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MSI X99A XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The standard X99 features are great, 12x SATA, lots of USB 3.0 and two USB 3.1, etc. My last board, an ASUS X99 Deluxe had problems with USB ports from the start, ports would stop working and I'd have to unplug and replug keyboard and mouse, etc. Fastboot never worked which an ASUS rep told me was related to my Video Card BIOS but I tried a 780 Classified and a 980 Ti SC+ and could never get fastboot working. Then about 2 weeks ago, the Deluxe started taking over a minute to boot and Windows had permanent Code 43 errors in the device manager for two of the USB ports. I decided to try this MSI board because it has the highest rating (though only ~4 reviews). My experience with it has been good. USB ports have given no trouble, FastBoot works great, 100% stable (except when I first overclocked and forgot to increase voltage because I was used to ASUS' methods of auto-increasing the voltage but not MSI's fault.) BIOS is pretty nice, but I think ASUS' is a little better but I hardly ever spend time in it and it is certainly good enough so no it's big deal. Had no problems with memory, but I only run 4x4GBs @ 2133mhz so can't comment on how it works with the good stuff. Other than that, I have just been using my computer and not thinking about issues, which is the best compliment for a motherboard I think.

Cons: There is one thing that I feel is kind of important and neglected by MSI. The last bios for this board was released in march of 2015. If I had known that before I purchased I don't know if I would have bought this board. Don't get me wrong, it's been good and stable and I'm happy so far, but I am not believing there are exactly *0* issues that need to be addressed on it even if I have not run into any. A high performance gaming board needs frequent bios updates, period, or at least I'd like to see a real explanation from MSI that they have 0 reported issues on it which I would find difficult to believe. Apart from that I have zero things to complain about.

Other Thoughts: My components in case someone is curious about compatibility:
5960x 8-core CPU
this board obviously.
4x4GB 2133mhz Crucial RAM.
Corsair 730T Case.
Cooler Master Nepton 280L (Not 100% compatible with the Corsair Case, but it does attach)
Some Samsung SSDs + WD & Hitachi 2TB HDDs.
Logitech G502 Mouse.
Razer Black Widow Keyboard.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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Pros: Was apprehensive after ordering, as I saw a few people knocking the ACX cooler online. I'm very impressed overall though. It's silent at idle, since the fan does not spin, during games it seems fairly quiet. Temps are not the best however, 80c in GTA V, but the device is built for it and if you have an adequately cooled case it shouldn't be a problem. Haven't notice any coil whine, beyond the usual slight squeal when something is displaying a 1,000 FPS loading screen or whatever. FPS is great, coming from a GTX 780, have tried it out in BF4, Skyrim and GTA V so far. BF4 and Skyrim are no challenge maxed out, with lots of texture mods for Skyrim, GTA V will dip down to around 60-80 fps if you enable the super advanced graphics options. I'm gaming on a 1080P 144Hz g-sync monitor, the Acer XB270HA. The whole setup, 980 Ti + G-sync is very smooth and slick in all my games. Have not had any driver TDRs as some other are reporting, those will probably be fixed by Nvidia soon any way. No crashes of any kind. Installed in X99 Deluxe with a 5960X + 16GBs of RAM with several hours of gaming done, booted and installed fine in Windows 8.1.
+ Fastest single GPU card.
+ 6GBs of RAM, won't be VRAM constrained for a very long time I predict.
+ 100% Silent at idle
+ Only medium loud when gaming, in my subjective opinion.
+ been 100% stable in the time I've had it.
+ DX12 when Windows 10 comes out.

Cons: - somewhat hot, but nothing I can't live with, still cooler than reference for only a few bucks more. That's it for cons.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely suggest this card, and a high FPS g-sync display, if you love games like I do.

My rig:
5960X 8-core Haswell-E @ 4Ghz
16GBs of Crucial RAM
Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard
This video card, the GTX 980 Ti SC+ ACX.
Samsung 850 Pro 256GBs + Samsung 840 Pro 256GBs
2x2TB HDDs
Acer XB270HA 144Hz, G-Sync, 1080P 27 inche monitor.
Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO CPU water cooler.
Corsair 760T Case.
Logitech G502 Proteus Core mouse (best mouse out there imo)
Razer Scarab Mouse pad (very nice, very smooth)

Acer XB270H Abprz Black 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I was very hesitant to get a TN monitor, since my last monitor was an IPS (Dell 2209WA). I don't know if it's because this is an 8-bit panel, or just a very good TN, but I have no regrets, it looks great. Text is very good at 27in @ 1080p, not superb, but still good. G-sync + 144hz makes BF4 ultra smooth, a really enjoyable experience (when you're not getting pwned because your team is asleep but that's true with any setup). Skyrim is awesome and smooth with g-sync as well (though I did make a script to switch the monitor to 100hz mode when I launch the game because of physics bugs in skyrim at high fps). Fiddled with the settings until I got it just the way I like, settled for 'graphics mode' because I light bright and colorful. Had 0 issues with every feature of this monitor, g-sync + 144hz worked immediately and every time. Using 344.48 nvidia drivers. Had 0 dead pixels, and no other screen related issues.

Cons: Only real con, is that being a TN panel, the colors shift slightly when I do things like lean back in my chair due to the viewing angle issues of TN panels. The ultra smooth gaming more than makes up for it, and it only took a few days before I stopped noticing the shifting really.

Other Thoughts: I think this monitor was definitely worth it, and I got it at $599. I really only play BF4, but it's unbelievably smooth, eventually you just stop noticing screen issues (tearing, stuttering, etc.) which distracted me often before, and it just becomes normal since it's what you would expect if you weren't a monitor scientist that knew all about monitor limitations. The whole package, the flawless monitor, great colors, g-sync, 144hz is just great. I can't compliment acer enough for this monitor.


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Display Name: James G.

Date Joined: 09/22/07

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