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This review is from: MSI Z97-Gaming 9 AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The board itself seems to be well made with all the advertising on its suit of a variety of features it offers to insure its longevity. Very high over clocking profiles and great tech to match. This is my first MSI motherboard and I love it. It is one of the more/most expensive Z97 boards but with its feature sweet its justifiable to top end users.
FYI the wireless drop in option was weird to say the least in that you need to take the shroud off the IO and pop it into place then secure it with a screw from the shroud when you re-install it to the board. Wireless functionality is great as both antenna have magnetic feet that I used to stick on the side panel of me case.
Cons: Upon first arrival and setup I began to play with its settings via UEFI/software and began to find an unstable combo of settings. The chip I bought came with turbo boost, and EISPT (Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology) I disabled these because I wanted all cores (Logical and physical) running consistently at the desired clocks and perimeters I set all the time (without overclocking). I have since updated the UEFI and the issue has gone away. Just make sure you take advantage of MSI Live update 6. Scan the system with its tool and it will find all the latest drivers and Bios files for you. With all updates installed it's been running like a champ ever since.
Other Thoughts: I7 4790k @4Ghz with H100i and after market fans plus controller Stays at 28c
G.skill Trident X 2400Mhz @2400Mhz
MSI Gaming 9AC Z97 with update 1.5 to UEFI (comes with 1.0)
Corsair HX 850watt PSU
Corsair force GT 240gb Boot drive. (All drives are automatically set to AHCI upon detection)
Windows 7 x64
Sapphire R9 290X Vapor X edition GPU
Pros: This will have been the second set of this kit making it 32gb all together in my system. All four (4x8gb) modules run perfectly at the set point of 2400mhz with a simple selection of its profiles from the UEFI/Bios.
Cons: No real cons, the price is justified since I believe you get the most bang for your buck with these models. tighter timings and high clocks than many of the competition as I got both sets at 'sale price' saving me a substantial amount.
Other Thoughts: My rig is a AMD build; as follows.
Crosshair V Formula-Z Mobo with 2002 version UEFI
G. Skill Trident X: 4 x 8gb (32gb) @ 2400mhz
Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X Ghz Edition GPU
Windows 7 64bit Professional (Win Pro or better is needed to utilize any amount of ram above 16gb as home edition is restricted to 16gb).
I hope this helps people on both sides of the fence whether you be Intel or AMD this RAM works great for both platforms.
Pros: Great case. Went from a HAF 932 to the HAF XM. Great buy and nothing to be hyper critical about. Construction is more stable than its predecessor but resembles it almost entirely with fame dimensions minus the top fan/radiator housing on the XM. Space is more maximized with a new hard drive cage and smaller 3.5 inch bay shelves. Air flow is and I kid you not tenfold the 932 so everything has moving air across it from top to bottom. Everything works and works well as it was money well spent for more room and far superior internal management of cables and devices across the board, very satisfied.
Cons: Like I said, nothing to be critical about in my opinion. Great case.
Other Thoughts: My rig is a custom build.
Cooler Master HAF XM case
Windows 7 64 bit
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB Boot drive
ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z Mobo
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Ghz Vapor-X edition GPU (3GB)
G. Skill Trident 2400mhz 16GB (2x8GB) RAM modules (running at 2400mhz profile)
Corsair AX 850 gold full modular PSU
Zalman 9900MAX CPU cooler (Blue)
LG bluray drive
Plays all games including but not limited to: Battle field 4, Crysis 3, Skyrim, Batman Arkham series, Bioshock's 1, 2 and Infinite, Fallout series, Assassin's Creed series and Dead Space 2&3 all on maximum settings at 1080p with extremely cool temps thanks to this case.