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This review is from: ASUS X99-PRO LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - Utilizes the X-99 Chipset very well.
- 6 USB3.0 Connectors on the rear I/O Panel (max supported by X-99 natively)
- 8 SATA 6gb/s ports, four of which can be used for RAID
- ASUS OC 2011-v3 Socket
- Easy to understand BIOS with a lot of features
- DDR4 Support
- Haswell-E Support
- Audio is great and will serve most people just fine. Unless you are extremely nit picky about your audio (or do something professionally) no sound card will be required.
Also, See Other thoughts.
Cons: - Price? But this is a top of the line board with cutting edge tech, I wasn't expecting cheap so no eggs will be docked.
Other Thoughts: I am very careful about the motherboard I purchase. I have had very bad experiences and major headaches in the past from not doing my research on the board I am putting into my PC and normally do not purchase a board unless it has a substantial amount of positive reviews and very few negatives from users who had already taken a plunge. When I do so I want it to just work so I can save any potential headaches for overclocking. That being said, the ASUS X-99 line got a very nasty black mark due to some isolated problems with the X-99 DELUXE (do a web search for 'Asus X-99 Deluxe smoke' and you will understand what I mean). That problem was resolved, however, with a BIOS update.
With this board there aren't a whole lot of user reviews online for it currently but tech reviews praised the ASUS X-99 line so I took the plunge. I am VERY glad I did. Setup was rather straightforward and it has been rock solid with absolutely no hiccups as of yet. The Memory I purchased to go with it was picked up by the bios and the timing was set automatically. I literally had to adjust RAID configurations and I was installing windows within minutes.
If you are looking for a good middle of the road DDR4 board, I would recommend this board.
- The SATA 6gb/s ports are divided into two channels, Dark Grey being one channel and Black being the second. Only one of those channels supports RAID (I believe it is the dark grey ones but verify with the manual). Keep this in mind when running your cables. I wasted a good half hour of my day rerouting cables after I had the computer completely assembled because I plugged into the wrong channel.
- If the issues with the ASUS X99-Deluxe is the only thing that is keeping you from pulling the trigger on this board, rest easy knowing that the X99-Deluxe is built upon a different PCB than the X99-A and the X-99 PRO, which share their own PCB configuration. The issues the Deluxe had will not be inherent on the -A or -PRO.
Pros: This case is fantastic. I literally feel like there were no sacrifices on it to make it cheaper to produce, it screams quality in every way right down to the build quality of the removable filters. The plastic box of pre-separated screws was a beautiful touch, and the out-of-box cable routing is fantastic and probably saved me probably a good hour of doing it myself. Of course you still have to run power and data cables, but there is plenty of room to add those lines to the pre-existing routing.
The power supply shield gives the case a nice, clean look, and the accent LED lighting in the Enthoo line is second to none.
Cons: The SATA power cable for the Fan controller was broke when it arrived. The right-angle plastic section of the connector was broke, but it does not look like it is causing problems with the functionality of the controller. Just had to be extra sure I wasn't putting it on upside-down. This of course is just a random issue that probably only pertains to my specific case, so no eggs docked for that.
Other Thoughts: This case should be priced higher than it is. For a case of this quality i would pay $200 without blinking. At its current price of $150 you cannot go wrong with this case.
I'm upgrading my computer's internals and this case is an upgrade to a Thermaltake Mk1 Chaser. I feel like I am getting a huge bump in quality and visual appeal with this upgrade. This is the first case I have purchased that I feel like I could hold on to for years and years without feeling any desire to upgrade.
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD2
Pros: Was Fast while it worked
Cons: Like many other reviews that have been coming out of the woodwork about this SSD, It eventually failed on me. I was starting to experience strange freezes in windows 7. The computer would completely freeze for about 15-20 seconds then work perfectly fine until the next time I powered the computer on and it would do it again randomly. after a few days of troubleshooting and thinking it was a RAM problem I noticed this SSD was no longer being recognized in windows after the freeze occurred. I unplugged it from my machine and never had another freeze.
At the time I was using it as a small drive for video recording, but 2 weeks before I was using it as my Windows boot up drive. Glad that I purchased my two new Intel SSD's when I did.
Other Thoughts: These Freezing issues and failures seem to be a widespread thing with these particular Crucial SSD's. If I were you I would take my money elsewhere. Im rather surprised they are still for sale on newegg. Ridiculously expensive for the amount of storage you are getting at this point.READ FULL REVIEW