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post #1141 of 1592
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Originally Posted by X79Extreme7UK View Post

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I want my fatal1ty here today UPS! biggrin.gif

So, u bought fatality pro? good choice... thumb.gif Mind you, any choice would have been good. Good luck with the new board....

I'll second that. The Fatal1ty was also one of my first choices before I went with the Champion. I could type paragraphs on why I ended up spending an extra $100, but I doubt anyone would really care.

Just an fyi atascator, if you have a large air cooler like the Phanteks, NH-D14, or the Silver Arrow, the first PCIe slot may be blocked. I read a review on the Fatal1ty with the Phanteks cooler, and the first slot was blocked by the humongous heatsink.

I should be getting my Champion today, so I'll be sure to show some pics of it later on today or tomorrow.
post #1142 of 1592
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I'll second that. The Fatal1ty was also one of my first choices before I went with the Champion. I could type paragraphs on why I ended up spending an extra $100, but I doubt anyone would really care.
Just an fyi atascator, if you have a large air cooler like the Phanteks, NH-D14, or the Silver Arrow, the first PCIe slot may be blocked. I read a review on the Fatal1ty with the Phanteks cooler, and the first slot was blocked by the humongous heatsink.
I should be getting my Champion today, so I'll be sure to show some pics of it later on today or tomorrow.

Thanks for the heads up.
Im using Antec h2o 620 so ill be fine.
Finally UPS is moving my mobo, its on its way now.
I care about why your choice was the champion , can you explain plz? smile.gif
Maybe extreme 11 was a good choice too if you were going to spend a lot of cash on mobo?
Also, could you link that review with the phanteks plz?
post #1143 of 1592
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I'll second that. The Fatal1ty was also one of my first choices before I went with the Champion. I could type paragraphs on why I ended up spending an extra $100, but I doubt anyone would really care.
Just an fyi atascator, if you have a large air cooler like the Phanteks, NH-D14, or the Silver Arrow, the first PCIe slot may be blocked. I read a review on the Fatal1ty with the Phanteks cooler, and the first slot was blocked by the humongous heatsink.
I should be getting my Champion today, so I'll be sure to show some pics of it later on today or tomorrow.

Thanks for the heads up.
Im using Antec h2o 620 so ill be fine.
Finally UPS is moving my mobo, its on its way now.
I care about why your choice was the champion , can you explain plz? smile.gif
Maybe extreme 11 was a good choice too if you were going to spend a lot of cash on mobo?
Also, could you link that review with the phanteks plz?

No problem. Link.

Now for the story. I was about to purchase the Fatal1ty Professional before I found this review. I already had the Phanteks cooler in my possession before I ordered anything, and I didn't feel like sending it back to get something like an H80i (I have bad luck with returning stuff). So, I looked into the other motherboards, and the ones that were intriguing to me were the Extreme7, Extreme9, Champion, and the Gigabyte X79S-UP5-Wifi.

I didn't get the Extreme7 because I just didn't like it. The main things that turned me off were pretty personal: I didn't like the 6 dimm slots, I wanted a 7 pci slot motherboard, and the I/O ports were very lacking for what I do. Other than that, it had everything that I needed. I could have went with this motherboard, but since I had extra money to blow I went with the Champion. The main thing that I liked about this motherboard is the 11 sata ports.

I didn't get the Extreme9 because I felt like the Champion was the better deal, even with a $35 premium (its $345 on Superbiiz). I liked this motherboard because of the 12 sata ports, the dual 8-pin cpu power connectors, and the dual 3.0 internal headers. If I were to have two graphics cards, my wifi/bt adapter, and the included sound card installed, I wouldn't have any more room to put in more addon cards. This is the main reason why I wanted 7 pci slots. I wanted some extra room for more expansion. Plus, the included audio card would take up a slot.

The X79S-UP5-Wifi was the second board I was researching at the time, and I concluded that it wasn't a good motherboard to get because many people seemed to be having firmware issues with the motherboard. There are some vdroop problems, the LLC settings aren't as "open," for lack of a better term, as competing motherboards, which influences overclock stability, and there aren't enough pci slots for me. The main things that I liked about the motherboard were the crazy amounts of sata ports on the board, and the included Wifi/BT 4.0 PCIe card that came along with it. The main things that I didn't like about it was the lack of an extra internal 3.0 port, and the 6 total pci slots on the board. In the end, I looked at overclock3d's video review, and that ultimately turned me off from the product, along with the other firmware issues. If it weren't for those issues, I would have probably bought that motherboard. I still drool when I look at it. 

