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Rob S.

Rob S.

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Best case I've ever owned

SSUPD Meshlicious Mini-ITX Small Form Factor (SFF) Case - One Tempered Glass Side Panel & One Mesh Side Panel with PCIe 3.0 Riser Cable - Black Color, Tool-Free and Easy Accessibility
SSUPD Meshlicious Mini-ITX Small Form Factor (SFF) Case - One Tempered Glass Side Panel & One Mesh Side Panel with PCIe 3.0 Riser Cable - Black Color, Tool-Free and Easy Accessibility

Pros: The modulatory is amazing. Such great foresight to all kinds of different builds.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I managed to pack a Gigabyte z690i, 12600k, 3080, 32gb ram, 980 Pro, and 750w power supply in this little thing, along with a 280mm AIO (H115I)! All that while keeping temps super low!

Most Critical Review

12 BSOD's in less than 2 hours of ownership

ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3" Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen 6-Core Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (Up to 3.9 GHz), GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB, 144 Hz 3 ms Display, 16 GB DDR4, 256 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB SSHD
ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3" Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen 6-Core Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (Up to 3.9 GHz), GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB, 144 Hz 3 ms Display, 16 GB DDR4, 256 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB SSHD

Pros: None

Cons: I've had this laptop for about 2 hours now. The moment the laptop comes under load of any sort, it BSOD's. I tried updating windows and graphics drivers and it just constantly BSOD's The BSOD's have been the gamut from IRQL NOT LESS.. to PAGE FAULT. Clearly I got a lemon. I;m sincerely hoping Asus comes through on this. Edit: I put in for the RMA on Friday and had a weekend to test before sending it on Monday. I ran Memtest86 and 4/4 rounds checked out with no problems. I ran chkdsk to look for drive faults, no issues there. I tried a clean install of the original GeForce drivers that came with it (dated in March). Still got constant BSOD's whenever the laptop came under load. The BIOS installed on the laptop is version 301 (which isn't even available on the ASUS site: 300 is the most recent) so I couldn't do anything there. I performed a clean windows install (format and install fresh) and after it's first boot, I clicked on MS Edge (to install Chrome, ha!) it BSOD'ed again.

Almost flawless, just one exception

GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 Mini-ITX Motherboard with DDR4, Dual M.2, PCIe 5.0, USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 Mini-ITX Motherboard with DDR4, Dual M.2, PCIe 5.0, USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5 GbE LAN

Pros: Solid, stable, and fast performance provided you're using the f5 Bios Great, ultra compact layout and feature set Love that DDR4! DDR5 has almost zero benefit, notwithstanding the high premiums Board heatsinks have some CHONK

Cons: PCIe gen 4 still doesn't work with F5 BIOS, much less the Gen 5 that's touted.

Overall Review: At the time of writing, this is really the only DDR4 ITX board available at a decent price. After reading a lot of horror stories in the reviews, I did some extra diligence which I think paid off in making this a purchase I'm very happy with. First, I made sure the Corsair 3600 RAM was on the XMP compatibility list. Gigabyte does a better job than others at keeping these lists up to date and easily searchable in my experience. XMP works flawlessly without any VCCIO tweaks and I only paid $7 more than the commodity-grade price. Second, when I got the board, I immediately updated to the F5 BIOS. After the update, I adjusted PCIe to Gen 3 as everyone suggested, installed windows with no issues, then did the Nvidia firmware update on my 3080. No issues with display switching or other phenomenon referenced in reviews. I've since tried to switch back to Gen4, but get a bunch of errors. The board works flawlessly with my Meshilicous Case, H115i 280mm cooler, 12600k, 32GB, 980 Pro, 3080, and 750w SFF power supply. Frequently top 18000 in 3DMark with a mild overclock. All temps are well controlled and the system is rock solid. Of note: in order to use the m.2 slot with full lanes to the CPU, you must remove the entire daughterboard. The full-lane slot "A" is on the underside of the daughterboard and it is NOT (as one might assume) the easily accessible top slot under than large heatsink. The manual and documentation gloss by this in addition to the unclear indications on the board itself. Lastly, the WiFi antenna (external) is also the Bluetooth antenna. Bluetooth will not work without the rather large antenna connected. Overall It's a great board with a few quicks. I'll amend to 5 stars once Gen4 is figured out in a future BIOS update.

Great little card for the price

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP!, ZT-P10600B-10M, 6GB GDDR5 Super Compact Dual-Fan IceStorm Cooling FREEZE Fan Stop
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP!, ZT-P10600B-10M, 6GB GDDR5 Super Compact Dual-Fan IceStorm Cooling FREEZE Fan Stop

Pros: Runs fortnite on Epic settings at 1080p , 60+ fps at an inexpensive price point

Cons: None

For the week that it worked, it worked great!

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: Board is aesthetically pleasing. M.2 performance. Worked great for a week

Cons: Completely died after a week. No Q-Code, though the power button would light up on the board along with the ROG logo. I tested the M.2 SSD, RAM, power supply, and video card in other systems and they all worked. This motherboard is definitely the culprit. I would have trusted all the reviews that said the same, except ignorantly and arrogantly I thought "I've been building systems since before SLI meant Scan Line Interleaving, these kids must have messed up. Certainly not ASUS." Unfortunately, it looks like this board is a lemon. Really disappointing to see that in such a great company.

Overall Review: I'm a die hard ASUS fan. Quite literally the ONLY non ASUS board I ever bought was an ABIT BH6 to get my old Celeron 300A up to 450mhz. That was, what, 20 years ago? This was my dream build. A Samsung 950 M.2 SSD, 980ti, Corsair H115I and a 6700K with 32GB of RAM. It worked BEAUTIFULLY at 4.6ghz until It wouldn't turn on any more

Good, despite an RMA

HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity H695QNT2G2M
HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity H695QNT2G2M

Pros: Runs great, especially in crossfire.

Cons: Had to RMA one card due to bad RAM (see below)

Overall Review: I had to RMA one of my cards when it died after 91 days of ownership. The card started to hard-lock the system after showing a bit of texture corruption (presumably from bad RAM). HIS handled the process through Lexy Pacific and the company was responsive, prompt, and professional. The total turnaround from the time I send the card to when I got a (brand new, in box!) card back was only 5 days! Despite the bad luck with the RMA, I have to say the RMA was handled very well. Great job to HIS and Lexy on this. Despite having a bad card, you guys both did a great job in making this a good experience.

11/17/2011