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Pros: Fast, energy efficient, easy over clock, latest technology.

Cons: Price extortion. Original price (recommenced by inlet) $350, price everywhere now $400++++

Other Thoughts: I am jumping from an i7-950 to this i7-6700K.
This simplest example of the improvements are in 3Dmark Fire strike physics test. 8183 (i7-950) vs 13451 for the 6700K. at 64% improvement. And 3dMark 11 physics 7796 (i7-950) and 11470 (6700k) a 47% improvement.
In real world applications you wont see a difference between quad cores. I wasn't even close to maxing out my old processor. This upgrade was to modernize my desktop, and reduce its electrical usage. Overall I have dropped the wattage usage of my computer by 60+ watts.
This is a great upgrade if your system is more than 2 years old or 2 generations of processors. But its not worth the upgrade unless you need the newer tech in motherboard that comes with the cpu upgrade.
My build: CPU i7-6700K, Mobo Asus Maximus VIII Hero Z170, RAM Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX 16GB @3000MHz, TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 wireless, and Corsair H100i GTX CPU cooling.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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Pros: Lots of 4pin fan connectors, plenty of sata ports (8), M2 slot, great audio software, great motherboard layout, and asus quality.
The bios took some getting used to but is a very nice design and pretty easy to use.
The board looks good in my case matches the stealth black motif.
Plenty of USB ports.
Audio works great with my Logitech 5.1 system.

Cons: When i first installed the ram I got an error. So i tried the other slots they worked, then I tried the original slots again. Turns out I just did not push the ram fully into the slot. Take more force that I had originally thought.
I wish there were a few more USB3 ports.
I love all the fan connectors but practically speaking the 3 at the top edge are nearly impossible to access if you have a top radiator cooling system. So make sure you plug in your fans then install the radiator and fans.
The last issue is with the ASUS AI Suite 3 does not play nice with Corsair Link. I have my radiator pump, and radiator fans all on corsair link and the rest are controlled by ASUS AI. Word of caution, if you run the fan tester in the ASUS AI it will shut off all other fans. I found it turned off my Corsair H100i GTX. Temps rose. I re-booted an everything ran as it should. If I get fed up with one or the other piece of software I'll just switch over. ASUS controls would be the easier switch. Just plug all the fans into the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded my computer from an EVGA X58 FTW3 (i7-950) to this the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII (i7-6700k). It was to modernize my computer. Full USB3 and SATA3 support, DDR4, more energy efficient CPU, and M2.
After I updated the bios I had to manually set my RAM's speed and timing. Not a big deal and was easy to do. Over clocking on this board with the i7-6700k is super easy. Just set the turbo frequency to what every you want it to be and if your CPU block has enough over head it will run at those speeds. Personally I set my CPU to be dynamic and only run at over clock when needed to be more energy efficient. I do not use XMP profiles so I don't know how this board does with that feature.
Fan profiles can either be set up in Bios or the Asus software.
Getting windows up and running was easy. That said I did upgrade my OS from 7 to 10 before I did the hardware upgrade. I did this because I read so many horror stories about the Z170 mobo's and windows 7. Getting the software perfect and updating the bios is time consuming.
The Memory I chose was the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 which is not officially support by this board but the CMK32GX4M4B3000C15 is. They are the same ram just a 2 stick vs a 4 stick package. 16GB of ram should be plenty. My old system had 6GB and only in the last 6 months of use had I finally started to max it out.
In my decision making process for motherboards my finalists were 1: ASUS Maximus Hero VIII, 2 Gigabyte G1 Gaming, 3: Asus Z170 Pro Gaming 3. The Gigabyte in reviews had slightly lower performance and worse energy efficiency, but has the better audio solution and better reviews. I down loaded all the motherboards manuals and read about them and the IRQ assignments for sharing PCI lanes. Gigabytes M2 and Sata share lanes so not all are accessible at the same time. In the end I chose this board because the price dropped over black Friday and I trust ASUS more than gigabyte.
**DOA's happen. Unless you get more than 1 DOA don't knock this board for it especially if ASUS replaces it for free.
I hope this review helps. I did A LOT of research before I bought this board. I also waited to buy so that the companies would perfect their BIO features for the new hardware. The down side of waiting was the increase in price of the i7-6700k processor. Supposed to cost $350 now price is $419. Extortion. I found my processor at Micro over black Friday for $356 before tax.

My set up: Case: Corsair 550D, PSU Corsair HX1050, CPU cooler: H100i GTX, Ram: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000, Mobo: Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII, wifi: TP-Link AC1750, GPU GTX760, CPU: I7-6700K, case fans: Cougar CF-V12HP

Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060021-WW)
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Pros: Quiet, very quiet at around 1000 RPM. At 1000 RPM my CPU stays at around 25 degrees C idle and overall CPU temps under load stay below 50 degrees C in a silent profile. The pump is nice an quiet.
Corsair is a brand I trust.

Cons: Installation as an intake system was difficult. It took a lot of patience to get the fans aligned up with the holes in the radiator for to used this as an intake rather than the "recommended" blower.
My first attempt at mounting the pump/cold plate to the top of the CPU didn't work correctly because I had the incorrect risers on. This messed up the original thermal compound on the cooler luckily I had some Arctic Silver and applied it to the plate.
The corsair link and Asus Fan controller don't play well with each other. DO NOT test your fans using ASUS fan controller with the radiator fans attached to the CPU pump they will turn off and CPU temps will rise. After the testing the ASUS fan controller and link run ok with each other. Corsair link handles the pump and the 2 fans directly attached to it, while the ASUS controller has profiles for the rest of the fans. If I get truly annoyed with one or the other I would simply either hook everything up through corsair link or the ASUS controller.

Other Thoughts: I decided to use this CPU cooler as an intake into my computer rather than as a blower because in general its recommended to set up a computers fans to create positive pressure inside the case, and the top of my case as a screen filter for dust so it just seemed to make since. Unfortunately its difficult to get everything aligned for an intake, but is possible.
My case is a Corsair 550D, In order to fit this radiator in my case I had to move my DVD drive to the second bay from the top. I can't fit the DVD drive in the top slot with the radiator in my case. The other limitation with my case is that I cant set up this radiator as a push pull system. There just isn't room between the Mobo and the bottom of the radiator to fit another fan.
As is said above corsair link and the asus controller don't really like each other, but corsair link is a nice piece of software. It can take all the read outs from the motherboard like Fan speeds and temperatures of components and then you can set up profiles for the fans.
I am very happy with the H100i GTX. I read many review before selecting this over the Kraken or the H110i GTX. The final deciding factor for me was noise. This closed loop system was reviewed at making less noise than the other 2 and had a better price, with very little difference in CPU temps.
I hope this review helps.
My set up: Case: Corsair 550D, PSU Corsair HX1050, CPU cooler: H100i GTX, Ram: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000, Mobo: Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII, wifi: TP-Link AC1750, GPU GTX760, CPU: I7-6700K, case fans: Cougar CF-V12HP


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Display Name: William A.

Date Joined: 01/30/07

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