Now, the reason why I got the Champion was basically because it has everything that I want in a motherboard: a good amount of SATA ports, 2x 3.0 headers, overall stable BIOS, 7 pci slots, great onboard audio (as opposed to having a dedicated card for it), gobs of usb 3.0 ports, voltage read points, and support for 4 graphics cards (I'll probably never use 4, but it's there if I change my mind in the future). This board is what I envisioned what the X79 platform would be like before it came out. This is a motherboard that I can grow into and expand my knowledge on (I've never really overclocked before), and I'd rather spend the premium getting the "whole package" instead of getting a product that wouldn't fully satisfy me. The main thing that I don't like about this motherboard is that I could use 2 more sata ports, but I need to get rid of some of the components in my case anyways, so it will be enough for me when I replace some stuff. I also want 2x 8 pin cpu power ports like the extreme 9. It looks pretty intimidating, but there really isn't any real-world benefit of an extra connector, unless you're on ln2 and you need the most stable power delivery possible. A single connector will do for an average 4.5-5Ghz overclock.

The Extreme 11 doesn't count...that board is crazy. That's too much board for me, and I wouldn't be able to use the board to its fullest potential. Plus, ~$350 is my max for a board.

Well, my Champion came in today, but I don't have my psu yet. It should be in either Thursday or Friday. I just hope that everything works. The user reveiws that I've been reading on Newegg have been scaring me. I really don't want a DOA . I also bought the Wifi/BT 4.0 card that came with the X79S-UP5-Wifi off of Amazon. I'll take some pics of the system whenever I get everything set up. There is enough space between the Phanteks cooler and the first PCIe slot too. It's close, but I was able to fit in my old 5770 with a little bit of space between. If there was a backplate installed, it would be touching the heatsink on the cooler. Also, for the motherboards mentioned above, they all have enough space to fit a large cooler, except for the Extreme 11. The first slot would be blocked.

As you can see, I wasn't joking about the paragraphs, biggrin.gif but I hope your question was answered. Feel free to ask anything else.
Edited by airisom2 - 11/27/12 at 8:25pm
post #1144 of 1592
Thank you airisom for the explanation.
My fatal1ty came in today and now.... I NEED HELP! mad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif

Same problem than before! No video signal. Thank God that I wanted the debug led to help track the problem.
Help me solve this please. Im posting a pic of the code, it isnt in the manual.
All the codes starting with a 2 in the manual are ram related though but I dont know whats happening. I went through 1.5 memtest runs with this ram when on faulty mobo 2 days ago and no problems plus an hour of p95 blend.

The second number its like an 8 but no top on it. Very strange
Im getting a friend come by my house this evening to try one of hes DDR3 sticks.

post #1145 of 1592
OMG! Excuse me, Im just over my head with this and going nuts.
I was reading the code bad. It is A2 Which is ofc in the manual.

It stands for IDE detect, now *** does IDE detect stand for?
post #1146 of 1592
Hmmm. Make sure everything is plugged in. Maybe the graphics card isn't seated correctly, or all of the power connectors aren't plugged in. Make sure that you have a molex cable going into the molex port on the bottom of the motherboard (where the internal ports are located). That gives extra power to the pcie slots.
Edited by airisom2 - 11/28/12 at 8:08am
post #1147 of 1592
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Hmmm. Make sure everything is plugged in. Maybe the graphics card isn't seated correctly, or all of the power connectors aren't plugged in. Make sure that you have a molex cable going into the molex port on the bottom of the motherboard (where the internal ports are located). That gives extra power to the pcie slots.

The molex connectors on the board aren't necessary to get the board to boot. They are recommended if you have more than one graphics card however.

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I plugged in the molex just in case. Still no video signal and A2.

I have tried with my friends ram stick, same result.
I tried to unplug everything but 1 ram stick and gfx card, no satas or anything else. Same result.
Could it be the cpu faulty? PSU? Im desperate frown.gif
post #1149 of 1592
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I plugged in the molex just in case. Still no video signal and A2.
I have tried with my friends ram stick, same result.
I tried to unplug everything but 1 ram stick and gfx card, no satas or anything else. Same result.
Could it be the cpu faulty? PSU? Im desperate frown.gif

I would try updating the BIOS if you haven't already. I was having some weird issues with my Extreme7 and updating the BIOS took care of it.

Jeffinslaw

*EDIT* OHHH! I think I just remembered something... try reseating your RAM. Blow some air into the channels and make sure nothing is in there and then make sure your RAM is fully seated in the slot. If I remember correctly, I got this code too and it was because one of my sticks of RAM wasn't seated all the way. Even though you tried different RAM, I would still try my second suggestion, then try flashing the BIOS if that doesn't work.

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Edited by Jeffinslaw - 11/28/12 at 3:28pm
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post #1150 of 1592
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I plugged in the molex just in case. Still no video signal and A2.

I have tried with my friends ram stick, same result.
I tried to unplug everything but 1 ram stick and gfx card, no satas or anything else. Same result.
Could it be the cpu faulty? PSU? Im desperate frown.gif

Very weird, were all these parts working with other setup? Try only 2 sticks of ram nearest to either side of cpu
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