Date Joined: 10/02/14
Pros: The board is solid rigid and heavy. It is nicely laid out with Plenty of Sata and M.2 spaces.
As I am building a content creating workstation I didn't need the LED show and thankfully there was none. I have built over 50 workstations over the last decade and had mostly gone with Asus but this looked promising. This is for an AMD 3970 CPU
Cons: It takes forever to post and then boot. 1.5 minutes from start to Win 10 Pro.
The original Bios would not show the front USB2 or USB3 ports in windows even with an updated chip-set driver from AMD. MSI Support is less than worthless. They told me the USB and a hand full of other errors in event viewer were because the memory I used was not on the list F4-3200C16Q2-128GTZ although Gskill recommends it for this board. Wasn't the memory turned out to be the bios. BTW The memory ran for 2 days going through 8 passes in Memtest.
Super flaky with the boot order and the bios (advanced mode) is mostly graphics with scant details. It would drop the boot order 1 in 10 starts . marked a removable drive as hot swap and it worked a couple of times then stopped. I got tired of trying to track down all the hardware errors on the basic first part of the build. Second call to MSI the guy said get rid of the board.
I sent it back and ordered an Asus Prime TRX-40 Pro . Works like a dream. boots in less than 30 seconds into Win 10 after update and all drivers ZERO errors in event viewer using the same memory. I had this thing running stress tests in two hours and could not be happier.
Overall Review: I would not recommend this product to anybody.
I am not a brand loyalist at all I like to try them all , As far as the specs it checked all the boxes I needed. Performance and especially the tech support just does not seem ready for prime time.
Pros: Just got it to boot on a test bench. I had never set up an AMD before and it was simple as 1-2-3.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: I am using the Asus ROG Zenith Extreme and 64 BG of g-skill 2933MHz memory F4-2933C16Q-64GFX
When I first tried to boot it just put itself in a loop checking CPU and memory. I downloaded the latest Bios (1402) renamed it ZE.CAP and used a USB drive to flash the bios. It then booted into the bios and recognized all 64BG of memory.
Everything seems right . I saw one review where the owner could not get his/her system to post. Flashing the bios worked for me.
Pros: Like all Asus boards built like a tank and all the bells and wistles
Cons: NO Q Fan Control available on this board.
Overall Review: Couldn't believe it! Called Asus and they confirmed NO q fan control on this board. I use the board in a full on digital imaging workstation with a custom loop and a pair of 1080 TI s in SLI Lots of fans to tame. Can't have customers fussing with a fan controller . Returned this board and going back to the Asus X299 Tuff 2 . BTW. Newegg customer service is stellar.