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Pros: I've had this board for about a year now; it's very stable, and was easy to setup. The '1-click' setup makes it easy for non-tech users, but I setup the BIOS manually in 'Advanced Mode'. It feels well made and comes packed well with SATA cables and good instructions. It can take up to 64gigs ram and has 6 SATA 6gb/s ports. I was able to setup a mild OC to 4.4ghz without any hassle. The AMD platforms give you a lot for your hard earned money. The money saved over Intel can go a long way towards a high performance video card if you game on a tight budget (better video card trumps slight CPU gain with Intel, in my book, if you are stretching your dollars). For what a mid range Intel CPU costs, I got this board, the AMD chip, and 8 gigs of the 32 gigs I bought.
Cons: I don't know if this is an AMD spec for the chip I used, but the default 1.48v on the CPU was a bit much. In Advanced mode, I set the CPU Vcore to 1.34v with a mild OC at 4.4ghz by lowering the offset voltage setting, which lowered the CPU temperature. A non-tech user may not notice, and while it does not damage the chip as far as I know, why run it so high? This is why I removed 1 egg.
Other Thoughts: I pared this motherboard with a Godavari 7870k and 32 gigs ram, to make a test machine/lab study 'server' so it has been reconfigured with various operating systems and hardware over the last year. No issues with it. While you can do the 4-way '1-click' optimizing to make setup painless, I went in and manually configured most of the settings using the advanced BIOS mode. The default 1.48 CPU voltage (VCORE) is way too high; I was able to set it to 1.34v with a mild overclock to 4.4ghz, which helps keep the CPU cooler. It did pick up my memory settings, and worked fine with the then new Godavari CPU after a painless BIOS update (Godavari was new when I got this board). The reason people pick the AMD platform is to save money over Intel, and while this board is not the cheapest thing out there, it is a solid stable board that can be the heart of a budget gaming rig, or a good basic home computer using the APU's built in video to help keep the overall cost of the build down, as I did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Size and value. You can get a smaller case if need be, if you are space limited. I pared mine with a Godavari 7870k and it booted right up with 8gigs of old ddr3 that I had. Got the chip for $109 so this budget build is quite a lot for the money! It's overkill actually, as I made a NAS out of it with 5 hard drives and NAS4FREE. Just updated the bios and lowered the vcore (the default is way too high at 1.48v). Super stable. With an AIO 240 cooler it's up 24/7, no issues yet. My dual PCIE Intel NIC is working fine in the single 16x slot and it setup the memory values right off the bat, no complaints with the board's function.
Cons: **Update. I was nervous about the AIO fans top-screw-tabs pushing on the ram (see below). So I cut the upper screw tabs off the fans, as the two sticks sat right under the fan screw hole location. This way the ram sticks are not touching the fans.**
My only con in this build is the board layout. The memory slots are, in a tower build, up at the top almost at the edge of the board. If you get a case that has the now common spot on top for an AIO radiator and fans, make sure you have enough room for it to not be in the way of the ram sticks. My setup just fit, the fan frames just touch the ram heatsinks, I used short screws through the inner fan holes because there was no room for the longer screw heads. (Thermaltake V31). Larger cases would probably not have this issue; but if you are looking for a small setup and chose this board for that reason, it may be a factor in what case you select.
Other Thoughts: **Update. This board has now been 'gifted' to my mother and is being used with Windows 10. With a reasonably priced AMD chip like the Godavari 7870k it is very snappy feeling in Windows and has been very stable as well with a mild OC to 4.4ghz. We are talking motherboard+memory+CPU for the same price (or less) as a mid-range Intel CPU alone.**
Going with AMD I think I got quite a lot for my money, and this board, once I updated the bios, is working quite well with the Godavari chip. No, I'm not gaming on it but it's doing fine providing 4 ISCSI luns with 4 server 2012r2 server instances installed, which are being hosted on an ESXI 5.5 home server (also an Asus board). It's too early to judge long term stability and reliability, but but at this point the setup has been no issue.
This review is from: COOLER MASTER Excalibur R4-EXBB-20PK-R0 120mm Case Fan
Pros: **Update, 5/1/2016- bought 4 of these, three are now dead. They began squealing and stopped or slowed down. They were nice while they lasted... The rest of this review is my original review**
Blowing through a high FPI rad, like the H100 on my server, I want something like this. High mmh20. For the amount of pressure and CFMs these deliver, the noise is, my subjective opinion from building rigs over the last 15+ years, low. It is not a 'silent' case fan, however. If you are looking for that, look elsewhere. I also have some Corsair SP HP fans on my XSPC 360 rad on the gamer, they are louder and produce less static pressure. They whine really much more loudly, and I run them down about 30%. The Silverstones and Thermaltake are noisier, and less pressure. Yates use sleeve bearings that don't hold up long term, and again less static pressure. Enermax makes some good case fans, some are quite quiet, like the one with the orange blades, but again they don't provide the pressure. And the Antecs I've used were low CFM case fans. If you are looking for something to get air through high restriction you can't get much better than this with this noise level. I love that they don't have LEDs, as they are in a 24x7 server in the bedroom. They replaced some XSPC fans that were noisier with less static pressure. I also like that they come PWM, with 3pin and molex adapters. I know I used the word 'pressure' a lot here, but that's what this fan is about, a good amount of _push_ through radiator fins. This isn't a case fan.
Cons: Not really best for a case fan, where you can get away with less pressure and noise. And I miss the old days when fans came with grills...
Other Thoughts: If you want 'silent', 'low noise', 'whisper quiet' or whatever, then live with static pressure below 2, and CFM below about 50 in a 120mm fan. Don't expect whatever you get to work well attached to a large CPU cooler with dense fins or a high FPI rad. If you need a fan for these applications, and are willing to pick up some noise to get optimum results, this is a good choice.READ FULL REVIEW