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Pros: - Ill be honest this laptop does deserve 5 stars!
-Fast with 512 GB Boot Drive (notice not NVME yet, but please read review)
-Great processor in the i7 6700k
-For a Gaming computer it is pretty quiet. The CPU fan is louder than the fan on the GTX 1060.
-Plays most games at 4k with no issues
-Great Portability it is as thin as the last gen Macbook Pro I returned to buy this one.
Cons: Battery, Gaming Battery 1 hour (expected with the power in this), Internet with screen brightness down - 3.5 hours.
Biggest Draw back- YOU CANT UPGRADE ANYTHING WITHOUT VOIDING THE WARRANTY. On the bottom of the computer is one of the stickers stating warranty void if tampered with right over one of the screws.
The down side to this is that MSI put a very slow and old fashioned 1tb mechanical HDD in this PC. Most people would probably be happy with a 500 gb solid state in its place and they would problem is MSI doesn't offer it this way. So when i bought the computer I bought a 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I opened the box and went to install the SSD I noticed the sticker. So here i have a 2,000 computer with a great capabilities, which MSI states will even support NVME even, and I can upgrade it without voiding the warranty. This is a Joke! Needless to Say i did upgrade the hard drive and now I probably don't have any warranty coverage and the PC is now 3 days old.
Other Thoughts: As i said this is a great computer and I really like it. It is just very frustrating to me that a consumer cant do any upgrades to the storage/ram configuration without voiding the warranty. Other companies allow you too, hell ASUS makes the whole bottom panel removable with 1 screw and you then have access to all the fun stuff.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G GOLDEN EDITION
Pros: $429 Close Out Price - after buying three cards im still $100 cheaper than 2 FTW 1080s
1530mhz after OC on all three cards.
With fan coolers at 1404 mhz (Boost clock in OC mode) - 65c
With water at 1530mhz (Boost Clock) - 41c
Cons: MSI REBATE PROGRAM
Power Hungry - Pulling 1000 watts of power at full load with 5930k.
Other Thoughts: Was deciding between 2 1080s or 3 980ti's, in all the reviews these were going to be neck and neck in testing. So i ordered three of these bad boys. I went with these because have a corsair 900d and I want the case to look full, but I also went one step further and have the cards water cooled to help with temps. I'm running 3 cards SLI'd and seeing over 1530 mhz on over clocks. That puts it almost 125mhz faster than the over clocking out of the box in OC mode. With water the highest temps i have seen are at 41c. These blow through anything at 4k, Getting over 150 fps in Battlefield 4 at 4k and all settings on ultra. Substantial improvement from Regular GTX 980s .READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Booted up immediately with i7 5930k and 16 gb of G.Skill 3000 MHz memory. Running 4.5 Ghz and 3 MHz on Ram and is running very stable.
Cons: Wired/Wireless Connectivity. Wired worked with Windows 8. Installed 8.1 the Ethernet driver will not work and still have not found a work around. Has Wireless-AC connectivity however steaming seems to have problems. Streaming 1440p and 2160p (4k) is getting a lot of lag and will not even play the video.
Raid configuration only supports 4 hard disks. Not a major concern but I was originally going to run three different raid arrays to have separate storage drives for OS, Games, Media.
If you use 4 PCI-E x16 ports you will not be able to use the M.2 port as it will be deactivated to service you 4th PCI-E x16
Other Thoughts: Overall this Board is quite good and the only really problem is the Internet connections would love to have a work through for that.
Asus Rampage V Extreme LGA 2011-v3
16GB G.Skill Ripjaws 3000 DDR4
4x128 Samsung 850 Pro Raid 0 (1800 MBs Read)
4x Nvidia Reference GTX 970 - It does work in 4 way SLI with 20% performance boost over 3 way.
27" Asus 4k Monitor with 60 Hertz Refresh Rate.