Joined on 04/13/07
Second review, still working
Pros: Very nice looking PCB, 3way SLI, red and black theme with almost all red leds. Bios has become very stable with release 47. Tons of USB 3.0 ports on the back. Built in Bluetooth is a plus. PCIe 3.0 speeds working with my GTX Titan after NVidia 3.0 force patch. Came with 8gb of free memory that I won't be using but I like getting free stuff. OC up to 4.5 at 1.31v and vdroop off is not too bad. Hoping for 4.6 to 4.8 speeds with my 3930k.
Cons: USB 3.0 issues! This thing has major driver/firmware issues on the USB 3.0 controller. Installing evga drivers for the ASmedia controller would make half or all USB ports stop working when changing BIOS settings. Tried updating the driver to the newest out and had reports of power surges on USB ports. Finally found a firmware update for the VLI VL-810 XHCI usb controller hubs and updated to the newest version. After a reboot that seemed to help with my USB issues. Not saying that will help everyone but its worth a try. I'm still using the drivers from evga, haven't tried the newest ones again but if it aint broke. Only 4 dim slots so making a RAM disk is limited and people wanting more DDR3 is out of the question. right angle 24pin power and sata connectors are good or bad depending on your PC case. Came with evga classified drivers, doesn't really matter since I get all mine from the evga website.
Overall Review: This motherboard is a nice piece of tech. All the latest and greatest stuff minus a couple dim slots and BIOS options. For me it has been great. Other people have not been so lucky with it. My biggest gripe is with the USB 3.0 ports but once you find the right firmware and drivers then it should just work like normal. All the rest of my cons I knew before buying this board so I can't take off any eggs for those. I would have taken away an egg if I hadn't been able to fix my USB problems.
If Speed is what you want, this M.2 delivers!!
Pros: Amazing boot up and shutdown speeds. Even against my 3 x Toshiba 256gb M.2 Raid 0, this drive is faster. Rated speeds are easily attainable if you have the right hardware to pair with it. Black sticker and PCB, looks better than the green PCBs when stuck between your PCIe ports. Corsairs reputation and warranty service are second to none. Great price point for a drive of this size and speed.
Cons: Check your motherboard compatibility, until I did a BIOS update I would see this drive on a cold start but it would disappear upon warm reboot. Works fine on the newest BIOS for my Motherboard, but since I do non-k overclocking on my 6700, I can't use this drive and overclock using bclk at the same time. Nothing at all against this drive, just a sticky situation someone else may find themselves in as well.
Overall Review: Asus Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Bios:0002 Intel skylake 6700 @ 5.0 (34 x 147bclk) Corsair RM750x 4 x 8gb DDR4 2400MHz Cooler Master Matx case Corsair MP510 M.2 480Gb
Top Tier PSU from an Elite Manufacturer
Pros: So much to list here, Packaging: Your PSU is getting to you safely; tough foam and a nice velvet bag protect it from harm Bag for your cables, zip ties, screws Plenty of cables for a pretty beefy build Enough PCI-e power cables to run SLI/Crossfire Operation: Gold rated 750 watts 62.5A 12v Nippon Chemi-Con Caps are top quality and what I look for before considering PSUs Super silent cooling fan, almost never turns on for me Small power switch and power input so you get the maximum amount of exhaust vents Heavy thick-gauge power cord Flush housing of the modular power connectors Looks: Labels on the connectors are oriented for the PSU to be run with the fan facing down Neutral coloring so it will look sharp with many different types builds Matte Black finish is clean, doesn't attract finger prints Looks classy in a windowed case Corsair’s reputation and 10 year warranty. (Can't state how important this is in a Power Supply Manufacturer)
Cons: Only con I can think of with this PSU is the thick 24 pin connector was hard to route behind the Motherboard tray
Overall Review: I have owned a few Corsair Power Supplies and I have never been disappointed They last forever which is why they can back them up with a 10 year warranty Because of this fact they seem to have a very good resell value PC SPECS: ASUS Gryphon z97 mATX Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG Intel 4790k @ 4.7GHZ Arctic Cooler A13 16 GB Samsung @ 2400 MHZ Corsair RM 750x 2x 3TB Western Digital Green drives 128 Samsung 860 EVO MSI GTX 1060 6gb
Pros: Switching from a RAID 0 arrays with 2 or even 3 SSDs, I was a little concerned I would see a loss in performance on read and write speeds. Well that was the case in synthetic benchmarks but the response time of this M.2 blew the RAID 0 array completely out of the water. I think this can be contributed to the M.2 being connected directly to PCIE and the fact that my SSDs were aging Samsung 830s. In pure read and write my array was faster, but that was it. Boot time, program loading times, almost all other facets of my computing experience felt like it just got an upgrade. Running Crystal Disk benchmark showed the stated speeds to be pretty accurate. Read = 490mb/s Write = 300mb/s Old SSD RAID 0 for comparison was about - 1050mb/s write = 550mb/s
Cons: The problem I have with M.2 drives in general is more a problem with my motherboard and the location of the M.2 slots. If you have a lot of PCIE cards and the M.2 slots are underneath. Upgrading takes a little longer than just removing an SSD and adding a different one.
Overall Review: Another great drive from Western Digital and my first foray into the world of M.2 was an amazing experience. Just pulling all my PCIE cards out and moving my HDs to different SATA ports that weren’t connected to SATA Express ports was a pain but not the fault of the M.2.
A Gamer's Mouse
Pros: This mouse is a great replacement for my old mouse, Boomslang CE2007. The DPI settings are very advanced compared to that mouse and the feel of the mouse is a lot sturdier. I think Corsair is doing a very good job in the Peripheral department, both items I own, keyboard and mouse, I have from that company share the same sturdiness and solid construction. The mouse itself has a near perfect grip for my hands; I'm 6'2" and have very long and slender hands. I don't feel like I am having to claw grip this mouse nor do I feel like the mouse is too big and I can't hit all the buttons from a comfortable position. The design of the mouse is nice; the metal undercarriage makes the mouse feel high quality. The weighs are a nice touch but I have never had a mouse that came with weighs I wanted to make lighter. The heavier the mouse the better in my opinion. The button clicks are very solid as is the scroll wheel and sniper dpi button. I haven’t used that button yet but have wanted to install Team Fortress 2 just to use it. Great braided cable; please all mice should have braided cables from now on. The braided cable on this mouse is a great length too. The lighting effects are nice and so is the software. I am running Windows 8.1 x64 and the drivers work as they should with no fuss. I am able to easily find the settings I need and make the changes. I love the different options for the LEDs, the white light looks great in the front and back.
Cons: Nothing, I have found nothing wrong with this mouse. It is advertised as a gamers mouse and so far it fills that position perfectly. Nothing wrong with this mouse.
Overall Review: I have read a lot of other reviews on this mouse and I honestly can’t understand them. Sure there are grips with someone’s personal preference on some things but this mouse has fulfilled everything I would look for. Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality, medium priced mouse with excellent features.