Date Joined: 08/09/09
Pros: Super quiet, easy to install, CPU temperatures cooler than with an AIO.
Cons: Slighty more difficult to install compared to an all-in-one system. Have to get the tubing right so it doesn't kink.
Overall Review: First time building with water cooling. Used All-in-ones before and this is a much better product than the Corsair AIO's I've used before. Much cooler CPU temperatures than with previous AIOs I've used also, especially since my CPU is the new I-9, which others are complaining about how hot it gets. No problem with this system!
Pros: Nice RGB lighting, but....
Cons: Wouldn't post ("4F" Q-code) with Intel core i7-7820X (8-core) processor. Defective board or Beta BIOS release. Unable to reflash BIOS.
Overall Review: ASUS support response was that only 4 and 6 core processors are officially supported (QVL) at this time. I have RMA'd board, but don't know what good it will do if can't use the processor that they advertise it will work with (but not in the "small print" QVL list).
Pros: Compact and X99 chipset
Cons: M.2 slot only provides 2 lanes of PCIe bandwidth (old school) and you don't get full speed from the latest M.2 SSDs. Not compatible with Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD - even with 3.0x4 adapter in PCIe port. Corsair memory also could not achieve XMP frequencies on this board.
Overall Review: Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD runs at reduced speed in M.2 slot and with PCIe 3.0x4 lane adapter. NVMe controller doesn't show up in the BIOS (section remains grayed out). According to Asus support, this motherboard is not compatible with the Samsung 950 Pro or the latest Corsair DDR4 memory and they refused to provide any support.
Pros: Comes with decorative fans. Low CAS and high frequency memory.
Cons: System was unstable at XMP setting. Could only achieve 15 CAS and 2400 MHz on new ASUS X-99 board (which is worse than the 2400 MHz sticks I already had).
Overall Review: I was waiting for other parts to arrive to complete the build, so by the time I got them installed and tested, it was past the return period.
Pros: Very quiet fans.
Cons: Difficult to pull the rubber grommets through the fastener holes, particular in tight confines.
Overall Review: Very nice fans once installed.
Pros: Very quiet and apparently efficient fan.
Cons: Somewhat difficult to pull the rubber connectors through the fastener holes, but got it done.
Overall Review: Very nice fan once you get it installed.
Pros: I have other Silent Wings case fans and they are very quiet.
Cons: Not what I was looking for - needed a 4-pin (PWM) fan, which this fan is not. Advertised as having a "3/4 pin connector".
Overall Review: I guess the 1500 RPM part of the title should have been a clue, but when advertised as "3/4 pins" for connector type, I assumed it would work as a 4-pin fan (controllable). When the box arrived it clearly states it is a 3-pin fan only.
Pros: Nice high resolution monitor with very thin borders. I purchased two and use in a dual monitor configuration. The thin border makes for a near seamless transition between the two monitors. Also has no menu buttons, but on-off and menu controls are like touch-screen, but on the monitor border.
Overall Review: Like a dummy, I didn't check the inputs on this monitor. There are no VGA or DVI inputs, only HDMI, DisplayPort, and mini-DisplayPort, so ensure you have a corresponding graphics card or adapter.
Pros: Very nice and quiet PWM fan.
Cons: Unfortunately, one of the three fans I purchased was defective.
Pros: Non-RAID Verified benchmarks without Rapid Mode:
Sequential Read = 350 MB/sec
Sequential Write = 213 MB/sec
Random 4k RW Transfers = 213 MB/sec
Non-RAID verified benchmarks in Samsung Rapid Mode:
Sequential Read = 2998 MB/sec
Sequential Write = 2515 MB/sec
Random 4k Seek = 2317 MB/sec
Cons: Rather slow speed without rapid mode enabled. Possibly because disk was new and cache had not developed memory.
Overall Review: I have always disabled the previous Samsung Magician software because it didn't improve anything for me, but nearly a 10x increase in speeds is very nice!
Pros: Advertised speeds and timings are nice if they worked. New DDR4 memory.
Cons: Matched with Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard and this memory is listed as qualified vendor, but motherboard won't post at advertised speed and timings and neither XMP profile will post. Stable only at optimized default of 2133 MHz and 15 CAS.
Overall Review: In fairness, could be Asus motherboard or BIOS. Using latest BIOS (904), but not stable. Will wait and see if future BIOS update will alleviate problem.
Pros: More bells and whistles than I need. Nice looking board for those that are into a glamor computer. Plenty of USB 3.0 ports.
Cons: Maybe I got a lemon, but third version of BIOS (904) is still not stable on my board. Runs OK (except high fan speeds) at optimized defaults, but won't post with any changes to BIOS. Neither XMP profile will post using qualified Corsair memory. Won't post using listed memory speed (2800 MHz at CAS 16) and defaults to 2133 CAS 15. Slight overclock to 3.9 MHz fails. Can change fan speeds in BIOS, but doesn't physically change fan speeds, which are running way too high (39 degree temps and 60% throttle continuously).
Overall Review: I assume future BIOS updates will take care of this problem, so am not returning, but disappointed that I paid $400 to be a Beta tester.
Pros: Keeps CPU cool and is relatively quiet.
Cons: Tried to install in a full tower Zalman GS1000 case with Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard and cooler does not fit. Due to the dual fan configuration have to install at top of case, but there is not sufficient width for both the fans and radiator above the power connector and shrouds on the motherboard. Ended up mounting fans on outside of case with case housing removed to make it work. Louder fan noise than I would like with the fans on the outside of the case. Also the radiator mounting holes to did quite match up with the holes in the case, so had to leave out a few screws. In fairness, some of the problem with the fit is the Asus motherboard shrouds which project from the face of the motherboard. But, if your going for looks and have a similar motherboard/case combination, this is probably not the cooler for you.
Overall Review: Took a few minutes to figure out that the fan extension cables have pin covers over the male connection. At first glance it appears they configured with female/female connectors.