get to manipulate my RAM's RGB functions, and RGB Fusion 2.0 is simply terrible. I actually had to buy a separate controller to light up my fans--which are now gorgeous--and that's just not cool.
Yes, it's a silly, low-tier nitpick, but it's just bizarre that the RGB software is so weak for an RGB motherboard of this caliber, and frustrating that this motherboard was the only one that ticked all my OTHER purchase decision boxes.
At least give me the power to use a different program, y'know?
Pros: + Easy to install onto your existing fans
+ Very sturdy, both in form and finish
+ Beautiful light diffusion from most angles
+ Works brilliantly with the Phanteks RGB controller
+ Low profile keeps the case clean and spacious.
Cons: - Does not work with Gigabyte's RGB Fusion 2.0 (as expected, since RGB Fusion is awful), and requires a separate controller--which Phanteks sells separately.
- After about one year, the blue diodes are starting to fade.
Overall Review: I've been running three of these in my Phanteks Eclipse P600S for a little over a year now, as well as one 120mm frame, sold on a separate page.
If you're looking for an RGB upgrade for your setup, these are pretty great. They give my case's stock black fans a cool, hazy glow reminiscent of the portals from, well, Portal; and they give my Noctua cooler fan--y'know, the tan/brown version?--a brilliantly well-realized color update. Plus, if you have a Gigabyte motherboard like me, Phanteks' itty-bitty RGB controller is actually a viable option that utilizes the fan frames' capabilities for a broad range of color schemes.
My only complaint, and one that costs this otherwise perfect product one egg, is that longevity seems to be a concern.
They still play their patterns and light up as expected, but the blue spectrum of some of the diodes is starting to fade on all three of my 140mm frames. This is NOT happening on my 120mm CPU cooler frame, however, so perhaps the 140mm frames are from a wonky batch? Or maybe the larger size is built differently?
Anyway, it's probably too late to have them replaced, and they're still going strong in the "RG" portion of the RGB spectrum, so I plan to run them into the ground then replace them once I start losing whole diodes.
Pros: Runs almost silently under load. Not a peep on idle.
Runs cold--for an electronic component, at least.
Handles max gaming loads and near-constant Folding @ Home loads from both the CPU and GPU without complaint.
Tons of cables to choose from, with more than enough extra for further expansion. I think I have more cables than I have space in my computer now, actually...
Packaging was notably good.
Arrived in a timely fashion--thanks again, Newegg!
Plenty of wattage for my midrange gaming PC.
Comes with a nice case for all the extra cables.
Great value for money.
INSANE warranty. Seriously. Modular, 80+ Gold, and a 7-year warranty? You just can't beat that.
Cons: Didn't come with a side of bacon.
Overall Review: Running a slightly older system with newer graphics:
1x EVGA Nvidia GTX560
1x very old 250GB WD HDD (I need to get rid of that PATA cable, but the drive still works!)
1x 1TB WD Caviar Black
5x Case fans
1x DVD drive/burner
8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 2000 RAM
EVGA P55 SLI motherboard
i5-750 Lynnfield Processor
I plan on upgrading graphics as prices start to level out with the newest gen stuff. Not sure if I want to SLI or just get a new card--we'll see.
Upgraded from a 500W Rosewill Stallion that I really should have gotten rid of sooner. I think it was trying to kill my motherboard, and the utter lack of surge protection when it started to fail made me think my hard drive was dying. So glad I found this Corsair at a good deal on Newegg.
I also have everything hooked up to a UPS, so now I've got double the protection.