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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII GENE LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The first pro is a major one. "Standard" ASUS ROG motherboard features. These features are incredibly useful and ASUS has made a lot of these features pretty standard on their higher end boards. This includes a debug LED on the board with a corresponding code in the manual. If the board doesn't POST, you can most likely figure out why.

Cons: I have an ongoing issue with my USB 3.0 ports occasionally dropping devices. Most annoyingly is my keyboard, but this is not a bash against the motherboard itself, rather the driver that was used with Windows 10 Pro.

ASUS' major weakness still appears to be on the software side. I also have an ASUS wireless adapter that I had to really dig to get a good driver for it. My confidence in the driver packages provided by ASUS is not strong. I will be trying to load intel drivers and ASMedia drivers (direct from the manufacturer) as I can.

I'm not subtracting an egg because the hardware has been running VERY stable for the last two months and I hope this machine has a long life ahead of it.

Other Thoughts: This build has been plagued with issues.

I had issues initially I thought were Motherboard stability, but it was TWO kits of memory I ordered from Corsair that had errors. Two kits of 8 GB (4x2) were defective. It took me a few weeks to determine that issue as I finally ran MemTest on the modules. Errors everywhere. After I received replacements, all is well. No errors.

Couple this with a deficient driver provided for my USB-AC55 (I cannot run a LAN cable to my computer yet), I have had a lot of problems finding JUST the right driver to get that working. (5.1.21 at the time of writing, which is the Windows 7 driver if anyone is interested)

Final Build:
DIYPC Cuboid-R Black/Red MicroATX Case
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (4x4 GB)
Core i5 6600k (4.3 Ghz stable)
ASUS GTX 970 Strix
2x 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drives (RAID 0, no issues)
1x 1TB Toshiba 2.5" drive
1x 240 GB PNY SSD

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMK8GX4M2A2666C16
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Memory runs at advertised speed with XMP enabled.
No stability issues

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I liked these first two modules so much, I bought a second pair.

CORSAIR HXi Series HX750i 750W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent power delivery and stability
Voltages read slightly high out of the box but within limits.
It powers the system (see Specs in Other Thoughts) without issue.

Part of the efficiency of this power supply comes from the latest generation of motherboard and CPU.

The power supply fan does not even turn on with my system under full load. Or if it does, I can not tell.

Cons: I can not connect my Corsair Link cable in my case. :(

Other Thoughts: Full System:
Asus Maximus VIII Gene
Intel Core i5 6600K @4.3Ghz
Cooler Master Seidon 240M with 2 Corsair SP120 fans
2 Corsair AF120 fans
1 1.0 TB HDD
2x 500 GB HDD (RAID)
Asus Strix GTX 970

Power consumption (Total System):
Average 60 Watts idle/low power activity (web browsing)
Average 380 Watts full load. AIDA64 stability test, Unigine Valley benchmark.


Michael B.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 12/31/10

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